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Two Reports – by Human Rights First and by a DHS “Red Team” – Show the Policy of Sending Asylum Seekers to Mexico is Fundamentally Flawed

Today, Human Rights First (HRF) issued a report entitled, “Human Rights Fiasco:  The Trump Administration’s Dangerous Asylum Returns Continue,” that compiles “overwhelming evidence that this illegal policy [Trump administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy] is a human rights catastrophe.” Yet, almost a year into this problematic program, the Trump administration “continue[s] to implement, defend, and expand … Continue reading »

DHS Inspector General: Trump Administration Deliberately Intended to Separate 26,000 Children With No Plan For the Chaos and Crisis They Knew Would Occur

On a day many families were coming together to begin celebrating Thanksgiving, the DHS Inspector General (OIG) released a final report analyzing the horrific details of the Trump administration’s separation of thousands of families under the Zero Tolerance policy. What became clear in the OIG’s analysis was that the Trump administration was well aware of … Continue reading »

Who is Chad Wolf? 

How did he rise to the top of DHS despite serious questions about the legality of his appointment? What was his role in Trump’s family separation policy? Chad Wolf is now the acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), though his elevation to acting secretary is in question by Congress. He is taking … Continue reading »

Internal DHS Report Confirms Multiple Human Rights Violations Under the Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” Policy

The House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations has announced that it will hold a hearing on Tuesday, November 19, to examine the “human rights and legal implications of the Trump administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy.” For months, human rights advocates and media reports have been documenting and calling out … Continue reading »

Senate Foreign Relations Report Shows Trump Administration Injected “2020 election” Considerations into TPS Decisions

Is it a Hatch Act Violation?   Yesterday, Senator Menendez, as the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), released a minority committee staff report outlining a highly irregular, improper, and illegal process used by the Trump administration to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for almost 400,000 people from El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras. … Continue reading »

Acting USCIS Director Cuccinelli Refuses to Commit to Protecting Sick Children From Threat of Deportation

On Wednesday, Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli testified before Congress about his decision to end deferred action for critically ill children and their families. He admitted it was his decision to end this USCIS policy, reiterated that it was the current Acting Secretary’s decision to reinstate it, and refused to commit to keeping the policy … Continue reading »

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Tells Congress: Trump Immigration Policies “Harm Military Recruiting,” “Hurt Military Readiness,” and “Represent Broken Promises to Those Who Put Their Lives on the Line”

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship held a hearing on the impact of current immigration policies on service members and veterans, and their families. One witness, Margaret Stock, a retired Lieutenant Colonel and immigration attorney said, “The last three years have witnessed the administration using internal memos to undermine long-standing laws … Continue reading »

Patriotic Immigrants Who Have Served America: Veterans and Active Duty Service Members, and Their Families, Face Increasing Immigration and Naturalization Obstacles Under Trump Administration

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary’s Immigration Subcommittee will hold a hearing to examine increasing immigration and naturalization obstacles faced by veterans, active duty service members, and their families under the Trump Administration. Just a few years ago, choosing to serve the nation through military service was often an important factor in expediting naturalization, preventing deportation, facilitating … Continue reading »

Another Unprecedented Use of Presidential Power to Get Around Congress on Immigration

Trump Bars Immigrants Without Health Insurance Using Same Authority Used in Travel Ban Late on Friday night, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation that bars family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents and employees of U.S. companies from coming to the United States with a green card unless they obtain health insurance within … Continue reading »

Congressional Hearings Show 50% Growth in ICE Detention Under Trump Despite Dysfunctional and Incompetent Inspections System that Fails to Keep People Safe

Two Congressional hearings yesterday highlighted the massive growth in ICE detention despite a dysfunctional and incompetent inspections system that fails to keep people safe. Heidi Altman of the National Immigrant Justice Center told members of the House Immigration Subcommittee that ICE has detained almost 500,000 people in fiscal year 2019 with over 50,000 people in … Continue reading »