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Trump’s Closing Argument is Clear: Play the Race Card in Order to Divide and Distract Voters

Trump wants to exploit this issue, not solve it. As President Trump stokes fears and tries to whip up a frenzy over border security, immigration and a caravan of Central Americans seeking safety and opportunity, here is our take: Trump wants to exploit this issue, not solve it. Trump’s frenzy over the issue is ugly, … Continue reading »

WaPo’s Eugene Robinson: “If the subjects of Trump’s demagoguery were summarily denied entry, as he apparently would like, most would be forced to go home and some would be killed. That would be a terrible stain on the nation’s conscience.”

Eugene Robinson’s latest column in the Washington Post is entitled “The immigrant ‘caravan’ is a test. Trump wants us to fail.” He puts the current caravan of Central Americans in historical context and calls on America to avoid the injustices of the past and live up to our ideals as a leader in the post-World War II … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is Asylum?

American values and tradition, especially since the Holocaust, was founded on welcoming people fleeing war, violence, and persecution. But in recent years, the U.S. has strayed away from these values. Currently, the United States only accepts fewer than one percent of worldwide refugees, and many other countries take in far more refugees than we do.. … Continue reading »

Jesse Acevedo, WaPo: What will happen to El Salvador when the U.S. ends the protected status of Salvadoran immigrants?

In an op-ed for Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, political scientist Jesse Acevedo examines potential impacts on El Salvador of the Trump Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status for approximately 200,000 Salvadorans currently protected under the program. The piece in its entirety can be accessed here, and follows below: Last month, the Trump administration announced that it will end Temporary … Continue reading »

Immigrant, Arab-American, and Refugee Advocates Analyze President Trump’s Forthcoming Executive Orders on Immigrant and Refugee Policies

A recording of today’s call is available here. As the nation prepares for President Trump’s forthcoming Executive Orders on immigration and refugee policies, leaders from America’s Voice Education Fund, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Women’s Refugee Commission, National Immigration Law Center (NILC), South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), and United We Dream gathered … Continue reading »

Trump Launches His Deportation Force, Declares Open Season on Refugees, Immigrants, and American Families

The following is a statement from Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, reacting to the array of extreme immigration, border, and refugee-focused executive orders set to be announced by President Trump today and tomorrow. “This week Trump begins his planned assault on immigrants, refugees, and religious freedom.  He’ll take steps to launch his mass deportation … Continue reading »

“What They Took With Them”: The One Video You Have To Watch Today

Have you ever thought about the things you’d take with you if you had to immediately flee your home and country? Think of the countless things you pick up or put aside daily, all with the confidence that they’ll still be there tomorrow.  A new UN Refugee Agency video places us in the shoes of the refugees who … Continue reading »

Obama’s Legacy on Central American Refugees

On an early morning in late January of this year, a young man named Pedro Salmeron was riding in the passenger seat of his father’s truck in Charlotte, NC when ICE agents stopped the truck and detained Pedro. His crime: fleeing gang members in El Salvador that had just brutally murdered his cousin. This may … Continue reading »

North Carolina Teen Pedro Salmeron Faces Imminent Deportation

Earlier this year we learned that the Obama administration, in an attempt to deter illegal border crossings, had started to target recently arrived Central American teenagers for deportation. Despite outcry from the community and increasing reports of violence in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, these cruel enforcement actions have not stopped. Since … Continue reading »