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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 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 March 25, 2019 Kirstjen Nielsen is the current Secretary of Homeland Security — who acts mostly 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 (CBP), U.S. Citizenship … 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 »

Immigration 101: What is Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians?

Trump has a moral responsibility to prevent suffering of Liberians facing deportation The Trump Administration is on the brink of letting a little-known humanitarian program to help people whose home countries have been struck by war or natural disaster expire onMarch 31, 2018. Thousands of Liberian immigrants may face deportation if deferred enforced departure (DED) for Liberians — … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Who Is John Kelly?

And how has he affected immigrant lives? A guide to Kelly’s history as inside the Trump Administration Originally published April 2017, last updated January 2, 2019 After joining the Trump Administration on Day One, John F. Kelly was unceremoniously pushed out at the end of 2018 / beginning of 2019, after failing to rise above … Continue reading »