The state of our immigration system is that of a full-blown emergency, but we cannot forget that it is one that the Trump administration itself has caused. They have failed to provide accurate data on how many children remain separated from their families. After federal immigration officials separated them near the southern border pursuant to its family separation policy, the administration now says it sees any attempt to re-unite them as a “burden.” Further, even more families continue to be separated under Trump’s Muslim and Refugee Ban; it has been reported than less than 2% of applicants have been approved under the visa waiver system for applicants from banned countries. Refugee admissions to the U.S. are currently capped at 30,000, their lowest since 1980, and will fall again this year. We think this is the real crisis that you didn’t hear about at the SOTU.

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