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The man behind Romney’s “self-deportation” plan

Published on Wed, Feb 22, 2012

If Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has his way, Mitt Romney’s first term as president will see the largest forced exodus of people from the United States since the mid-1950s. Kobach, an adviser to the Romney campaign on immigration policy, is also the chief legal architect of a long-standing conservative campaign to stop the influx of undocumented immigrants, primarily from Mexico and Central America, who come to America to work .

“If we had a true nationwide policy of self-deportation, I believe we would see our illegal alien population cut in half at a minimum very quickly,” Kobach told Salon in a recent intervew. With an estimated 11 million undocumented residents in the country, Kobach is hoping to force 5.5 million people to leave the country by 2016

Kobach, elected to statewide office in Kansas in 2010, advocates “self-deportation” but says  he does not want “to do it at gunpoint.” Undocumented residents, he said, “should go home on their own volition, under their own will, pick their own day, get their things in order and leave. That’s a more humane way.”

A 45-years old Harvard graduate and father of three, Kobach is the man behind the Republican front-runner’s most clearly articulated immigration goal: “Self-deportation.” While the term does not appear on Romney’s campaign website, Kobach uses it all the time. With the Republican candidates gathering in Mesa Arizona tonight for a nationally televised debate, the discussion of immigration issues may well touch on Kobach’s rhetoric, as well as his legal accomplishments.Read more...

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New Media Internship

The Immigration Policy Center (IPC), the research and policy arm of the American Immigration Council, is seeking a New Media Intern to assist with its online presence and social networking capacity. Applicants should possess strong communications and new media skills, as well as a passion for the future of immigration.

Responsibilities include:

  • Updating IPC website, blog and publications
  • Blog/new media outreach
  • Archiving media clips
  • Generating dialogue in social networking spaces
  • Gathering and maintaining media contact lists (relevant websites, blogs, print, audio and visual media)
  • Integrating new media technologies into IPC's communication strategies
  • Supporting staff as needed

Qualifications and Skills

  • Interest in immigration
  • Basic HTML skills preferred, but not required
  • Understanding of blog culture and new media world
  • Basic Wordpress and blogging skills
  • Familiar with a wide-range of online social networks and new media technologies
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Student working on BS/BA or MS/MA degree in Communication/Journalism/New Media or related field with a strong interest in immigration
  • Sense of humor a must

Non-paid, school credit available

Flexible, preferably 3-4 days a week

Five to Six Months

Application Procedure
Application process is rolling. Please send us a resume and cover letter stating your knowledge of and experience with new media—including relevant classes and related work experience.  Your cover letter should also demonstrate your interest in immigration and what you hope to gain from this internship.Read more...

Many will not self-deport

Published on Wed, May 09, 2012

Attrition through enforcement is the underlying strategy of Arizona's immigration law SB 1070. Supporters say it forces undocumented immigrants to make the "rational" decision to self-deport. In theory, they will do this when faced with an increased risk of being caught and officially deported, and a decreased chance of finding work.

This logic, however, doesn't hold. Why? Because undocumented immigrants have a lot to lose, and just walking away goes against human nature.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, more than one-third of undocumented immigrants own a home. This number rises to 45 percent among those who have been here more than 10 years. An estimated 37 percent of undocumented immigrants have U.S.-citizen children. Read more...

Published in the The Arizona Republic

Access to Courts

Access to Courts Federal court review is an important check on agency decision making because of the high stakes involved in immigration cases and the potential for error that accompanies the growing volume of cases. Through targeted litigation, the LAC has consistently advocated that statutory limits on judicial review must be narrowly construed. We also provide practice advisories, mentoring and other support to attorneys seeking review of unfavorable decisions impacting the rights of noncitizens. In addition, we advocate for the adoption of policies that help ensure all noncitizens a meaningful opportunity to be heard in the immigration court system.

Federal Courts | Immigration Courts and the BIA | Practice AdvisoriesRead more...

Chasing a 'dream': Immigrant youth seek legal status

Published on Tue, Aug 14, 2012

NBC News published an article citing IPC's finding that hundreds of thousands of immigrants living in the U.S. might immediately qualify for the deferred action program, which goes into effect today: Read more...

Published in the NBC News

AIC Communications Director Wendy Feliz Featured in ABC News

Published on Thu, May 02, 2013

Wendy Feliz, the Communications Director at the AIC, was featured in an article on ABC News about the recent positive trend in state immigration laws:

As recently as few years ago, lawmakers around the nation were passing strict regulations that made immigrants in the U.S. without legal permission the subject of police crackdowns and raids.

"The last few years were so harsh at the state level," said Wendy Feliz, a spokeswoman for the American Immigration Council.

Published in the ABC News

IEC Comments on Proposed DS 7002

Read our comments on proposed versions of the DS 7002 form issued by the US Department of State...

July 05, 2012-- The International Exchange Center has responded to the second round of proposed revisions to form DS 7002. Read our full comments to the Department of State here.

February 28, 2012--
The International Exchange Center submitted comments for the proposed form DS-7002 to the Department of State. A full version of these comments is available here.

The AIC's Ben Johnson Featured in Boulder's Daily Camera

Published on Wed, Oct 02, 2013

The AIC's Executive Director, Ben Johnson, wrote a recent article in Boulder, Colorado's Daily Camera, focusing on the cost of inaction if Congress should do nothing to pass immigration reform.  The article was based on the recent IPC publication, "The Cost of Doing Nothing:  Dollars, Lives, and Opportunities Lost in the Wait for Immigration Reform."

Published in the Daily Camera

Sherrie A. Kossoudji, Ph.D

Sherrie A. Kossoudji, Ph.D is an associate professor in the School of Social Work and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan.