Today, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will testify before the House Appropriations Committee on behalf of the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal for DHS. Ahead of Sec. Nielsen’s hearing, and amidst the Trump Administration’s ongoing fear-mongering about immigrants and the state of border security, here are five key questions that… Continue »

Decision Deadline for Nepal TPS: 4/25/2018 21 days New York, NY – The Kathmandu Post reports on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s statement last week, which called on the Administration to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepali TPS holders in New York, so that they are not forced to return to an unstable and unsafe country still recovering from a calamitous natural… Continue »

A Bloomberg Law piece covers the first-of-its-kind lawsuit filed in federal district court in California Monday, which challenges the Department of Homeland Security’s termination of TPS for protected immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. In a historic move, it’s filed on behalf of the US.. citizen children of TPS holders. Relevant excerpts follow: Like two other lawsuits… Continue »

As reports continue of the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement agencies ICE and DHS unaccountability and outlandish behavior, Congress will decide whether to grant the President’s $21.5 billion request to further his war on immigrants with border militarization and souped-up Deportation Force agents. Last week, in a joint letter to congressional leadership and members of the House Committee… Continue »

Trump ramps up his Administration’s war on immigrants and American values More observers are reporting disturbing examples of how the Trump Administration’s immigration enforcement agencies ICE and DHS are unshackled and unaccountable, trampling on American values and separating American families. TIME magazine’s new cover story, titled, “Ripped Apart: The Cost of America’s Immigration Crackdown” (see… Continue »

After torpedoing attempts by Congress to enact bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers, President Trump continues his war on immigrants, this time through the federal budget. Seeking to turbocharge efforts to expel millions of settled immigrants, The Administration is demanding over $21 billion. In a joint letter to congressional leadership and members of the House Committee… Continue »

As Dreamer-related negotiations take center stage in Washington, DC, the urgency for legislative action is acute. Many Republicans, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are trying to advance the false notion that Congress has until March to act for Dreamers. This ignores the fact that nearly 15,000 DACA recipients have already lost their DACA status… Continue »

Later this afternoon, the U.S. Senate will vote on cloture on the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen for DHS Secretary. The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund: We urge Senators to oppose Kirstjen Nielsen’s nomination as DHS Secretary. From the first week of his presidency, Trump and his… Continue »

Trump Administration should extend arbitrary deadline and Congress should move Dream Act forward with renewed urgency Washington, DC – With just two days remaining before we reach the October 5th DACA renewal deadline affecting more than 150,000 DACA recipients, the Trump Administration seems insistent on keeping the new and artificial deadline in place. As several press accounts… Continue »

Washington, DC – President Trump’s cruel decision to end the popular and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has thrown the lives and futures of nearly 800,000 DACA recipients into chaos and uncertainty. While most observers are paying attention to the announced six month deadline of March 5, 2018, the most pressing deadline facing a… Continue »