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John Kelly Lets Out His Inner Steve King: Immigrants “Don’t Have Skills”, Can’t Assimilate

Yesterday, supposed adult-in-the-room John Kelly, Donald Trump’s chief of staff and the apparent Steve King-wannabe of the Trump Administration, made headlines by denigrating and disparaging immigrants who come into the United States. As he said during an NPR interview: [Undocumented immigrants are] not people that would easily assimilate into the United States into our modern … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Who Is John Kelly?

And how has he affected immigrant lives? A guide to Kelly’s history as inside the Trump Administration Originally published April 2017, last updated January 2, 2019 After joining the Trump Administration on Day One, John F. Kelly was unceremoniously pushed out at the end of 2018 / beginning of 2019, after failing to rise above … Continue reading »

TOMORROW: Confirmation Vote on Nielsen Despite Senators’ Serious Concerns About Her Independence From White House

Questions Raised After WH Chief of Staff John Kelly Attempted to Strong Arm Acting DHS Secretary Duke in the DHS Decision on Honduran TPS Tomorrow, members of the Senate committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs are scheduled to vote on the confirmation of Kirstjen Nielsen, the Trump Administration’s nominee to lead the Department of … Continue reading »

WaPo: White House chief of staff tried to pressure acting DHS secretary to expel thousands of Hondurans, officials say

Acting Secretary “angered by what she felt was a politically driven intrusion” “They put massive pressure on her,” said another former administration official with knowledge of the call.  Raises Serious Concerns About DHS Secretary Nominee Nielsen who has “unwavering loyalty” to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly The Washington Post published a piece flagging the behind-the-scenes … Continue reading »

John Kelly Ordered ICE to Portray Immigrants as Criminals in Order to Justify Raids

All year, Donald Trump’s mass deportation force has been rounding up tens of thousands of immigrant mothers and fathers who have committed no crimes. Now, it turns out former DHS chief John Kelly was behind an effort to plant a false narrative to justify their arrests. The evidence is laid about in a piece by … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Dara Lind at Vox: “What John Kelly’s final ICE raid tells us about Trump’s new chief of staff”

In her latest piece for Vox, Dara Lind sinks her teeth into yesterday’s report from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that a recent nationwide raid went wildly off the rails. Not only did Kelly’s agents target Central Americans who fled to the United States for safety – people we typically call “refugees” – but the vast majority of those … Continue reading »

Key Observers: Gen. Kelly is More Enabler of Trump’s Radicalism than Sensible Voice of Reason

The appointment of General John Kelly as White House Chief of Staff has been greeted in some quarters as a victory for rational decision-making in a presidency defined by dysfunction. Yet General Kelly’s recent tenure at Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in which he presided over and defended an unprecedented crackdown against undocumented immigrants, should … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry Reacts To John Kelly Selection For Chief of Staff

The following is a reaction from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, regarding the selection of former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly for Chief of Staff: We had hope for General Kelly when he became DHS Secretary, but we have been deeply disappointed. We thought he’d be an ‘adult … Continue reading »

Editorials Commend Sen. Graham for Action, Condemn Sec. Kelly for Inaction for Dreamers

Last week, Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the Dream Act 2017, legislation that is intended to be a roadmap to legal permanent status and citizenship fro Dreamers. Advocates and immigrants hailed the legislation — but one person who expressed opposition was DHS Secretary John Kelly, who said he supported Donald Trump’s … Continue reading »

On Immigration, John Kelly is No leader, Instead Follows Trump, Sessions Blindly

Yesterday, Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the Dream Act of 2017, an important piece of legislation that faces an important year, as DACA becomes increasingly threatened and Dreamers face the possibility of deportation. The Dream Act should be a no-brainer: it takes immigrant youth who are American in all but name … Continue reading »