One of the cruelest fixtures of Trump’s immigration agenda was the creation of Migrant Protection Protocols (“MPP”) which nearly dismantled our asylum system at the border. This inhumane program forced immigrants to wait in dangerous conditions, often in makeshift camps in Mexico, until their cases could be heard in the United States. Sadly, with all… Continue »

Those at our border are mostly refugees fleeing Central America. Recognizing this reality can lead to us durable solutions. Those coming to our borders to seek safety are people who are fleeing gang violence, corruption, sexual violence, climate change and persecution. Until we recognize this fact, the perennial and simplistic “border crisis” framing will keep… Continue »

At President Biden’s first official press conference this afternoon, we expect lots of questions about the border, asylum policy, and migration from Central America. Here is important context: Trump weaponized a broken system The Trump administration cut aid to Central America, increasing migration pressures. They ended investments in Central American countries that generate refugees and… Continue »

It’s certainly symptomatic to see how the combined narratives on the topic of immigration show the true intentions of those addressing the situation of thousands of immigrants who, even in this century, consider the United States to be their only salvation. The contrasts, of course, are evident, especially trying to resolve this problem from a… Continue »

Kids are fleeing for their lives. Democrats are proposing intelligent solutions to complex challenges. The Republicans are playing politics.  A powerful NBC News story, “‘My dream is to meet my dad’: They crossed the border alone to reunite with parents,” interviews kids who just arrived in America: “‘Have you been scared?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Why?’ ‘Because I… Continue »

In a bizarre tweet early Monday morning, John Cornyn stated that President Biden has “emphasized the humane treatment of immigrants, regardless of their legal status” in reference to those seeking asylum at our border. Although the sentiments are far from shocking considering Cornyn’s voting record on immigration, most members of the GOP generally make at… Continue »

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) heads to the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday to lead the desperate right-wing attempt to declare the admission of unaccompanied children seeking safety from violence a “crisis.”  This is the same Kevin McCarthy that perpetrated the Big Lie that the 2020 election was marked by fraud, voted against certifying the… Continue »

While the White House is pushing an immigration reform bill with a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, it is also advancing executive actions and policy changes to bring an end to some of the most onerous practices of the Trump presidency, including the detention of children and families. In addition to being urgent and… Continue »

Mientras la Casa Blanca impulsa su propuesta legislativa de reforma migratoria con una vía a la ciudadanía para los indocumentados, también avanza medidas ejecutivas y cambios de política pública para poner fin a algunas de las prácticas más onerosas de la presidencia de Trump, entre otras la detención de menores migrantes y de familias. Es… Continue »

“It is not a ‘crisis’ to follow our laws, do what is right and manage this challenge as best we can. It would be a crisis – a moral crisis – if we did not.”  As candidate and as president, Donald Trump and his henchman Stephen Miller portrayed vulnerable kids seeing refuge in America as… Continue »