Brian Tashman

Brain Tashman is a political researcher and strategist at American Civil Liberties Union.

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The detention and separation of families was part of a broad attack on asylum-seekers and immigrants generally under Nielsen.(Photo: Andrew Harnick/ AP) Views
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Kirstjen Nielsen’s Brutal and Calamitous Leadership of the Department of Homeland Security Comes to an End
Late Sunday, President Trump announced that Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Trump said that Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will serve as Acting Secretary. Nielsen’s tenure as head of one of...
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Congress should continue to reject demands for wasteful border wall funds and instead vote on pending bipartisan measures to reopen the government. (Photo: US Customs and Border Protection/Flickr) Views
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
A Look at Trump’s Biggest Border Lies
On Tuesday night, President Trump will address the nation in a primetime speech in which he’ll make his case for a 1,000-mile border wall, followed by a trip to South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley on Thursday. But Trump’s characterization of the situation on the southwest border is driven not by facts...
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"The videotapes were destroyed in complete disdain for the rule of law." (Photo: CSPAN3) Views
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
The Government Has Information on Gina Haspel’s Torture Record. The Senate Can’t See It.
In 2005, the CIA destroyed 92 videotapes that had depicted the torture of two detainees . The destruction took place over objections from the White House, the CIA’s legal counsel, and senior intelligence officials. Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to head the CIA, drafted the cable ordering...
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Gina Haspel Views
Saturday, April 28, 2018
The CIA Can't Keep Gina Haspel's Torture Record Secret
While the CIA has been trying to salvage Gina Haspel’s rocky nomination to lead the agency with a series of gushing tweets and by making public only flattering bits of her record, the American people have to reckon with a nominee whose role in torture and the destruction of torture evidence is...
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"While ICE abuses certainly predate the arrival of the Trump administration, there has been a notable increase in the number of arrests of people who don’t have criminal records, those who show up to routine check-in meetings with agents, and even people previously offered humanitarian exceptions." (Photo: U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Flickr) Views
Monday, February 05, 2018
Congress Needs To Hold ICE Accountable for Abuses
When Karah de Oliveira and her husband, Fabiano, showed up at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office in Lawrence, Massachusetts, they expected to have an interview about their marriage, the first part of an application for a green card. Fabiano has lived in the U.S. since 2005 and the...
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"Kobach, who gained national notoriety for his relentless efforts to disenfranchise tens of thousands of Kansans, met with Trump before his inauguration and reportedly was a source for the president’s unsubstantiated claim that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in the presidential election." (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, January 05, 2018
Trump Wants Homeland Security to Continue Dirty Work of Voter Suppression
On Wednesday night, the White House announced that it would disband the Election “Integrity” Commission led by Vice President Pence and Kris Kobach, the Secretary of State of Kansas, citing the refusal of state officials to go along with Kobach’s reckless plan to collect sensitive data on every...
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In all 50 states and the District of Columbia, People Power activists will play a crucial role in campaigning for voting rights policies tailored to their state. Views
Friday, September 22, 2017
People Power Launches 50-State Voting Rights Campaign to Reenergize Our Democracy
While Donald Trump and Kris Kobach look for ways to disenfranchise Americans, People Power is launching the Let People Vote campaign to uphold, protect, and expand the right to vote. We have witnessed the impact of People Power activists in the ACLU’s ongoing Freedom Cities campaign , where...
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Monday, September 11, 2017
Kris Kobach Pushes Voter Fraud Lies While Meeting With Fellow Suppression Activists
Kris Kobach is getting desperate. In a column last week for Breitbart, the Kansas Secretary of State declared that voter fraud tipped the scales in the election last year in New Hampshire. The evidence? Anyone who registered to vote on Election Day with another state’s drivers’ license and didn’t...
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Thursday, July 27, 2017
Kris Kobach, the Man Charged With Enhancing Americans’ Confidence in Elections, Says That We May Never Know Who Won The Election
Roughly half of voters who said they voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election believe that he won the popular vote, according to a new poll from POLITICO/Morning Consult. The poll started on July 20, coincidentally just one day after the first meeting of the Election Integrity...
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