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Immigration 101

Why Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is One of America’s “Most Out-of-Control Enforcement” Agencies

Customs and Border Protection (CBP), like its agency cousin ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), is a relatively new agency and has only operated since 2003. In that short time, however, CBP has developed a long record of abuses — so many that Politico once called it America’s “most out-of-control enforcement agency” — yet the Trump … Continue reading »

The Many, Many Reasons Why ICE is a Rogue Agency

ICE is a relatively new government agency and has only been operating since 2003. In its less than two decades of existence, ICE has developed a long record of abuses — yet the Trump Administration has encouraged, facilitated, and “unshackled” the agency. Under his presidency, ICE has increasingly known no bounds, which is why we … Continue reading »

Major Raids of the Trump Presidency

Since the Trump Administration began, Donald Trump has implemented policies keeping would-be immigrants out of the U.S. and kicking the ones already here out. One way he has accomplished the latter is through raids — workplace and location-based raids that have detained immigrants, separated families, and spread fear in communities across the country. Under Donald … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Why is the Trump Administration Separating Immigrant Families And Detaining Immigrant Children?

The Trump Administration is now separating immigrant families who try to come through the U.S.-Mexico border without documentation. The parents are being sent to federal jails to face criminal prosecution. The children are detained in separate facilities for an indefinite amount of time, separated from their parents as well as their siblings, living in cages … Continue reading »

14 Times the Trump Administration Has Treated Immigrants Like “Animals”

Last week, Donald Trump referred to immigrant as “animals”, a comment which has been criticized by a wide range of advocates and commentators for its dehumanization. While apologists have tried to parse what Trump actually meant by the comment, the scary fact is that the Trump Administration treats immigrants like animals, period. We’ve seen it … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Who is Thomas Homan?

Originally published March 30, 2018; updated July 10, 2018 Thomas Homan is the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal immigration agency responsible for arresting and deporting undocumented immigrants, who is reportedly retiring next month. A career immigration official who has served under six Presidents, Homan previously served as ICE’s executive … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is Asylum?

American values and tradition, especially since the Holocaust, was founded on welcoming people fleeing war, violence, and persecution. But in recent years, the U.S. has strayed away from these values. Currently, the United States only accepts fewer than one percent of worldwide refugees, and many other countries take in far more refugees than we do.. … Continue reading »

Brutally Cruel Detention and Deportation Cases Under the Trump Administration

In the last year, Donald  Trump has directed his Administration to be more aggressive toward immigrants, unleashing the full force of the federal government to target and deport the undocumented, including those without criminal records. “No one is safe,” a recent TIME headline said. ICE deportation arrests soared 40 percent from the same period last … Continue reading »

The Trump Administration is Wrong About ICE Detainers — Here Are All the Court Cases that Say So

In the last year, the Trump Administration has repeatedly attacked local governments for not turning immigrants over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) every time the government asks them to. They are criticizing local governments for not always obeying ICE detainers — conveniently ignoring the fact that it’s actually illegal to. ICE detainers are issued … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is SB 4, Texas’ Immigration Law?

Originally published August 8, 2017 Also listen to our podcast episode on SB 4: Most of the nation’s harshest anti-immigrant bill — Texas’ Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) — is cleared for implementation after a federal appeals court this month lifted an injunction preventing the law from being enacted while legal challenges proceed. The unanimous … Continue reading »

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