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House Begins Oversight Hearings of Trump Family Separation Policy

“This is the start of the accountability process to understand what’s happening, the damage being done, and how we may correct and prevent it in the future.” – Ur Jaddou, DHS Watch    Tomorrow (Feb.7), the new House Democratic majority will hold its first hearing on the inhumane Trump family separation policy in the Energy … Continue reading »

Hypocrisy of the Trump Administration on Full Display Before Family Separation Hearings

Last night, Albertina Contreras Teletor and Yakelin Garcia Contreras, a mother and daughter who were separated at the southern border due to the administration’s family separation policy, sat in the House gallery as guests of Senator Jeff Merkley for the State of the Union address. Albertina and Yakelin listened as Trump described the beauty of … Continue reading »

The New Yorker: “An Asylum Seeker’s Quest to Get Her Toddler Back”

In Sarah Stillman’s harrowing new piece for The New Yorker, she tells the story of a Honduran mother on a desperate quest to reunify with her toddler after falling victim to the cruel family separation policy of the Trump administration.   Mother and daughter were just reunited in the Bay Area, but Sindy and Juliet … Continue reading »

In Addition to Thousands More Separated Children, Inspector General Concludes Family Separation Continues Under Dubious Standards and With Little Information

In July 2018, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at HHS, the agency charged with the care and custody of separated children, certified to a federal court that there were 2,654 children that ORR believed were separated by DHS.  Yesterday, the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS IG) reported that there … Continue reading »

New OIG Report Puts Trump’s Self-Made Crisis on Display

The following is a statement from Pili Tobar, Managing Director of America’s Voice, following a groundbreaking OIG report: The draft memo released yesterday confirms what we’ve suspected all along. The Trump administration devised a comprehensive plan to deliberately harm children and families to deter their parents from seeking asylum in the United States. They separated … Continue reading »

Death of 7-year-old Girl in CBP Custody

Another Tragic Incident Exemplifying the Glaring Need for CBP Detention Overhaul and Robust Structures of Accountability and Transparency We now know her name: Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin. According to the Washington Post, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) disclosed that a “A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock after she … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: “Will this be the death that leads to a thorough investigation and some genuine accountability?”

The following is a reaction from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, regarding the tragic death of a 7-year old girl in Customs and Border Protection custody: The tragic and preventable death of an innocent seven-year old girl should not be seen as a mistake made in an otherwise humane system, but rather a … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Rep. Pramila Jayapal & Laurene Powell Jobs Pen Powerful Must Read Pieces on Immigration

“The question is not, ‘Who are they?’ The question is, ‘Who are we?’” Two thought leaders, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) — a leading progressive in the House of Representatives and immigration expert — and Laurene Powell Jobs — a leading philanthropist and advocate for fair immigration policies — are out with must reads. In an … Continue reading »

60 Minutes Report Recaps Horrifying Details of Trump’s Family Separation Policy

Over Thanksgiving weekend, 60 Minutes aired a searing report on Donald Trump’s family separation policy, which has separated thousands of children from their families and is still ongoing. Entitled “The chaos behind Donald Trump’s policy of family separation at the border”, the segment found that the Administration lied about the aim of the policy and … Continue reading »

Say What? DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Says the U.S. Government Won’t Shoot Immigrants “Right Now.”

The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, regarding Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s statement that the administration has no plans to shoot immigrant seeking asylum “right now.” Yes, we’ve come to that. The head of DHS is leaving open the possibility of state-sponsored violence directed at innocent people fleeing violence and … Continue reading »