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Priscilla Alvarez Priscilla Alvarez is an assistant editor at The Atlantic. Previously she was a fellow at National Journal and a correspondent for USA TODAY College, where she covered a variety of topics with a focus on college students.
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What a New Crop of Veteran-Lawmakers Means for Democrats

November 23, 2018 Freshman orientation on Capitol Hill can be a blur: There’s the class photo, the rundown of ethics rules, the caucus meetings, the dinners. But after a grueling election season, there are highlights, too—and for Chrissy Houlahan, it was spending time with her “badasses.” That’s the moniker Houlahan and some of...

The Latest Target of Trump's Immigration Attacks

November 2, 2018 In an address from the Roosevelt Room Thursday, President Donald Trump criticized the nation’s immigration laws, decried the Central American migrant caravan moving through Mexico, and announced that he’s “finalizing a plan” that would limit who could claim asylum. “Migrants will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of...

Analysis: There Is No Easy Way for Trump to Stop the Latest Caravan

October 23, 2018 President Donald Trump is fuming over a U.S.-bound migrant caravan. Over the course of the past week, he’s posted 15 tweets about the caravan, estimated to consist of as many as 7,000 people, that left from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, earlier this month and has been growing along the way....

Jeff Sessions Is Quietly Transforming the Nation’s Immigration Courts

October 17, 2018 Dorothea Lay was on track to become a member of the Board of Immigration Appeals, part of the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review. Her 25-year government career had prepared her for the post, as reflected in four letters of recommendation from academics and current and former officials. In...

America's Latest About-Face: Refugee Resettlement

September 18, 2018 More than 25 million refugees around the world have had to flee their origin country due to war, famine, or persecution. Many will spend years in refugee camps, while others—those who can never return home—are placed elsewhere. For millions of refugees, their ultimate destination has been the United States, which...

How Will Detained Children Find Their Parents?

June 21, 2018 More than 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border in the five weeks since the Trump administration announced it was implementing a “zero tolerance” immigration policy—and it’s still not clear how, or when, those children might be reunited with their parents. On Wednesday, amid mounting...

Could Trump Actually Use Military Funding for His Border Wall?

April 2, 2018 President Trump can’t seem to find the funds to fulfill his signature campaign pledge of building a border wall—and his Plan C could get even more complicated. On the campaign trail, Trump insisted that Mexico would pay for the wall, a proposal that the Mexican government quickly shut down. Once...

Could Trump Actually Use Military Funding for His Border Wall?

April 2, 2018 President Trump can’t seem to find the funds to fulfill his signature campaign pledge of building a border wall—and his Plan C could get even more complicated. On the campaign trail, Trump insisted that Mexico would pay for the wall, a proposal that the Mexican government quickly shut down. Once...

What's Next for Trump's Border Wall?

March 16, 2018 This week, during a visit to California, President Trump inspected eight prototypes for his proposed border wall. The president has made no secret of his intent to erect a physical barrier along the border. After touring the structures, he tweeted: “If we don’t have a wall system, we’re not going...

What's Next for Trump's Border Wall?

March 16, 2018 This week, during a visit to California, President Trump inspected eight prototypes for his proposed border wall. The president has made no secret of his intent to erect a physical barrier along the border. After touring the structures, he tweeted: “If we don’t have a wall system, we’re not going...