Fresh off their blanket opposition to the wildly popular American Rescue Plan that promises to put checks in pockets, vaccinations in arms, people back to work and kids back in school, the GOP is desperate to change the subject. When Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head ran out of... Continue »
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is leading a delegation of Republicans to the border today. The goals: to distract attention from the GOP’s failure to support the very popular American Rescue Plan; to desperately flog an uptick at the border of non-white unaccompanied minors as an existential threat to... Continue »
La decisión del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS) de activar a la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA) debería interpretarse como un acto responsable de parte de la administración Biden para atender de manera ordenada, pero sobre todo humanitaria, el aumento en el arribo de menores migrantes... Continue »
A must-read Eugene Robinson column in the Washington Post, titled “Biden needs to do the right thing for migrants, so the GOP can’t lie about them” calls out the transparent Republican effort to stoke fear about the border crisis and dehumanize vulnerable kids. He urges the Biden administration to... Continue »
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) heads to the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday to lead the desperate right-wing attempt to declare the admission of unaccompanied children seeking safety from violence a “crisis.”  This is the same Kevin McCarthy that perpetrated the Big Lie that the 2020 election was marked... Continue »
While the White House is pushing an immigration reform bill with a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, it is also advancing executive actions and policy changes to bring an end to some of the most onerous practices of the Trump presidency, including the detention of children and families.... Continue »
Too often, mainstream media coverage and commentary regarding border and asylum policies rest on the following assumptions: Migration is bad, and more of it is worse;  If Biden unwinds Trump’s sadistic web of cruelty, it will lead to a ”border crisis” because U.S. immigration policies are the primary driver... Continue »
Today the Center for American Progress released a new report that finds no strong evidence Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations increase irregular migration to the U.S. Last year, Hurricanes Eta and Iota swept through Central America, devastating the region including Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador. Advocates and experts have... Continue »
A new regional strategy needs a more sophisticated set of metrics   Every month, CBP issues monthly border apprehension statistics. Typically, it sets off a round of breathless media coverage. Upticks generate stories of a coming “crisis” or “wave.” Downticks are evaluated as “success.”  We question whether border apprehensions... Continue »
Asylum seekers don’t abscond, they show up “Catch and release.” It has been invoked cynically and repeatedly by the right to justify a web of cruel policies aimed at gutting the nation’s asylum system and deterring asylum-seekers. It’s one of those catch-phrases popularized by the right and picked up... Continue »