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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

We must stop “separate and lose” child policy Trump Administration separating kids from asylum-seeking parents and putting them on military bases, while losing track of whereabouts of other children in government custody At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing yesterday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the Trump Administration’s shameful decision to separate children from their parents… Continue »

In response to the announcements by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen that their new “zero tolerance” strategy means that infants and toddlers will be separated from their parents, a range of voices –  from editorial boards, to mothers and children staging walkout protests when DHS Secretary Nielsen testified in Congress, to… Continue »

Today, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will testify before the House Appropriations Committee on behalf of the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal for DHS. Ahead of Sec. Nielsen’s hearing, and amidst the Trump Administration’s ongoing fear-mongering about immigrants and the state of border security, here are five key questions that… Continue »