Crossposted from David Leopold’s post on Medium. After Donald Trump met with his Hispanic Advisory Council on August 20, the media tied itself in knots over whether he had “softened” on his insistence that all 11 million undocumented immigrants be deported, a central pillar of his campaign. Then in a Fox News Channel town... Continue »
Earlier this week, Frank Sharry argued that Donald Trump was attempting to “cynically repackage a truly radical policy to make it more palatable to suburban white voters rightfully turned off by Trump’s explicit racism and nativism. But the underlying deportation-focused policy doesn’t seem to be evolving alongside the rhetorical tweaks.” Others... Continue »
The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, reacting to the conflicting stories about Donald Trump and immigration after the candidate’s meeting with Hispanic supporters on Saturday. “Despite new reports from Trump that he is not, in fact, pivoting on immigration, it really doesn’t matter if he tries.... Continue »
Pending Release of Wildin Acosta a Relief, But Administration’s Approach to Central American Refugees Must Change Wildin Acosta’s pending release from detention, and subsequent reunion with his family, while his asylum case is pending has been a cause for celebration across the state. Wildin is the third of six youth from... Continue »
Since day one of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has made nativism the centerpiece of his campaign. In recent weeks, however, Hispanic allies have begun to make a pathetic attempt to explain away Trump’s own chilling immigration-related insults and policies. This spin is similar to what other Republicans, such as Rep. Darrell Issa and Senator... Continue »
Earlier this year we learned that the Obama administration, in an attempt to deter illegal border crossings, had started to target recently arrived Central American teenagers for deportation. Despite outcry from the community and increasing reports of violence in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, these cruel... Continue »
An immigration judge has ruled that a North Carolina teenager arrested by ICE nearly six months ago can be released from detention — but only if his family can pay up thousands of dollars first. 19-year-old Yefri Sorto was one of the six North Carolina teens arrested by ICE... Continue »
His Deportation Force is Chilling and Un-American  This past weekend, Donald Trump objected to the media labeling the heart of his immigration policy “mass deportation.” He added, “people are going to find that I have not only the best policies, but I will have the biggest heart of anybody.” That statement would be laughable,... Continue »
Millions of families across the US will come together to celebrate Father’s Day this upcoming weekend. But for many immigrant families, the day will instead serve as one of sadness. Sunday will be Pastor Max Villatoro’s second Father’s Day away from his four kids. He was deported to Honduras last... Continue »
The American Federation of Teachers has penned a letter to the Department of Homeland Security urging an end to immigration raids targeting Central American students. “The increased policing and enforcement raids have had a chilling effect on our schools and immigrant communities,” reads the letter from the group, “jeopardizing... Continue »