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ICYMI: Must Read Texas Observer Interview with Immigration Judge: “That is Not What America is About”

A must-read interview in the Texas Observer between reporter Gus Bova and Ashley Tabaddor, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, highlights the way the Trump Administration’s Remain in Mexico policies and the absence of attorneys and accountability at the “kangaroo” tent courts in Brownsville and Laredo are subverting due process, endangering lives, and … Continue reading »

ICYMI: David Leopold: “Bearing Witness at the Southern Border”

In this first-hand account, leading immigration attorney David Leopold, Chair of Immigration at Ulmer & Berne and former President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, recounts his recent trip to the border, providing in-depth analysis of the deadly impacts of the Trump administration’s “Return to Mexico” policy and revealing Trump and Stephen Miller’s true motive: … Continue reading »

ICYMI: USA Today Spotlights “One Deadly Week” in Ongoing Human Rights Crisis Along the Border

A powerful and deeply-reported set of stories in USA Today explores the “dangerous journeys and the broken immigration system that awaits” asylum seekers and refugees fleeing instability and violence and heading to the U.S. border – where the Trump administration’s policies have worsened and exacerbated a human rights crisis. Relying on reporting from four countries … Continue reading »

Reversing Decades of Policy, Trump Administration Clamps Down on Cubans Seeking Safe Haven and Citizenship in the U.S.

Increasing Deportations, Thousands of Cuban Asylum Seekers Sent Back to Danger in Mexico, Naturalization and “Green Card” Denials, Bureaucratic Hurdles to Obtain Status, Pressuring Other Nations to Block Cuban Asylum Seekers Despite tough talk about the Cuban regime and the harm it continues to inflict on its own citizens, President Trump and his administration have … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Must-Read Interview of Lee Gelernt in The New Yorker Explains Chaos and Consequences of Trump Assault on Asylum

Reporter Jonathan Blitzer Interviews a top ACLU litigator on Trump’s Asylum Ban, the Supreme Court’s Enabling of it, and the Threat to the Legal Right to Asylum The Trump administration is rewriting our asylum laws in an attempt to virtually eliminate access to a full and fair process. A revealing interview and Q&A between The … Continue reading »

“The goal of the Trump administration’s agreement with El Salvador is to continue Trump’s politically motivated ‘keep ’em out’ strategy…” – America’s Voice on U.S./El Salvador Asylum Agreement

The following is a statement from Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communication for America’s Voice, in response to the news that the Trump administration signed an agreement with the government of El Salvador to explore asylum changes that could keep asylum seekers from other countries in El Salvador and which may lead to a future “safe … Continue reading »

Stark Contrast on Display: Trump’s False Border Triumphalism vs. Real Lives Endangered By “Return to Mexico” and Sham Asylum Process

The contrast between the Trump administration’s triumphalism and the trauma and pain inflicted by their asylum and border policies is on stark display this week. Yesterday, President Trump went to a section of border fencing near San Diego and held a political photo-op, going so far as to sign a section of the wall with … Continue reading »

“Kangaroo” Tent Courts the Final Step In a Sham Asylum Process with a Mounting Human Toll

As predicted, Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan and the acting heads of CBP, ICE, and USCIS went to the tent courts in Laredo, TX yesterday and tried to claim that Trump’s policies were successful and that the asylum hearings at these makeshift courtrooms were part of a fair process. With President Trump heading to the … Continue reading »

Editorial Boards and Opinion Voices Highlight Trump’s Cruel and Counterproductive Immigration Policies

Leading editorial boards, columnists and opinion voices are blasting the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant obsession as harmful to our values and our interests.  Below are examples and excerpts of leading opinion content from the past few days: The Houston Chronicle’s editorial board on the national security damage stemming from Trump’s anti-immigrant focus: “How Trump’s immigration obsession … Continue reading »

Has the U.S. Supreme Court Become the Trump Court on Immigration?

Dissenting Justices to Yesterday’s Asylum Decision Suggest that this Supreme Court is Becoming Another Political Arm of the President Yesterday, the Supreme Court granted a “extraordinary” request by the Trump administration to allow the administration to implement a regulation that Justice Sotomayor describes as, “forbid[ding] almost all Central Americans—even unaccompanied children—to apply for asylum in … Continue reading »