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Frank Sharry on DHS Funding Bill: “We can and must do more to ensure that the days of giving ICE blank checks comes to an end, and to reverse the runaway train of unaccountable detention funding.”

The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice reacting to the proposed DHS funding deal and implications: Democrats must do more to rein in the runaway train of DHS funding and the rogue behavior of ICE and CBP.  For too long, ICE and the Border Patrol have operated with impunity … Continue reading »

Making Sense of DHS Funding Debate: Why Congressional Oversight of DHS and ICE is Critically Needed

“Moving forward, House Democrats must address ICE’s impunity and lies and remember that every ‘detention bed’ on a budget ledger is a human life.”– Pili Tobar, Deputy Director The implications of the DHS funding deal to keep the government open – in particular the detention beds and related nuances – are both confusing and important. … Continue reading »

What You Need to Know About the Unchecked Increase in Detention Under the Trump Administration In Defiance of Congressionally Appropriated Mandates

In fiscal year (FY) 2006, the number of Congressionally authorized immigration detention beds was only 21,500 and has steadily increased:  27,500 in FY 07, 33,400 in FY 10, 34,000 for FY 12 through FY 16, and 40,500 in FY 18:    Since FY 18, the Congress has not appropriated additional money for detention beds.  Despite … Continue reading »

Xenophobia Backfires Again. Will Trump and the GOP Ever Learn?

President Trump and Republicans made the 2018 midterm elections a referendum on immigration, and lost badly. They thought that stoking fear and hysteria about a migrant caravan would turn the tide. It didn’t. Xenophobia backfired. Democrats won the popular vote by the largest midterm margin in history, flipping 40 House seats, limiting Senate losses, and … Continue reading »

ICYMI: WaPo: “Donald Trump’s demand for a border wall shut down the government. At the same time, his company was firing undocumented workers.”

This afternoon, Joshua Partlow and David Fahrenthold at the Washington Post revealed that, in addition to recruiting, providing false documents for, hiring, employing, and exploiting undocumented workers at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, a similar pattern and practice of unlawful behavior has taken place at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester. Watch the video interview … Continue reading »

Isolated, Defeated and Desperate, Trump Flies the White Flag

The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: Isolated, defeated and desperate, President Trump flew the white flag today. He has finally relented, agreeing to reopen the government he closed and to stop the suffering he caused. Trump took nearly a million government workers hostage, threatened the health and safety … Continue reading »

PHOTOS: Federal Workers Protest in Senate Offices

Today, federal workers furloughed by Donald Trump’s ongoing government shutdown — the longest in history — gathered in the Hart Senate Office building to protest the damage inflicted upon themselves and their families. Hundreds of thousands of workers have been furloughed for 32 days as of this writing, while others have been forced to work … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Recommendation: Vote NO on Trump/GOP Senate Bill to Fund Wall; Vote YES on Bill to Reopen Government Now

On Thursday, January 24th, the Senate will take up two bills. The first is a Republican bill that includes President Trump’s insistence on border wall funding. The second is a continuing resolution backed by Democrats that would reopen government through February 8th. The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice. … Continue reading »

New Polls: Public Overwhelmingly Blames Trump and the GOP  for Shutdown Over Unpopular Border Wall

New polls from CBS News and Politico/Morning Consult continue to find that Trump and Republicans are being blamed for the government shutdown. CBS News polling released today: By a 71-28 percent margin, Americans say the border wall is not worth a government shutdown. By partisan affiliation: Democrats: By 92-7 percent, say wall not worth the … Continue reading »