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Office Hours: Immigration Experts Discuss Trump’s Latest Attack on Asylum, Immigration

A recording of the call is available here. Earlier today immigration experts and advocates discussed the latest developments on immigration, border and asylum policy. Reports have surfaced that a new proposed asylum rule from the Trump administration, if announced, will exacerbate the humanitarian crisis on our southern border, fail to address the underlying causes of … Continue reading »

Disturbing Reports Suggest Congress Should Fund More DHS Transparency and Accountability, Not More Immigration Detention

“The facts show that since this administration began implementing its immigration and border policies, the challenge at the border went from bad to worse” – Ur Jaddou While reports last week suggest Congress may be close to an agreement on humanitarian assistance for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) … Continue reading »

More Failed Policy in Trump’s Emergency Funding Request

We Need Common Sense and Humane Solutions Yesterday, the Trump administration submitted to Congress an emergency spending request for more than a billion dollars for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), even though DHS received record funding through the regular appropriations process just three months ago. The President’s own fact sheet suggests this request is … Continue reading »

Trump’s Latest Memo Imposing Fees on Asylum Seekers and Ending Their Work Permits is More of the Same Failed and Inhumane Policy

We Need Common Sense, Effective and Humane Solutions Last night, the President issued a memorandum that purports to be a solution to the increasing number of families seeking asylum at our southern border by imposing fees on asylum seekers, ending work permits for asylum seekers to support themselves while awaiting decisions on their cases, limiting … Continue reading »

Trump Administration to “Bypass” Due Process Through Major Expansion in Expedited Removal

A few weeks ago, President Trump said, “[W]e should get rid of [immigration] judges.” Although immigration law bars him from doing so through executive action, yesterday Politico reported that, “The Homeland Security Department is weighing a plan to bypass immigration courts and remove undocumented immigrants who cannot prove they’ve been present continuously in the U.S. … Continue reading »

Immigration Experts & Advocates Highlight Upcoming USCCR Hearing

A recording of the call is available here. Earlier today, immigration experts and advocates, who will be testifying will to tomorrow’s United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) hearing, gathered on a press call to  highlight the importance of the hearing the desperate need to make impactful change to an ever-expanding and inhumane system 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 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 Experts and Advocates Discuss Real Solutions for Trump’s Border Crisis

A recording of the call is available here. Earlier today,  immigration experts and advocates gathered on a press call to discuss solutions that would provide a much needed reprieve on our border. As the Trump administration continues to fail to provide adequate solutions, and can only exacerbate the problem with cruel and unjust policies, 33 … Continue reading »

Trump Administration’s Border Response Has Failed and Exacerbated the Issue

It is Time for a Rational, Effective and Humane Response  Long before we saw the unprecedented numbers of families seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border that we are seeing today, the Trump administration was “crying wolf” while at the same time implementing policies that lit a match to what was a manageable issue.  Instead of … Continue reading »