Every day over 1000 families in America are torn apart by deportation.  It’s a sad fact and one that we think needs to change.  But last week when we heard that an eight-year-old girl had committed suicide after being deported by Border Patrol, well, it just seemed that things had hit a new low.  According… Continue »

The Border Patrol and its policies allowing for the excessive use of force came under renewed scrutiny last week, with the release of a DHS inspector general report investigating 67 cases that resulted in 19 deaths.  The report found, among other things, evidence of Border Patrol agents deliberately stepping in front of cars in order… Continue »

New Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has his work cut out for him when it comes to immigration enforcement.  As Brian Bennett of Los Angeles Times highlights in a new story, entitled, “Border Patrol’s use of deadly force criticized in report,” the extreme and overly aggressive tactics by Border Patrol agents have resulted… Continue »

Saturday was an historic day in Anthony, New Mexico. More than 1,000 people gathered at a church to hear from two Congressmen – a Democrat and a Republican – about how to make the border a safer place for migrants who travel through and people who live there.  It was the 15th anniversary assembly of the Border… Continue »

After spending all of last year rotating through a litany of excuses for why they couldn’t pass immigration reform (including President Obama, the Democrats, the fiscal crisis, the legislative calendar, and immigration reform advocates themselves), House Republicans have cycled back to the beginning, once again using their hatred for and distrust of President Obama as… Continue »

Enforcement at Historic Highs, Citizenship is Central, GOP Politics Favors Action Now In the fast-moving discussion of immigration reform, here are three keys to the current debate: 1.  Despite Republican Rhetoric, Immigration Enforcement & Border Security Are Already in Overdrive: Here are the facts: President Obama has presided over a record-high number of deportations; the… Continue »

A report yesterday from the Office for the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security revealed that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been keeping such poorly detailed and incomplete records that it is impossible to identify the number of excessive force allegations lodged against the agency. As the report noted, neither… Continue »

In today’s Washington Post, former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff trots out the typical Republican complaints about President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “I understand when the decision was made not to deport the so-called ‘Dreamers’ it was seen as very humane. But for people skeptical and distrusting, that vindicated their skepticism,” Chertoff… Continue »

Most Americans support a balanced approach to immigration policy and reform.  So where did the relentless focus on more and more aggressive enforcement originate?  During the last decade, border security groups like the Minutemen pushed this issue into the forefront. Their extreme messaging was adopted by the media, members of Congress and other officials including… Continue »

Editor’s Note: This post was written by author and investigative journalist David Neiwert, a good friend to America’s Voice. Dave is also senior editor of the political blog Crooks and Liars. Tomorrow, Dave will join us for a Google Hangout at 1 PM ET to discuss his latest book: And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the… Continue »