A recording of the call is available here. Earlier today, immigrant advocates, lawmakers, and stakeholders gathered on a press call to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on naturalization proceedings and how the push to hold virtual ceremonies will impact communities across the country.  The HEROES Act, which recently passed the House, would allow… Continue »

“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 »

“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 »

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 »

“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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »