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Frank Sharry: White House Pep Rally for ICE and CBP All About “Divide and Distract” Political Strategy

Today, the White House will host a “celebration” for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, against the backdrop of the cruel and unresolved family separation crisis that implicates both agencies. Last week, we offered a brief primer on the litany of abuses at ICE and CBP that show why … Continue reading »

There He Goes Again: Unhinged Trump Deploying the “Divide and Distract” Political Strategy

President Trump’s unhinged, unfiltered speech in Tampa last night, following days of stoking the threat of an immigration and wall-funding related government shutdown, exemplifies what we’ll see for the remainder of this election cycle: a Trump-led and Republican-supported effort to whip up xenophobic fears and scapegoat familiar targets, such as immigrants and the media. The … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry on Trump’s Shutdown Talk: A Political Attempt to Divide and Distract Us Heading Into the Midterms

Shutdown talk has nothing to do with policy, it’s nothing more than calculated politics; it unites Republicans, feeds the base and distracts from bread-and-butter issues that favor Democrats Some observers are covering President Trump’s latest threats to shutdown the government over a border wall as a policy issue and a divisive tactic within the GOP. … Continue reading »

Medium: “Don’t Fall For ‘Divide and Distract’ Campaign Tactics in the OH12 Special Election”

In an opinion piece for Medium, Matt Hildreth, Political Director of America’s Voice, weighs in on the race for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District and the PAC-funded anti-immigrant attack ads directed at Democratic candidate Danny O’Connor. Hildreth argues that these xenophobic attacks aim to divide Americans and distract from administration policies that do not benefit the … Continue reading »

Divide, Distract, and Backfire? Barbara Comstock,  Running Hard on MS-13, is Losing Big in VA-10

Perhaps race-baiting and xenophobia isn’t such a great GOP strategy after all. New polling from the Washington Post-Schar School finds incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) losing by 12 points to challenger Jennifer Wexton in the closely-watched race in Virginia 10th congressional district. Rep. Comstock has made MS-13 a centerpiece of her campaign, running a host … Continue reading »

Cook Political Report Highlights the Full Extent of the Republican “Divide-and-Distract” Midterm Strategy

A new analysis from Cook Political Report shows the extent of the Republican “divide-and-distract” midterm strategy anchored in stoking fear related to immigration. While Democrats focus overwhelmingly on “kitchen table” issues like healthcare, wages, education and retirement security, Republicans are running on Trump, taxes, and immigration. In May, Stephen Miller signalled to Breitbart that Republicans … Continue reading »

2020 Elections: Here Are the Democratic Candidates’ Immigration Plans

First published June 13, 2019; last updated January 16, 2020 The 2020 Democratic primary has in general not been marked by major policy differences, and immigration is no exception. On immigration, the candidates’ plans are in near-consensus, with differences found only in degree and emphasis. Each plan recognizes the urgent need to create a pathway … Continue reading »

 Anti-Immigrant Hate Groups Have Spent Millions on Digital Ads. They’re Indistinguishable from GOP Candidates’ Ads

*Warning, the article below describes racist and xenophobic content.   The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), an anti-immigrant hate group, has spent nearly two million dollars pushing nativist myths through ads on Facebook and Twitter. FAIR and their allies have been peddling their brand of xenophobia for decades, but their message has recently been amplified … Continue reading »

“This is nothing less than a legal immigration ban, that stands alongside the Trump administration’s asylum and refugee bans.”

America’s Voice on Trump’s Latest Effort to Unilaterally Slash Legal Immigration   Last Friday afternoon, the Trump Administration issued an executive order to bar the admission of legal immigrants who cannot prove they have health insurance.  The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: This is nothing less than a legal … Continue reading »