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ICYMI: Dallas Morning News: “In Dallas, Refugees Say Trump’s New Restrictions Will Hurt Desperate Displaced Persons Around the Globe”

Dianne Solis talks to refugees about the impact of the drastic refugee reduction Read piece here The Trump administration yesterday announced a sharp reduction in the total number of refugees who will be allowed to resettle in the U.S.  – 18,000 next year, a historic low. The Dallas Morning News’ Dianne Solis published a piece … Continue reading »

“The Statue of Liberty Weeps”

Trump is Closing America’s Doors on Refugees The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, in response to the confirmation that the Trump administration will slash the number of refugees admitted to America, setting a 18,000 cap for 2020, the lowest-ever ceiling since the program began four decades ago and … Continue reading »

With Honduran Asylum “Deal,” Trump is Doling out Death Sentences

“This devastating story reminds us how designating Honduras a ‘safe third country’ makes a mockery of the term” On Wednesday, the Trump administration inked a deal with Honduras on possibly returning asylum seekers to Honduras and designating the Central American country as a “safe third country.” In so doing, the administration once again conducts an … Continue reading »

“The goal of the Trump administration’s agreement with El Salvador is to continue Trump’s politically motivated ‘keep ’em out’ strategy…” – America’s Voice on U.S./El Salvador Asylum Agreement

The following is a statement from Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communication for America’s Voice, in response to the news that the Trump administration signed an agreement with the government of El Salvador to explore asylum changes that could keep asylum seekers from other countries in El Salvador and which may lead to a future “safe … Continue reading »

Public Outrage Rescues Life-Saving Medical Program For Immigrants

American Public and Democrats in Congress Step Up: “This reversal was not a change of heart from Trump or Stephen Miller. It is the result of broad public outcry…” A program that would affect over 1,000 immigrants seeking to stay in the U.S. for life-altering medical treatment was reinstated, saving immigrants’ lives, including the life … Continue reading »

Stark Contrast on Display: Trump’s False Border Triumphalism vs. Real Lives Endangered By “Return to Mexico” and Sham Asylum Process

The contrast between the Trump administration’s triumphalism and the trauma and pain inflicted by their asylum and border policies is on stark display this week. Yesterday, President Trump went to a section of border fencing near San Diego and held a political photo-op, going so far as to sign a section of the wall with … Continue reading »

“Kangaroo” Tent Courts the Final Step In a Sham Asylum Process with a Mounting Human Toll

As predicted, Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan and the acting heads of CBP, ICE, and USCIS went to the tent courts in Laredo, TX yesterday and tried to claim that Trump’s policies were successful and that the asylum hearings at these makeshift courtrooms were part of a fair process. With President Trump heading to the … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Fabiola Santiago: “This former Cuban political prisoner, 82, has been denied U.S. citizenship. Shameful”

In her latest column for the Miami Herald, Fabiola Santiago underlines the crushing reality for many Cuban refugees. Once heralded as heroes who defied Fidel Castro, now Cubans are increasingly denied legal protection and deported by the Trump administration.  Santiago tells a related story. Francisco Verona, an 82-year-old former Cuban political prisoner, applied for citizenship … Continue reading »

Editorial Boards and Opinion Voices Highlight Trump’s Cruel and Counterproductive Immigration Policies

Leading editorial boards, columnists and opinion voices are blasting the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant obsession as harmful to our values and our interests.  Below are examples and excerpts of leading opinion content from the past few days: The Houston Chronicle’s editorial board on the national security damage stemming from Trump’s anti-immigrant focus: “How Trump’s immigration obsession … Continue reading »

Has the U.S. Supreme Court Become the Trump Court on Immigration?

Dissenting Justices to Yesterday’s Asylum Decision Suggest that this Supreme Court is Becoming Another Political Arm of the President Yesterday, the Supreme Court granted a “extraordinary” request by the Trump administration to allow the administration to implement a regulation that Justice Sotomayor describes as, “forbid[ding] almost all Central Americans—even unaccompanied children—to apply for asylum in … Continue reading »