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Immigrants and the Military

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Tells Congress: Trump Immigration Policies “Harm Military Recruiting,” “Hurt Military Readiness,” and “Represent Broken Promises to Those Who Put Their Lives on the Line”

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship held a hearing on the impact of current immigration policies on service members and veterans, and their families. One witness, Margaret Stock, a retired Lieutenant Colonel and immigration attorney said, “The last three years have witnessed the administration using internal memos to undermine long-standing laws … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Laurie Roberts: “ICE secretly deports troubled Iraq War veteran to El Salvador. That’s a disgrace.”

Laurie Roberts, in a column for the Arizona Republic, details the secret deportation of Iraq combat veteran Jose Segovia Benitez calling it a disgrace and a “shameful way to say ‘thank you for your service.’” In the latest development for the Marine veteran, who was held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2018 and … Continue reading »

Patriotic Immigrants Who Have Served America: Veterans and Active Duty Service Members, and Their Families, Face Increasing Immigration and Naturalization Obstacles Under Trump Administration

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary’s Immigration Subcommittee will hold a hearing to examine increasing immigration and naturalization obstacles faced by veterans, active duty service members, and their families under the Trump Administration. Just a few years ago, choosing to serve the nation through military service was often an important factor in expediting naturalization, preventing deportation, facilitating … Continue reading »

Honorable Military Service Doesn’t Protect Immigrants From Trump Deportation or Expulsion, GAO Report Reveals Increased Deportations

UPDATE:  House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) and Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) demanding answers to the General Accountability Office’s (GAO) finding that ICE is deporting veterans in violation of policy. Families are Affected, Too Yesterday, the Military Times described a recent General Accountability Office … Continue reading »

Land Seizures, Military Construction, Marine Corps Readiness: The High Cost of Trump’s Wall

Tuesday House Override Vote on Emergency Declaration Another Chance for GOP Lawmakers to get on the Right Side of History and the Constitution Tomorrow, the House of Representatives is again scheduled to vote on the resolution to block President Trump’s emergency declaration, this time giving lawmakers the chance to go on record with whether to … Continue reading »

Collateral Damage Grows While Trump and GOP Maintain Their Manufactured “National Emergency” Border Crisis

The true cost of President Trump’s national emergency declaration continues to grow. Molly O’Toole from the Los Angeles Times reports on the national security implications of stripping money from the military, focusing on funding for crucial Marine Corps training across the globe. In addition, Paul Sonne and Erica Werner of the Washington Post write on … Continue reading »

Consequences of GOP Support for Trump’s So-Called National Emergency: Wall Funding “May Come at Expense of Schools for Military Kids”

As we’ve been pointing out, outrage continues to grow towards GOP Senators who decided to stand with President Trump on the “emergency” declaration and against the Constitution. Yesterday, we highlighted how the federal government is advancing towards the Texas land seizures necessary for wall construction and the continued focus on the state and local impact … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Trump Declares National Emergency in ‘Slap in the Face to Military Families’” – Foreign Policy

In the wake of Trump’s national emergency declaration, Lara Seligman’s latest piece for Foreign Policy spotlights how the administration will drain billions of dollars from military funding for the construction of an increasingly unpopular border wall. The President’s declaration came just days after military families testified at a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing on “the … Continue reading »

Trump is Failing at the Border Because His Strategy Is Simplistic and Wrong-headed

A Complex Situation Requires a Multi-Pronged Approach As a federal judge in San Francisco blocks the Trump administration’s asylum ban and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen lies that migrants are rushing the border, it is time for America to deal realistically and responsibly to the challenge of refugees and migrants leaving Central America. According to Frank … Continue reading »

Veterans and National Security Experts Call on Administration to Bring Troops Home from the Border

A recording of the call is available here. Earlier today veterans and national security experts gathered on a press call to call on the Trump administration to bring our troops home from their deployment at the border. Below are quotes from today’s speakers Retired Major General, Peter S. Cooke: I don’t think that it should … Continue reading »