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Americans Paying A High Cost In Civil Liberties Due to Trump’s Extreme Approach on Immigration

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that DHS is using cell phone activity data — from American citizens as well as immigrants — for the purpose of immigration enforcement. According to the report, “The location data is drawn from ordinary cellphone apps, including those for games, weather and e-commerce, for which the user has … Continue reading »

The Latest Trump Target: Millions of Women Seeking a Travel Visa to the U.S.

The Trump Administration’s Travel Ban Against Women of Child-bearing Age Without any new action by Congress, the Trump administration posted a new regulation, effective tomorrow, that bans women of child-bearing age from being issued a visitor visa simply because they could be pregnant. The bottom line: a vast group of women visitors to the U.S. … Continue reading »

After Six Deaths, Is DHS Doing Enough to Ensure the Health and Safety of Children in Their Care?

Congress Conducts Oversight Today Today, the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Border Security is holding a hearing, “Assessing the Adequacy of DHS Efforts to Prevent Child Deaths in Custody.” Under the Trump administration, six children have died under DHS custody or just after release from custody. This is the same federal department with agents … Continue reading »

No Break for Growing Humanitarian Crisis and Violence Against Asylum Seekers at Southern Border Due to Trump Policies

What You May Have Missed Over the Holidays Regarding the Trump Administration’s Assault on U.S. Asylum Policy There was no break over the holidays for the growing humanitarian crisis and violence against asylum seekers at the southern border due to the Trump administration’s asylum policies, according to multiple media reports over the last few weeks. … Continue reading »

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 »