“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 »

“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 »

Trump’s Border Failure Continues…Nielsen’s Incompetence and Cruelty Keeps Getting Worse In a letter, first obtained by NBC’s Julia Ainsey,  DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen “will ask Congress for the authority to deport unaccompanied migrant children more quickly, to hold families seeking asylum in detention until their cases are decided and to allow immigrants to apply for… Continue »

What a Real Alternative Looks Like The Trump strategy for our southern border is an epic failure. The deterrence-only, build-a-wall, send-the-troops, separate-the-families, lock-em-up, border-centric response to a regional refugee and migration challenge is blowing up in their faces. Now they are trying to blame Congress and get rewarded for their failure.   Let’s call it… Continue »

As NBC News reports, the recent numbers of daily border apprehensions are reaching the highest levels of the Trump administration and are approaching levels last seen in 2006. As a result, the Trump administration is screaming “crisis,” blaming Congress, and demanding a border wall. No, it’s not a security crisis, but rather a humanitarian crisis… Continue »

“The Administration wants a blank check from the Congress to address the border, but their incompetence and their laserlike focus on the wrong strategies – especially the President’s border wall – are just exacerbating problems and fomenting chaos,” Pili Tobar For the past several weeks, the Trump Administration has been engaged in a public relations… Continue »

If you listened to DHS officials and multiple reports in the last couple days, you might believe there is an unprecedented surge of migration at the southwest border.  Reality, facts, and data show otherwise. While there is a steadily changing demographic of the population seeking to enter the United States, the overall numbers are still… Continue »

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There are Smart and Humane Solutions The Trump administration has expressed no qualms with spending more than $200 million to deploy the National Guard and the U.S. military to the border, where tear gas was used, even on children.  It has also used Presidential and agency resources to develop and defend an unlawful regulation to… Continue »

In a new article for Quartz, Annabelle Timsit cuts through the administration’s balderdash and outlines an achievable path to both protect our border and treat immigrants humanely. Timsit recommends four key steps: Find alternatives to putting asylum-seekers in detention; Expand access to legal aid and immigration judges; Widen the scope of those who qualify for… Continue »

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Trump’s Election Mode of Divide and Distract Continues Unabated The chaos we are witnessing at the border is directly attributable to the choices of the Trump White House to dismantle proven approaches and processes and to stoke fears and escalate a crisis. While Trump and company may view the lawlessness and disorder on display as… Continue »