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“They Want It to Get Worse” – Trump and Miller Set Course for More Chaos and Inhumanity

For Trump, Politics Trumps Problem Solving President Trump and lead nativist advisor Stephen Miller are flailing and furious about the administration’s continued failures on their signature hardline immigration issue. Their cruel and simplistic deterrence-only approaches have exacerbated the complicated challenges posed by Central Americans seeking asylum and refuge. Now, Trump and Miller are set to … Continue reading »

DHS Doesn’t Need More Money or More Power, It Needs a New Leader and a New Strategy

Trump’s Border Failure Continues…Nielsen’s Incompetence and Cruelty Keeps Getting Worse In a letter, first obtained by NBC’s Julia Ainsey,  DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen “will ask Congress for the authority to deport unaccompanied migrant children more quickly, to hold families seeking asylum in detention until their cases are decided and to allow immigrants to apply for … Continue reading »

What’s Wrong With this Picture? DHS Lies, ICE Under Investigation, Journalists Under Surveillance, and Money Taken from Soldiers’ Pay and Pensions

Over the past week, we’ve seen new levels of hypocrisy from the Trump administration and congressional Republicans, as they bend over backwards to embrace Trump’s draconian immigration vision and the unpopular and unconstitutional power grab emergency declaration. According to Douglas Rivlin, Communications Director of America’s Voice, “The President’s brand is chaos, and his reelection strategy … Continue reading »

DHS Needs Accountability; Oversight, Not Billions More to Fund Trump’s Assault Against Immigrants

Today, the House Appropriations Committee is meeting to vote on a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spending bill that would further fund the Trump Administration’s ongoing assault against immigrants. From separating families at the border to indiscriminately targeting long-settled immigrants throughout America, Trump’s DHS – under both former Secretary John Kelly and current Secretary Kirstjen … Continue reading »

What Kind of Hack is Kirstjen Nielsen?

Is she a careerist, cowed by Trump, willfully blind, evil — or all of the above? Kirstjen Nielsen, chief of the Department of Homeland Security, was speaking at the Aspen Security Forum yesterday when she was asked about Donald Trump’s infamous comments last year after deadly violence in Charlottesville. “It’s not that one side was … Continue reading »

“Al Fiscal General, Jeff Sessions, y a la secretaria de Seguridad Nacional, Kirstjen Nielsen, debería darles vergüenza”

Frank Sharry reacciona a la nueva política de separación familiar Ayer el Fiscal General, Jeff Sessions, y la secretaria del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional, Kirstjen Nielsen, anunciaron una política fronteriza de “tolerancia cero” que tendrá como resultado la separación de padres e hijos y el posterior juicio penal. Esta es una expansión radical que este … Continue reading »

WaPo: “The Trump administration’s new plan to punish legal immigrants”

For all the focus on Trump’s assault on undocumented immigrants and asylum-seekers, less attention is paid to the administration’s attacks on legal immigrants. The Washington Post editorial board takes to task an administration plan to deny legal admission and green cards to those who use a broadened definition of public benefits: “In the administration’s plan, working-class immigrants would … Continue reading »

To Protect Children from Harm, DHS Should Stop Separating Children from Parents, says the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics

The President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Dr. Colleen Kraft, published an op-ed in today’s Los Angeles Times stating, “The government’s practice of separating children from their parents at the border counteracts every science-based recommendation I have ever made to families who seek to build, and not harm, their children’s intellectual and emotional development.” In … Continue reading »

When People Fleeing Abuse Legally Seek Humanitarian Protection at US Borders, The Administration Should Properly Apply the Law and Not Refuse to Administer It

The New York Times reports that around 200 people, mostly women and children fleeing violence, have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border after a very long and very public journey to seek protection from violent situations in their home countries. Kirk Semple and Miriam Jordan report, “A long, grueling journey gave way to what could be a long, uncertain … Continue reading »

*** Booking Memo *** ABC: Internal Trump Administration Documents Appear to Contradict Decision to end TPS for Haiti

Ira Kurzban, Lead Immigration Attorney on Case, Available for Interview (Contact: Liz@npstrategygroup.com)  As Geneva Sands’ ABC piece addresses, explosive new documents obtained through a FOIA request from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) were released this week. The documents reveal that the Trump Administration knew the conditions in Haiti warranted an extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) but chose to … Continue reading »