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.

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 »

Recent NBC News and Los Angeles Times reports illustrate the inhumane and predictable effects of DHS’s new policy of prosecuting every immigrant who crosses the border without inspection.  Parents who come to the United States seeking safety for their children are instead being separated and prosecuted criminally, with no knowledge of where their children are… Continue »

Contrary to DHS Secretary Nielsen’s Statements, This is NOT What Happens “Every Day” With Parents Facing Criminal Charges According to the Washington Post, “The head of the Department of Homeland Security [Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen] defended the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from parents when the family is being prosecuted for entering the U.S. illegally, telling a… Continue »

Last week, the Trump Administration ended another TPS program – for Hondurans – despite reports from in-country diplomats, obtained by the Washington Post, that warned against doing so. This termination comes after 13 reviews and extensions across four other Republican and Democratic Administrations. Of the eight programs up for extension since Trump became President, this Administration has ended six, terminating TPS for… Continue »