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The Death of a 16-year old in CBP Custody Was No Accident

Deterrence-Only Policy to Blame Yesterday, ProPublica released a deeply disturbing video documenting that the death of 16-year old Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vazquez while in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody last May was a preventable tragedy.  The horrifying details reveal that CBP lied about what happened and covered up their actions. This brazen attempt … Continue reading »

How Two Housekeepers Took on the President

Washington Post looks back on a year of courage, revelations and controversy The Washington Post yesterday published a look back at a year’s worth of coverage regarding the Trump business empire’s reliance and exploitation of undocumented workers. The story, written by Joshua Partlow and David Fahrenthold, reveals the incredible bravery of the workers who decided … Continue reading »

As Trump’s Cronies Profit from “Sweetheart Deal” to Build the Wall, Fresh Reminders That Border Wall Itself is Wasteful, Ineffective and Just Plain Dumb  

Video Demonstrates Just How Easy It Is to Scale the Wall President Trump’s political obsession over building the border wall has led to one government shutdown and threatens another. As leading observers condemn the Trump administration for its cronyism in rewarding a wall building contract to an unqualified firm helmed by a GOP donor and … Continue reading »

On Future of DACA: Trump, Republicans and SCOTUS All “Own This“

“For Stephen Miller, the administration’s DACA strategy is ‘heads, I win; tails, you lose.’” “We own this” said Republican Solicitor General Noel Francisco before the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning. Indeed, the Trump administration does own the demise of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The decision to terminate DACA in September 2017 was … Continue reading »

DACA’s Moment of Truth Before the Supreme Court Is a Moment of Truth for Chief Justice John Roberts

President Trump took to Twitter before today’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court to slander Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. He also seemed to signal to the conservative majority of the Supreme Court that he expects them to do his bidding. It was a message undoubtedly directed at Chief Justice John Roberts, who … Continue reading »

Bombshell Senate Report Exposes Political Motives for Ending TPS

Today, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democrats released a report on how the Trump administration ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the U.S. The report clearly indicates that political considerations for the Trump 2020 reelection campaign outweighed strenuous warnings from experts at the State Department. … Continue reading »

New Poll Reveals Majority of Voters in Southern Border States Disapprove of Trump’s Border Policies

Voters have a ‘crisis of confidence’ in Trump’s approach to border, immigration A recording of the call is available here. To read the report, click here Earlier today, immigration experts and advocates from across the southern border gathered on a press call to discuss the findings of a new poll by the U.S. Immigration Policy … Continue reading »

For the Third Straight Election Cycle, the GOP Relied on Xenophobia. For the Third Straight Election Cycle, It Failed.

“Three strikes and you’re out” Following Trump’s victory in 2016, some in the political class concluded that his reliance on xenophobia reflected magical powers of insight into the American electorate.  This, in turn, led some pundits to predict that in the 2017 Virginia gubernatorial contest Republican Ed Gillespie’s reliance on ugly MS-13 ads would power … Continue reading »

Farm Workforce Modernization Act Charts a Bipartisan Path to the Legalization of Farmworkers

Immigrants Put Food on America’s Table, Grow Our Economy and Turbo-Charge Our Ag Exports Led by Democrat Zoe Lofgren of California and Republican Dan Newhouse of Washington, a bipartisan group of legislators announced today the introduction of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019. They were joined by an array of key Republican and Democratic … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: Attacks on Lt. Col. Vindman’s Refugee History and Patriotism “Appalling and Un-American”

Today, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is set to become the first White House official to testify to Congress as part of the impeachment inquiry. Ahead of his testimony, conservative talking heads, pro-Trump allies, and some Republicans are slandering Lt. Col. Vindman, including a focus on the fact that he was born in Ukraine. Lt. Col. … Continue reading »