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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 »

Immigration 101: The Deadly White Nationalist Militias Patrolling the U.S./Mexico Border

Armed Anti-Immigrant Militia Groups Run by Vigilantes who Illegally Detain Migrants are Emboldened by Trump but have a Long, Violent, and Racist History In April 2019, a heavily armed anti-immigrant group calling themselves the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP) illegally detained more than 200 migrant asylum seekers, many of whom were children. They confronted the migrants … Continue reading »

“They Want It to Get Worse” – Trump and Miller Set Course for More Chaos and Inhumanity

For Trump, Politics Trumps Problem Solving President Trump and lead nativist advisor Stephen Miller are flailing and furious about the administration’s continued failures on their signature hardline immigration issue. Their cruel and simplistic deterrence-only approaches have exacerbated the complicated challenges posed by Central Americans seeking asylum and refuge. Now, Trump and Miller are set to … Continue reading »

Trump Campaign-Style Border Photo Op Shows Fear Is The Central Theme for Trump 2020

“Trump… returning to the scene of his epic policy failure to declare ‘Mission Accomplished’” As Donald Trump heads to the border for a taxpayer funded, mendacious campaign stop to demonize immigrants, we’re reminded of the tangible consequences of his failures, inadequacy, and insanity. According to Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice: “Welcome to the … Continue reading »

AZ Governor Ducey’s Flip-Flop the Latest Depressing Example of GOP Bowing to Trump to Kiss His Ring

Columnist Laurie Roberts: “Lost: Gov. Doug Ducey’s spine. Disappeared in the vicinity of the Oval Office. If found, please return ASAP.” The news that Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is now supporting Trump’s catastrophic and politically-motivated threat to close the border comes despite Ducey’s earlier objection to the idea and volumes of evidence such a move … Continue reading »

Of Course Trump is Going to Shut Down the Border

He’s Not Interested in Good Policy; He’s Only Interested in 2020 Politics Below is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is against it. Businesses across the country and in Texas are against it. Farmers are against it, too. White House staff are scrambling to derail or at least … Continue reading »

House Democrats Lay Out Four Steps to Restore Order Created By Trump’s Border Failures and Chaos

In a letter led by Representatives Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), House Democrats provide Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen with four thoughtful and realistic steps to begin righting the wrongs the administration has committed on our southern border.  As Trump threatens to escalate his failed deterrence-only policies and exacerbate the chaos, … Continue reading »

Dismantled Policies Result in Trump’s Epic Failure and Chaos at the Border

Trump Now Owns the Refugee Surge He Fueled Washington, DC – Leading observers are recognizing that the Trump administration’s deterrence-only policies have been an abject failure and that their proposals to slash aid to Central America and close the border are similarly doomed to fail. Meanwhile, new polling and political analysis underscore the diminishing returns … Continue reading »

Trump’s Failed Deterrence Strategy and Cynical Political Stunts at the Border: There’s a Better Way Forward

“Actually addressing the root causes of the problem in Central America and humanely managing applications for asylum from families fleeing violence are far, far down the list of Trump administration priorities.” – Pili Tobar, America’s Voice The Trump Administration remains hellbent on failed deterrence-only policies and cynical political stunts to underscore their narrative that the … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Emboldened Trump hopes a cruel border crisis will get him reelected in 2020”

“I’m old enough to remember when presidents ran for reelection on creating jobs, not on creating chaos.” – Will Bunch In a new must read piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer, columnist Will Bunch assesses the cynical political motivations that help explain the Trump administration’s actions and failures at the border. Bunch’s piece comes as the … Continue reading »