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New Public Charge Rule Could Slash Legal Immigration in Half

“They failed in Congress, repeatedly. Now, they are sneaking through the back door to accomplish by fiat what they could not achieve by legislation” In response to the Trump administration’s radical “public charge” regulation, the consequences and motives are becoming clear. With respect to its many consequences, one is that the new rule could slash … Continue reading »

Righteous Outrage and Real Solutions: Democrats and Americans Support A Better Way Than Trump’s Treatment of Refugees and Immigrants

“Sharing the rights and responsibilities of citizenship is a value that spans America and Americans, regardless of party or partisanship.” Douglas Rivlin As President Trump gets ready for his tanks and airplane-filled ego trip on the National Mall, millions of Americans are rightfully outraged about the human rights crisis on display in detention facilities and … Continue reading »

ICYMI: As SCOTUS Hears Census Case, New Research Details How Citizenship Q Would Lead to Huge Undercount, Especially Among Latinos and Immigrants

As the U.S. Supreme Court today hears arguments about the potential addition of a new citizenship question to the U.S. Census, a new Washington Post piece summarizing relevant political science research underscores the harms that would result. Writing for the “Monkey Cage” political science section of the Washington Post, academics Matt Barreto, Chris Warshaw, Matthew … Continue reading »

ThinkProgress: Trump wants to close international immigration offices. The ramifications are significant.

“I’m worried this is just another example of the Trump administration making a decision first and then dealing with the consequences later.” — Ur Jaddou, DHS Watch In an article for ThinkProgress, Rebekah Entralgo reports U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) announcement that it “plans to shutter all of its 23 field offices across 20 … Continue reading »

The Smoking Gun: Kobach and Bannon behind Cynical Effort to Rig the Political Map

Philip Bump of the Washington Post: “New Emails Reveal a Central Political Motivation for Changing the Census” There’s never been any doubt about the true motivations behind the Trump Administration’s push to add a new Census question on citizenship. It’s a transparent attempt to intimidate immigrants to lower response rates in order to shift the … Continue reading »

Stephen Miller’s Public Charge Rule an Assault on Our Rags to Riches Immigration Tradition

New York Times Op-ed and Washington Post Editorial Latest to Denounce Proposal Below are excerpts from a powerful op-ed in the New York Times as well as a response from the Washington Post’s editorial board. Both speak to our foundational values and the attack on them by the new Public Charge Rule. This proposed change … Continue reading »

New York Times Editorial: “An Unhealthy Plan to Drive Out Immigrants”

Following Saturday’s public charge announcement,  the New York Times editorial board eviscerates the Trump administration for its calculated decision to “cultivat[e] xenophobia” and attack immigrants in a transparent attempt to motivate the Republican base. As the editorial board argues: …Scaring vulnerable populations off public assistance is likely to cost much more in the long run, … Continue reading »

Observers Blast Political Motivations and Real-World Consequences of Trump/Miller Public Charge Rule

Leading advocates were quick to condemn the implications and motivations driving the Trump administration’s new “public charge” rule. The announcement is the latest evidence of Stephen Miller’s relentless assault on immigrants and refugees, as well as the GOP’s desperate and cynical “divide and distract” midterm strategy. Among the key reactions included: Marielena Hincapié, executive director … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: New Public Charge Rule “Has Stephen Miller’s Fingerprints All Over it”

Republicans can’t run on their record, so they stoke divisions and blow smoke to distract from it The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, in response to tonight’s announcement that the Trump administration will issue new “public charge” rules: This has Stephen Miller’s fingerprints all over it. He and … Continue reading »

Nation Outraged As Trump Administration Targets U.S. Citizens

Eugene Robinson on Denial of Passports to Mexican-Americans in South Texas: “vile, unadulterated racism” Kevin Sieff of the Washington Post exposed the latest Trump administration push to criminalize people of color and immigrants, even if they are U.S. citizens. The outrage in response has been nationwide and palpable. Below, we excerpt some of the latest … Continue reading »