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Trump’s Failed Deterrence Strategy and Cynical Political Stunts at the Border: There’s a Better Way Forward

“Actually addressing the root causes of the problem in Central America and humanely managing applications for asylum from families fleeing violence are far, far down the list of Trump administration priorities.” – Pili Tobar, America’s Voice The Trump Administration remains hellbent on failed deterrence-only policies and cynical political stunts to underscore their narrative that the … Continue reading »

DHS Doesn’t Need More Money or More Power, It Needs a New Leader and a New Strategy

Trump’s Border Failure Continues…Nielsen’s Incompetence and Cruelty Keeps Getting Worse In a letter, first obtained by NBC’s Julia Ainsey,  DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen “will ask Congress for the authority to deport unaccompanied migrant children more quickly, to hold families seeking asylum in detention until their cases are decided and to allow immigrants to apply for … Continue reading »

Trump Administration’s Border Response Has Failed and Exacerbated the Issue

It is Time for a Rational, Effective and Humane Response  Long before we saw the unprecedented numbers of families seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border that we are seeing today, the Trump administration was “crying wolf” while at the same time implementing policies that lit a match to what was a manageable issue.  Instead of … Continue reading »

Trump’s Epic Failure at the Border: They are Failing, they are Cynically Exploiting Their Failure, and Now They Want More Money and Authority to Keep Failing

What a Real Alternative Looks Like The Trump strategy for our southern border is an epic failure. The deterrence-only, build-a-wall, send-the-troops, separate-the-families, lock-em-up, border-centric response to a regional refugee and migration challenge is blowing up in their faces. Now they are trying to blame Congress and get rewarded for their failure.   Let’s call it … Continue reading »

Trump Policy at the Border is a Failure. Instead of an Ineffectual Onenote Strategy of Deterrence, It’s Time for a Workable Multi-pronged Strategy

As NBC News reports, the recent numbers of daily border apprehensions are reaching the highest levels of the Trump administration and are approaching levels last seen in 2006. As a result, the Trump administration is screaming “crisis,” blaming Congress, and demanding a border wall. No, it’s not a security crisis, but rather a humanitarian crisis … Continue reading »

A Rational, Effective, and Humane Response to Steadily Increasing Numbers of Asylum Seekers at the U.S. Mexico Border

Trump’s Draconian Approach is a Failure and Only Works to Exacerbate Issues In a recent op ed, former INS Commissioner Doris Meissner concluded that our border enforcement system was fundamentally designed to interdict and deter individuals (mostly single Mexican young men) coming to the U.S. for work. But the current flow of migrants has been … Continue reading »

When It Comes to Families Seeking Asylum, Trump Once Again Builds Up Hysterical Wall Politics as He Tears Down Policies that Would Solve Root Causes in Central America

The Trump administration is touting reports of a surge in border apprehensions of Central American families and children seeking asylum as evidence for the President’s emergency declaration to build his wall.  This comes in advance of a potentially embarrassing Senate vote to revoke the President’s declaration. The narrow focus on the border fits perfectly with … Continue reading »

The Humanitarian Challenge of Asylum Seekers From Central America:

How the Trump Admin has Abandoned Policies and Ignored Deterioration of Central American Governments at the Root of Problem Reports in today’s Washington Post and on NPR use preliminary, unreleased numbers from the Trump Administration to claim that there is an unprecedented increase in unauthorized or illegal entry into the U.S. at the southern border. … Continue reading »

Trump’s Request to Congress Has Very Little to Do with Effective Border Security

It Has More to Do With Unprecedented Increases in Detention and Deportation of Children Seeking Safety The Trump border wall policy was never a serious one and still isn’t.  It was started as a “mnemonic device” created by political consultants for candidate Trump to talk tough on immigration.  With the government shutdown in its third week, … Continue reading »

DHS Announced Intention to Return Vulnerable Asylum Seekers to Mexico in Violation of U.S. Immigration Law

Since November, the Trump administration has been working to keep vulnerable asylum seekers arriving at the U.S. – Mexico border in Mexico as they await the opportunity to apply for asylum, both through an agreement with Mexico and by limiting the number of asylum applicants processed per day.  In spite of horrific conditions reported in … Continue reading »