For President Donald Trump, even contracting COVID-19 becomes political theater, a continuation of the reality show that is his presidency, without caring about the well-being of those around him. Almost 210,000 persons, a large percentage of them Hispanic and African American, have died in the US from this virus without having the luxury, as Trump… Continue »

A Washington Post investigative story about a Postville, IA meatpacking plant Agri Star exposes the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on frontline workers, many of them immigrants.   The story reveals that too many policymakers and business owners seem callous at best and engaged in dangerous disinformation at worst. The company stated that it undertook extensive effort… Continue »

“The COVID-19 crisis…will serve as the clearest and most cogent argument for immigration reform that puts millions of people on a path to citizenship.”   On Wednesday, September 23 at 2:00 pm ET, the House Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee will convene for a hearing on Immigrants as Essential Workers During COVID-19. Led by Chair Zoe… Continue »

Tomorrow morning, Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf will appear before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee for his official nomination hearing. There are a litany of reasons why Wolf should be resigning rather than sitting for his nomination hearing – below are 10 reminders: Illegally appointed and serving unlawfully. According to the Government… Continue »

Tired of his divisiveness, Americans want to come together to solve big challenges  In the face of Trump’s focus on urban unrest in hopes of deflecting from his epic failures on the pandemic, the economy and racial injustice, new polls show that the lead Biden and Democrats have built in swing states is durable. Trump’s… Continue »

Upon entering the last trimester of 2020 it is impossible not to conclude that this has been a terrible year at the personal, collective, and global level, and we still cannot predict what will happen in the presidential election on November 3, or how this fateful year that has caused so much pain and anguish… Continue »

Americans are more concerned with the real threat of COVID-19 than the exaggerated threat of MS-13 As Trump plans yet another trip to Arizona to again highlight his radical immigration policies, a Reuters story from Ted Hesson and Chris Kahn explores the electoral dynamics of the immigration debate. Titled Trump pushes anti-immigrant message even as… Continue »

Americans want to do everything possible to contain the virus, including temporary restrictions on travel and immigration, but their underlying support for immigrants and immigration is stronger than ever   The beginning of the NPR headline regarding its new poll was surprising: “Americans Back Trump On Immigration.” Then comes the kicker: “But Only To Stop… Continue »

Last night, Senate Republicans released their long-awaited COVID-relief legislative package, the HEALS Act. Unfortunately, and in contrast to the HEROES Act that passed the House months ago, the new Senate bill is no match for the moment. Unsurprisingly, the GOP proposal reflects the divisiveness, corruption and plutocracy that characterizes the Trump presidency.  From our point… Continue »

As the COVID relief package moves to the Senate, Republicans and center-right voices are making the case for including immigrant families that pay their taxes like other American families. In addition, recently-released polling shows that such an approach is overwhelmingly supported by the public. In previous COVID-19 relief bills, Congress specifically excluded mixed-status families. Specifically,… Continue »