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Douglas Rivlin

“Another Day, Another Trump Scheme to Rob Military Budgets”

For the Second Time This Week, Trump Administration Tees Up Another Raid of Military Funds for Border Wall Obsession Yesterday, the Trump administration’s DHS sent a request to the Pentagon to build approximately 270 miles of border barriers under existing counter-drug authority. But due to the relatively small amount of anti-drug funding in the Pentagon’s … Continue reading »

On Border Wall Funding: Will GOP Senators Once Again Abdicate Their Responsibility, Steal Military Budgets, and Diminish our Security By Letting Trump Raid Money for a Useless Border Wall?

Trump’s new plan to raid an additional $7.2 billion in taxpayer money allotted to the military and narcotics interdiction in order to fund his border wall obsession sets up another moment of truth for Republicans, as Congress is planning on more votes attempting to hold Trump accountable on the subject. Last fall, after Trump raided … Continue reading »

Three Court Actions Show the Judiciary’s Limits as a Check on Trump’s Worst Instincts

“The only reliable backstop to prevent Trump from completely rewriting immigration policies, the Constitution and our system of checks and balances is to vote him out of office.” Three recent court rulings and actions show the limits of relying on the courts to serve as a backstop to mitigate the worst of President Trump’s policies … Continue reading »

Administration’s Decision to Extend But Not Redesignate TPS for Yemen Fails to Protect Thousands

On January 3rd, the Trump administration decided to extend but not redesignate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Yemen for another 18 months for nearly 1,500 TPS holders. While the extension is a welcome reprieve for Yemeni TPS holders already here in the U.S., the status only extends to current Yemeni TPS holders who arrived before … Continue reading »

Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Crusade Expands to Ensnare More and More American Citizens

Big Brother Government Increasingly Limits Our Freedom  The Trump Administration’s relentless efforts to scapegoat, scare, and both keep out and kick out immigrants includes a mounting series of big brother and big government tactics – supposedly anathema to conservatives and Republicans – that are ensnaring U.S. citizens. Witness: DHS to force DNA collection from people … Continue reading »

Explosive Reports Highlighting Violations, Profits Within Detention Centers: USA Today

In two incredibly in-depth stories, USA Today highlights the corruption within ICE detention centers across the US that has lead to severe trauma, physical harm, and death of migrants. Since President Trump’s election, spending for detention centers has skyrocketed, centers have multiplied and a record number of migrants have been subjected to ICE’s abuse.  In … Continue reading »

Tennessee: A Red State Keeps Door Open to Refugees

Governor Lee Offers Hope in the Bleak Anti-Immigrant Trump Desert Yesterday, Tennessee’s Republican governor Bill Lee announced that he would keep the state’s doors open to refugees, another powerful example of states and localities standing up for a different vision that the Trump/Stephen Miller effort to slam the door in the face of refugees. Calling … Continue reading »

No Wall High Enough to Keep Out Trump’s Cronies

Add Cash Grab to Land Grab as Trump’s Border Wall Obsession Encapsulates Trump’s Presidency  Earlier this fall, after Trump announced plans to raid $3.6 billion from 127 different military construction projects to try and fund his border wall, we highlighted that the news and larger obsession on display was a “perfect encapsulation of the Trump … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Planned to Separate 26,000 Kids with No Ability to Track or Reunify Them

DHS IG Report Probes Depths of Cruelty and Chaos Central to Trump’s Family Separation Policy A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inspector general’s report on the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” family separation policy provides chilling details about this dark chapter of recent American history while offering damning new evidence about the scope of the cruelty … Continue reading »

Newly Introduced Refugee Protection Act Begins To “Right the Ship that Trump and Miller Have Run Aground”

On Thursday, the bicameral Refugee Protection Act (RPA) was introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). At a time when America’s commitment to being a safe-haven for refugees and asylum-seekers is in serious doubt, this legislation provides a map to how we reestablish and improve the refugee program, resettle refugees in … Continue reading »