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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 »

Former Acting ICE Director John Sandweg & Immigration Experts Provide Insight Into Immigration Policy and Practice Under The Trump Administration

A recording of today’s event is available here From day one of his presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump promised broad action on immigration reform. In the past six months, we’ve witnessed a fulfilled promised as Trump and his Administration have made sweeping and unprecedented changes in immigration policy. The changes have reverberated at the local level as … Continue reading »

On Immigration, Trump Administration Hardliners Are Going for Broke

Sessions, Bannon and Miller Seek to Overhaul Immigration and Remake America This week, the Trump Administration’s war on immigrants shifted into overdrive. Among the disturbing developments: DACA under threat: The popular and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is facing an existential threat.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with other Republican officials, is demanding that … Continue reading »

Immigration and Refugee Advocates React to ICE Raids Targeting Parents of Refugee Children

A recording of today’s call can be found here. On a press call today immigration and refugee advocates from the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights and Center for American Progress (CAP) reacted to the deeply disturbing reports that … Continue reading »

AP: ICE is Tracking Nearly 1 Million Immigrants With Prior Deportation Orders, 82% Without Criminal Records

From the Associated Press this week comes an article from Amy Taxin, who writes that ICE is tracking nearly 970,000 immigrants with prior deportation orders. Eighty-two percent have no criminal record, and ICE wouldn’t say what proportion are being deported. The 970,000 number is a subset of the 2.3 million immigrantsthat were reported last month … Continue reading »

Like Everything Trump-Related, ICE Plays Loose with the Truth on Immigration Enforcement

Like just about everything emanating from the Trump Administration these days, the new statistics from ICE documenting immigration enforcement during the first 100 days of the Administration merit a healthy dose of skepticism. Honan’s claims on immigrant deportations don’t add up Acting ICE director Thomas Homan convened a call yesterday with reporters to tout the … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Elise Foley: “New Republican Bills Would Ramp Up A Trump Deportation Force”

On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to mark up multiple draconian immigration bills aimed at ramping up President Trump’s cruel and costly deportation force. In her latest piece for HuffPost, titled, “New Republican Bills Would Ramp Up A Trump Deportation Force,” Elise Foley describes what’s at stake with tomorrow’s markup. We excerpt the … Continue reading »

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