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ICYMI: USA Today: “’I thought she was going to die’: Parents separated from children after Mississippi ICE raids”

“Every morning, 9-month-old Elizabeth wakes up and reaches across the bed to breastfeed, but her mother isn’t there.” USA Today’s Alan Gomez, Alissa Zhu, Giacomo Bologna and Rebecca Morin detail the enduring and heartbreaking consequences of the Mississippi family separation immigration raid earlier this month.  According to Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communications for America’s Voice, … Continue reading »

Why Trump’s New Push for Kids’ Indefinite Detention in Traumatic Conditions Would Also Mean No Accountability

Leading observers continue to point out the potential harm of the Trump administration’s announcement to target kids and vulnerable families through indefinite detention.  For example, read Cornell Law professor Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer in the Washington Post recapping the details and implications of the proposed changes to Flores. The research shows long-term detention has lasting mental health … Continue reading »

North Carolina Gov. Cooper’s Veto a Victory for Common-Sense Policymaking and Rejection of Divisive Partisan Fear-Mongering

The news that North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has vetoed legislation that would subvert local law enforcement’s authority and force local sheriffs to act as ICE deportation agents is a positive step for pragmatic policymaking and common-sense. As Governor Cooper rightfully noted in a message accompanying his veto, “This legislation is simply about scoring partisan … Continue reading »

Hurd and Graham Illustrate the Moral Collapse of Republicans Under Trump

“The Grand Old Party is now unrecognizable as anything but a personality cult headed towards disaster.” As Donald Trump barnstormed the country again with racist rants and lies about immigrants aimed at pitting Americans against Americans, the moral collapse of the Republican Party came into sharper focus yesterday with two key developments. Rep. Will Hurd … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Extends – but Refuses to Redesignate – TPS for Syria, Putting Families in Danger

Decision on Syria is Cruel & a Sign of the Moral Collapse of the Republican Party Under President Trump Today, the Department of Homeland Security made its decision to extend, but not redesignate, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria. This is a failure to recognize the extent of the ongoing civil war in Syria and … Continue reading »

TPS Venezuela Act Passes, Senate Must Act Immediately

The following is a statement from Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communication for America’s Voice, in response to the House’s passage of the TPS Venezuela Act of 2019, H.R. 549, that will grant protections to Venezuelans and American families as the country continues to descend into further chaos:  Passing the TPS Venezuela Act of 2019 is … Continue reading »

As Senate Republicans Seek To Roll Back Protections for Children in Detention, Democrats Move Forward With Basic, Minimal Standards for CBP Custody

H.R. 3239 provides “basic, common, human decency that is sorely lacking” Next week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will mark-up Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s bill to remove basic protections for children in U.S. immigration custody and allow the government to hold children beyond the court-mandated minimum period of 20 days.  This is in stark contrast to … Continue reading »

Not Just Politics As Usual, But A Moral Test for the “American Idea” as Well

Leading observers argue that the U.S. has reached a moral crisis, where the very existence of a modern, liberal, multiracial democracy is at stake. Adam Serwer of The Atlantic, Jamelle Bouie of the New York Times and Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post argue, in different ways, that as a nation we have reached a … Continue reading »

Stoking Fear & Fueling His Political Base, Trump Readies Raids for Sunday

Having Created Mass Failure at the Border, Now He Wants to Add to the Chaos The New York Times and others are reporting that neighborhood immigration raids will begin Sunday. Trump threatened to launch massive immigration raids in the U.S. after July 4 and now in cities across America, immigrant families and community allies are … Continue reading »