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Yazmin Juárez’s Courageous Testimony Spotlights Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

Nowhere are the cruel and deplorable actions of the Trump administration more outstanding than in the abhorrent conditions of immigration detention facilities holding children and families. Yesterday, in a powerful House Oversight Committee hearing, Yazmin Juárez bravely gave a heartbreaking testimony of the death of her one year old daughter weeks after being released from … Continue reading »

TWEETS: Mother of Toddler Who Died from Detention Conditions Tells Congress Her Story

Today,  Yazmin Juarez came to Congress to testify before the House Oversight Subcommittee about the horrible detention conditions that led to the tragic death of her young daughter earlier this year. Yazmin’s and her daughter, Mariee, had made the journey across the border to seek asylum, a trip that Mariee appeared healthy throughout. After they … Continue reading »

Acting ICE Director Won’t Commit to Investigate Trump

Appearance of Selective Enforcement to Protect President   In an exchange at today’s subcommittee hearing of the House Appropriations Committee, Acting ICE Director Kevin McAleenan was given the opportunity to say if his agency would give President Trump’s businesses special treatment on immigration and prosecution. His answer was evasive, and seemed to indicate he thought … Continue reading »

Immigration Experts & Advocates Highlight Upcoming USCCR Hearing

A recording of the call is available here. Earlier today, immigration experts and advocates, who will be testifying will to tomorrow’s United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) hearing, gathered on a press call to  highlight the importance of the hearing the desperate need to make impactful change to an ever-expanding and inhumane system of … Continue reading »

Republicans Brought a Member of Hate Group to Congress to Testify Against Extending Protections for Dreamers and TPS Recipients

On March 6, Republican members of the House brought Andrew Arthur to testify against the need to expand protections for DACA and TPS recipients. They brought Arthur regardless of the fact that he was testifying on behalf of a hate group and held extreme anti-immigrant views. Arthur works for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), … Continue reading »

What We Learned and Still Don’t Know Following Yesterday’s Hearing on Trump Family Separation Policy

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing on Trump’s family separation policy with key government witnesses from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Border Patrol, Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), and Health and Human Services (HHS).  Despite serious and lasting harm in separating children, key officials admitted they did not express concern over … Continue reading »

TWEETS: During HJC Hearing on Family Separation, ICE/CBP/DOJ/HHS Officials Punt Blame

The full House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Trump Administration’s zero tolerance family separation policy today, as part of an ongoing Democratic effort to finally bring accountability to the practice that has separated thousands of migrant families. As our own DHS Watch this morning noted, today’s hearing was notable partly because it featured former … Continue reading »

Oversight Continues: Trump Family Separation Policy Faces Scrutiny in House Judiciary Hearing and Oversight Markup Today

“We are just beginning to get a picture of how this catastrophic child separation policy was allowed to be implemented, who raised red flags, and who ignored red flags, but there is much more to learn…” – Ur Jaddou, DHS Watch Today the full House Judiciary Committee will convene an oversight hearing on the Trump … Continue reading »

TWEETS: View our coverage of the House Dem Majority’s first hearing on family separations

Today’s hearing in the House Energy and Commerce committee was the first hearing on family separations called by the new Democratic House majority. Oversight was the name of the game: what objections to the Trump Administration’s zero tolerance policy were raised, and who knew about it? On the GOP side, Republicans went out of their … Continue reading »