DHS Watch was created in 2018 to uphold an immigration system that is competently administered, accountable, and adheres to long-held American values on immigration. DHS Watch shines a light on policies and administration that fail to adhere to basic principles of good governance.

Questions and Answers Can the Trump administration immediately stop separating families at the border, without an act of Congress? Yes.  Last month, the Trump administration unilaterally implemented a new policy that results in family separations.  On May 7, Attorney General Sessions delivered remarks confirming a “zero tolerance” policy in which DHS prosecutes 100% of all… Continue »

Instead, It Would Prolong Detention of Children in Poor Conditions,  End Decades Old Law That Protects Refugees Seeking Protection NBC reports House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan is claiming his immigration bill includes a provision to end family separation. A leaked outline of the bill says the bill would “ensur[e] alien minors apprehended at the… Continue »

Despite Congressional Reporting Requirements, Trump Administration Hides Suicide of Distraught Dad Separated Under Family Separation Policy One month after the incident, the Washington Post reported on the suicide of a Honduran man, Marco Antonio Muñoz, separated from his three-year-old son and wife by the Border Patrol under Trump’s family separation policy:   Soon after Muñoz and his family… Continue »

Dara Lind of Vox explains how the Trump Administration is throwing obstacles in the way of those seeking asylum at our southern border.  Read excerpts from Dara Lind’s explainer below and read it in its entirety here: The Trump administration justifies its “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting everyone who crosses into the US illegally —… Continue »

NBC News reports that, as a result of Trump’s new family separation policy, hundreds of children are being held at border stations in unsuitable conditions, especially for children, and beyond the time period allowed under the law. In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen implemented an unprecedented “zero tolerance” policy,… Continue »

More and more pediatricians are raising alarm bells regarding the serious and irreparable harm that the Trump family separation policy is having on children.  From the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), pediatricians who serve on the American Academy of Pediatrics Immigrant Health Special Interest Group to the president emeritus of the Children’s… Continue »

Parents Describe Fear and Anguish Under Trump’s Family Separation Policy In just the first two weeks under Trump’s new family separation policy, 658 children have been taken from parents, almost 46 children per day.  At this rate, thousands of children could be taken from parents within months as a result of Trump’s policy to systematically penalize… Continue »

Parents Separated from Children by Trump’s Family Separation Policy are Asking Questions but Getting No Answers In many courtrooms along the southern border, parents of children taken by DHS are asking questions about the children DHS took from them under the Trump administration’s new family separation policy.  Where is my child? How can I communicate… Continue »

It is Trump’s Deliberate Policy and a Deliberate Choice that Harms Children in Order to Deter Asylum-Seekers and Unauthorized Immigrants Amy Harmon of the New York Times reported: President Trump over the weekend falsely blamed Democrats for a ‘horrible law’ separating immigrant children from their parents. In fact, his own administration had just announced this… Continue »

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 »