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ICYMI: Julia Ainsley: “Watchdog group: Trump DHS pick made false claims about role in family separation policy”

Amid the contentious debate on Chad Wolf as acting Homeland Security Secretary, Julia Ainsley for NBC reports recent revelations that Wolf provided false testimony to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee over his role in the family separation policy, which resulted in 5,400 children taken from their parents with no real plan to … Continue reading »

Cutting a Hole in Trump’s Border Wall a Perfect Reminder of its Offensive, Wasteful, and Ineffective Nature

Trump’s political obsession over building the border wall has led to one government shutdown and threatens another. The wall idea itself, borne out of a memory trick to remind candidate Trump to incite his followers in a racist rallying cry, is an offensive waste of money and obviously ill-equipped and ineffective as a serious policy … Continue reading »

The Real Trump Record Along the Border: Failure, Cruelty, and Chaos

Yesterday, CBP acting commissioner Mark Morgan delivered a news conference in El Paso to unveil — and spin — FY 2019 border statistics. Morgan touted the supposed “successes” of the Trump administration at the border, noted that the ongoing “crisis” continues, and used those two assertions to push for even more draconian Trump policies. The … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Education Fund Responds to El Salvador-U.S. Agreement Regarding TPS

“TPS holders and their families are not bargaining chips. They deserve a permanent solution, one that only Congress can give.” Below is statement from Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communication for America’s Voice, on the agreement between the U.S. and El Salvadoran governments regarding the announcement of a one-year reprieve for Salvadorans with TPS. Although there … Continue reading »

The Price of Admission to Support Trump’s Failing Wall Fiasco: Private Land Being Seized; Money Diverted from Military Projects; Wall Not Being Built

Republicans Ignore Constitution and Big Government Concerns to Stand with Trump A Washington Post story by Nick Miroff and Arelis Hernandez, “Trump administration has acquired little of the private land in Texas it needs for border barrier,” reminds us that despite Trump’s border wall obsessions and the related enabling by congressional Republicans, the administration hasn’t … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Dara Lind: “Trump’s Asylum Ban Could Apply Retroactively to Thousands of Migrants Even Though Officials Promised It Wouldn’t”

Dara Lind, writing for ProPublica, reveals the latest development in the Trump administration’s inhumane and xenophobic policies: Asylum-seekers, forced to return to Mexico to await their hearings under the administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, may now be ineligible for asylum because of their stint in Mexico.  As Lind explains, “The source of the confusion is … Continue reading »

As Trump Betrays Our Values and the Constitution, Federal Courts Stand Up for Both. Will the Supreme Court?

Courts deal multiple blows to Trump’s ‘policy of exclusion in search of a justification. As Trump’s unilateralism and nativism go into overdrive, a series of court rulings offer a reminder why the judicial branch is an essential backstop for a different vision of the country. Since last Friday, five federal courts have ruled against the … Continue reading »

For Republicans in Congress, “Where is the line?”

During a town hall hosted by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a local constituent stood up and questioned Ernst’s unwavering support of Trump, asking: “Where is the line?” The constituent’s impassioned line of questioning made us ask the same. The following is a statement from Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communication for America’s Voice:  Trump effectively ended asylum … Continue reading »

New AP/NORC Polling the Latest Reminder that Trump’s Race-Baiting and Xenophobia is Broadly Unpopular

With Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign set to lean heavily on a strategy of race-baiting and nativism, a new AP/NORC poll is the latest reminder that a hefty majority of the American public strongly disapproves of Trump’s handling of both race relations and immigration issues. Race relations When asked “do you approve or disapprove of the … Continue reading »

Three Rulings Against Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda Offer 2020 Reminder Why Courts Matter

Courts doing what Republicans in Congress refuse to – stand up to a dangerous and erratic President for a better vision for America Three court rulings from the end of last week dealt setbacks to the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant agenda: Judge Dolly Gee ruled against the Trump administration’s regulation attempting to overturn the Flores settlement … Continue reading »