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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 »

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 »

Trump and his wall of falsehoods

With hubris, President Donald Trump went to El Paso, Texas to proclaim the “benefits” of the wall–as if he knows more about the situation than local officials and residents of this border city. What’s worse, he did it through falsehoods and exaggerations. He trotted out his new campaign slogan, Finish the Wall, when its building … Continue reading »

PHOTOS: This is What the Protest Looks Like Outside Trump’s El Paso Rally

Donald Trump is hold a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas tonight — the latest stunt in his ongoing obsession to build the border wall. During last week’s State of the Union address, Trump singled out El Paso as a place that supposedly represented his false narrative about life on the border. Not so, advocates, … Continue reading »

El Paso Community Leaders join with Congresswoman Escobar and Beto O’Rourke to Speak Ahead of the March for Truth Rally

The call will urge the Trump Administration to stop the wall and stop the lies A recording of the call is available here. Earlier today, Fernando Garcia, the executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights, Linda Rivas of the Women’s March of El Paso, Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-16), and Beto O’Rourke gathered to … Continue reading »