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2020 Elections: Here Are the Democratic Candidates’ Immigration Plans

First published June 13, 2019; last updated January 16, 2020 The 2020 Democratic primary has in general not been marked by major policy differences, and immigration is no exception. On immigration, the candidates’ plans are in near-consensus, with differences found only in degree and emphasis. Each plan recognizes the urgent need to create a pathway … Continue reading »

PHOTOS: House Democrats at the Border Draw Attention to Remain in Mexico

Today, a delegation of House Democrats crossed the border near Brownsville, Texas to bring attention to the terrible Trump Administration policy called “Remain in Mexico.” Remain in Mexico, also known as MPP, was implemented a year ago and has forced some 60,000 asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while applying for asylum. Their waits last … Continue reading »

“Catch and Release” Exposed as the GOP’s Big Lie on Asylum: 99% of Asylum-Seekers Show Up for Hearings

The independent and highly-reputable TRAC (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse) just released a new report — based on the government’s own data — that finds  99% of asylum-seekers who were released into America to pursue their cases attended all of their immigration court hearings. The finding eviscerates the GOP’s Big Lie. They call it “catch and … Continue reading »

David Leopold: “Next, they came for the Iranian-Americans”

After news broke of Iranian-American citizens facing extended questioning and detention while reentering their country, leading immigration attorney David Leopold, Chair of Immigration at Ulmer & Berne and former President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, responded with a thoughtful article for Medium. Leopold underscores the deceptive and wrongful nature of the U.S. Customs and … Continue reading »

Trump Winery Fires Undocumented Workers — AFTER Harvest Season

Gabe Ortiz: “The fact that impeached president Donald Trump demonizes immigrants in front of cameras while exploiting their labor behind the scenes should be one of the biggest scandals of this administration” Recent stories in the Washington Post and Univision (see here and here) add new details to the story of the Trump business empire’s … Continue reading »

Immigration: Decade in Review

What happened on immigration in the 2010s? In the last ten years, immigration advocates have fought for immigration reform and DACA and against Trump’s many terrible anti-immigrant policies. Immigrant-led organizations, state-based groups, legal aid organizations, and others have won significant victories while pushing back nativist changes. Here’s a list of the biggest, most significant, and … Continue reading »

2019 Year Review: Three Years In, Trump’s Assault on Immigrants is Only Intensifying

Originally published as a mid-year review on July 28, 2019; updated on December 18, 2019 From the moment Donald Trump descended the Trump Tower escalator to launch his presidential bid in 2015, his attacks on immigrants have been unrelenting. Throughout 2019, the Trump Administration continued its cruel pattern of kicking out immigrants already here and … Continue reading »

By the Numbers: The Real Trump Immigration and Border Record is One of Failure, Cruelty, and Chaos

There is No Long Term Strategy, Just a Short Term Political Charade The Trump administration, led by Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan, is once again engaged in audacious spin and an effort to paper over their failed record by claiming “staggering” success along the border. But the Trump administration’s record is permanently defined by its … Continue reading »

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 »

New America’s Voice Report: “The Stephen Miller Emails: Once Far-Right White Nationalist Ideas Are Now U.S. Policies”

New report connects Stephen Miller’s embrace of white nationalist ideas to real immigration, refugee and asylum policies enacted and proposed by the Trump administration A report released today by America’s Voice, “The Stephen Miller Emails: Once Far-Right White Nationalist Ideas Are Now U.S. Policies” underscores the connections between Stephen Miller’s embrace of white nationalist ideas … Continue reading »