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2011 "Celebrate America" 3rd Place National Winner

I remembered vividly all of these strangers laughing at me, and I didn't even know what i had done. This flashback included an adult, tall and stern, frown at what I had siad.  Before I knew it, my mother was gazing sorrowfully at me, with another look in her eyes that I couldn't identify.  I wondered what I had done to pain my beloved mother so much. In this strange, stern, new world, I knew nothing.


Coming from my world full of color,  I was unused to this bland, stale country.  But then my world collapsed, creating new horrid memories.  My family had escaped our nor unfamiliar home and immigrated to American, the free country.  Still, many people in this unfriendly people were hostile.  The immigration officers, teachers, police, all of them acted as if they didn't want us here.  I wished that my home still existed, so there would actually be something to call home.


But as I sat alone, thinking, I wondered what would have happened if I stayed.  Bombing, fires, they were all still fresh in my mind.  I knew that I would have lost everything there, but was this place any better?  I have to start all over from nothing.  Not even this new language.  I finally uinderstood what the emotion was in my mother's eyes.  Pity.  She was pitying me for not knowing what I had been through, what I had done wrong.Read more...

"A Magical Place in this World"

Published on Tue, May 15, 2012

"There is a magical place in this world,

Where people come to look for freedom and happiness."

Those are the opening lines from a winning poem by Illinois fifth grader and champion gymnast Alexander Tymouch. The poem took the top spot in the 2012 American Immigration Council's annual "Celebrate America" fifth grade creative writing contest

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Published in the The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Border: A Resource Page

As money is poured into border enforcement, it is critical that lawmakers consider the facts. The following resources provide key answers to basic questions about the U.S.-Mexico Border and the issues that surround it--from the fiscal implications of policies to the struggle to fight drug cartels.Read more...

Bay Area Immigrants Warned Of Scams As Deferred Deportation Begins

Published on Wed, Aug 15, 2012

CBS San Francisco used IPC's statistics about potential candidates for deferred action in an article last Wednesday.  The article warns Bay Area immigrants to watch out for scams, as more and more people try to take advantage of those applying for deferred deportation. Read more...

Published in the CBS San Francisco

Gustavo Villageliu

Gustavo Villageliu was appointed to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) as a Board Member in July of 1995. The BIA is the highest administrative body for interpreting and applying immigration laws. Mr. Villageliu came to the United States from Cuba as a refugee in 1962 when he was thirteen years old. He and his family lived in Miami for twelve years, then moved to Iowa, where his parents taught as University professors.

Mr. Villageliu attended law school at the University of Iowa, graduating cum laude in 1977. After serving as Johnson County Attorney Prosecutor Intern in Iowa City, Iowa, he joined the Board of Immigration Appeals as a staff attorney in January, 1978. He received numerous achievement awards for his work specializing in war criminals, investors, and criminal alien cases. In September of 1989 he moved to Miami as an Immigration Judge, where he handled cases of detained Cubans at the Krome detention center. As a BIA Board Member, Mr. Villageliu dissented in the landmark case, Matter of N-J-B. In that February 1997 decision, the BIA held that the service of an Order to Show Cause under prior law terminated the period of physical presence for purposes of applying for suspension of deportation, even though the Order was served before the 1996 Act's effective date. This ruling would have resulted in the deportation of tens of thousands of persons who may have qualified for suspension of deportation under previous law. On July 10, 1997, the Attorney General vacated the Board's decision in that case essentially adopting Mr. Villageliu's opinion. Mr. Villageliu and his wife Carmen live in Falls Church with their three children.

IPC Cited in NBC Latino Article

Published on Mon, May 13, 2013

A recent article on NBC Latino drew attention to a recent IPC Fact Sheet, Lost in the Shadow of the Fence.  In the Fact Sheet, we pointed out the importance of the economic relationship between Mexico and the United States, and how that should be remembered during the debates around border enforcement.  Here's a clip of the NBC Latino article:

"The American public is not getting the full picture of the current state of Mexico’s economy and its increasing importance as a trading partner. Mexico is the world’s 12th largest economy and America’s second largest export market...

The Immigration Policy Center’s “Lost in the Shadow of the Fence” states there was a 9.1 percent increase in goods exported to Mexico from the U.S. in just one year, from 2011 to 2012."

Published in the NBC Latino

Jeffrey Kaye

Jeffrey Kaye is a Los Angeles‐based freelance journalist. He has been a longtime contributor to the PBS NewsHour and World Report, the public affairs program of HDNet television. Between 1980 and 1984, Kaye was a reporter and senior producer at KCET‐TV (PBS) in Los Angeles. Previously, he worked as a magazine writer, a freelance reporter for National Public Radio, a TV producer, and as a special correspondent for the Washington Post and other publications.

 

IPC Senior Fellow Rob Paral in Politico

Published on Thu, Oct 10, 2013

Rob Paral, a Senior Fellow for the IPC, was published yesterday in Politico explaining why Republican lawmakers can't ignore minority voters in regards to immigration reform.  The article was based on Paral's recent Special Report for the IPC, "Stepping Up:  The Impact of the Newest, Immigrant, Latino, and Asian Voters."

"A recent Immigration Policy Center analysis of demographic and immigration trends shows that many Republican congressional districts are seeing their constituency profiles evolve dramatically, with emerging electorates that care deeply about immigration reform. In fact, according to my research, based on U.S. Census Bureau age and citizenship data, Asian and Latino youth and newly naturalized U.S. citizens will make up 34 percent of newly eligible voters at the time of the 2014 elections in 55 Republican-held congressional districts."

Published in the Politico

Yearly Accomplishments

2012

  1. Obtained the release of key documents regarding H-1B fraud investigations by USCIS and DHS.
  2. Published new practice advisories that offer strategic insight and advice on timely issues so that immigration attorneys may better represent their clients.
  3. Taught hundreds of 5th graders about immigration through our annual "Celebrate America" Creative Writing Contest.
  4. Guided over 200 high school students as they explored immigration issues on their own communities as they design service-learning projects.
  5. Provided much needed resources that educators and parents can use to introduce their children to the world of immigration.
  6. Launched a nationwide youth multi-media contest that focused on celebrating America as a nation of immigrants.
  7. Produced several events around the country lifting up exceptional immigrants who have made an extraordinary contributions to our country.
  8. Organized a series of timely, informative teleconferences on prosecutorial discretion and administrative advocacy.
  9. Created special reports, blogs and other documents geared toward education policy makers and the public ensuring the immigration debate is based on facts nor fear.
  10. Launched new program initiatives to investigate the benefits of the on-going relationships instituted by intercultural exchange.
  11. Expanded and improved the work of our International Exchange Center, one of the most respected programs in the country.

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New York Times Article Highlights Immigration Council Report

Published on Thu, Sep 18, 2014

A New York Times article, "Border Agency Is Authorized to Open Criminal Inquiries," which details new measures implemented by the Department of Homeland Security to respond to accusations of abuse by border agents, features data from the American Immigration Council's report "No Action Taken: Lack of CBP Accountability in Responding to Complaints of Abuse':

"In recent months, the agency’s internal affairs officials have examined 876 cases raised in reports by the two groups, the Police Executive Research Forum and the American Immigration Council. Mark Morgan, the head of the internal affairs office, said 11 cases remained under criminal investigation by other agencies, while 155 cases had been reopened for further noncriminal review.

Some advocacy groups cautiously praised the new measures.Read more...

Published in the New York Times