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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Continue »
‘These children are barefoot. In diapers. Choking on tear gas,’ read one headline in the Washington Post by Tim Elfrink and Fred Barbash. Over Thanksgiving weekend, U.S. CBP agents fired tear gas at a group of migrants — including many small children and babies — seeking asylum in the... Continue »
President Trump and his advisors see fear-mongering over the caravan and border security as a way to change the news cycle, benefit politically, and to justify even more sweeping and radical policy changes. But there’s no escaping the fact that his hardline deterrence approach has failed and is doomed... Continue »
A Complex Situation Requires a Multi-Pronged Approach As a federal judge in San Francisco blocks the Trump administration’s asylum ban and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen lies that migrants are rushing the border, it is time for America to deal realistically and responsibly to the challenge of refugees and migrants... Continue »