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This Is What A Sane, Mature Administration Would Do at the Border

Trump’s Border Strategy is a Mess. Time to Bring in the Clean-up Team. There’s a better way. We need a new strategy that respects the life-and-death nature of asylum decisions, maintains the integrity of the system and ensures that the process is both fair and efficient. We need a surge of resources at the border … Continue reading »

Immigration Experts & Advocates Highlight Upcoming USCCR Hearing

A recording of the call is available here. Earlier today, immigration experts and advocates, who will be testifying will to tomorrow’s United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) hearing, gathered on a press call to  highlight the importance of the hearing the desperate need to make impactful change to an ever-expanding and inhumane system of … Continue reading »

Trump’s Political Circus: His Administration Helped Create The Humanitarian Crisis

“In reality, their policies have fueled, not extinguished the humanitarian crisis and now Trump wants to exploit it for 2020 voter-mobilization.” – Douglas Rivlin Another day and another string of reminders that Donald Trump is exacerbating and exploiting the crisis and chaos at the border. And because he views his hardline immigration brand as inextricable … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Threatening to Revive Inhumane Family Separation and Massive Increase in Indefinite Family Incarceration

Notwithstanding widespread outrage at Trump over last summer’s family separation policy, a federal court injunction, an executive order purporting to end family separation, and the President himself saying, “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,” reports suggest the Trump administration may revive inhumane family separation in a form not enjoined … Continue reading »

Immigration Experts and Advocates Discuss Real Solutions for Trump’s Border Crisis

A recording of the call is available here. Earlier today,  immigration experts and advocates gathered on a press call to discuss solutions that would provide a much needed reprieve on our border. As the Trump administration continues to fail to provide adequate solutions, and can only exacerbate the problem with cruel and unjust policies, 33 … Continue reading »

WaPo’s Greg Sargent: “Democrats will have to develop their own big answer to the asylum crisis”

In his latest column for the Washington Post, Greg Sargent juxtaposes the political motivations underlying Trump’s escalating attacks on immigrants with Democrats’ way forward with policies to provide relief “while not giving ground to any of the Trump administration’s proposals that would retreat on our international humanitarian commitments.” His column comes after House Democrats sent … Continue reading »

House Democrats Lay Out Four Steps to Restore Order Created By Trump’s Border Failures and Chaos

In a letter led by Representatives Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), House Democrats provide Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen with four thoughtful and realistic steps to begin righting the wrongs the administration has committed on our southern border.  As Trump threatens to escalate his failed deterrence-only policies and exacerbate the chaos, … Continue reading »

Dismantled Policies Result in Trump’s Epic Failure and Chaos at the Border

Trump Now Owns the Refugee Surge He Fueled Washington, DC – Leading observers are recognizing that the Trump administration’s deterrence-only policies have been an abject failure and that their proposals to slash aid to Central America and close the border are similarly doomed to fail. Meanwhile, new polling and political analysis underscore the diminishing returns … Continue reading »

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 »