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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 »

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 »