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“There Seems to Be No Limit” To Trump’s Cruelty

Leading Voices Denounce Trump Plan to Indefinitely Detain Kids The Trump administration’s cruel announcement to target kids and vulnerable families through indefinite detention has generated a volume of outrage from leading voices. According to Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communications for America’s Voice, “The cruelty is and always has been the point when it comes to … Continue reading »

Pili Tobar on Administration’s Unilateral Flores Regulation Changes

“Families and children should be free and in homes with their loved ones, not jailed indefinitely in unsafe and uncertified facilities.” The following is a statement from Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice, regarding the finalization of the Trump administration’s regulation to allow for more and longer detention of children under weaker standards of … Continue reading »

Tragic, Ugly Detention Cases Underscore Need for Congress to Enact Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in CBP Custody Act

“Trump and the Republicans quite literally don’t seem to care.” Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3239, the “Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in CBP Custody Act,” sponsored by Rep. and Doctor Raul Ruiz (D-CA). Only one GOP Member (Alaska Rep. Don Young) voted for this legislation to provide for basic standards of care for … Continue reading »

LA Times & WaPo Editorials Hit on Trump’s Failures As His Policies Endanger American Citizens, American Justice, and American Values

As the Trump administration continues to introduce failing and barbaric immigration policies that are trampling on due process, threatening American citizens, and traumatizing entire communities, and quickly enjoined by the Judicial Branch, the editorial pages of the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post are taking the Trump administration to task. Both take on the … Continue reading »

Democrats Taking Action to Address Trump’s Cruelty, Chaos, Failure and Floundering on Immigration and Border Policies

On Thursday, the House of Representatives is slated to consider H.R. 2203 (the Homeland Security Improvement Act), a bill authored by Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas to remedy many of the policies President Trump has put in place to address the surge in migrants from Central America at the U.S./Mexico border that have exacerbated – … Continue reading »

Today, House Republicans Expected to Vote Against Water, Food, Medical Screening and Toilets for Children in Immigration Custody

H.R. 3239, the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in CBP Custody Act Goes to House Floor Today Later today, the House will debate and vote on H.R. 3239, the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in CBP Custody Act, a bill that provides for basic humane standards of care for children, families and individuals in federal custody at for-profit … Continue reading »

Dallas-Born U.S. Citizen Remains in ICE Custody

After being detained at a Border Patrol checkpoint in South Texas, Francisco Galicia is the latest U.S. citizen under threat of deportation Austin, TX – An 18-year-old U.S. citizen has been in immigration custody for more than three weeks, and is now under imminent threat of deportation, the Dallas Morning News first reported. Francisco Galicia … Continue reading »

As Senate Republicans Seek To Roll Back Protections for Children in Detention, Democrats Move Forward With Basic, Minimal Standards for CBP Custody

H.R. 3239 provides “basic, common, human decency that is sorely lacking” Next week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will mark-up Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s bill to remove basic protections for children in U.S. immigration custody and allow the government to hold children beyond the court-mandated minimum period of 20 days.  This is in stark contrast to … Continue reading »

Despite Horrific Detention Conditions, DHS Acting Secretary Decides to Double Down, Seeking More & Longer Detention of Children With Weaker Standards of Care

But there is an Effective, Cost-Efficient, and Humane Solution to Border Challenge  Yesterday, the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kevin McAleenan testified before the House Oversight Committee that the solution to the border challenge is ending the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA), which prohibits detention of children for more than 20 … Continue reading »

A Culture of Impunity and Dehumanizing Cruelty on Display at CBP

Culture of Cruelty Starts at the Top Every day brings more examples of the culture of impunity and dehumanizing cruelty that defines CBP (Customs and Border Protection) and our entire immigration enforcement system. President Trump, who has called the reports about horrific conditions for migrants, asylum-seekers and children in government care a “hoax”, has encouraged … Continue reading »