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Rep. O’Rourke and Rep. Gallego Introduce Legislation To Protect Landowners from Trump’s Wall

For a recording of today’s call, click here. WASHINGTON – Representatives Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) and Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) held a press call this afternoon to discuss the details of their new legislation that would prevent the Trump-Pence Administration from poaching private land in order to build their irrational and illogical wall. The Protecting the Property Rights … Continue reading »

Going for Broke: After a Week of Dismal Failures, Trump Administration and Cohorts Try to Change Subject By Lashing Out At Immigrants

The Trump Administration and its hardline anti-immigrant allies are taking their assault against immigrants to disturbing new heights. As we noted yesterday, we are in dangerous times, as a presidency under siege is lashing out against immigrants with new venom. From new details of the Administration’s immigration enforcement agenda to the renewed push to end DACA … Continue reading »

AVEF Responds to Sneak Attempt to Enact $1.6 Billion Funding for Costly and Unnecessary Border Wall

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives reportedly plans to sneak $1.6 billion in funding for Trump’s border wall into a “minibus” spending package this afternoon. According to Politico’s Ted Hesson: Why in a rule? Why not just amend the bill once it’s on the floor? Probably because the wall doesn’t have enough Republican support to pass there. This … Continue reading »

Rep. Gallego Joins Environment and Immigration Experts to Condemn House Sneaking in Vote for Wasteful $1.6B Border Wall

A recording of today’s event is available here. In an unusual procedural move, House Republicans will add $1.6 billion in border wall funding to a “minibus” bill that includes funding for the Defense Department and other agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs. A vote on the package is expected mid-week. On a press call today, … Continue reading »

Trump’s Ego-Driven Insistence on Border Wall Funding is Hitting a Wall of Opposition: Democrats, the Public and Border State Republicans

What could go wrong? To what lengths will Donald Trump go to fulfill his considerable ego needs? Will he shut down the government unless he gets his way on border wall funding? These are the central questions this week, as Congress returns after recess to face the prospect of a government shutdown fight. Donald Trump … Continue reading »

ICYMI: NY Times Editorials Blast “Extreme Foolishness” of Trump’s Extreme Vetting and Border Wall Proposals

New York Times editorials from today and this past weekend blast two of the administration’s signature policy proposals: Trump’s extreme vetting proposal for foreign visitors to the U.S., and the wall that Trump promises to build at the U.S.-Mexico border. While the Times is referring to the border wall when it writes “[it is] an idiotic … Continue reading »

Trump Wants American Taxpayers to Spend Billions Funding a Mass Deportation Strategy They Fundamentally Oppose

Poll after poll shows that the Trump Administration’s radicalism on immigration is at odds with the views of the vast majority of Americans on a range of topics. Why is he pursuing a deportation strategy they fundamentally oppose? Overwhelming and Durable Public Support for Legalization, Not Deportation   CNN (March 2017): 90% of Americans, including … Continue reading »

The Wall Comes Tumbling Down

People Power, Resolute Democrats On Verge of Defeating President Trump’s Budget Request for Border Wall and Deportation Force Last week, another Trump promise crumbled with the crash and burn of the health care bill in the House of Representatives. The keys to victory: people power, Democratic unity and Republican divisions. Looking forward, it looks like … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Building companies, California cities boycott Trump’s border monstrosity

In a new piece for Bloomberg, “Trump’s Wall is 30 Feet of Scary Politics for Builders,” Thomas Black highlights the resistance to bidding on Trump’s border monstrosity by major building companies who “won’t touch it with a 10-foot pole.”  Black writes: The wall and Trump’s insistence that Mexico pay for it have incensed broad swaths … Continue reading »

Border Wall and Mass Deportations: Trump’s Next Big Mistake?

Donald Trump’s proposed budget is out today, and there’s a lot to take issue with. There are billions of dollars in cuts to housing, emergency management, transportation, health and human services, education, and the environment. Trump would funnel that money — and more — into defense and border security. He’s demanding $4.1 billion for a … Continue reading »

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