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Trump is Failing at the Border Because His Strategy Is Simplistic and Wrong-headed

A Complex Situation Requires a Multi-Pronged Approach As a federal judge in San Francisco blocks the Trump administration’s asylum ban and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen lies that migrants are rushing the border, it is time for America to deal realistically and responsibly to the challenge of refugees and migrants leaving Central America. According to Frank … Continue reading »

Say What? DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Says the U.S. Government Won’t Shoot Immigrants “Right Now.”

The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, regarding Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s statement that the administration has no plans to shoot immigrant seeking asylum “right now.” Yes, we’ve come to that. The head of DHS is leaving open the possibility of state-sponsored violence directed at innocent people fleeing violence and … Continue reading »

“She Knew. She Lied. She Needs to Resign.”

Frank Sharry on Latest FOIA Memo Evidence that DHS Secretary Nielsen and Others Knew About Family Separations in Advance Despite her statements to the contrary, a newly-released April 2018 memo from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) makes clear that the Trump administration was fully aware that family separations would occur as a result of … Continue reading »

The Family Separation Crisis Continues, the Suffering of Children Continues, and the Nation Turns its Lonely Eyes to Judge Sabraw

The Court Must Act Decisively; Nielsen, Azar Must Be Held Accountable Six weeks past the court-ordered deadline to reunite the families callously torn apart by the Trump administration, the latest numbers remain stubbornly and startlingly high: Over 600 children are either still in detention or have been released to someone other than their parents. 416 … Continue reading »

17 Senators Demand DHS Secretary Nielsen Reunify All Families Separated by Trump Administration

Call on DHS to Grant Humanitarian Parole Visas to Bring Back Deported Parents It has been one month since the family reunification deadline, and hundreds of children are still waiting to be reunited with their families. In a detailed and powerful letter addressed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, 17 Senators … Continue reading »

DHS Secretary Nielsen Must Resign

Showing No Shame, Taking No Responsibility, and Doing Nothing to Clean Up the Disaster She Created, She has Failed the Leadership Test The Trump administration continues to drag its feet in reunifying families, with over 550 children still separated from their parents more than two weeks after the court-issued deadline for reunification. Meanwhile, every day … Continue reading »

Secretary Nielsen Must Resign for State-Sanctioned Child Abuse and Congress Must Do Its Job to Ensure this Never Happens Again

As a result of the cruelty and incompetence that embodies the ongoing family separation crisis: DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen should resign. Under her watch, DHS performed state-sanctioned kidnapping, ripping children away from their parents arms and exposing them to inhumane living conditions and child abuse. After launching complete chaos, Nielsen abdicated all qualities of leadership … 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 »

What Kind of Hack is Kirstjen Nielsen?

Is she a careerist, cowed by Trump, willfully blind, evil — or all of the above? Kirstjen Nielsen, chief of the Department of Homeland Security, was speaking at the Aspen Security Forum yesterday when she was asked about Donald Trump’s infamous comments last year after deadly violence in Charlottesville. “It’s not that one side was … Continue reading »

Maybe Nielsen Would Be “Aware” of that Intelligence Report if She Wasn’t Busy Separating Children and Families

As chief of DHS, Kirstjen Nielsen is tasked with protecting the U.S. homeland. To hear her tell it, that involves keeping terrorists out, separating mothers from their children, and avoiding saying or doing anything that could imperil the legitimacy or longevity of the Trump Administration. Nielsen, yesterday, became the latest Trump Administration official to deny … Continue reading »