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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

**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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »