In Response to 8-Yr Olds Fleeing Violence Today, GOP Says Let’s Deport 20-Yr. Old College Students Who Have Lived in America for Years Elise Foley of Huffington Post reports that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is circulating a sign-on letter to House Republican colleagues demanding that President Obama end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)… Continue »

At today’s Homeland Security Committee hearing (“Dangerous Passage: The Growing Problem of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border“), House Republicans demonstrated an insistence on using the children at the border story to score cheap political points, regardless of the facts. More than once, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson emphasized the fact that the children are refugees, and that the main… Continue »

American Values Must Remain At the Heart of Our Response to Child Refugees With Congress embarking on several hearings this week related to the rise in the number of children fleeing violence in Central America and seeking safety in the United States, the question is what is going to guide our response: will our leaders… Continue »

Violence in their home countries has prompted tens of thousands of children in recent years to cross international borders and make their way to the US and other countries.  But when these youths — some as young as two years old — arrive in the US, they often face the same complex detention and deportation… Continue »

Greg Sargent makes an excellent point today at the Washington Post about the GOP’s response to the children fleeing violence story — and how it does nothing to help their image as the party of deportations.  See, Republicans have been blaming President Obama’s policies, specifically DACA, as the reason why children have been coming to… Continue »

Today is World Refugee Day, and some members of Congress are using the opportunity to speak compassionately about the children at the border fleeing violence.  As they and others have made clear, the children are refugees who are traveling to the US as well as other countries to escape conditions back home.  They may have… Continue »

Washington, DC – Addressing the surge of children fleeing violence in Central America and arriving at the borders of the U.S. and other countries is a humanitarian crisis, not a political football.  As Leslie Velez of the U.N. High Commission for Refugees recently told National Journal, “It’s a humanitarian crisis in the region.  The numbers are alarming,… Continue »

Check out this fact sheet released today, “Myths and Facts on the Central American Migration Surge” from the Society of Jesus in the United States and the Washington Office on Latin America. View the original fact sheet here. Myths and Facts on Central American Migration Surge

Former acting commissioner of the US Customs & Border Patrol Agency Jason Ahern spoke with Chuck Todd on MSNBC this morning about children at the border, and called the issue an “international humanity crisis.” Ahern emphasized the plight of the children and said that they are coming to the US to flee violence — a large number… Continue »