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On Press Call Experts and DACA Recipients Discuss the Immigrants Protecting America Amid Xenophobic Attacks

A recording of the call is available here Earlier today on a press call, a panel of experts were joined by DACA recipients to talk about the integral role that immigrants and their families are playing to safeguard America’s health and combat the COVID-19 pandemic at hand. As the Trump administration continues to rely on … Continue reading »

Protecting America’s Health and Economic Security Relies on the Frontline Skill of Immigrant Workers

The Immigrant Workforce is a Vital Part of the Essential Public Health & Safety Workforce and the Bulk of Agricultural and Food Security of the Nation The public health crisis created by COVID-19 has exposed the critical nature of workers in certain industries that are on the front lines protecting all of us, from doctors, … Continue reading »

Chaos, Lack of Leadership and Guidance from Top Immigration Officials on COVID-19 Undermines Public Health and Safety

The incompetence and lack of guidance from the Trump administration has left states, local governments, school administrators, and so many others scrambling for their own responses to the virus that causes COVID-19 that, with federal government resources and leadership, could be far more productive. Similarly, we have seen little public leadership and guidance from top … Continue reading »

Americans Paying A High Cost In Civil Liberties Due to Trump’s Extreme Approach on Immigration

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that DHS is using cell phone activity data — from American citizens as well as immigrants — for the purpose of immigration enforcement. According to the report, “The location data is drawn from ordinary cellphone apps, including those for games, weather and e-commerce, for which the user has … Continue reading »

The Latest Trump Target: Millions of Women Seeking a Travel Visa to the U.S.

The Trump Administration’s Travel Ban Against Women of Child-bearing Age Without any new action by Congress, the Trump administration posted a new regulation, effective tomorrow, that bans women of child-bearing age from being issued a visitor visa simply because they could be pregnant. The bottom line: a vast group of women visitors to the U.S. … Continue reading »

Report Reveals Forcing Asylum Seekers to Wait in Mexico is a Humanitarian Catastrophe Created by the Trump Administration

A recording of the call is available here. To read the report, click here Earlier today, refugee protection experts from Human Rights First (HRF), joined a call moderated by Ur Jaddou, Director of America’s Voice’s DHS Watch project and former Chief Counsel of USCIS, to discuss Human Rights First’s new report entitled, “Human Rights Fiasco: … Continue reading »

Two Reports – by Human Rights First and by a DHS “Red Team” – Show the Policy of Sending Asylum Seekers to Mexico is Fundamentally Flawed

Today, Human Rights First (HRF) issued a report entitled, “Human Rights Fiasco:  The Trump Administration’s Dangerous Asylum Returns Continue,” that compiles “overwhelming evidence that this illegal policy [Trump administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy] is a human rights catastrophe.” Yet, almost a year into this problematic program, the Trump administration “continue[s] to implement, defend, and expand … Continue reading »

Internal DHS Report Confirms Multiple Human Rights Violations Under the Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” Policy

The House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations has announced that it will hold a hearing on Tuesday, November 19, to examine the “human rights and legal implications of the Trump administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy.” For months, human rights advocates and media reports have been documenting and calling out … Continue reading »

Acting USCIS Director Cuccinelli Refuses to Commit to Protecting Sick Children From Threat of Deportation

On Wednesday, Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli testified before Congress about his decision to end deferred action for critically ill children and their families. He admitted it was his decision to end this USCIS policy, reiterated that it was the current Acting Secretary’s decision to reinstate it, and refused to commit to keeping the policy … Continue reading »

Another Unprecedented Use of Presidential Power to Get Around Congress on Immigration

Trump Bars Immigrants Without Health Insurance Using Same Authority Used in Travel Ban Late on Friday night, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation that bars family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents and employees of U.S. companies from coming to the United States with a green card unless they obtain health insurance within … Continue reading »