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Chef Jose Andrés Champions Immigrants’ Role on Front Line of Pandemic

An in-depth profile on Chef Jose Andrés for TIME Magazine hammers home the essential role immigrants play in America in general and especially now on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak; particularly when it comes to feeding the nation. The profile comes after Chef Andrés’s appearance on the premiere episode of the MSNBC series … Continue reading »

Statement in Response to Senate Passage of COVID-19 Package: Pili Tobar, America’s Voice 

“We must hold President Trump to his word that immigration status will not be a barrier to getting tested for COVID-19 or that seeking treatment will not be held against immigrants and their families or expose them to deportation or detention.” Today, the Senate passed the third COVID-19 relief package and the House is expected … Continue reading »

Pili Tobar: “Congress must ensure that we protect everyone, regardless of immigration status.”

The following is a statement from Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice, regarding the third Congressional coronavirus package currently being negotiated: Republicans in the Senate are pushing for an aid package that favors the wealthy and grants authority without accountability to the Trump administration. This is unacceptable. Speaker Pelosi is right to insist on … Continue reading »

Trump Wants Millions to Build Camps Along our Southern Border? How About Testing and Hospital Beds for our Cities and States!

With Trump More Interested in Xenophobic Optics than in Urgently-Needed Measures to Address Public Health Crisis, Congress Should Reject this Divide-and-Distract Maneuver CNN is reporting  that the Trump Administration is requesting $567 million to fund, in part, up to nine “migrant quarantine facilities along the Southwest border, including repurposed soft-sided facilities originally used for the … Continue reading »

Coronavirus: Observers Blast Trump and GOP for “Blame the Immigrants” Scapegoating

A Growing Threat: A Virus Called Xenophobia We’ve been pointing out and predicting that President Trump and his allies would shift hard to xenophobia and scapegoating immigrants in an effort to distract attention from their coronavirus mismanagement. Thankfully, their ugly effort is both inappropriate and transparent and drawing condemnation from many observers. Below we excerpt … Continue reading »

Amidst Global Health Crisis, Expect Trump to Shift Focus to Immigrants as Greatest Threat to American Safety

But His Obsession with the Wall May Turn to a Political Liability Tonight, expect President Trump to attempt to distance himself from a week of bad news by heading to South Carolina to continue his pattern of counter-programming the early Democratic primary and caucus states with Trump re-election rallies. Ahead of the North Charleston rally, … Continue reading »

Arizona Organizers and Latino Community Beat Back Ugly GOP Attempt to Stoke Anti-Immigrant Fears

In response to the news that Arizona will not pursue a state constitutional ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” – which do not actually exist in Arizona – the following is a statement from Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice: This is a significant victory for the immigrant movement and Latino communities throughout Arizona. They … Continue reading »

Supreme Court Blesses Administration’s Systemic Ban on Working Class Immigrants

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States of America issued a decision lifting the injunction issued by multiple judges on the Trump administration’s “public charge” policy to restrict permanent legal status for immigrants who have used public benefits or those who in the determination of the Trump Administration may someday use public benefits, including … Continue reading »

 Extending & Not Redesignating TPS for Somalia Offers Brief Reprieve for Some While Abandoning Others

On January 17, 2020 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will extend, but not redesignate, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months for 500 Somali nationals currently living in the U.S. The extension will exclude as many as 1,000 Somalis fleeing dangerous country conditions and one of the world’s worst humanitarian … Continue reading »

When Congress Gives A Little, Trump Steals Double For His Border Wall

In the President’s first campaign, his (now convicted) aide Roger Stone wanted him to remember to attack immigrants in his stump speeches so the “build the wall” chant was born as a memory device for the neophyte and forgetful candidate. Since then, “Mr. Trump’s central campaign promise as a presidential candidate” (according to the Wall … Continue reading »