Frank Sharry Reacts to Trump’s Call to Expel All Syrian Refugees Yesterday, while speaking in New Hampshire, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump reiterated his support for the inhumane 1950s mass deportation undertaking known as “Operation Wetback.” He also found new vulnerable targets to attack. Trump pledged that, as president, he would seek to expel all Syrian refugees:… Continue »

He’s back. Congressional lawmakers have returned from their summer recess, and immigration champion Rep. Luis Gutierrez wasted no time speaking out “about the number one topic in Latino neighborhoods in America: Donald Trump.” Stationed in between two large photos of leading Republican candidate Donald Trump and Pope Francis, Rep. Gutierrez declared the Pontiff’s upcoming visit to the United… Continue »

Pope Francis will personally bless a group of undocumented immigrants and refugees when he visits the United States later this month, reports ABC News: The Sept. 25 encounter with about 150 mostly Spanish-speaking New Yorkers “is about the values and the message that he has articulated as pope,” the head of New York’s Catholic Charities,… Continue »

Today, 136 House Democrats sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson asking the administration to end its family detention policy. The letter, which includes a majority of House Democrats, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, was spearheaded by Reps. Zoe Lofgren, Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Luis Gutiérrez. “We cannot hear reports… Continue »

This morning, nearly a dozen members of Congress, including Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, and Rep. Lucille Royball-Allard, held a press conference calling for the Department of Homeland Security to end its controversial family detention program. The House Democrats were joined by Dree Collopy, a pro bono attorney who has met with detained families,… Continue »

Elise Foley from Huffington Post reports on the case of an Honduran teenager, who fled gang violence, settled in with a new family – and is now being forced back to Honduras by the Department of Homeland Security: In 2011, a then-14-year-old orphan fled Honduras for the U.S., fearful that gang members would come after… Continue »

Washington, DC – Addressing the surge of children fleeing violence in Central America and arriving at the borders of the U.S. and other countries is a humanitarian crisis, not a political football.  As Leslie Velez of the U.N. High Commission for Refugees recently told National Journal, “It’s a humanitarian crisis in the region.  The numbers are alarming,… Continue »

Remember that crazy anti-immigrant law out of Alabama – HB 56? The one that was so bad that we referred to it as the monster of all immigration laws, which also resulted in a mass-exodus of Alabama’s Hispanic population? Here’s a reminder from an article in Bloomberg today: The Alabama law’s intent was to attack… Continue »