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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 »

Major Raids of the Trump Presidency

Originally published July 9, 2018; updated September 9, 2018 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 … Continue reading »

One Man Created a Bunch of Hate Groups. Now, Those Hate Groups Are Dug in With the Trump Administration

On August 15,  Lee Francis Cissna, the director of the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS), sat down for a press event with the hate group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which was founded by white nationalist John Tanton. One might ask what the head of a major government organization was doing palling around with … Continue reading »

What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?

Originally published October 18, 2018, updated August 9, 2018 U.S. Children born to a TPS holder: 270,000 Mortgages TPS Recipients Would Have to Walk Away From: 60,000 Immediate Layoffs of TPS Recipients: 250,000 Employer Costs of Mass Layoffs: $1 Billion Cost of Mass Deportation to Taxpayers: $3 Billion What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?   … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Who is Kirstjen Nielsen?

Kirstjen Nielsen is the current Secretary of Homeland Security — who acts mostly as a rubber stamp of approval for what the Trump Administration wants. DHS is a huge department created in 2003 that oversees Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and other agencies. Nielsen … Continue reading »

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 »

Immigration 101: Who is Kris Kobach

Published June 22, 2018; updated August 15, 2018 Kris Kobach is Kansas’ current Secretary of State and Republican candidate for Kansas Governor, and an anti-immigrant extremist who has  served as the xenophobic right’s lawyer for more than a decade. He is known for his connections to some of the worst-of-the-worst anti-immigrant zealots, his role pushing … 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 »

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