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Retired Lieutenant Colonel Tells Congress: Trump Immigration Policies “Harm Military Recruiting,” “Hurt Military Readiness,” and “Represent Broken Promises to Those Who Put Their Lives on the Line”

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship held a hearing on the impact of current immigration policies on service members and veterans, and their families. One witness, Margaret Stock, a retired Lieutenant Colonel and immigration attorney said, “The last three years have witnessed the administration using internal memos to undermine long-standing laws … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Laurie Roberts: “ICE secretly deports troubled Iraq War veteran to El Salvador. That’s a disgrace.”

Laurie Roberts, in a column for the Arizona Republic, details the secret deportation of Iraq combat veteran Jose Segovia Benitez calling it a disgrace and a “shameful way to say ‘thank you for your service.’” In the latest development for the Marine veteran, who was held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2018 and … Continue reading »

Patriotic Immigrants Who Have Served America: Veterans and Active Duty Service Members, and Their Families, Face Increasing Immigration and Naturalization Obstacles Under Trump Administration

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary’s Immigration Subcommittee will hold a hearing to examine increasing immigration and naturalization obstacles faced by veterans, active duty service members, and their families under the Trump Administration. Just a few years ago, choosing to serve the nation through military service was often an important factor in expediting naturalization, preventing deportation, facilitating … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Fabiola Santiago: “This former Cuban political prisoner, 82, has been denied U.S. citizenship. Shameful”

In her latest column for the Miami Herald, Fabiola Santiago underlines the crushing reality for many Cuban refugees. Once heralded as heroes who defied Fidel Castro, now Cubans are increasingly denied legal protection and deported by the Trump administration.  Santiago tells a related story. Francisco Verona, an 82-year-old former Cuban political prisoner, applied for citizenship … Continue reading »

PHOTOS: Mississippi ICE Raid Arrests Hundreds of Parents, Leave Children Stranded at School

Yesterday,  ICE conducted a massive worksite raid at seven locations in six cities in Mississippi, leading to the arrest of 680 immigrants and the largest single-state worksite enforcement action in our nation’s history. During the raids, family members and supporters surrounded the buses that had been organized to take workers away, shouting “let them go!” … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Beth Werlin on “The Human Cost of Fast Track Deportation”

In an eye-opening op-ed for the New York Times, Beth Werlin, executive director of the American Immigration Council, breaks down the Trump administration’s decision to expand the use of expedited removal. As Werlin clearly describes, this cruel decision will “[undermine] American principles of fundamental fairness and [put] United States citizens, permanent residents and asylum-seekers at … Continue reading »

Dallas-Born U.S. Citizen Remains in ICE Custody

After being detained at a Border Patrol checkpoint in South Texas, Francisco Galicia is the latest U.S. citizen under threat of deportation Austin, TX – An 18-year-old U.S. citizen has been in immigration custody for more than three weeks, and is now under imminent threat of deportation, the Dallas Morning News first reported. Francisco Galicia … Continue reading »

Reminder That American Citizens At Risk Under Trump’s New Fast-Track Deportation Program

Yesterday’s announcement that the Trump administration is expanding “expedited removals” nationwide, enabling them to fast track deportations without judges, hearings or any shred of accountability or due process, is a disturbing escalation of the Trump deportation agenda. As Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice noted yesterday, “Picture this: using whatever pretext they want, ICE … Continue reading »

“Going all in on the Nativist Agenda” – Pili Tobar on Significance of Trump’s Expedited Removal Policy Change

Every American Citizen is at Risk, Not Just Immigrants The following is a statement from Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice:  News this morning that the Trump administration is planning to scale up so-called ‘expedited removal’ policy nationwide is a staggering and dangerous escalation of the Trump deportation agenda. This is a nationwide ‘show … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: Racism, Nativism and Stoking White Grievance Will Be the “Beating Heart” of Trump’s 2020 Campaign

“Racial incitement is the animating electoral strategy of a sitting President and his party.”   The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: The beating heart of Trumpism is and has always been racism and xenophobia. Now, Trump is turbocharging it in his desperate attempt to hold onto power. As … Continue reading »