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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 »

2019 Mid-Year Review: More than Two Years In, Trump’s Assault on Immigrants is Only Intensifying

From the moment Donald Trump descended the Trump Tower escalator to launch his presidential bid in 2015, his attacks on immigrants has been unrelenting.  We recapped the Administration’s cruel and inhumane changes to immigration policy in 2017 and 2018, but more than halfway through his Administration, the ways in which the White House is making … 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: Who is Stephen Miller?

Originally published February 15, 2018; last updated August 1, 2019 Stephen Miller is a senior advisor 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 »

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 »

The Trump Organization Hired Undocumented Workers, Exploited Them, then Fired Them. Here’s A Recap of What Happened.

‘There are millions of us here without papers, and the country depends on us. [Donald Trump] knows that because his businesses depend on us and he knows how hard I worked.” – Victorina Morales, who worked Trump’s golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey for five years while she was undocumented. Support Victorina and other undocumented … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Who is William Barr, Trump’s New Attorney General Nominee?

On December 7, 2018, Donald Trump announced he would nominate immigration hardliner William Barr to be his next attorney general, succeeding immigration hardliner Jeff Sessions, who was forced out in November. Barr was previously the attorney general under George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993, and has been in private practice for the last two … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is “Public Charge” and What Changes is the Trump Administration is Proposing?

The Trump Administration is seeking to dramatically limit the ability of working-class immigrants to enter the U.S. and hamper their ability to remain, by making it easier to bar immigrants from the U.S. if they are likely to need help. The proposed “public charge” change could prohibit immigrants from obtaining permanent residency or from entering … Continue reading »