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“HB 527/SB 168 Is An Unforced Error Republicans Can Avoid”: What Reporters Need To Ask About Florida’s Anti-Immigrant Bill in Advance of Senate Vote

“As a state, Florida has the reputation nationally of being the place where bad things happen to dumb people who didn’t anticipate the consequences of their actions. Lawmakers in Tallahassee should play against type.” Florida Republicans passed a state ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” through the lower House of the legislature this week which sets … Continue reading »

Miller and Trump Target Immigration and Visas for African Countries with New Visa Overstay Memorandum

“This is Stephen Miller’s way of operationalizing his immigration strategy to ‘make America White again.’ – Douglas Rivlin Yesterday, in a story about White House advisor Stephen Miller taking personal interest in certain deportation cases, Politico quoted an unnamed White House former staffer saying, “It’s not an overstatement to say Stephen Miller wakes up every … Continue reading »

Douglas Rivlin: “Stephen Miller’s behavior is that of a bully who is playing politics with the lives of actual human beings.”

The following is a statement from Douglas Rivlin, Communications Director of America’s Voice, regarding the Trump administration’s plan to transport and release immigrant detainees into so-called “sanctuary cities,” as reported by the Washington Post: Trump is failing and flailing on immigration, his signature issue and the heart of his 2020 reelection strategy. So, these are … Continue reading »

Trump’s Political Circus: His Administration Helped Create The Humanitarian Crisis

“In reality, their policies have fueled, not extinguished the humanitarian crisis and now Trump wants to exploit it for 2020 voter-mobilization.” – Douglas Rivlin Another day and another string of reminders that Donald Trump is exacerbating and exploiting the crisis and chaos at the border. And because he views his hardline immigration brand as inextricable … Continue reading »

Trump Hasn’t Shut the Door on Re-Instituting Family Separations

“We are not out of the woods, even if [Trump] says vaguely and unconvincingly that ‘we are not looking to do that’ right now.” — Douglas Rivlin Yesterday, President Trump said of reports of re-instituting his cruel border family separation policy, “We’re not looking to do that,” before noting, “Once you don’t have it, that’s … Continue reading »

“They Want It to Get Worse” – Trump and Miller Set Course for More Chaos and Inhumanity

For Trump, Politics Trumps Problem Solving President Trump and lead nativist advisor Stephen Miller are flailing and furious about the administration’s continued failures on their signature hardline immigration issue. Their cruel and simplistic deterrence-only approaches have exacerbated the complicated challenges posed by Central Americans seeking asylum and refuge. Now, Trump and Miller are set to … Continue reading »

Failing and Flailing: Firing Nielsen Reveals Incompetence and Cruelty as Trump Doubles Down on His  Signature 2020 Issue

The forced resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen is the latest reminder that as the Trump team gears up for a 2020 re-election based on their signature hardline immigration issue, their deterrence-only policies have failed, and now they are flailing and furious and out of ideas — except for even more cruelty. Douglas Rivlin, Communication Director, America’s … Continue reading »

What’s Wrong With this Picture? DHS Lies, ICE Under Investigation, Journalists Under Surveillance, and Money Taken from Soldiers’ Pay and Pensions

Over the past week, we’ve seen new levels of hypocrisy from the Trump administration and congressional Republicans, as they bend over backwards to embrace Trump’s draconian immigration vision and the unpopular and unconstitutional power grab emergency declaration. According to Douglas Rivlin, Communications Director of America’s Voice, “The President’s brand is chaos, and his reelection strategy … Continue reading »

The Vicious Cycle of Lies, Failures, Cruelty and Hypocrisy That Define Trump’s Immigration Strategy

As usual when it comes to immigration, the Trump administration’s lies, incompetence, cruelty and hypocrisy are caught in a vicious cycle of circular logic and cynicism that needs to be unpacked. Take their focus on the border and the families and young people fleeing violence and instability in Central America: 1. Trump’s policies have failed … Continue reading »

Chris Hayes on the Meaning of “Border Security”

“America cannot be and will not be, one hopes, the kind of nation that those folks want” Last night, on the heels of the White House’s announcement of a forthcoming national emergency declaration, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes provided Americans with a much-needed reality check on the shifting meaning of “border security” debate. Standing in El Paso … Continue reading »