David Leopold: “A welcome first step” The Biden administration is taking steps to undo and repair some of the most cruel elements of the Trump era immigration. Trump’s cruelty towards immigrants remains a moral stain on the nation and one of the reasons he was rejected by the multiracial majority in America. In recent days,… Continue »

Ad calls out Republicans trying to score cheap political points on vulnerable children Today, ahead of President Joe Biden’s first congressional address, immigrant advocacy groups America’s Voice and Care In Action are up with a new television ad campaign slamming Republican politicians for their hypocrisy on immigration. Republican leaders continue to cynically feign concern about… Continue »

Earlier this week, the American Immigration Council released a report showing that the current situation at the U.S.-Mexico border under the Biden administration is neither unique nor unprecedented.  In fact, the current rise in border apprehensions can be largely credited to 1) seasonal trends; 2) heightened “push factors;” and 3) the continued enforcement of Title… Continue »

Thrust to the epicenter of one of the most incandescent political battles in the United States today, unaccompanied migrant children are, evidently, an unequivocal symptom of the socio-economic and institutional breakdown in the poorest regions from which they come. Not only that, but their presence also highlights the types of societies they choose as their… Continue »

Although Republicans supported President Trump’s cruel, ineffective immigration policies for years, they are currently attempting to politicize President Biden’s attempts to humanely manage the border and end Trump’s harsh and ineffective policies. Yet their efforts to portray any increase in border crossings as an indictment of the Biden administration ignores the fact that there is… Continue »

Too often, mainstream media coverage and commentary regarding border and asylum policies rest on the following assumptions: Migration is bad, and more of it is worse;  If Biden unwinds Trump’s sadistic web of cruelty, it will lead to a ”border crisis” because U.S. immigration policies are the primary driver of regional migration patterns;  The best… Continue »

Asylum seekers don’t abscond, they show up “Catch and release.” It has been invoked cynically and repeatedly by the right to justify a web of cruel policies aimed at gutting the nation’s asylum system and deterring asylum-seekers. It’s one of those catch-phrases popularized by the right and picked up by the mainstream media.  And it’s… Continue »

Right wing media, ex-Trump officials, anti-immigrant hardliners and leading Republicans are stoking fears of a “border crisis.” They talked incessantly about a caravan that never made it to the border. They cite unnamed Border Patrol sources to sensationalize a modest uptick in border crossings and releases. They blame any increase on what they call “the… Continue »

Right wing media, ex-Trump officials, anti-immigrant hardliners and leading Republicans are stoking fears of a “border crisis.” They talked incessantly about a caravan that never made it to the border. They cite unnamed Border Patrol sources to sensationalize a modest uptick in border crossings and releases. They blame any increase on what they call “the… Continue »

Yesterday, a joint investigative piece from Texas Tribune and ProPublica found that American taxpayers’ bills for Trump’s unpopular border wall are several billion dollars higher than previously anticipated, again. Now, reports from CNN and data from Texas Civil Rights Project, reveal these same Texas taxpayers, who are footing the bill for the wall while juggling… Continue »