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Pili Tobar

DHS Doesn’t Need More Money or More Power, It Needs a New Leader and a New Strategy

Trump’s Border Failure Continues…Nielsen’s Incompetence and Cruelty Keeps Getting Worse In a letter, first obtained by NBC’s Julia Ainsey,  DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen “will ask Congress for the authority to deport unaccompanied migrant children more quickly, to hold families seeking asylum in detention until their cases are decided and to allow immigrants to apply for … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Education Fund Welcomes Extension of DED for Liberians; Urges Congress to Keep Working to Pass Permanent Protections

The following is a statement by Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, on the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to extend Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberia: At the 11th hour, Trump is attempting to offer a solution to a problem that he created.  Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Recommends “YES” Vote on Resolution to Block Trump’s Phony and Unconstitutional Emergency Declaration

News of $1 billion redirected from the Pentagon to building the wall means this whole charade is getting real Later today, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote to override the President’s veto of the resolution to block President Trump’s emergency declaration, giving lawmakers another chance to go on the record with whether to … Continue reading »

Land Seizures, Military Construction, Marine Corps Readiness: The High Cost of Trump’s Wall

Tuesday House Override Vote on Emergency Declaration Another Chance for GOP Lawmakers to get on the Right Side of History and the Constitution Tomorrow, the House of Representatives is again scheduled to vote on the resolution to block President Trump’s emergency declaration, this time giving lawmakers the chance to go on record with whether to … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Border Policy is a Failure

“The Administration wants a blank check from the Congress to address the border, but their incompetence and their laserlike focus on the wrong strategies – especially the President’s border wall – are just exacerbating problems and fomenting chaos,” Pili Tobar For the past several weeks, the Trump Administration has been engaged in a public relations … Continue reading »

The Consequences of Trump’s Deportation Force: Infants in Jail and Miscarriages

The startling revelations of the administration’s senseless attacks on families continue this week with reports that over nine infants under one year old are being kept at the Dilley detention center in Texas without the appropriate resources or care; that a woman gave birth to a stillborn baby while in ICE custody in Texas; and … Continue reading »

Sec. Nielsen to Face Committee Hearing on ICE and CBP’s Continued Cruelty, Incompetence and Cover Up Regarding Family Separation

This week and last, revelations shed additional light on the Trump administration’s cruelty, incompetence and cover up with regards to its immigrant family separation policy. Details in oversight hearings point to official deception that hides the destructive policies of the Trump Administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agencies — Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Recommendation: Vote YES on Resolution to Block Trump’s Emergency Declaration

On Tuesday, February 26, the House of Representatives will vote on a resolution, H.J.Res. 46, to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration. The following is a statement from Pili Tobar, Deputy Director for America’s Voice: America’s Voice strongly recommends that Members of Congress vote YES on the resolution to block President Trump’s unconstitutional and unpopular … Continue reading »

Making Sense of DHS Funding Debate: Why Congressional Oversight of DHS and ICE is Critically Needed

“Moving forward, House Democrats must address ICE’s impunity and lies and remember that every ‘detention bed’ on a budget ledger is a human life.”– Pili Tobar, Deputy Director The implications of the DHS funding deal to keep the government open – in particular the detention beds and related nuances – are both confusing and important. … Continue reading »

Hypocrisy of the Trump Administration on Full Display Before Family Separation Hearings

Last night, Albertina Contreras Teletor and Yakelin Garcia Contreras, a mother and daughter who were separated at the southern border due to the administration’s family separation policy, sat in the House gallery as guests of Senator Jeff Merkley for the State of the Union address. Albertina and Yakelin listened as Trump described the beauty of … Continue reading »