There is no question that DACA makes our country stronger—yet Donald Trump continues to push a cruel anti-immigrant agenda to strip young people of their rights and the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
By prioritizing profits over people, the immigrant detention industry has ballooned under President Trump—but so has the women-led resistance that’s challenging it.
While volunteering at the U.S. / Mexico border, I heard stories that, even as a seasoned field worker, left me with a raging soul and a broken heart.
“While these stories are each unique and personal, they are also everyone’s stories—stories of love and loss, of traditions and funny family jokes. They have the power to remind people that we are all the same.”
The perversely-named Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)—more appropriately dubbed by advocates the Migrant Persecution Protocols—requires asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico for the duration of their immigration proceedings. Every day that this policy is allowed to stand, the administration is endangering thousands of lives.
Human trafficking can fuel conflict, drive displacement, and undercut the ability of international institutions to promote stability. The United States should work to disrupt and dismantle the criminal networks and terrorist groups that exploit conflict-related human trafficking, while prioritizing the prevention and prosecution of and protection from human trafficking in conflict contexts.
Last week, Trump proposed a reduction in the number of refugee admissions to 18,000 persons for 2020, the lowest number in the 40-year history of the refugee program. Simultaneously, he issued an executive order requiring states and localities to consent to the placement of refugees in their communities.
“We came here because we believed that America respects our rights. We were robbed, raped and exploited by gangs. We watched our friends and family members be killed. But we always believed in America.”
At a time when the United Nations has identified more than 25 million refugees worldwide—people who cannot return to their home countries for fear of persecution or other dangers—the Trump administration is contemplating setting a zero refugee admissions target for fiscal year 2020.
In her new memoir, Knitting the Fog, chapina writer Claudia Hernández reflects on the impact of her mother’s difficult decision to flee domestic violence and poverty in Guatemala and immigrate illegally into the U.S.