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Ronald Vitiello’s Nomination to Head ICE Must Be Voted Down

During Senate HSGAC Committee Hearing, Vitiello Can’t Defend Consorting with FAIR; Tries to Defend the Indefensible of Family Separation Policy Yesterday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on the nomination of acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Ronald Vitiello to become ICE’s permanent director. Senate Democrats on the … Continue reading »

America’s Voice to Senate: Reject Nomination of Ronald Vitiello – Defending and Implementing Family Separation Should Be Disqualifying

Trump has hand picked Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director Ronald Vitiello’s to become the permanent director of ICE. His nomination comes after months of Vitiello’s unwavering allegiance to Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. While Vitiello’s backers are trying to improve the prospects of his nomination by portraying him, as the New York Times characterizes, as … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: “Despicable. Un-American. Unacceptable.”

The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, regarding today’s Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to reunite families: The Trump administration – in our name, with our taxes, and by our government agents – has been responsible for a moral travesty of historic … Continue reading »

Incompetence and Cruelty: DHS Secretary Nielsen Tries to Defend the Indefensible

We must stop “separate and lose” child policy Trump Administration separating kids from asylum-seeking parents and putting them on military bases, while losing track of whereabouts of other children in government custody At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing yesterday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the Trump Administration’s shameful decision to separate children from their parents … Continue reading »

Five Border and Immigration Qs for DHS Secretary Nielsen For Hearing Today on Capitol Hill

Today, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will testify before the House Appropriations Committee on behalf of the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal for DHS. Ahead of Sec. Nielsen’s hearing, and amidst the Trump Administration’s ongoing fear-mongering about immigrants and the state of border security, here are five key questions that … Continue reading »

Republicans Try to Blame Opioids on Immigrants, Are Ridiculed by Experts

Those who oppose immigration have tried to blame immigrants for everything from climate change to epidemics to the Great Recession. This month, Congressional Republicans tried to scapegoat undocumented immigrants for the opioid epidemic, even though it’s the Trump Administration that has failed to appoint a permanent Drug Enforcement Administration head. At a recent Capitol Hill … Continue reading »

Four Senators Vote No on Nielsen Confirmation, Question Lack of Independence From White House After Political Interference On Immigration Decision

Senator Hassan “was troubled by a report in The Washington Post last week that Mr. Kelly had called acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke to try to pressure her into a decision not to renew a temporary humanitarian protection for would-be illegal immigrants from Honduras.” Tonight, four members of the Senate committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs … Continue reading »

ICE Director On Deporting Immigrants With No Criminal Record: “We Shouldn’t Wait for Them to Become a Criminal”

**This statement has been updated and corrected ** In testimony before the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee today, ICE acting Director Thomas Homan laid bare the Trump Administration’s radical views on immigration enforcement. Ted Hesson of Politico captured Homan’s key comments this way: If we find someone in the country illegally, we’re going to put … Continue reading »

DHS Secretary Kelly On Kids Who Flee Violence of Central America and Seek Safety and Family in America: “This is a Huge Scam”

John Kelly reveals his true colors Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was on Capitol Hill this week testifying in front of both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget. Early in Trump’s presidency, many hoped Kelly would turn out to be an “adult in the room” who … Continue reading »

ICYMI: USCIS Director Nominee Lee Francis Cissna’s Long Held Anti-Immigrant Views

As Lee Francis Cissna testifies this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding his nomination for USCIS Director, Marcelo Rochabrun of ProPublica has an important investigative report that explores Cissna’s role in amplifying anti-immigrant messages and policy as an advisor to Senator Chuck Grassley, and his ties to anti-immigrant organizations and SPLC-labeled hate groups, including … Continue reading »