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Boston Globe Editorial Board: “There’s plenty of room at the table”

“America is at its best when it welcomes refugees and asylum seekers” Over the holiday, the Boston Globe published a powerful editorial highlighting the stark contrast between Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)’s annual luncheon —which brought together 350 immigrants, refugees and allies to share a Thanksgiving meal — and the actions of the … Continue reading »

Deliberate Cruelty: The Consequences and Chaos of Trump’s Remain in Mexico and Asylum Policies

Wolf at the Door: Acting DHS Chief Claims “Success” When Result is Failure At the El Paso border last week, Trump’s acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf called the administration’s border and asylum policies successful and asserted they have made “progress in solving the humanitarian crisis.” He claims it is due to policies such as Remain … Continue reading »

Must-Read from HuffPost Highline on Trump’s “Invisible Wall” to Keep Out Immigrants

A new, deeply-researched article by Rachel Morris in HuffPost’s longform Highline makes the troubling case that despite President Trump’s failure to construct the actual promised border wall, anti-immigrant obsessives and restrictionists within the Trump administration have nonetheless managed to build an “invisible wall” to keep out immigrants: In the two years and 308 days that … Continue reading »

Newly Introduced Refugee Protection Act Begins To “Right the Ship that Trump and Miller Have Run Aground”

On Thursday, the bicameral Refugee Protection Act (RPA) was introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). At a time when America’s commitment to being a safe-haven for refugees and asylum-seekers is in serious doubt, this legislation provides a map to how we reestablish and improve the refugee program, resettle refugees in … Continue reading »

The Asylum Process is a ‘Shell Game’ For the Trump Administration

Yesterday, Hamed Aleaziz of BuzzFeed reported on internal Trump administration documents underscoring the sheer cruelty and chaos inherent to the Trump administration’s plan to send asylum seekers from El Salvador and Honduras to Guatemala. The piece, “The Trump Administration Will Deport People Seeking Asylum In The US To Guatemala Without Them Seeing A Lawyer First,” … Continue reading »

U.S. Shuts Off Asylum Protections, Resulting in Kidnappings, Chaos, Danger and Cruelty

Growing Pushback Against Trump’s Policies to Block Asylum The Trump administration’s asylum and border policies, including Remain in Mexico or MPP and the so-called “safe third country” agreements with El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, are cruel and chaotic.  The growing consequences of the human rights crisis Trump and Stephen Miller’s policies have sparked are on … Continue reading »

Asylum Officers, Sen. Merkley, and Internal DHS Report Spotlight Dangers of Remain in Mexico Policy

Civil Servants Deserve High Praise for Standing up for American Values “It only took Doug Stephens two days to decide: He wasn’t going to implement President Trump’s latest policy to restrict immigration, known as Remain in Mexico. The asylum officer wouldn’t interview any more asylum seekers only to send them back to danger in Mexico,” … Continue reading »

Vox’s Nicole Narea: “The demise of America’s asylum system under Trump, explained”

Narea: “The US asylum system has almost become unrecognizable.” In a detailed explainer, Nicole Narea from Vox breaks down the demise of the U.S. asylum system under Trump and the Republicans. A country that once opened its arms to immigrants seeking refuge and fleeing persecution, has now shut its doors over the last three years, … Continue reading »

The Real Trump Record Along the Border: Failure, Cruelty, and Chaos

Yesterday, CBP acting commissioner Mark Morgan delivered a news conference in El Paso to unveil — and spin — FY 2019 border statistics. Morgan touted the supposed “successes” of the Trump administration at the border, noted that the ongoing “crisis” continues, and used those two assertions to push for even more draconian Trump policies. The … Continue reading »

Another Sad Trump and Republican Legacy: The End of Asylum

The Trump administration is ending asylum by administrative fiat, circumventing Congress to change settled law that has been a cornerstone of America’s welcoming tradition since the enactment of the Refugee Act of 1980 — emanating from a post-World War II commitment to “never again” allow the vulnerable to be victims of state persecution or states … Continue reading »