Recently, Republicans have been using the story of children escaping violence as an excuse to attack immigrants and immigration reform — going so far to suggest that President Obama should dismantle the DACA program and resume the deportation of DREAMers.  What many pundits have been completely ignoring, however, is the fact... Continue »
Glenn Beck is trying to show his compassionate side this week, announcing an event next week in McAllen, Texas to give children fleeing violence food, water, and other items including teddy bears and soccer balls.  As he said of the children: Through no fault of their own, they are... Continue »
As Obama Prepares to Step Up, Republican Brand Continues to Spiral Downward  The current top immigration news story is the anti-immigrant protest in Murrieta, CA this week — the one where some professional activists from outside of the city got riled up by the mayor and blocked the transfer of Central... Continue »
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…”?  Not so much. The town of Murrieta, California is joining the ranks of famously anti-immigrant cities and states (think Arizona, Alabama, Hazleton PA, Farmer’s Branch TX, Fremont NE) after a few hundred residents blocked the road and forced three buses carrying undocumented... Continue »
If you thought yesterday’s Homeland Security hearing on the children at the border was a long parade of Republican posture-taking, wait until today’s House Judiciary Committee spectacle, titled nothing less than  “An Administration Made Disaster: The South Texas Border Surge of Unaccompanied Minors.” Here are the witnesses: Mr. Tom Homan, Executive Associate... Continue »
In their rush to score political points over Obama for the children at the border story, many Republicans are going way, way too far — see, for example, Darrell Issa and his campaign to restart the deportation of DREAMers who have lived here all their lives, in response to children... Continue »
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... 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... 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... 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... Continue »