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AZ DREAMers Already Lining Up for Driver's Licenses, While Arpaio is in DC Petitioning for Deportations

Sheriff Joe Arpaio today is asking a federal judge to suspend President Obama’s executive action until a court ruling can be issued on the constitutionality of the action.  In other words, it’s three days before Christmas, and Arpaio is petitioning a federal court for the resumption of deportations that separate families. Back in Arizona, of course, it’s Arpaio … Continue reading »

Refugee, Legal, and Policy Experts Call on Obama Administration to Stop Speedy Deportations of Child Refugees

Below is a release from today’s press call: Children and Families Deserve Fair Hearings & Opportunity to Make Their Case for Protection In the wake of reports that the Obama Administration is speeding up the deportations of children fleeing violence and their families without allowing them to make their case for protection, and in light … Continue reading »

WSJ and NYT, Other Articles Slam GOP for Short-Sighted Votes Against Refugee Children, DREAMers

It’s not often that the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal editorial boards agree on something, but today the two papers agree that the House GOP votes on immigration this week were foolish and shortsighted.  Here’s an excerpt from the New York Times, entitled “Congress, Unhinged on Immigration,” pointing out that people continue … Continue reading »

What’s Needed: a Clean Supplemental, Not Cursory Interviews that Could Result in Child Refugees Being Sent Back to Their Death

The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, with respect to the current Congressional debate regarding Central American children who are seeking safety at our border. As the House Working Group’s recommendations released today make clear, Republicans are hell bent on tying any supplemental appropriations to changes in the 2008 … Continue reading »

Game Plan from the GOP and Allies on Child Refugees: Grandstand; Distort; Do Nothing; Repeat

The Same Game Plan Used by the Republicans on Every Immigration Debate  When it comes to addressing the ongoing child refugee crisis at the border, Republicans and their allies have solidified a strategy of trying to score political points, driving memes that are fact-free, and then ending with a flourish of inaction.  See below for … Continue reading »

Arizona legislator mobs YMCA-bound bus after thinking it was full of child refugees

File this epic fail from Arizona under “I’d Be Laughing If It Weren’t So Tragic.” Republican Congressional hopeful and state legislator Adam Kwasman invited himself to a protest in Oracle, where yet another group of adults had gathered to bravely scream at a rumored bus of child refugees that would be coming through the area. … Continue reading »

NPR: Statistics Show US-Mexico Border Is Secure

At NPR today is an analogy on why people find themselves forced to come to the US without papers: Imagine immigration, especially from Latin America, as a two-lane residential street with a 20-mile-an-hour speed limit. Over the decades, it’s grown to an eight-lane superhighway. But the speed limit is still 20 mph. That is, visas … Continue reading »