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Disturbing Reports Suggest Congress Should Fund More DHS Transparency and Accountability, Not More Immigration Detention

“The facts show that since this administration began implementing its immigration and border policies, the challenge at the border went from bad to worse” – Ur Jaddou While reports last week suggest Congress may be close to an agreement on humanitarian assistance for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) … Continue reading »

Senate Democrats Release Plan of Action to Contrast Trump’s Failing Immigration Policy

In his latest column for the Washington Post, Greg Sargent details a new bill set to be introduced by the entire Democratic caucus in the Senate that will be “the basis for a substantive blueprint to respond to the asylum-seeking crisis — and, more broadly, an answer to Trump’s xenophobic and nativist nationalism, a vision … Continue reading »

More Failed Policy in Trump’s Emergency Funding Request

We Need Common Sense and Humane Solutions Yesterday, the Trump administration submitted to Congress an emergency spending request for more than a billion dollars for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), even though DHS received record funding through the regular appropriations process just three months ago. The President’s own fact sheet suggests this request is … Continue reading »

Trump’s Latest Memo Imposing Fees on Asylum Seekers and Ending Their Work Permits is More of the Same Failed and Inhumane Policy

We Need Common Sense, Effective and Humane Solutions Last night, the President issued a memorandum that purports to be a solution to the increasing number of families seeking asylum at our southern border by imposing fees on asylum seekers, ending work permits for asylum seekers to support themselves while awaiting decisions on their cases, limiting … Continue reading »

Trump Administration to “Bypass” Due Process Through Major Expansion in Expedited Removal

A few weeks ago, President Trump said, “[W]e should get rid of [immigration] judges.” Although immigration law bars him from doing so through executive action, yesterday Politico reported that, “The Homeland Security Department is weighing a plan to bypass immigration courts and remove undocumented immigrants who cannot prove they’ve been present continuously in the U.S. … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Threatening to Revive Inhumane Family Separation and Massive Increase in Indefinite Family Incarceration

Notwithstanding widespread outrage at Trump over last summer’s family separation policy, a federal court injunction, an executive order purporting to end family separation, and the President himself saying, “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,” reports suggest the Trump administration may revive inhumane family separation in a form not enjoined … Continue reading »

Trump Administration’s Border Response Has Failed and Exacerbated the Issue

It is Time for a Rational, Effective and Humane Response  Long before we saw the unprecedented numbers of families seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border that we are seeing today, the Trump administration was “crying wolf” while at the same time implementing policies that lit a match to what was a manageable issue.  Instead of … Continue reading »

A Rational, Effective, and Humane Response to Steadily Increasing Numbers of Asylum Seekers at the U.S. Mexico Border

Trump’s Draconian Approach is a Failure and Only Works to Exacerbate Issues In a recent op ed, former INS Commissioner Doris Meissner concluded that our border enforcement system was fundamentally designed to interdict and deter individuals (mostly single Mexican young men) coming to the U.S. for work. But the current flow of migrants has been … Continue reading »

Why did the Trump Administration Meticulously Track Reproductive Cycles of Immigrant Girls in Custody, But Fail to Create a Tracking System for Separated Families?

Friday, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC reported that the Trump administration meticulously tracked pregnancies, reproductive cycles, and details of how immigrant girls became pregnant, among other personal information.  Maddow noted that some entries were made in June of 2018, during the height of the Trump family separation crisis in which the administration deliberately took children from … Continue reading »