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Trump’s “Unprecedented Achievement” at the Border is Actually a Dismal Failure He Created

He Dismantled the Previous System and the Consequences are Deadly As the Trump administration touts its immigration policies as an “unprecedented achievement,” new reports from The Intercept, Insider, and Mother Jones remind us of the life-threatening consequences of Trump and Stephen Miller’s policies.  The Intercept’s Anna-Catherine Brigida in “Despite U.S. Asylum Ban, Honduran Women Fleeing … Continue reading »

Regarding Border Apprehension Numbers, Frank Sharry: This administration has been an abysmal failure

The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, regarding the latest border apprehension numbers: When it comes to responding to the regional refugee challenge and humanitarian crisis at our border, the Trump administration has failed miserably.  The challenge has been and continues to be how America can best respond to … Continue reading »

Pili Tobar on August Border Apprehension Numbers: “No Successes Associated with Trump’s Assault on Human Rights”

Yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection acting commissioner Mark Morgan claimed that the Trump administration’s border and asylum policies were a success, based on the declining number of border apprehensions in August (of note, while the monthly data on total apprehensions show a decline of 22 percentage points compared to July, the figure still represents … Continue reading »

As Evidence of Border Failures Mount, Trump Again Raids Military Funding for Border Wall Construction

Last week, we highlighted how the latest DHS monthly numbers offered stark reminders how Trump’s border policies had dramatically worsened the humanitarian and refugee crisis. We also noted that Trump’s refusal to adjust course or admit that more deterrence-only approaches are doomed-to-fail and will make the current situation all the worse. Today, we see more … Continue reading »

The Stats Don’t Lie: Trump Continues to Fail at the Border

As White House Advances More Cruel and Doomed-to-Fail Policies, Smart and Effective Solutions Ignored The latest DHS monthly numbers are in. They continue to be in the 100,000 range, the highest monthly point since 2007. Under Trump, CBP counts have doubled in the past year. A sane administration would diagnose the challenge, review available options, … Continue reading »

WaPo: “Trump wants ‘toughness’ to deter migration, but physical measures keep failing”

In a new piece for the Washington Post, Nick Miroff, Maria Sacchetti and Josh Dawsey recount the failures of Trump’s border policies. They point out that the President seems more interested in his burnishing his “tough guy” brand than in proposing pragmatic solutions. From the piece: “Gil Kerlikowske, CBP commissioner from 2014 to 2017 under … Continue reading »

More Failed Policy in Trump’s Emergency Funding Request

We Need Common Sense and Humane Solutions Yesterday, the Trump administration submitted to Congress an emergency spending request for more than a billion dollars for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), even though DHS received record funding through the regular appropriations process just three months ago. The President’s own fact sheet suggests this request is … Continue reading »

David Nakamura: “Trump says the border crisis is about criminals and gangs. His administration says it is about families and children.”

In a new piece for the Washington Post, David Nakamura highlights Trump’s portrayal of Latino migrants as criminals and gang members as a central piece to his 2020 reelection campaign theme and part of his Strongman brand. This not only puts him at odds with some inside his administration, but is blinding him to genuine … Continue reading »

Great Big Wolf of Border Supplemental Budget Request is Dressed in Lamb’s Clothing of “Humanitarian Aid”

Don’t Let Trump Pull The Wool Over Your Eyes The $4.5 billion supplemental budget request tells you a great deal about what Donald Trump is getting wrong about the surge of migrants seeking asylum at our southern border.  While the administration is pretending to be concerned about plight of the children and families and casting … Continue reading »

Resources and Reminders: Trump’s Failed Policies Worsened the Humanitarian Crisis at Border and a More Sane and Effective Vision Exists

President Trump yesterday engaged in another round of rage-tweeting about the border, heavy on bluster, fear-mongering, and now, saber rattling about the “ARMED SOLDIERS” the U.S. is sending to the border to confront the Mexican military. This included a renewed threat, as we predicted, to shut down the southern border. It’s the latest episode of … Continue reading »