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DHS Inspector General and Doctors Describe Repeatedly Unaddressed, Horrific Immigrant Detention Conditions

Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he is hearing only about minor detention condition issues and that “any issue that affects the safety of detainees is addressed immediately.” However, the facts suggest otherwise, according to nine reports by the DHS Inspector General and multiple doctors working in … Continue reading »

Yes, the Trump Administration’s Failures Are Leading to Children’s Deaths

The following is a statement from Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice, regarding the sixth child death in a detention center in the past eight months: Make no mistake: Trump, Stephen Miller, and their administration are responsible for these children’s deaths. Their failed, deterrence-only policies have sparked a humanitarian and refugee crisis, and their … Continue reading »

On Immigration, Trump Team is Flailing, Failing, and Motivated by Politics

“Instead of changing course on his failed immigration policy, it’s looking more and more like Team Trump is rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic” – Douglas Rivlin While covering immigration in the Trump administration offers an endless string of news, there’s a consistent theme that runs through all the busy developments: all of what … Continue reading »

Disturbing Reports Suggest Congress Should Fund More DHS Transparency and Accountability, Not More Immigration Detention

“The facts show that since this administration began implementing its immigration and border policies, the challenge at the border went from bad to worse” – Ur Jaddou While reports last week suggest Congress may be close to an agreement on humanitarian assistance for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) … Continue reading »

Sec. Nielsen to Face Committee Hearing on ICE and CBP’s Continued Cruelty, Incompetence and Cover Up Regarding Family Separation

This week and last, revelations shed additional light on the Trump administration’s cruelty, incompetence and cover up with regards to its immigrant family separation policy. Details in oversight hearings point to official deception that hides the destructive policies of the Trump Administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agencies — Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and … Continue reading »

Trump’s Request to Congress Has Very Little to Do with Effective Border Security

It Has More to Do With Unprecedented Increases in Detention and Deportation of Children Seeking Safety The Trump border wall policy was never a serious one and still isn’t.  It was started as a “mnemonic device” created by political consultants for candidate Trump to talk tough on immigration.  With the government shutdown in its third week, … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Took Money From FEMA to Pay for More Immigration Detention, But ALSO From Nuclear Detection, Biological and Chemical Attack Preparedness, Aviation Security, & Other National Security Priorities

A document sent to Congress from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shows that in an effort to fund even more immigration detention beds and deportations, DHS took $200 million away from key national security programs, among others.  They also took $7.2 million away from E-verify. The following are some key national security programs that … Continue reading »

Why the Trump Administration’s Proposed Flores Regulation is Unacceptable and Demands a Vociferous Challenge

In spite of mounting cases of harm and abuse of children in immigration detention, the Trump administration formally proposed a regulation last week to indefinitely detain children under weaker standards and conditions than currently exist.  The regulation, if finalized, would replace the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA) which protects children from prolonged detention and inhumane detention … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Dennis Rivera Details ICE Detention in Houston Chronicle

Young immigrant from Houston was detained after local sheriffs turned him over to ICE Read piece here Austin, TX –  In an opinion piece published in the Houston Chronicle over the weekend, young immigrant Dennis Rivera detailed his two-month Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention after his high school’s police force turned him over to … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Texas Tribune Uncovers Rotten Meat, Chicken Pox Outbreaks For Hundreds of Asylum Seekers

Austin, TX – Court filings published today by the Texas Tribune show hundreds of cases of inedible food, cold facilities, and outbreak of diseases in both Customs and Border Patrol holding facilities and Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers. The piece by Emma Platoff highlights the stories of several asylum-seekers who were separated from family … Continue reading »