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Zero Tolerance Family Separation

Why a Reconstituted Family Separation Policy Remains Very Much on the Table for Trump Administration

As DHS’s McAleenan Denies Literal Reinstitution of Family Separation v1.0, Trump Administration Planning for Reconstituted v2.0 as Part of Unconscionable “Sophie’s Choice” Acting DHS Chief Kevin McAleenan yesterday told NBC News that “family separation is not on the table … we’re not pursuing that approach” while noting that “a better system, as I’ve said many … Continue reading »

Dark Times Ahead: The Trump Administration Gears Up for Family Separation 2.0 and Indefinite Detention

“These actions won’t solve the problem, but will create more chaos, confusion and condemnation” The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, reacting to the news of Attorney General William Barr’s ruling to grant new legal authority to ICE to hold asylum-seekers in indefinite detention. While the dizzying array of … Continue reading »

Turning Back the Clock: Family Separation and What Could Come Next From President Trump and Stephen Miller

A link to the recording is available here. Earlier today, immigration experts and advocates gathered on a press call to discuss the potential fall out of the Trump administration doubling down on an unprecedented enforcement strategy and floating the idea of renewing family separation policies for families and children seeking asylum. Following Trump’s purge of … Continue reading »

Trump Hasn’t Shut the Door on Re-Instituting Family Separations

“We are not out of the woods, even if [Trump] says vaguely and unconvincingly that ‘we are not looking to do that’ right now.” — Douglas Rivlin Yesterday, President Trump said of reports of re-instituting his cruel border family separation policy, “We’re not looking to do that,” before noting, “Once you don’t have it, that’s … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Threatening to Revive Inhumane Family Separation and Massive Increase in Indefinite Family Incarceration

Notwithstanding widespread outrage at Trump over last summer’s family separation policy, a federal court injunction, an executive order purporting to end family separation, and the President himself saying, “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,” reports suggest the Trump administration may revive inhumane family separation in a form not enjoined … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is Zero Tolerance Family Separation?

Originally published June 18, 2018; last updated March 25, 2019 The Trump Administration has separated over 2,300 children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since 2017. The Administration created a ‘’zero-tolerance” policy which ordered the prosecution of 100% of all parents caught crossing the border with children, whether they are crossing at a port … Continue reading »

A Rational, Effective, and Humane Response to Steadily Increasing Numbers of Asylum Seekers at the U.S. Mexico Border

Trump’s Draconian Approach is a Failure and Only Works to Exacerbate Issues In a recent op ed, former INS Commissioner Doris Meissner concluded that our border enforcement system was fundamentally designed to interdict and deter individuals (mostly single Mexican young men) coming to the U.S. for work. But the current flow of migrants has been … Continue reading »

Why did the Trump Administration Meticulously Track Reproductive Cycles of Immigrant Girls in Custody, But Fail to Create a Tracking System for Separated Families?

Friday, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC reported that the Trump administration meticulously tracked pregnancies, reproductive cycles, and details of how immigrant girls became pregnant, among other personal information.  Maddow noted that some entries were made in June of 2018, during the height of the Trump family separation crisis in which the administration deliberately took children from … Continue reading »

Congress: Holding HHS Secretary Azar Accountable for his Role in the Trump Family Separation Policy

Wednesday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar will defend the fiscal year 2020 HHS budget request before the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, an opportunity for the Congress to hold Secretary Azar accountable for his role in the Trump family separation policy.  In January, the House Energy … Continue reading »