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Trump Administration’s Pick for Refugee Aid Literally Works for Anti-Immigrant Hate Group

The Trump Administration is every day becoming more brazen in its attack on immigrants, as evidenced by yesterday’s announcement that they are nominating a hate group fellow to be the assistant secretary of state for refugees and migration. Ronald Mortensen is currently a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies — a hate group designated … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: Senators Should Oppose Kirstjen Nielsen’s Nomination as DHS Secretary

Later this afternoon, the U.S. Senate will vote on cloture on the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen for DHS Secretary. The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund: We urge Senators to oppose Kirstjen Nielsen’s nomination as DHS Secretary. From the first week of his presidency, Trump and his … Continue reading »

TOMORROW: Confirmation Vote on Nielsen Despite Senators’ Serious Concerns About Her Independence From White House

Questions Raised After WH Chief of Staff John Kelly Attempted to Strong Arm Acting DHS Secretary Duke in the DHS Decision on Honduran TPS Tomorrow, members of the Senate committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs are scheduled to vote on the confirmation of Kirstjen Nielsen, the Trump Administration’s nominee to lead the Department of … Continue reading »

WaPo: Democrats want DHS nominee to return to Senate panel for more questioning

Call comes after Chief of Staff John Kelly exposed for attempts to strong arm Acting DHS Secretary and politicize decision whether to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) raises doubts about independence of Kelly’s protege and DHS nominee Kirstjen Nielsen In the wake of news that White House chief of staff pressured Acting Secretary Elaine Duke to revoke Temporary … Continue reading »

ICYMI: USCIS Director Nominee Lee Francis Cissna’s Long Held Anti-Immigrant Views

As Lee Francis Cissna testifies this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding his nomination for USCIS Director, Marcelo Rochabrun of ProPublica has an important investigative report that explores Cissna’s role in amplifying anti-immigrant messages and policy as an advisor to Senator Chuck Grassley, and his ties to anti-immigrant organizations and SPLC-labeled hate groups, including … Continue reading »

In the Face of Fear and Uncertainty, DACA Recipients and Immigrants Stand Up and Speak Out

One of the first immigration battles of the incoming Trump administration will center on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the young people it benefits. Senate confirmation hearings this week for both Attorney General nominee, Senator Jeff Sessions, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) nominee, General John Kelly, have … Continue reading »

Faith Leaders March In “Moral Resistance” To Jeff Sessions’ Attorney General Nomination

Faith leaders, including Rev. William Barber, Rev. Jennifer Butler, and Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, led a “Moral March Against Trump’s Cabinet of Bigotry” yesterday in Washington, D.C. in the run up to Jeff Sessions’ hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. “Because of our love of neighbor and country, people of faith from across the nation … Continue reading »

Three Key Questions for DHS Nominee Gen. Kelly: DACA, Deportation Priorities, and Central American Policy

With General John Kelly Trump’s official pick to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), here are three key questions we want him to answer: Will you counsel President Trump to keep the DACA program for Dreamers in place? The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an unqualified success, helping to drive economic growth, … Continue reading »

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Was Donald Trump Before Donald Trump

Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III has been one of the loudest and bigoted voices in the Senate — and he’s just been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to be the next Attorney General of the United States. During his time in the Senate, Sessions has scooped up every chance he’s had to trash immigration reform … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry Reacts to Nomination of Jeff Sessions

Below is a reaction from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, on the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be Attorney General for the Trump Administration. Another day, another example of how President-elect Trump is filling the most powerful cabinet positions and senior White House posts in his Administration with white nationalists and … Continue reading »