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Trump Administration Border Policy is a Failure

“The Administration wants a blank check from the Congress to address the border, but their incompetence and their laserlike focus on the wrong strategies – especially the President’s border wall – are just exacerbating problems and fomenting chaos,” Pili Tobar For the past several weeks, the Trump Administration has been engaged in a public relations … Continue reading »

Outrage Builds In Texas with Cornyn, Cruz Support of Trump’s Wall as Property Set to Be Seized, Military Funds Diverted

The political costs of standing with President Trump and against the Constitution and American voters on Trump’s border wall are mounting for Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn. The federal government is advancing towards the Texas land seizures necessary for construction and the impact on military projects to divert funds to the wall are coming … Continue reading »

Outrage Builds with GOP Support of Trump’s Wall as Property Set to Be Seized, Military Funds Diverted

The political costs of standing with President Trump and against the Constitution and American voters on Trump’s border wall are mounting. The federal government is advancing towards the Texas land seizures necessary for construction and the impact on military projects to divert funds to the wall are coming into sharper focus. In a story titled, … Continue reading »

Rep. Filemon Vela: “This Texas-Mexico border land is the private owners’ land”

Trump’s Unpopular Border Wall Not Only A Detriment to Environment, It Exploits Texas Communities’ Property Rights Representative Filemon Vela (TX-34) has a new op-ed in the Corpus Christi Caller calling out the Trump administration’s use of eminent domain in its attempts to build a monument to intolerance and xenophobia along the border. Rep. Vela describes … Continue reading »

“The emergency declaration is a powerful symbol of President Trump’s incredible weakness.” – Frank Sharry

As President Trump signed his declaration of a national emergency, before leaving Washington for a weekend of golf, he took unprecedented action to circumvent the will of Congress in order to make a point to his base that he is doing everything he can to build the wall his presidency is fixated on. The following … Continue reading »

Chris Hayes on the Meaning of “Border Security”

“America cannot be and will not be, one hopes, the kind of nation that those folks want” Last night, on the heels of the White House’s announcement of a forthcoming national emergency declaration, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes provided Americans with a much-needed reality check on the shifting meaning of “border security” debate. Standing in El Paso … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: “It’s an Attack on our Democracy by an Autocrat”

Heaven Forbid If We Have a Real National Emergency The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, regarding reports that President Trump intends to declare a national emergency to seek funds for his border wall: Just because the the President didn’t get what he wanted — a stupid wall to … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry on DHS Funding Bill: “We can and must do more to ensure that the days of giving ICE blank checks comes to an end, and to reverse the runaway train of unaccountable detention funding.”

The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice reacting to the proposed DHS funding deal and implications: Democrats must do more to rein in the runaway train of DHS funding and the rogue behavior of ICE and CBP.  For too long, ICE and the Border Patrol have operated with impunity … Continue reading »

What is a National Emergency? And Why Trump’s Threat to Declare One is a Racist Political Stunt

Originally published January 8, 2019 According to reports, Donald Trump may soon use the power of the White House to launch a racist political stunt dressed up as a national emergency. As the government shutdown grinds on, advocates fear that Trump will announce a national emergency and plans to appropriate Department of Defense funds to … Continue reading »

Making Sense of DHS Funding Debate: Why Congressional Oversight of DHS and ICE is Critically Needed

“Moving forward, House Democrats must address ICE’s impunity and lies and remember that every ‘detention bed’ on a budget ledger is a human life.”– Pili Tobar, Deputy Director The implications of the DHS funding deal to keep the government open – in particular the detention beds and related nuances – are both confusing and important. … Continue reading »