“The question is not, ‘Who are they?’ The question is, ‘Who are we?’” Two thought leaders, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) — a leading progressive in the House of Representatives and immigration expert — and Laurene Powell Jobs — a leading philanthropist and advocate for fair immigration policies — are out with must reads. In an… Continue »

There’s a humanitarian crisis at the border – one that the Trump administration created and refuses to help resolve. Meanwhile, the administration continues to insist that thousands of military personnel are needed in response to their manufactured crisis. Enter a more sensible voice, an incoming border state governor. In a new piece for Politico, Carla… Continue »

A new photo essay from Miriam Jordan and Ilana Panich-Linsman of the New York Times reveals the ongoing humanitarian crisis at our border – a crisis created by the Trump administration, and yet the President refuses to even lift a finger to resolve it. As a rainstorm wreaked havoc on the immigrants, the photos captured… Continue »

Two new pieces offer reminders that Trump’s policy choices helped create the chaos and disorder on display at the border by dismantling processes and laws and whipping up fears and lies. Even further, the articles highlight that Trump’s proposed hardline deterrence solutions don’t work, won’t work, and aren’t even directly responsive to some of the… Continue »

In a new article for Quartz, Annabelle Timsit cuts through the administration’s balderdash and outlines an achievable path to both protect our border and treat immigrants humanely. Timsit recommends four key steps: Find alternatives to putting asylum-seekers in detention; Expand access to legal aid and immigration judges; Widen the scope of those who qualify for… Continue »

A Positive Way Forward Exists, Yet Trump Has Dismantled the Current System Since the beginning of the Trump presidency, Trump and his administration have tried multiple cruel and hard-line approaches to addressing the challenge of Central American migration. The Trump administration has cruelly separated families, is doing everything it can to lock up more migrating… Continue »

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Trump’s Election Mode of Divide and Distract Continues Unabated The chaos we are witnessing at the border is directly attributable to the choices of the Trump White House to dismantle proven approaches and processes and to stoke fears and escalate a crisis. While Trump and company may view the lawlessness and disorder on display as… Continue »

‘These children are barefoot. In diapers. Choking on tear gas,’ read one headline in the Washington Post by Tim Elfrink and Fred Barbash. Over Thanksgiving weekend, U.S. CBP agents fired tear gas at a group of migrants — including many small children and babies — seeking asylum in the U.S. “Babies are scared and crying,”… Continue »

President Trump and his advisors see fear-mongering over the caravan and border security as a way to change the news cycle, benefit politically, and to justify even more sweeping and radical policy changes. But there’s no escaping the fact that his hardline deterrence approach has failed and is doomed to keep failing. His manufactured crisis… Continue »

In a forceful ruling issued this week, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to use executive power to change asylum law duly enacted by Congress.  This ruling temporarily enjoins a joint emergency regulation issued earlier this month by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to unlawfully deprive people who do not arrive… Continue »