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Why Trump’s Push for Kids’ Indefinite Detention Would Also Mean No Accountability

August 26, 2019 – Leading observers continue to point out the potential harm of the Trump administration’s announcement to target kids and vulnerable families through indefinite detention. For example, read Cornell Law professor Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer in the Washington Post recapping the details and implications of the proposed changes to Flores. The research shows long-term detention […]

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Pili Tobar: Trump and Miller Are Fine with Ruining the Lives of Children in Their Effort to Keep Out/Kick Out Immigrants

WASHINGTON, D.C. August 19, 2019 – The Trump administration’s immigration radicalism and cruelty is taking a toll on children. Just look at the implications and examples from immigration stories from the past few days: Stephen Miller and allies intent on blocking immigrant children from attending school. As Bloomberg reports in a piece titled, “White House […]

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Federal Court Rules in Favor of Providing “Safe and Sanitary” Conditions to Children in Immigration Detention

Washington, DC August 16, 2019 – Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled in favor of providing basic hygiene supplies to children in federal immigration detention facilities after the government unsuccessfully argued that they did not need to provide migrant children with the bare-minimal essentials: soap, toothbrushes, sleeping mats and proper food […]

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Trump Administration’s Radical “Public Charge” Policy Shuts the Door on Hard Working Immigrant Families

Aug. 9, 2019 – Earlier this week, Politico’s Ted Hesson described the effects of a radical and unprecedented interpretation of immigration law at the State Department, and soon-to-be implemented regulation at DHS, that “could reshape the legal immigration system” by depriving U.S. citizens the opportunity to legally live in the United States with foreign-born spouses, […]

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Phil Tobar: Every American Citizen is at Risk, Not Just Immigrants

July 22, 2019 – News this morning that the Trump administration is planning to scale up so-called ‘expedited removal’ policy nationwide is a staggering and dangerous escalation of the Trump deportation agenda. This is a nationwide ‘show me your papers’ law that will have devastating racial profiling, and family separation implications. This sweeping deportation proposal […]

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Maribel Hastings: Trump’s racial strategy of “them against us” is more alive than ever

July 16, 2019 – On Sunday, President Donald J. Trump declared that progressive Democratic congresswomen should return to “the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Although Trump did not name them, he was referring to four congresswomen elected in the 2018 midterms: Alexandria Ocasio Cortés, born in New York and of Puerto […]

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Douglas Rivlin: Trump Playbook: Deny, Distract, Demonize. Repeat.

May 30, 2019 – The following is a statement from Douglas Rivlin, Communications Director for America’s Voice, regarding President Trump’s promise that today or tomorrow, he was “going to do something really dramatic on our border:” President Trump, the showman and press manipulator in chief, said today he would have a ‘dramatic’ border announcement, but […]

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Senator Schatz: “They Are Coming After Americans Now”

Aug. 30, 2018 – A disturbing story in the Washington Post story, entitled “U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question,” highlights a new front in the Trump administration’s efforts to “other” people of color and immigrants, even if they are U.S. citizens. As Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz assessed […]

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Trump’s “Legacy of Orphans”

Aug. 27, 2018 – One month after the court-ordered deadline to reunify children ripped from their parents by the Trump administration, more than 500 children remain separated from their loved ones. The administration continues to drag its feet, and the pace of reunifications has slowed to a crawl. As the Washington Post writes in an […]

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Zachary Mueller: Kris Kobach Sees Threats to Election Integrity Everywhere, but in the Kansas Primary the Biggest Threat Might be Himself

Aug. 14, 2018 – A week after the polls have closed in the Kansas Republican primary for governor, the race is still too close to call. Currently, Secretary of State Kris Kobach leads Governor Jeff Colyer by only 110 votes. Deciding a definitive winner could still be weeks away with an estimated 10,000 provisional ballots […]

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The Atlantic Cover Story, “How Trump Radicalized ICE,” Highlights Plight of Mauritanians in Columbus

Aug. 6, 2018 – The new cover story of The Atlantic is a must-read piece by Frank Foer,  “How Trump Radicalized ICE.” Making several trips to Columbus, Foer uses the example of Mauritanians, who fled ethnic cleansing for safety in the United States—and now face deportation under Trump—to illustrate the broader dysfunction of the current […]

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The Trump Administration That Kidnaps and Abuses Kids Now Says They Are Not Responsible for Reunifying Them

Aug. 3, 2018 – In a court filing yesterday, the Trump administration argued that it should not be their responsibility to reunite the families separated by the government’s own cruel policy decisions and incompetence. The government suggests the reunification of 572 children that remain separated should be the responsibility of private organizations, NGOs, and legal […]

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