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Americans Reject Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Vision, Stand up for a Welcoming America

While we join most observers in recoiling from President Trump’s unhinged speech in Phoenix last night, a range of developments from around the country reminds us that Americans are standing up to his divisive vision for the country and rejecting his dark view of immigration and immigrants. Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to sign the … Continue reading »

RAISE Act and Trump’s Immigration Approach Face Fierce Backlash From Leading Observers

More observers are blasting the Trump approach to immigration and the RAISE Act, introduced last week by Republican Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA).  The Trump-backed bill would slash legal immigration by more than 50% by eliminating multiple family immigration categories (parents, siblings, adult children), eliminating diversity visas and reducing the admission of … Continue reading »

5 Takeaways From the Rollout of the RAISE Act

It’s un-American, but thankfully, going nowhere; the threat to DACA, however, is un-American and imminent If the goal was to generate universal condemnation from economists and position themselves in opposition to the Statue of Liberty, then this week’s White House-led rollout of the RAISE Act was a home run. The proposed legislation, from Republican Senators Tom … Continue reading »

How Advocates, Democrats, Economists Are Responding to the RAISE Act

The RAISE Act, a bill sponsored by Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) and championed by the Trump Administration via Stephen Miller, was introduced yesterday, to the consternation of just about everyone but the most die-hard Trump supporters. The bill would slash legal immigration by 50%, eliminate multiple categories of legal immigration, curb … Continue reading »

Why Are White Nationalists So Supportive of RAISE Act, the Cotton/Perdue “Legal” Immigration Bill?

At the White House today, Republican Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) will unveil the RAISE Act, legislation to slash legal immigration levels and eliminate multiple categories of family-based legal immigration and diversity visas. The bill would cap refugee admissions at 50,000, thereby reducing the admission of refugees. A recent HuffPost piece, titled “GOP Bill To … Continue reading »

American Hope Act for Dreamers Introduced By Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Democratic House Leaders

Today, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced the American Hope Act of 2017, a bill that would protect Dreamers from deportation by putting them on the path to permanent legal status and eventually citizenship. The bill has 117 co-sponsors, which was said to be the greatest number of Congressional supporters on an immigration measure, ever. At … Continue reading »

In House and Senate, Momentum Building to Protect DACA and Dreamers

42 Senators send letter to President Trump calling for President to preserve DACA and reject attempt to threaten his executive authority; Bipartisan Dream Act introduced in House Momentum continues to build in both the House and Senate on behalf of DACA and Dreamers. Senate Democrats’ letter calls on President Trump to keep DACA in place, … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Frank Wilkinson: “Why There Will Never Be a ‘Bianca’s Law’”

In his latest must-read, Bloomberg’s Frank Wilkinson discusses the tragic deaths of three young women and analyzes why only one led to action from the GOP.  Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives, under Republican direction, passed “Kate’s Law”. Wilkinson points out that Donald Trump and other Republicans’ reaction to Kate Steinle’s death has been entirely … Continue reading »

A Desperate President and the GOP are Taking Their Assault on Immigrants and American Values to New Heights

In the past 24 hours, the Trump Administration and their Republican allies have taken their assault on the American idea of welcoming immigrants and refugees to new heights. They have: Attacked Dreamers and the future of the DACA program in a coordinated and dangerous backdoor legal assault led by the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton; Ramped … Continue reading »

Advocates Respond to Passage of H.R. 3003 and H.R. 3004

Yesterday, House Republicans passed two anti-immigrant bills which would further Donald Trump’s mass deportation agenda. One, H.R. 3003, would target so-called “sanctuary cities” and make American communities less safe for everyone, while the other, H.R. 3004, would exacerbate immigrant family separation by jailing those who sought to re-cross the border and reunite with their families … Continue reading »

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