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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 »

Immigration 101: Who is Stephen Miller?

Originally published February 15, 2018; last updated November 19, 2019 Stephen Miller is a senior adviser to Donald Trump, as well as a white nationalist who has been responsible for some of Trump’s most anti-immigrant policies — and his greatest failures. Miller has played a central role in the Muslim ban, ending DACA for Dreamers, … Continue reading »

Who is Chad Wolf? 

How did he rise to the top of DHS despite serious questions about the legality of his appointment? What was his role in Trump’s family separation policy? Chad Wolf is now the acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), though his elevation to acting secretary is in question by Congress. He is taking … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is ‘Remain in Mexico’, or the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP)?

The ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, also known as the  Migration Protection Protocols (MPP, its official name), is a Trump Administration migration change that is undermining our asylum laws and endangering migrant children and families. In the last three years, the Trump Administration has made change after change to the U.S. asylum system in an attempt … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Why is DACA Going Before the Supreme Court?

Next Tuesday, the Supreme Court will review three cases regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, (DACA). The Court will be deciding whether Donald Trump’s 2017 decision to terminate DACA is something that courts can review at all, and furthermore, whether this termination is ultimately legal. The Supreme Court decision can come as early … Continue reading »

What is Trump’s National Emergency? And Why is it Taking Billions Away from Our States?

Originally published January 8, 2019; last updated September 22, 2019 *** IF YOU OPPOSE TRUMP’S BORDER WALL, CALL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AT (202) 224-3121 AND TELL THEM NO WALL *** In February, Donald Trump declared a national emergency in order to appropriate money for his border wall. This national emergency is now allowing him to … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Who is Mark Morgan, Trump’s Nominee to Head ICE?

On May 5, 2019, Donald Trump announced via Twitter that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) chief Mark Morgan would be his next nominee to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Trump’s announcement came a few weeks after he abruptly pulled the nomination of ICE’s acting director, Ron Vitiello, saying he wanted to go in a … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Do Immigrants Pay Taxes?

The basic answer: yes. Immigrants, including those without documentation, pay billions of dollars in taxes to federal, state and local governments every year. Immigrants paid $405.4 billion in taxes in 2017, including an estimated $27.2 billion in taxes paid by undocumented immigrants. Immigrants have always been, and continue to be vital, to the United States … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is Zero Tolerance Family Separation?

Originally published June 18, 2018; last updated March 25, 2019 The Trump Administration has separated over 2,300 children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since 2017. The Administration created a ‘’zero-tolerance” policy which ordered the prosecution of 100% of all parents caught crossing the border with children, whether they are crossing at a port … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Who is Kirstjen Nielsen?

Originally published July 28, 2018; last updated May 10, 2019 Kirstjen Nielsen is the former Secretary of Homeland Security — who spent her tenure mostly acting as a rubber stamp of approval for the Trump Administration. DHS is a huge department created in 2003 that oversees Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection … Continue reading »