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In Their Own Words: Detained Children, Doctors and Lawyers Describe Horrific Conditions in U.S. Detention Facilities

This is What House Democrats Were Fighting to End in the Border Supplemental Funding Bill This Week At the same time that House Democrats were fighting to keep key provisions in a border funding bill to protect kids from deteriorating detention conditions, detained children, parents, doctors, and lawyers submitted affidavits describing horrific detention conditions in … Continue reading »

Data Shows Overwhelming Majority of Asylum-Seeking Families Show Up for Hearings

Definitive Evidence Undermining Trump Administration Claims that Families Must be Detained to Ensure Court Appearance Yesterday, Syracuse University’s TRAC released a report that shows that the overwhelming majority of asylum-seekers show up for their hearings. This finding debunks repeated claims made by the President and senior Homeland Security and Trump administration officials that asylum-seeking families … Continue reading »

This is What A Failed and Cruel Border Policy Looks Like

On Friday, the Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a management alert requiring “immediate attention and action…to alleviate dangerous overcrowding at the El Paso Del Norte Processing Center (PDT).”  In unannounced visits to the PDT, the IG observed that DHS was housing 6 to 7 times the maximum capacity of … Continue reading »

More Failed Policy in Trump’s Emergency Funding Request

We Need Common Sense and Humane Solutions Yesterday, the Trump administration submitted to Congress an emergency spending request for more than a billion dollars for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), even though DHS received record funding through the regular appropriations process just three months ago. The President’s own fact sheet suggests this request is … Continue reading »

Trump’s Latest Memo Imposing Fees on Asylum Seekers and Ending Their Work Permits is More of the Same Failed and Inhumane Policy

We Need Common Sense, Effective and Humane Solutions Last night, the President issued a memorandum that purports to be a solution to the increasing number of families seeking asylum at our southern border by imposing fees on asylum seekers, ending work permits for asylum seekers to support themselves while awaiting decisions on their cases, limiting … Continue reading »

Trump Administration to “Bypass” Due Process Through Major Expansion in Expedited Removal

A few weeks ago, President Trump said, “[W]e should get rid of [immigration] judges.” Although immigration law bars him from doing so through executive action, yesterday Politico reported that, “The Homeland Security Department is weighing a plan to bypass immigration courts and remove undocumented immigrants who cannot prove they’ve been present continuously in the U.S. … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Threatening to Revive Inhumane Family Separation and Massive Increase in Indefinite Family Incarceration

Notwithstanding widespread outrage at Trump over last summer’s family separation policy, a federal court injunction, an executive order purporting to end family separation, and the President himself saying, “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,” reports suggest the Trump administration may revive inhumane family separation in a form not enjoined … Continue reading »

David Leopold Outlines Legal Ramifications of WaPo Revelation of Costa Rican Caravan to Trump’s Club

The following is a statement from David Leopold, legal consultant to Anibal Romero, the lawyer for 25 undocumented former Trump employees, outlining the legal ramifications of Washington Post’s Joshua Partlow, Nick Miroff and David Fahrenthold’s new piece (see the video here) on the caravan of Costa Rican workers sent to Trump’s Bedminster golf club. Today’s explosive front page Washington Post exposé … Continue reading »

Trump Organization’s Abuses of Undocumented Workers Raise Serious Criminal Issues

David Leopold: “The pattern of behavior is criminal and the hypocrisy from Trump is unfathomable.” Workers from Trump Organization golf clubs in New York and New Jersey have made it clear in interviews — and meetings with lawmakers in Washington —  that the Trump Organization has engaged in a multi-state criminal conspiracy that stretches back … Continue reading »

In Addition to Thousands More Separated Children, Inspector General Concludes Family Separation Continues Under Dubious Standards and With Little Information

In July 2018, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at HHS, the agency charged with the care and custody of separated children, certified to a federal court that there were 2,654 children that ORR believed were separated by DHS.  Yesterday, the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS IG) reported that there … Continue reading »