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.

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 »

published on May 9, 2018; updated July 27, 2018 Datessss s Country Population* Extension or Terminated Extension Ends/ Termination Begins Original Designation Date Number of Extensions 5-24-17 Haiti 58,557 6-month extension 1-22-18 1-12-10 4 9-21-17 South Sudan 77 18-month extension 5-2-19 11-3-11 3 10-11-17 Sudan 1,048 12-month termination 11-2-18 11-4-97 12 12-15-17 Nicaragua 5,305 12-month… Continue »

Tal Kopan of CNN reported yesterday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has adopted a policy that would require Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to “refer every person [including those seeking asylum] caught crossing the border illegally for federal prosecution, a policy that could result in the separation of far more parents from their children at the… Continue »

March 7, 2017:  Secretary of Homeland Security confirms he is considering policy of separating families to achieve a deterrent effect.   He explained, “I would do almost anything to deter the people from Central America to getting on this very, very dangerous network that brings them up through Mexico into the United States….It’s more important… Continue »

The President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Dr. Colleen Kraft, published an op-ed in today’s Los Angeles Times stating, “The government’s practice of separating children from their parents at the border counteracts every science-based recommendation I have ever made to families who seek to build, and not harm, their children’s intellectual and emotional development.” In… Continue »

The New York Times reports that around 200 people, mostly women and children fleeing violence, have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border after a very long and very public journey to seek protection from violent situations in their home countries. Kirk Semple and Miriam Jordan report, “A long, grueling journey gave way to what could be a long, uncertain… Continue »

For interview requests, please contact press@americasvoice.org As Politico’s Ted Hesson reported this morning, America’s Voice is launching a new project called DHS Watch. Under the direction of Ur Jaddou, a lawyer and law professor with significant experience and expertise regarding the making and implementation of immigration policy, DHS Watch will work towards transparency, accountability and good governance in… Continue »

Maria Sacchetti of The Washington Post is reporting that the “The nation’s top immigration and border officials are urging Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to detain and prosecute all parents caught crossing the Mexican border illegally with their children, a stark change in policy that would result in the separation of families that until now have mostly been kept… Continue »