With Trump More Interested in Xenophobic Optics than in Urgently-Needed Measures to Address Public Health Crisis, Congress Should Reject this Divide-and-Distract Maneuver CNN is reporting  that the Trump Administration is requesting $567 million to fund, in part, up to nine “migrant quarantine facilities along the Southwest border, including repurposed soft-sided facilities originally used for the… Continue »

“We need a national mobilization to ramp up on testing, hospital beds, ventilators, masks and protective equipment. Instead, Trump ramps up xenophobia.” Recapping President Trump’s decision to shut down the southern border to all asylum seekers, CNN’s Evan Perez, Geneva Sands, and Priscilla Alvarez report: The administration is pushing to use the coronavirus pandemic to… Continue »

Advocates delivered petitions asking Senators to oppose Trump on immigration.

The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: Leave it to Donald Trump and Stephen Miller to use the cover of a global public health crisis to act with cruelty and cynicism. By blocking all those seeking refuge at our southern border, they are throwing red meat to white grievance… Continue »

The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: Just hours after some in the mainstream media heralded his new tone at an afternoon press conference, President Trump tweeted about the ‘Chinese virus.’ Puleeze. Before we ooh and ah about the changed tone of a terrified and incompetent President, let’s be… Continue »

The incompetence and lack of guidance from the Trump administration has left states, local governments, school administrators, and so many others scrambling for their own responses to the virus that causes COVID-19 that, with federal government resources and leadership, could be far more productive. Similarly, we have seen little public leadership and guidance from top… Continue »

The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: Our political leaders should be doing everything in their power to encourage everyone in this country to come forward and be part of the collective response to our national health crisis. The best way we can protect the public’s health is to… Continue »

He Turns To His Go-To Maneuver of Blaming “the Other” to Distract from his Failures The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: Last night, President Trump delivered a rare Oval Office address at a moment of national crisis. Instead of providing leadership, clarity and realism, he offered up a… Continue »

A Growing Threat: A Virus Called Xenophobia We’ve been pointing out and predicting that President Trump and his allies would shift hard to xenophobia and scapegoating immigrants in an effort to distract attention from their coronavirus mismanagement. Thankfully, their ugly effort is both inappropriate and transparent and drawing condemnation from many observers. Below we excerpt… Continue »

Trump and Allies Escalate “Blame the Immigrants” Strategy to Cover for Their Mismanagement of the Coronavirus Crisis Washington Governor Jay Inslee appeared on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show last night to discuss the state’s ongoing response to coronavirus. He embodies the kind of leadership needed to navigate the outbreak of the coronavirus: let’s pull together, we… Continue »

“He’s Going There. Don’t Let Him” The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: Journalist Ezra Klein tweeted late last night, ‘The pivot Trump is about to make from downplaying the coronavirus to using it to justify xenophobia and scapegoating is going to be very grim.’ Sure enough, this morning,… Continue »