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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 »

Congress: Holding HHS Secretary Azar Accountable for his Role in the Trump Family Separation Policy

Wednesday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar will defend the fiscal year 2020 HHS budget request before the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, an opportunity for the Congress to hold Secretary Azar accountable for his role in the Trump family separation policy.  In January, the House Energy … Continue reading »

Federal Court Expands Family Separation Class Finding that Trump Administration Separated Families Long Before Zero Tolerance Policy

“Simply put, Secretary Nielsen and President Trump need to make reuniting these families – all of these families – priority number one.” – Ur Jaddou/DHS Watch Although DHS Secretary Nielsen has been busy lying about the existence of a family separation policy, on Friday, a federal court overseeing the family separation case found that the … Continue reading »

What We Learned and Still Don’t Know Following Yesterday’s Hearing on Trump Family Separation Policy

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing on Trump’s family separation policy with key government witnesses from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Border Patrol, Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), and Health and Human Services (HHS).  Despite serious and lasting harm in separating children, key officials admitted they did not express concern over … Continue reading »

Oversight Continues: Trump Family Separation Policy Faces Scrutiny in House Judiciary Hearing and Oversight Markup Today

“We are just beginning to get a picture of how this catastrophic child separation policy was allowed to be implemented, who raised red flags, and who ignored red flags, but there is much more to learn…” – Ur Jaddou, DHS Watch Today the full House Judiciary Committee will convene an oversight hearing on the Trump … Continue reading »

Because Congress Controls the Power of the Purse, Trump’s National Emergency Declaration to Build a Border Wall Uniquely Threatens the Constitutional Balance of Powers

As most of us learned in grade school, Congress, not the President, controls the purse. By declaring a national emergency based on flimsy arguments in an effort to redirect funds for a border wall, money already appropriated by Congress for other purposes, President Trump is abusing his authority. Trump did this on the very day … Continue reading »

What You Need to Know About the Unchecked Increase in Detention Under the Trump Administration In Defiance of Congressionally Appropriated Mandates

In fiscal year (FY) 2006, the number of Congressionally authorized immigration detention beds was only 21,500 and has steadily increased:  27,500 in FY 07, 33,400 in FY 10, 34,000 for FY 12 through FY 16, and 40,500 in FY 18:    Since FY 18, the Congress has not appropriated additional money for detention beds.  Despite … Continue reading »