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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 »

It Is Time to Hold DHS Accountable for Horrific Immigration Detention Conditions

Congress Begins Hearings on the Facts, Not the Falsehoods Amid a new NBC News report of children being sexually assaulted and retaliated against by border officials in immigration detention, the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee will hold a hearing today on the abhorrent conditions in immigration … Continue reading »

PHOTOS: #CloseTheCamps National Day of Action

Today, rallies and actions took place across the nation to protest the horrific conditions migrant children and families are currently facing in immigration detention centers at the border.  The public outcry comes after the Trump Administration argued that soap and toothbrushes aren’t necessary to meet the basic safety and sanitary standards at the detention centers.  … Continue reading »

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 »