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As America Took Time to Celebrate Its Independence and its Tradition as a Beacon of Freedom to the World, the Trump Administration Seized the Moment to Continue Dismantling Immigration and Refugee Programs

Over the past week, the Trump administration continued its efforts to dismantle immigration and refugee programs that reflect long-held American values. The policy changes, summarized below, include a draft regulation that makes it more difficult for those fleeing violence and persecution to apply for refugee status; an overhaul of policy that makes it less likely … Continue reading »

Dara Lind of Vox on the Trump Administration’s Plan to Gut Asylum

“Plan would bar people who enter illegally from getting asylum” In a must-read exclusive, Vox’s Dara Lind reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has drafted a regulation that would bar most of those fleeing horrific violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala from being recognized as refugees in the United States. The draft regulation is … Continue reading »

The National Security and Public Safety Toll of Zero Tolerance and Indiscriminate Deportations

While the Trump administration pursues zero tolerance policies at the border and indiscriminate deportations throughout the country, observers are highlighting the toll on public safety, national security and effective law enforcement due to the administration’s policies and plans: Texas Observer, “ICE Criminal Investigators Ask to Be Distanced from Detentions, Deportations in Letter to Kirstjen Nielsen”: … Continue reading »

Judge’s Order to End Trump Family Separation Policy Should Close Door on Year-long Effort to Criminalize, Detain and Separate Immigrant Families and Asylum Seekers

And Should Open the Door to Workable Alternatives On Tuesday, a federal judge issued a decision in Ms. L. v. ICE. In it, Judge Dana Sabraw, a George W. Bush appointee, ends the Trumps-Sessions-Nielsen family separation policy and strongly criticizes the administration for violating the constitutional rights to family association and integrity.   The family … Continue reading »

Sonia Nazario: “Someone, please tell the president: There are humane, effective alternatives to his brutal policies. And they cost less, too.”

Even Family Detention is No Place for a Child, Especially When There Are Smart, Humane and Cost-effective Alternatives Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario published an opinion piece in the New York Times describing the cruelty and harm of trading family separation for family detention, especially when smart, humane and cost-effective alternatives exist. After almost two … Continue reading »

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Shifts Her Focus From Taking Children from Parents to Ending Futures of Young People with DACA

Late Friday U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen filed a memorandum in NAACP v. Trump, one of the several court challenges to President Trump’s September 4, 2017 cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, purportedly “clarifying the Department’s position” on its rescission of DACA.  The memorandum is in response to the April 24, 2018 order of … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Seeks Court Order to Allow for Indefinite Detention of Children with Parents; Ignores Smart, Cost-effective and Humane Alternatives to Detention

As directed by the President’s executive order issued on Wednesday, the Trump Justice Department has filed a request on Thursday to amend a federal court order – the “Flores Agreement” – to allow the administration to detain children for indefinite periods of time. Currently, such indefinite detention is in violation of Flores, which requires that … Continue reading »

Listen to the “A is for America” Podcast with Ur Jaddou of DHS Watch

The latest episode of our podcast, “A is for America”, features an interview with Ur Jaddou, the director of DHS Watch, a project of America’s Voice that focuses on holding the Trump Administration accountable for its anti-immigrant practices. We spoke about Trump’s practice of separating children from their families, how this week’s executive action did … Continue reading »

As Written, Trump’s Executive Order Fails to End Family Separation, Calls for Kids and their Families to be Detained, Together or Separately

Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order which purports to end his cruel family separation policy.  However, as written, it does no such thing. In fact, it could make the situation worse by requiring indefinite detention of families and continuing to permit children to be taken from their parents. No Requirement That Families be Detained … Continue reading »

Republican and Trump’s Plan to Keep Families in Detention is Not a Solution to Family Separation and It is Just as Harmful to Children

Children Don’t Belong in Detention, Especially When There Are Effective, Humane and Cost-efficient Alternatives Medical experts, from pediatricians to psychologists, have resoundingly agreed that separating children from parents under Trump’s family separation policy is “causing irreparable harm…[and] can carry lifelong consequences for children.” The President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) even described it … Continue reading »