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Editorial Boards and Opinion Voices Highlight Trump’s Cruel and Counterproductive Immigration Policies

Leading editorial boards, columnists and opinion voices are blasting the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant obsession as harmful to our values and our interests.  Below are examples and excerpts of leading opinion content from the past few days: The Houston Chronicle’s editorial board on the national security damage stemming from Trump’s anti-immigrant focus: “How Trump’s immigration obsession … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Columnist Catherine Rampell: “We’re in the midst of Trump’s War on Children”

In a must-read syndicated column entitled, “We’re in the midst of Trump’s War on Children,” the Washington Post’s Catherine Rampell draws attention to the Trump administration’s relentless cruelty and the policies that are having harmful effects on children across the U.S. Rampell cites the latest OIG report, detailing the trauma and emotional pain inflicted on … Continue reading »

“Every heartbeat hurts” “I can’t feel my heart”

Children Describing Emotional Pain of Trump Family Separation Policy, Documented by the HHS Inspector General   Yesterday, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued two reports on the treatment of immigrant children in federal custody in 2018. One report described severe challenges in addressing the … Continue reading »

Pediatricians: Trump Administration is “Anti-Child”

In the wake of the horrendous DHS Inspector General report of the intense trauma experienced by migrant children, a powerful op-ed authored by three pediatricians for the Boston Globe highlights how the Trump administration’s policies and rhetoric directly threaten the health and well-being of children. They demand the administration stop inflicting trauma on children in … Continue reading »

Recapping August: A Month of All-Encompassing Trump Cruelty Aimed at Immigrants

“All of it came as our fellow Americans in El Paso buried their dead following a terrorist attack inspired by Trump and his allies.” Last Friday, America’s Voice published a detailed overview of the litany of attacks launched by the Trump administration — in August alone — on legal immigration, immigrants, and refugees. Since we … Continue reading »

Why Trump’s New Push for Kids’ Indefinite Detention in Traumatic Conditions Would Also Mean No Accountability

Leading observers continue to point out the potential harm of the Trump administration’s announcement to target kids and vulnerable families through indefinite detention.  For example, read Cornell Law professor Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer in the Washington Post recapping the details and implications of the proposed changes to Flores. The research shows long-term detention has lasting mental health … Continue reading »

“There Seems to Be No Limit” To Trump’s Cruelty

Leading Voices Denounce Trump Plan to Indefinitely Detain Kids The Trump administration’s cruel announcement to target kids and vulnerable families through indefinite detention has generated a volume of outrage from leading voices. According to Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communications for America’s Voice, “The cruelty is and always has been the point when it comes to … Continue reading »

Federal Court Rules in Favor of Providing “Safe and Sanitary” Conditions to Children in Immigration Detention

“How Low Can Our Government Go When It Needs a Court Ruling to Provide Children with Essential Care?” Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled in favor of providing basic hygiene supplies to children in federal immigration detention facilities after the government unsuccessfully argued that they did not need to provide … Continue reading »

2019 Mid-Year Review: More than Two Years In, Trump’s Assault on Immigrants is Only Intensifying

From the moment Donald Trump descended the Trump Tower escalator to launch his presidential bid in 2015, his attacks on immigrants has been unrelenting.  We recapped the Administration’s cruel and inhumane changes to immigration policy in 2017 and 2018, but more than halfway through his Administration, the ways in which the White House is making … Continue reading »

Tragic, Ugly Detention Cases Underscore Need for Congress to Enact Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in CBP Custody Act

“Trump and the Republicans quite literally don’t seem to care.” Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3239, the “Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in CBP Custody Act,” sponsored by Rep. and Doctor Raul Ruiz (D-CA). Only one GOP Member (Alaska Rep. Don Young) voted for this legislation to provide for basic standards of care for … Continue reading »