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ICYMI: USA Today, “Trump Administration Restrictions on Asylum are Cruel”

Yesterday, USA Today published an op-ed from DHS Watch Director Ur Jaddou. The piece criticizes the controversial policies adopted by the Trump administration at the border that are resulting in families being separated and refugees being turned away. As Jaddou notes, “The Trump administration, notably Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is implementing a morally bankrupt and … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: “We Once Called Our Nation a ‘Shining City on the Hill.’ No Longer”

The announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that most asylum seekers fleeing domestic and gang violence will no longer qualify for asylum protection in the U.S. is another in a string of cruel immigration announcements by the Trump Administration, America’s Voice Education Fund said today. Also yesterday, AG Sessions announced a new push to denaturalize … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Trump keeps making it harder for people to seek asylum legally”

Dara Lind of Vox explains how the Trump Administration is throwing obstacles in the way of those seeking asylum at our southern border.  Read excerpts from Dara Lind’s explainer below and read it in its entirety here: The Trump administration justifies its “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting everyone who crosses into the US illegally — … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Buzzfeed Profiles Asylum Seekers Fleeing Horrible Conditions of Countries Previously Granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Including Honduras

Honduras TPS Decision Deadline: 5/4/20178, 4 days Buzzfeed spotlights the stories of asylum seekers seeking refuge from life-threatening violence and turmoil in countries that were previously granted Temporary Protected Status, including Honduras which is the next country up for TPS renewal; the decision by the Department of Homeland Security is due in just four days on May 4th. The piece also includes … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is Asylum?

American values and tradition, especially since the Holocaust, was founded on welcoming people fleeing war, violence, and persecution. But in recent years, the U.S. has strayed away from these values. Currently, the United States only accepts fewer than one percent of worldwide refugees, and many other countries take in far more refugees than we do.. … Continue reading »

CBP Illegally Turning Away Asylum Seekers at the Border

Customs and Border Protection officials are reportedly turning away asylum seekers at the southern border — which is a violation of international law. Here’s more from a Dallas Morning News editorial: The U.S. government is illegally turning away asylum seekers at official land crossings all along the southern border. This is the succinct and chilling … Continue reading »

Mass Somali Deportation Looms for 4,000 Asylum Seekers

Donald Trump has made it clear that he’s pursuing a white nationalist policy that is aimed at reshaping American demographics for decades to come. We’ve seen this in the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants who have been living in the US for decades and raising families without causing trouble. And we’re about to see it … Continue reading »

Federal Court Blocks Government from Detaining Mothers and Children Seeking Asylum

Last Friday, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction blocking the Obama Administration’s practice of locking up mothers and children seeking asylum in the United States. The ACLU filed the case on behalf of mothers and children who have fled their home countries facing conditions of extreme fear and violence.  Each had been found by … Continue reading »