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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 »

“Migrant Children in Search of Justice: A 2-Year-Old’s Day in Immigration Court”

Trump Administration is Hauling Two Year Olds Before Judges Writing in the New York Times, Vivian Yee and Miriam Jordan tell the story of Fernanda Jacqueline Davila, a toddler from Honduras taken from her grandmother as part of the Trump administration’s unresolved family separation crisis. The story describes Fernanda’s appearance before an immigration judge — … Continue reading »

Ed Boards and Observers Condemn Trump Policy of Separating Parents from Children

Americans Cannot Be Proud of Their Government’s Actions Editorial boards and observers from across the country are condemning the Trump Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents in an attempt to deter asylum seekers. Below, find excerpts from recent columns and editorials highlighting why the Trump Administration’s policy is morally repugnant, against our shared … Continue reading »

Reminders: As Trump Administration Advances Cruel Policy Agenda at Border, CBP is Out of Control, Not the Border

La Opinión editorial and Matt Yglesias at Vox with key new commentaries as Trump Administration advances cruel new policies at the border Two new commentaries capture why the Trump Administration’s approach to border and asylum policy is defined by callousness and inhumanity and not by the actual facts or needs of the border region. An … Continue reading »

ICYMI: New Yorker: “Taking Children From Their Parents is a Form of State Terror”

The New Yorker’s Masha Gessen compares the Trump administration’s policy of ripping children from the arms of their parents to tactics employed by Putin. In her latest column she notes, “Hostage-taking is an instrument of terror. Capturing family members, especially children, is a tried-and-true instrument of totalitarian terror. Memoirs of Stalinist terror are full of stories of strong men … Continue reading »

Ahead of Mother’s Day, Ohio Faith and Community-Based Groups Blast Trump Administration Immigration Policies that Separate Mothers From Children

“It’s unconscionable that this Administration is looking for new ways to create broken families, instead of keeping them whole” Cleveland, OH — Ahead of Mother’s Day, fifteen faith and community-based organizations in Ohio issued an open letter condemning Trump Administration immigration policies that needlessly separate mothers from their children. The letter cites examples of specific … Continue reading »

Family Separation Policy Initiated by Sessions and Nielsen Draws Fire

In response to the announcements by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen that their new “zero tolerance” strategy means that infants and toddlers will be separated from their parents, a range of voices –  from editorial boards, to mothers and children staging walkout protests when DHS Secretary Nielsen testified in Congress, to … Continue reading »

PHOTOS: Advocates Walk Out Of Hearing to Protest Plan To Separate Migrant Families

Mothers, children, and advocates walked out on a DHS budget hearing featuring Kirstjen Nielsen yesterday, in a silent protest against the Trump Administration’s decision to separate children from parents at the border. This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a policy where migrants coming to the border — even women and children fleeing for their lives … Continue reading »

“Al Fiscal General, Jeff Sessions, y a la secretaria de Seguridad Nacional, Kirstjen Nielsen, debería darles vergüenza”

Frank Sharry reacciona a la nueva política de separación familiar Ayer el Fiscal General, Jeff Sessions, y la secretaria del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional, Kirstjen Nielsen, anunciaron una política fronteriza de “tolerancia cero” que tendrá como resultado la separación de padres e hijos y el posterior juicio penal. Esta es una expansión radical que este … Continue reading »

Just Two Weeks After Telling Congress Otherwise, Homeland Security Secretary Joins Attorney General in Taking Children from Parents to Achieve a Dubious Deterrent Effect

Tal Kopan of CNN reported yesterday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has adopted a policy that would require Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to “refer every person [including those seeking asylum] caught crossing the border illegally for federal prosecution, a policy that could result in the separation of far more parents from their children at the … Continue reading »