We Need Common Sense and Humane Solutions Yesterday, the Trump administration submitted to Congress an emergency spending request for more than a billion dollars for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), even though DHS received record funding through the regular appropriations process just three months ago. The President’s own fact sheet suggests this request is… Continue »

Don’t Let Trump Pull The Wool Over Your Eyes The $4.5 billion supplemental budget request tells you a great deal about what Donald Trump is getting wrong about the surge of migrants seeking asylum at our southern border.  While the administration is pretending to be concerned about plight of the children and families and casting… Continue »

Heaven Forbid If We Have a Real National Emergency The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, regarding reports that President Trump intends to declare a national emergency to seek funds for his border wall: Just because the the President didn’t get what he wanted — a stupid wall to… Continue »

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 »

“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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

…for now. Can we never do this again? After 35 days of the longest-running government shutdown ever, Donald Trump today agreed to reopen the government for three weeks, which will be long enough to pay government workers. It has been a disaster of a shutdown: some 800,000 government workers have not been paid in over… Continue »

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 »