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Frank Sharry: “GOP hardliners are using sanitized language to cover up the ugly smell of a radical and, yes, racist agenda”

As the Senate’s immigration debate kicks into higher gear today, there is a concerted effort underway by Republicans to sanitize the immigration agenda and implications of the proposals from President Trump, Stephen Miller, and fellow hardliners. But there should be no mistake: Republicans are using neutral-sounding language and terminology to promote a policy agenda that … Continue reading »

Pew Research Report: ICE Arrests Up 30% Nationwide in FY 2017

According to a new Pew Research report, ICE arrests in FY 2017 were up 30% nationwide over the previous year, marking a three-year high in which the largest percentage increases were in Florida, Dallas, and Oklahoma. According to the report: ICE made a total of 143,470 arrests in fiscal 2017, a 30% rise from fiscal … Continue reading »

The Hidden Dagger in the White House Immigration Proposal: The Plan to Ramp Up Indiscriminate Deportations

While much of the opposition to the White House immigration proposal has been focused on the radical slashing of legal immigration levels and a border wall as wasteful and unpopular as it is insulting, little attention has been paid to how the White House’s immigration framework would turbocharge the administration’s strategy to deport undocumented immigrants … Continue reading »

Family-Based Immigration – How the System Works, and How Trump Administration Proposals to Gut It Would Undermine American Values

A recording of today’s call is available here On a press call today, policy experts analyzed how the family-based immigration system works, and why the Trump Administration’s attempts to destroy this system violate basic American values. A recording of today’s call is available here. After ending protection for Dreamers, some within the Trump Administration are using the crisis … Continue reading »

This is What Mass Deportation Looks Like: 2018

Today, the Trump Administration ended temporary protected status (TPS) for Salvadoran immigrants, impacting 200,000 people who have lived in the US for decades, held jobs, and paid taxes. Contrary to popular belief and general misunderstanding, TPS holders are not undocumented. They’re immigrants who were already in the US at the time a catastrophic event – … Continue reading »

Trump on Immigration in 2018: “Expect Nobody to be Spared”

In 2017, the Donald Trump Administration implemented and tried to implement dramatic changes to the US immigration system, banning Muslims, attacking immigrant-friendly cities, deporting parents who had lived in the US for decades who had no criminal record, rescinding DACA, refusing to renew TPS, and much more. Contrary to the “bad hombres” rhetoric that pervaded … Continue reading »

As Trump Administration Seeks to Rev Up Deportation Machinery, Congress Needs to Provide Accountability, Not More Funding

As Administration Continues to Push False Public Safety Narrative, Arrests of Non-Criminals Skyrocket; DOJ Erodes Immigration Judges’ Independence; and DHS Threatens to Expand Immigration Jails and Workplace Raids – Showing Complete Politicization of Federal Immigration Policy The Trump Administration’s mass deportation policy has been on display over the past nine months, with cruel and un-American consequences. In … Continue reading »

The Forest Through the Trees: Trump Deportation Numbers Obscure Cruel and Inhumane Reality

Washington, DC – Reports that focus on the fact that the overall numbers of deportations under President Trump have declined compared to fiscal year 2016 lose sight of the forest through the trees. Said Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice Education Fund: A key factor in this is the decrease in individuals crossing the border without … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry Reacts to ICE Apprehensions Announced Today

457 out of 650 arrested in one raid were “collaterals” Today, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the results of raids targeting Central American unaccompanied minors and the families that have taken them in. From the ICE press release: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers apprehended 650 individuals during a … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Houston Chronicle: “Hundreds of American citizens end up in deportation proceedings each year, immigration data shows”

Austin, TX  – According to immigration data reported in the Houston Chronicle, at least 1,714 people were targeted nationally for deportation despite presenting documents proving their U.S. citizenship to immigration judges. In the piece, reporter Lise Olsen notes that hundreds of people were detained for months because very few of them had access to attorneys as detained immigrants … Continue reading »

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