There have been so many contrasts that mark the profound difference between the previous administration and the one that currently occupies the White House. But a singular, unguarded smile like that of the young Nicaraguan boy Wilton Gutiérrez, captured in a recent photo, could symbolize all that has happened and is happening, at least on the… Continue »

Mario Carrillo: “Governor Abbott is more focused on his reelection efforts than on providing solutions.”   Yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a cynical and cruel executive order instructing state child-care regulators to revoke the licenses of facilities that house unaccompanied immigrant minors. This act of political theater by Governor Abbott could displace around 4,000… Continue »

Today, the Welcome with Dignity campaign launched its new national campaign to re-envision how people seeking asylum in the U.S. are welcomed and protected after being forced to flee their homes. Many advocates, activists, and regional migration experts came together online and off to celebrate the start of this campaign and continue the fight for… Continue »

Today, the Bidden-Harris administration announced remarkable success in decreasing the number of unaccompanied migrant children held in custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection—with a decline of nearly 84 percent in the last month alone. CNN: Number of Children Held in Border Patrol Facilities Drops 84% Since Peak Last Month Here are some key takeaways… Continue »

On Tuesday, April 27, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations held a hearing on unaccompanied children at the U.S. border. The hearing highlighted how the Trump administration gutted the asylum process through Title 42, Migrant Protection Protocols, and outspending resources on the border wall. From the witness stand, it is… Continue »

Even before Joe Biden took office, Republicans were scheming about how they could take advantage of the border situation that President Trump made worse in order to damage the incoming president and win victory in the next midterm elections. Politico’s Anita Kumar reports about a border trip by Republicans before Biden took office: “The conversations… Continue »

You can listen to a recording of the call here   On today’s call, western hemisphere policy experts went in depth on the challenges facing the people of the Northern Triangle, discussing the acute and root causes of migration to the U.S. southern border and potential solutions from the Biden-Harris administration. The panelists discussed the… Continue »

Frank Sharry: “Today’s Republican politicians are less focused on winning general elections and more interested in surviving the Trump-led purge in contested primaries that are right around the corner.” Yesterday offered a perfect contrast between the two parties. Democrats are focused on solutions that change lives, and Republicans are focused on pointing fingers, stoking  racism,… Continue »

Thrust to the epicenter of one of the most incandescent political battles in the United States today, unaccompanied migrant children are, evidently, an unequivocal symptom of the socio-economic and institutional breakdown in the poorest regions from which they come. Not only that, but their presence also highlights the types of societies they choose as their… Continue »

In a series of congressional delegations going to the border and on relentless appearances on right wing media, Republicans are stoking fear and playing politics over immigration. They do not acknowledge that the vast majority of migrants are being kept out or that the ones who are being let in are mostly children in need… Continue »