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Immigration Experts Discuss ‘New Border Vision’ for the 21st Century 

A recording of the call is available here.  Earlier today, immigration experts from across the southern border region gathered on a press call to discuss A New Border Vision, a framework for positive and compassionate action that moves us from the myopic and harmful enforcement of the last few decades to responsive and responsible border governance … Continue reading »

Stoking Fear & Fueling His Political Base, Trump Readies Raids for Sunday

Having Created Mass Failure at the Border, Now He Wants to Add to the Chaos The New York Times and others are reporting that neighborhood immigration raids will begin Sunday. Trump threatened to launch massive immigration raids in the U.S. after July 4 and now in cities across America, immigrant families and community allies are … Continue reading »

TWEETS: Mother of Toddler Who Died from Detention Conditions Tells Congress Her Story

Today,  Yazmin Juarez came to Congress to testify before the House Oversight Subcommittee about the horrible detention conditions that led to the tragic death of her young daughter earlier this year. Yazmin’s and her daughter, Mariee, had made the journey across the border to seek asylum, a trip that Mariee appeared healthy throughout. After they … Continue reading »

A Culture of Impunity and Dehumanizing Cruelty on Display at CBP

Culture of Cruelty Starts at the Top Every day brings more examples of the culture of impunity and dehumanizing cruelty that defines CBP (Customs and Border Protection) and our entire immigration enforcement system. President Trump, who has called the reports about horrific conditions for migrants, asylum-seekers and children in government care a “hoax”, has encouraged … Continue reading »

It Is Time to Hold DHS Accountable for Horrific Immigration Detention Conditions

Congress Begins Hearings on the Facts, Not the Falsehoods Amid a new NBC News report of children being sexually assaulted and retaliated against by border officials in immigration detention, the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee will hold a hearing today on the abhorrent conditions in immigration … Continue reading »

The Growing Consequences of “Remain in Mexico” – Just One Element of Trump’s Human Rights Crisis

Mexico Shares the Shame with US We are in the midst of a full-blown human rights crisis created and worsened by the Trump administration’s actions and neglect. Take just one of the many cruel policies enacted – the “Remain in Mexico” or “Migrant Protection Protocols” policy, which returns asylum seekers back to Mexico to wait … Continue reading »

“No Time for Complicity or Silence” – Taking Stock of Trump’s Human Rights Crisis

What Happened to Simple American Decency? The volume of disturbing developments and relevant news about the Trump administration’s immigration and border plans are hard to keep up with. But the common threads connecting many of the developments is one of cruelty, chaos, and dehumanization.  According to Douglas Rivlin, Communications Director of America’s Voice, “We’re in … Continue reading »

PHOTOS: #CloseTheCamps National Day of Action

Today, rallies and actions took place across the nation to protest the horrific conditions migrant children and families are currently facing in immigration detention centers at the border.  The public outcry comes after the Trump Administration argued that soap and toothbrushes aren’t necessary to meet the basic safety and sanitary standards at the detention centers.  … Continue reading »

Horrific Immigration Detention Conditions are “Substantiated” by Multiple DHS Inspector General Reports and Direct Testimony

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan claimed that horrific detention conditions for children and adults described by the media at an El Paso border station were “unsubstantiated.”  And, last month McAleenan told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he is hearing only about minor detention condition issues and that “any … Continue reading »

Caught Lying, Again: DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan Cannot Be Trusted

For some reason, Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan is viewed in some quarters as a more trusted voice of reason than other Trump Administration DHS and immigration officials. Yet two new reports detail that McAleenan has been lying through his teeth to justify the Trump Administration’s extremism.   A new NBC News report details that McAleenan … Continue reading »