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Tragic, Ugly Detention Cases Underscore Need for Congress to Enact Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in CBP Custody Act

“Trump and the Republicans quite literally don’t seem to care.” Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3239, the “Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in CBP Custody Act,” sponsored by Rep. and Doctor Raul Ruiz (D-CA). Only one GOP Member (Alaska Rep. Don Young) voted for this legislation to provide for basic standards of care for … Continue reading »

Despite Horrific Detention Conditions, DHS Acting Secretary Decides to Double Down, Seeking More & Longer Detention of Children With Weaker Standards of Care

But there is an Effective, Cost-Efficient, and Humane Solution to Border Challenge  Yesterday, the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kevin McAleenan testified before the House Oversight Committee that the solution to the border challenge is ending the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA), which prohibits detention of children for more than 20 … Continue reading »

“The Nightmare of Child Separations Continues” House Oversight Committee Report Shows

NPR: CBP Agent Forces 3-Year Old into Literal Sofi’s Choice of Mom or Dad The moral collapse of the Trump administration is on full display: President Trump’s “go back to where you came from” racist tweets and comments aimed at women of color elected to Congress; VP Mike Pence and a group of Republican Senators see … Continue reading »

Immigration Experts Discuss Trump Admin’s New Attempt to Ban Asylum

A recording of the call is available here. Earlier today, immigration experts and advocates gathered on a press call to discuss the Trump administration new proposed asylum, aimed at creating more confusion and blanket exclusion. The Third-Country Asylum Rule (an interim final rule that will go into effect immediately if not enjoined by the courts) … Continue reading »

Trump Administration’s Latest Illegal Attack on Asylum

Administration Announces New Unlawful Regulation to Close Asylum to Most Central Americans and Others Today, the Trump administration announced that it will publish a new regulation going into effect tomorrow that will bar anyone, including children, from applying for asylum on the southern border if they pass through a third country.  For example, starting tomorrow, … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: Racism, Nativism and Stoking White Grievance Will Be the “Beating Heart” of Trump’s 2020 Campaign

“Racial incitement is the animating electoral strategy of a sitting President and his party.”   The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: The beating heart of Trumpism is and has always been racism and xenophobia. Now, Trump is turbocharging it in his desperate attempt to hold onto power. As … Continue reading »

Photos: #Lights4Liberty National Day of Action Calls for an End to Horrific Detention Conditions

Yesterday, Americans all across the country protested the horrific conditions migrant children and families are currently facing in immigration detention centers at the border. Public outcry has been simmering for weeks as children have died, while the Trump Administration argued that soap and toothbrushes aren’t necessary to meet basic safety and sanitary standards at detention centers. … Continue reading »

Authoritative Study Reveals Imminent ICE Raids Target Families Ordered Deported Without Due Process of Law

According to the New York Times, “Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday…The officials said ICE agents were targeting at least 2,000 immigrants who have been ordered deported — some as a result of their failure to appear in court…The families being targeted crossed the border … Continue reading »

ASAP Sues Government to Stop Deportations in Advance of ICE Raids

New York, NY — The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) today joined the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef), and Public Counsel in suing the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to stop the deportations of thousands of asylum seekers in danger of being arrested in … Continue reading »

Yazmin Juárez’s Courageous Testimony Spotlights Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

Nowhere are the cruel and deplorable actions of the Trump administration more outstanding than in the abhorrent conditions of immigration detention facilities holding children and families. Yesterday, in a powerful House Oversight Committee hearing, Yazmin Juárez bravely gave a heartbreaking testimony of the death of her one year old daughter weeks after being released from … Continue reading »