“This is exactly what America should be doing.”   Today, the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement announcing the expansion of the Central American Minors (CAM) program. This program allows people in the United States to petition as sponsors for refugee minors in El Salvador, Honduras and… Continue »

Mario Carrillo: “Governor Abbott is more focused on his reelection efforts than on providing solutions.”   Yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a cynical and cruel executive order instructing state child-care regulators to revoke the licenses of facilities that house unaccompanied immigrant minors. This act of political theater by Governor Abbott could displace around 4,000… Continue »

The following is by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, a strong supporter of President Biden’s immigration and refugee platform. What lessons should the Biden administration learn from last Friday’s back and forth over refugee numbers? As someone who has been immersed in immigration politics and policy for decades, here are my top takeaways.… Continue »

“We need clear leadership to turn the page on Trump and Trumpism. We did not get that today from our President.” The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice reacting to today’s announcement that the Biden administration will leave the annual cap on refugees at 15,000. This is bad policy… Continue »

“This legislation puts important checks and balances on future executives that we did not know we needed until Trump and Stephen Miller came along.” The No Ban Act (H.R. 1333) moved forward today after a mark-up hearing in the House Judiciary Committee, with floor action expected shortly. The legislation is a response to President Trump’s… Continue »

Republican lawmakers traveling to the border this week are once again using migrant children as political props to double down on their inhumane, ineffective and deeply unpopular immigration policies. The GOP lawmakers—including Reps. Scalise, Davis, McCaul, Nunes, Hudson, Hill, Latta, Malliotakis, Stivers, Wagner, and Womack—claim to care about the situation at the border and the… Continue »

One of the cruelest fixtures of Trump’s immigration agenda was the creation of Migrant Protection Protocols (“MPP”) which nearly dismantled our asylum system at the border. This inhumane program forced immigrants to wait in dangerous conditions, often in makeshift camps in Mexico, until their cases could be heard in the United States. Sadly, with all… Continue »

The American idea at its best is the American dream come to life for America’s newcomers  In a new video address to be played at U.S. naturalization ceremonies, President Biden states: “Thank you for choosing us and believing that America is worthy of your aspirations.  Every immigrant comes to America for different circumstances and for… Continue »

Those at our border are mostly refugees fleeing Central America. Recognizing this reality can lead to us durable solutions. Those coming to our borders to seek safety are people who are fleeing gang violence, corruption, sexual violence, climate change and persecution. Until we recognize this fact, the perennial and simplistic “border crisis” framing will keep… Continue »

 The Biden administration is attempting to solve problems, put in place durable long-term solutions, and recognize the basic humanity and dignity of migrants and refugees. In contrast, Trump, Stephen Miller and Republicans are attempting to legitimize and return to the cruel deterrence strategies of the past. Below is a roundup of leading voices speaking to… Continue »