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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’s Manufactured “National Emergency”

Another Attempt to Usurp the Power of Congress The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines an emergency as, “an unforeseen combination of circumstances…that calls for immediate action.”  Yes, there are issues at the border that require attention.  But they are not new. They are not unforeseen. And they certainly do not require the immediate and extraordinary action — … Continue reading »

DHS Announced Intention to Return Vulnerable Asylum Seekers to Mexico in Violation of U.S. Immigration Law

Since November, the Trump administration has been working to keep vulnerable asylum seekers arriving at the U.S. – Mexico border in Mexico as they await the opportunity to apply for asylum, both through an agreement with Mexico and by limiting the number of asylum applicants processed per day.  In spite of horrific conditions reported in … Continue reading »

Death of 7-year-old Girl in CBP Custody

Another Tragic Incident Exemplifying the Glaring Need for CBP Detention Overhaul and Robust Structures of Accountability and Transparency We now know her name: Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin. According to the Washington Post, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) disclosed that a “A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock after she … Continue reading »

Two More Undocumented Employees Come Forward Alleging Abuse and Mistreatment At The Trump Bedminster Golf Club

Federal and state authorities must investigate the serious allegations being made. Pending an investigation, the undocumented workers should be considered for all available legal protection under federal and state law, including U and T visas Late Friday evening the New York Times reported that two more immigrant women who worked for Trump at the Bedminster … Continue reading »

Trump’s Failed Response and Contributing Actions Have Led to a Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

There are Smart and Humane Solutions The Trump administration has expressed no qualms with spending more than $200 million to deploy the National Guard and the U.S. military to the border, where tear gas was used, even on children.  It has also used Presidential and agency resources to develop and defend an unlawful regulation to … Continue reading »

Instead of an Effective, Safe and Humane Solution to the Caravan, Trump Has Created Chaos

A Positive Way Forward Exists, Yet Trump Has Dismantled the Current System Since the beginning of the Trump presidency, Trump and his administration have tried multiple cruel and hard-line approaches to addressing the challenge of Central American migration. The Trump administration has cruelly separated families, is doing everything it can to lock up more migrating … Continue reading »

Federal Judge Strongly Rebukes Another Trump Administration Attempt to Use Executive Power To Change Asylum Law Duly Enacted by Congress

In a forceful ruling issued this week, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to use executive power to change asylum law duly enacted by Congress.  This ruling temporarily enjoins a joint emergency regulation issued earlier this month by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to unlawfully deprive people who do not arrive … Continue reading »

President Uses Executive Power to Change Asylum Law Duly Enacted by Congress

Today, the President issued a proclamation, and his Departments of Justice and Homeland Security issued a joint emergency regulation, that are insidiously designed to unlawfully deprive asylum protection to people who do not arrive at official border checkpoints, which they are entitled to do under the law.  The President is deceptively using the shrinking group … Continue reading »

The Trump Administration’s Unprecedented and Brazen Assault on Asylum Law

The following are statements by DHS Watch in response to the Department of Justice and Homeland Security’s proposed regulation together with an impending Presidential proclamation that will create unprecedented and legally suspect bars to asylum. Ur Jaddou, Director of DHS Watch, and former USCIS Chief Counsel, said: With this regulation and the expected Presidential proclamation, … Continue reading »