AOC Leads 76 Democrats in Urging Biden Officials to Reverse Title 42 Expansion

Dozens of lawmakers in the House and the Senate are urging the Biden administration to reverse its expansion of Title 42 — a cruel anti-immigration policy originally invoked by former President Donald Trump — and reconsider its planned proposal of an “illegal and inhumane” travel ban. In a letter signed by 77 Democrats sent to President Joe Biden this week, the lawmakers said that… Source Source / Read More: AOC Leads 76 Democrats in Urging Biden Officials to Reverse Title 42 Expansion

Biden Admin Needs to Confront GOP’s and Its Own Immigration Policy Failures

It’s no secret that Republicans relentlessly exploit the issue of immigration during campaign season to activate their white nationalist base to vote. But they took their rhetoric one step further before the last midterm elections by deploying a strategy of bussing migrants to states controlled by Democrats, using human beings as pawns to foment chaos and advance the “crisis” narrative they count… Source Source / Read More: Biden Admin Needs to Confront GOP’s and Its Own Immigration Policy Failures

Biden Admin Plans to Expand Title 42 to Expel Cubans, Nicaraguans and Haitians

Even as Biden administration lawyers fight to end a cruel anti-immigrant policy that has been used millions of times to expel asylum seekers, administration officials are seeking to once again expand the policy, this time to ramp up expulsions of asylum seekers from Cuba, Nicaragua and Haiti. According to Reuters, officials say that the administration is planning to implement new rules for the… Source Source / Read More: Biden Admin Plans to Expand Title 42 to Expel Cubans, Nicaraguans and Haitians

Greg Abbott Blasted for Bussing Migrants to Kamala Harris’s Home in Cruel Stunt

Human rights defenders condemned Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and “extremist Republicans’ cruel values” after several busloads of migrants were dropped off outside U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’ Washington, D.C. home in subfreezing temperatures on Christmas Eve. For the second time since September, Central and South American migrants were bussed from Texas to the vice president’s residence at the U. Source Source / Read More: Greg Abbott Blasted for Bussing Migrants to Kamala Harris’s Home in Cruel Stunt

Greg Abbott Is Still Prosecuting Migrants Under a Bogus Disaster Declaration

Governors Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis’s callous and politically motivated transport of immigrants to various “liberal bastions” in the U.S. received a great deal of national attention after thousands of immigrants were bused to New York City, Washington, D.C. and Martha’s Vineyard under false pretenses. However, less notice has been given to Operation Lone Star, Abbott’s coordinated $4 billion effort to deter and prosecute migrants in south Texas. Since the program began in 2021, thousands of migrants have been prosecuted for enhanced crimes under a bogus disaster declaration. In 2010, when Arizona passed SB 1070 — the “Show Me Your…

AOC, Pressley Slam Biden for Using Title 42 to Expel Venezuelan Asylum Seekers

Democrats and progressives are condemning the Biden administration for its continued use of Title 42, a cruel anti-immigration pandemic policy that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now using to expel Venezuelan asylum seekers arriving at the southern U.S. border. In a letter with 24 signatories, spearheaded by Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-New York) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), lawmakers criticized DHS’s announcement, saying that the continued use of Title 42 is “morally wrong, discriminatory, and unlawful.” Expressing their “profound disappointment” with the DHS decision, the lawmakers said that “Title 42 violates our nation’s domestic and international legal obligations…

Detained Immigrants in California Strike Over $1 a Day Pay, Working Conditions

At two federal detention centers in California, more than 50 immigrant workers are on strike over unsafe working conditions and low wages. “We are being exploited for our labor and are being paid $1 per day to clean the dormitories,” said strikers at a central California detention center in a June statement received by public radio station KQED. Detained workers, known as “housing porters,” participate in a supposedly volunteer working program while locked up. They use their earnings to pay for the exorbitant cost of phone calls and commissary items like dental floss and tortillas. “They are compelled to do…

Supreme Court Immigration Ruling Is Welcome, But Deadly Policies Remain in Place

We go to San Antonio, where 53 migrants seeking refuge in the U.S. died earlier this week after being confined to a sweltering tractor-trailer. Human rights advocates blamed the tragedy on restrictive immigration policies like the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as MPP or the “Remain in Mexico” program. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Biden has the power to end the Trump-era policy, which forced tens of thousands of asylum seekers to stay on the Mexican side of the border in unsafe conditions while their cases were resolved in the U.S. “Every single…

Trump ICE Officials Thought Immigrant Kids Were Reunited With Parents Too Soon

Newly uncovered emails show that immigration officials under the Trump administration thought that immigrant families that were being separated at the border were being reunited too quickly, seemingly exposing that officials fully intended on using family separation as a means of punishing immigrants. The emails, turned over as part of a lawsuit brought by families who are suing the government for their pain and suffering, show that immigration officials thought it was bad optics for families to be reunited quickly after being separated. “Bottom line, our concern is that the adults that were separated from their children… will be returned…

After “Roe,” Abbott May “Resurrect” Fight Against K-12 Education for Immigrants

Following the leaked release of a draft ruling from the Supreme Court this week, suggesting that the Court is ready to undo nearly 50 years of abortion rights precedent, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) said he is looking at ways to dismantle a ruling from 1982 that protects undocumented children’s right to public education. On Wednesday, Abbott said he was setting his sights on Plyler v. Doe, in which the Supreme Court said states were obligated to provide free education to all children in their borders, not just those who were U.S. citizens. Perhaps emboldened by the apparent far right shift…

European Anti-Migrant Policies Gave Rise to Horrific Refugee Jails in Libya

Image Credit: Sally Hayden Western countries have opened their doors to millions of Ukrainians fleeing the war in their homeland, presenting a model of how refugees should be welcomed. But their experience stands in stark contrast to how African refugees are treated when attempting to reach Europe to escape war, hunger and despair. In her new book, My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World’s Deadliest Migration Route, author Sally Hayden details how a single message from an Eritrean refugee held in a Libyan detention center led her on a years-long journey to document the human rights disaster…

AOC Says US Should Treat All Asylum Seekers How We Treat Ukrainian Refugees

On Tuesday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) argued in favor of accepting Ukrainian refugees in the United States, emphasizing that asylum seekers from other parts of the world should be treated with similar respect. Speaking to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow following President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address, Ocasio-Cortez made the case for giving Ukrainian refugees Temporary Protection Status (TPS), saying that the Biden White House should make it easier for individuals with that status to eventually become citizens. “Now that we know a huge, new migration is going to start because of that war, do you have…