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Border Patrol Shoots and Kills Unarmed Woman

Customs and Border Protection Must Be Held Accountable for Excessive Use of Force, Abuse and Corruption Yesterday, Univision reported that a Border Patrol agent fatally shot an unarmed undocumented woman in the head, according to a video of the incident by a bystander. In the video: a woman yells at an agent: “Why are you … Continue reading »

For Parents, No Answers to Pleas for Help After Their Children Were Taken by DHS

Recent NBC News and Los Angeles Times reports illustrate the inhumane and predictable effects of DHS’s new policy of prosecuting every immigrant who crosses the border without inspection.  Parents who come to the United States seeking safety for their children are instead being separated and prosecuted criminally, with no knowledge of where their children are … Continue reading »

DHS Family Separation Policy Relies on a System that Separates and Loses Children

Contrary to DHS Secretary Nielsen’s Statements, This is NOT What Happens “Every Day” With Parents Facing Criminal Charges According to the Washington Post, “The head of the Department of Homeland Security [Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen] defended the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from parents when the family is being prosecuted for entering the U.S. illegally, telling a … Continue reading »

Instead of Reaching Predetermined Conclusions, Trump Administration Should Use an Objective Analysis of Country Conditions to Make Decisions Regarding TPS Extensions

Last week, the Trump Administration ended another TPS program – for Hondurans – despite reports from in-country diplomats, obtained by the Washington Post, that warned against doing so. This termination comes after 13 reviews and extensions across four other Republican and Democratic Administrations. Of the eight programs up for extension since Trump became President, this Administration has ended six, terminating TPS for … Continue reading »

TPS Decisions Under the Trump Administration

  Datessss s  Country Population* Extension or Terminated Extension Ends/ Termination Begins Original Designation Date Number of Extensions 5-24-17 Haiti 58,557 6-month extension 1-22-18 1-12-10 4 9-21-17 South Sudan 77 18-month extension 5-2-19 11-3-11 3 10-11-17 Sudan 1,048 12-month termination 11-2-18 11-4-97 12 12-15-17 Nicaragua 5,305 12-month termination 1-5-19 1-5-99 13 12-15-17 Honduras 86,031 6-month extension … Continue reading »

Just Two Weeks After Telling Congress Otherwise, Homeland Security Secretary Joins Attorney General in Taking Children from Parents to Achieve a Dubious Deterrent Effect

Tal Kopan of CNN reported yesterday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has adopted a policy that would require Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to “refer every person [including those seeking asylum] caught crossing the border illegally for federal prosecution, a policy that could result in the separation of far more parents from their children at the … Continue reading »

Timeline of DHS Policy of Family Separation and Prosecution of Parents

March 7, 2017:  Secretary of Homeland Security confirms he is considering policy of separating families to achieve a deterrent effect.   He explained, “I would do almost anything to deter the people from Central America to getting on this very, very dangerous network that brings them up through Mexico into the United States….It’s more important … Continue reading »

To Protect Children from Harm, DHS Should Stop Separating Children from Parents, says the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics

The President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Dr. Colleen Kraft, published an op-ed in today’s Los Angeles Times stating, “The government’s practice of separating children from their parents at the border counteracts every science-based recommendation I have ever made to families who seek to build, and not harm, their children’s intellectual and emotional development.” In … Continue reading »

When People Fleeing Abuse Legally Seek Humanitarian Protection at US Borders, The Administration Should Properly Apply the Law and Not Refuse to Administer It

The New York Times reports that around 200 people, mostly women and children fleeing violence, have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border after a very long and very public journey to seek protection from violent situations in their home countries. Kirk Semple and Miriam Jordan report, “A long, grueling journey gave way to what could be a long, uncertain … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Announces New Project: DHS Watch

For interview requests, please contact press@americasvoice.org As Politico’s Ted Hesson reported this morning, America’s Voice is launching a new project called DHS Watch. Under the direction of Ur Jaddou, a lawyer and law professor with significant experience and expertise regarding the making and implementation of immigration policy, DHS Watch will work towards transparency, accountability and good governance in … Continue reading »

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