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In December 2018, President Trump shut down  the U.S. government after Congress refused to provide funding for an exorbitantly  expensive, inhumane, and unnecessary wall along the U.S./Mexico border.  For 35 days, the Trump administration held federal workers’ salaries hostage and used immigrants and refugees, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, as bargaining chips. NIJC, as a member of the Defund Hate Coalition, provided comment for media to fact-check claims coming out of the administration and provide context to the immigration rhetoric at the center of the debate.    

NPR: Poll: Americans Want Trump To Compromise On Border Wall Amid Possible Shutdown (12/11/18)

WBEZ: Federal Government Shutdown Adds To A Crushing Load In Chicago’s Immigration Court (1/3/19)

Refinery29: Trump Pretended To Care About Sexual Assault In His Address — For The First Time Ever  (1/8/19)

Vanity Fair: Did Donald Trump Actually Confuse Sicario 2 with Reality? (1/18/19)

KNEB: Some DACA Protections Revamped, For Others, Safeguards Stripped: Details From Trump’s Border Wall ‘Compromise’ (1/22/18)

The Washington Post: Senate plans votes on competing bills to reopen government (1/12/19)

Houston Chronicle: With inaction, Supreme Court gives longer life to DACA as shutdown drags on (1/22/19)

The Daily Beast: GOP’s Shutdown ‘Compromise’ Turbocharges ICE, Slashes Asylum Admissions (1/22/19) ​​​

Washington Post: Senate plans votes on competing bills to reopen government (1/23/19)

ABC News: Revamped DACA protections and stripped safeguards: Details of Trump's border wall 'compromise' (1/23/19)

Amnesty International: Amnesty International and National Immigrant Justice Center Send Senior Leadership Delegation to US-Mexico Border (1/24/19)

ThinkProgress: Trump uses baseless fear-mongering in his State of the Union speech to push for a border wall (2/5/2019)

The Washington Post: With The New Border Deal Republicans Are Trying Negotiate Trumps Surrender (2/11/19)

Daily Beast: Democrat’s Shutdown Proposal Could Make Immigration Detentions Under Trump Even Worse, Immigration Advocates Warn (2/11/19)