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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 »

America’s Voice Education Fund Comments on Senate Judiciary Hearing: “Building America’s Trust Through Border Security”

The following is a reaction from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, on the Senate Judiciary Hearing on border security this afternoon: This past March, we joined 130 allied organizations and Senator Durbin in asking the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration to hold oversight hearings on President Trump’s … Continue reading »

Today's House Judiciary Committee Hearing Will Involve 2013's SAFE Act

Today, the House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on “Interior Immigration Enforcement Legislation,” where they will be bringing back an extremist piece of legislation from 2013: the SAFE Act. As if Republicans weren’t making it clear how anti-immigrant they are, with their three votes last week against DACA/DAPA.  When the SAFE Act passed out … Continue reading »

HJC Witness Today Includes Disgraced Former INS Officer Who Lied to Congress

Today, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on “Interior Immigration Enforcement Legislation,” where it will discuss failed bills like the incredibly anti-immigrant SAFE Act. But the real story is who will be testifying at the hearing — namely, even more extremist witnesses from the Center for Immigration Studies and the hate group Federation for … Continue reading »

Tomorrow: Another HJC Hearing, Another Set of Tanton Network Witnesses

When Republicans want to hear “expert” testimony on anti-immigrant views, there is apparently only shop in town: the John Tanton network.  Tanton, of course, is the white nationalist who founded or helped found three key anti-immigrant groups, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (or FAIR, a hate group), the Center for Immigration Studies (the think tank), … Continue reading »

Senator Durbin: Opposition to Executive Action is Support for Mass Deportation

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing this week on immigration reform and the President’s executive action for immigrants — and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) used his time to take apart the arguments of the anti-immigrant crowd. Watch the video below: Speaking for opponents for executive action were John Eastman, Chairman of the Board of the National Organization for Marriage, and … Continue reading »