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Why the Trump Administration’s Proposed Flores Regulation is Unacceptable and Demands a Vociferous Challenge

In spite of mounting cases of harm and abuse of children in immigration detention, the Trump administration formally proposed a regulation last week to indefinitely detain children under weaker standards and conditions than currently exist.  The regulation, if finalized, would replace the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA) which protects children from prolonged detention and inhumane detention … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Is at It Again – Proposed Regulation Would Eviscerate Standards that Protect Children from Indefinite Detention Under Inhumane Conditions

The following is a statement from Ur Jaddou, Director of DHS Watch, regarding the news that the Trump administration is proposing a new regulation to replace the Flores Settlement Agreement – which provides for basic standards of care for children and protects them from indefinite detention. Instead, the proposed regulation would allow for indefinite detention … Continue reading »

USCIS Deputy Director Appointment Who Made Anti-Muslim Remarks

Why it Matters Even More Than Others Who Made Similar Comments Buzzfeed reported on Saturday that a “US Army director recently offered a job as deputy director of the federal agency that oversees immigration applications [USCIS] made anti-Muslim statements and posts on Facebook in recent years.”  In a statement to Buzzfeed, a USCIS spokesman said … Continue reading »

It’s Past Time for the Trump Administration to Return Deported Parents to the U.S. to Reunite with Children

One Month After Court’s Reunification Deadline, Some 500 Children Remain Separated According to yesterday’s report to the federal judge overseeing the reunification of parents and children separated under Trump’s family separation policy — one month after the court-imposed deadline — 497 children remain separated, including 22 under the age of 5.  Of those, 322 children … Continue reading »

Congressman Castro Seeks Answers in Toddler’s Death Following Family Detention

Trump Administration Should Cease Plans to Grow Family Detention According to Vice News, Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro “wants answers on what Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] knew about the case of a toddler from Guatemala who died after leaving federal custody earlier this year.”   In a recent meeting with Department of Homeland Security Secretary … Continue reading »

A Toddler’s Death Following Family Detention

Yet, the Trump Administration Remains Intent on Drastically Expanding the Detention of Children with Parents According to Vice News on Monday, a toddler died weeks after being released from an ICE family detention center where she first became seriously ill.  Yet, the Trump administration continues full-speed ahead on drastically expanding family detention. In March, a … Continue reading »

Stephen Miller Has Usurped Unprecedented Power From Congress Over the U.S. Refugee Program And Is Systematically Eliminating It

Why It Matters and Why It’s Time For Congress To Exercise Its Broad Oversight Authority A recent Vanity Fair article describes the destructive power that one man — Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller — has over long-standing U.S. refugee policy and the law.   For almost 40 years, the law has clearly authorized a … Continue reading »

The Trump Administration Continues to Drag Its Feet and Makes Very Little Progress in Reuniting Separated Families

Despite multiple court orders, the Trump administration continues to drag its feet in reunifying the families it separated.  According to a report to the court overseeing this matter, very little progress has been made in reuniting the remaining children separated from parents, well after the court-ordered deadline of July 26.  Furthermore, in spite of court … Continue reading »

Is Attorney General Sessions Turning What Should Be Impartial and Independent Immigration Judges into His Personal Deportation Force?

It’s Time for an Independent Immigration Court On Tuesday, Tal Kopan of CNN reported that an immigration judge assigned to a case for many years was replaced with another judge from Washington who quickly and with little process ordered the deportation of an immigrant.  Kopan explains: The unusual use of a chief immigration judge from … Continue reading »

The Real Reasons 711 Separated Children Have Not Been Reunited With Parents: A Dangerous Mix of Bureaucratic Incompetence and Trumpian Cruelty

According to a court filing last week, the Trump administration claims the parents of 711 children separated under Trump’s family separation policy are “not eligible for reunification” or the children are “not available for discharge.”  These cold, bureaucratic terms gloss over the real reasons why these children remain separated from their parents – a dangerous … Continue reading »