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Trump Administration’s Latest Illegal Attack on Asylum

Administration Announces New Unlawful Regulation to Close Asylum to Most Central Americans and Others Today, the Trump administration announced that it will publish a new regulation going into effect tomorrow that will bar anyone, including children, from applying for asylum on the southern border if they pass through a third country.  For example, starting tomorrow, … Continue reading »

Authoritative Study Reveals Imminent ICE Raids Target Families Ordered Deported Without Due Process of Law

According to the New York Times, “Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday…The officials said ICE agents were targeting at least 2,000 immigrants who have been ordered deported — some as a result of their failure to appear in court…The families being targeted crossed the border … Continue reading »

It Is Time to Hold DHS Accountable for Horrific Immigration Detention Conditions

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 reading »

Horrific Immigration Detention Conditions are “Substantiated” by Multiple DHS Inspector General Reports and Direct Testimony

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan claimed that horrific detention conditions for children and adults described by the media at an El Paso border station were “unsubstantiated.”  And, last month McAleenan told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he is hearing only about minor detention condition issues and that “any … Continue reading »

In Their Own Words: Detained Children, Doctors and Lawyers Describe Horrific Conditions in U.S. Detention Facilities

This is What House Democrats Were Fighting to End in the Border Supplemental Funding Bill This Week At the same time that House Democrats were fighting to keep key provisions in a border funding bill to protect kids from deteriorating detention conditions, detained children, parents, doctors, and lawyers submitted affidavits describing horrific detention conditions in … Continue reading »

Faced with a Bill that Ensures Basic Humanitarian Standards in Immigration Processing and Detention, Republicans and Trump Overwhelmingly Oppose It

With almost every single Democrat supporting and almost every single Republican opposing, the House of Representatives passed a funding bill to address the refugee and humanitarian crisis at the border last night on a vote of 230-195.  [The Republican- controlled Senate seems poised to reject this bill in a vote today.] The House-passed bill comes … Continue reading »

Data Shows Overwhelming Majority of Asylum-Seeking Families Show Up for Hearings

Definitive Evidence Undermining Trump Administration Claims that Families Must be Detained to Ensure Court Appearance Yesterday, Syracuse University’s TRAC released a report that shows that the overwhelming majority of asylum-seekers show up for their hearings. This finding debunks repeated claims made by the President and senior Homeland Security and Trump administration officials that asylum-seeking families … Continue reading »

Honorable Military Service Doesn’t Protect Immigrants From Trump Deportation or Expulsion, GAO Report Reveals Increased Deportations

UPDATE:  House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) and Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) demanding answers to the General Accountability Office’s (GAO) finding that ICE is deporting veterans in violation of policy. Families are Affected, Too Yesterday, the Military Times described a recent General Accountability Office … Continue reading »

DHS Inspector General and Doctors Describe Repeatedly Unaddressed, Horrific Immigrant Detention Conditions

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 reading »