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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »