Earlier this year we learned that the Obama administration, in an attempt to deter illegal border crossings, had started to target recently arrived Central American teenagers for deportation. Despite outcry from the community and increasing reports of violence in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, these cruel enforcement actions have not stopped. Since… Continue »

Over the holiday weekend, the New York Times published a powerful editorial criticizing the Obama Administration’s approach to the ongoing refugee emergency in Central America. The administration’s emphasis, heavy on deterrence and detention, stands in stark contrast to the Senate Democrats’ humane and practical approach to the refugee emergency (unveiled in late June and praised in the Times editorial). The editorial concludes by… Continue »

An immigration judge has ruled that a North Carolina teenager arrested by ICE nearly six months ago can be released from detention — but only if his family can pay up thousands of dollars first. 19-year-old Yefri Sorto was one of the six North Carolina teens arrested by ICE earlier this year during national raids… Continue »

There is a refugee emergency in Central America, and, to deal with it effectively, we need to treat it as a refugee emergency.  Central American kids and families are fleeing horrific violence, gangs and rape. El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala are among the most murderous countries in the world. Today, Senate Democrats introduced a ground-breaking… Continue »

In a searing new TIME op-ed, “Orange Is The New Black” star Diane Guerrero slammed Obama Administration deportation raids targeting Central American women and children fleeing violence. Guerrero’s op-ed comes as immigration advocates eagerly wait the Supreme Court’s decision on DAPA and expanded DACA, which would allow some five million undocumented immigrants with deep roots… Continue »

On World Refugee Day, new figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reveal that the number of displaced people globally has hit a record high: The report, entitled Global Trends, noted that on average 24 people were forced to flee each minute in 2015, four times more than a decade earlier, when… Continue »

Advocates Call Approach Morally Wrong, Politically Stupid A front page story in the New York Times highlights growing criticism of the Obama Administration for the slow pace in resettling Syrian refugees in America and for its planned raids against Central American refugees. The Times story, by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and titled, “As U.S. Admits Migrants in a Trickle, Critics… Continue »

At a press briefing yesterday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest addressed the Obama Administration’s plan to initiate a new surge of raids targeting young mothers and unaccompanied children from Central America. In his latest piece, David Leopold, an immigration attorney and former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, analyzes the inadequacies of Earnest’s… Continue »

A new report from the American Immigration Council features harrowing quotes from eight women who fled horror and violence in Central America to the US, but were eventually deported back to their home countries. “First-hand accounts from Central American women and their family members…reveal the dangerous and bleak circumstances of life these women and their… Continue »

Mayora is no ordinary 15-year-old. Last year, she endured a treacherous two-month journey to the safety of the US after a gang member in Honduras attempted to kill her. It’s sadly a common story for thousands of other Central American mothers and children residing in the United States. But because Mayora’s request for asylum was denied… Continue »