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Children at the Border

Despite Horrific Detention Conditions, DHS Acting Secretary Decides to Double Down, Seeking More & Longer Detention of Children With Weaker Standards of Care

But there is an Effective, Cost-Efficient, and Humane Solution to Border Challenge  Yesterday, the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kevin McAleenan testified before the House Oversight Committee that the solution to the border challenge is ending the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA), which prohibits detention of children for more than 20 … Continue reading »

“The Nightmare of Child Separations Continues” House Oversight Committee Report Shows

NPR: CBP Agent Forces 3-Year Old into Literal Sofi’s Choice of Mom or Dad The moral collapse of the Trump administration is on full display: President Trump’s “go back to where you came from” racist tweets and comments aimed at women of color elected to Congress; VP Mike Pence and a group of Republican Senators see … Continue reading »

Photos: #Lights4Liberty National Day of Action Calls for an End to Horrific Detention Conditions

Yesterday, Americans all across the country protested the horrific conditions migrant children and families are currently facing in immigration detention centers at the border. Public outcry has been simmering for weeks as children have died, while the Trump Administration argued that soap and toothbrushes aren’t necessary to meet basic safety and sanitary standards at detention centers. … Continue reading »

Yazmin Juárez’s Courageous Testimony Spotlights Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

Nowhere are the cruel and deplorable actions of the Trump administration more outstanding than in the abhorrent conditions of immigration detention facilities holding children and families. Yesterday, in a powerful House Oversight Committee hearing, Yazmin Juárez bravely gave a heartbreaking testimony of the death of her one year old daughter weeks after being released from … Continue reading »

Immigration Experts Discuss ‘New Border Vision’ for the 21st Century 

A recording of the call is available here.  Earlier today, immigration experts from across the southern border region gathered on a press call to discuss A New Border Vision, a framework for positive and compassionate action that moves us from the myopic and harmful enforcement of the last few decades to responsive and responsible border governance … Continue reading »

A Culture of Impunity and Dehumanizing Cruelty on Display at CBP

Culture of Cruelty Starts at the Top Every day brings more examples of the culture of impunity and dehumanizing cruelty that defines CBP (Customs and Border Protection) and our entire immigration enforcement system. President Trump, who has called the reports about horrific conditions for migrants, asylum-seekers and children in government care a “hoax”, has encouraged … Continue reading »

It Is Time to Hold DHS Accountable for Horrific Immigration Detention Conditions

Congress Begins Hearings on the Facts, Not the Falsehoods Amid a new NBC News report of children being sexually assaulted and retaliated against by border officials in immigration detention, the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee will hold a hearing today on the abhorrent conditions in immigration … Continue reading »

PHOTOS: #CloseTheCamps National Day of Action

Today, rallies and actions took place across the nation to protest the horrific conditions migrant children and families are currently facing in immigration detention centers at the border.  The public outcry comes after the Trump Administration argued that soap and toothbrushes aren’t necessary to meet the basic safety and sanitary standards at the detention centers.  … Continue reading »

Horrific Immigration Detention Conditions are “Substantiated” by Multiple DHS Inspector General Reports and Direct Testimony

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan claimed that horrific detention conditions for children and adults described by the media at an El Paso border station were “unsubstantiated.”  And, last month McAleenan told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he is hearing only about minor detention condition issues and that “any … Continue reading »

Members of Congress Waited With Migrants Seeking Asylum. It took Them 20 Hours and a Cold Wait Overnight

Yesterday, after reports that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were again illegally turning away asylum seekers, U.S. Representatives Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) and Nanette D. Barragán (CA-44) went to the border and tried to investigate. Gomez and Barragán met 19 asylum seekers at the Otay Mesa port of entry, located just outside of San Diego. One … Continue reading »