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The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) is the research and policy arm of the American Immigration Council. IPC's mission is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy on U.S. society. IPC reports and materials are widely disseminated and relied upon by press and policy makers. IPC staff regularly serves as experts to leaders on Capitol Hill, opinion-makers and the media. IPC, formed in 2003 is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office.

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Immigration Policy Center
American Immigration Council
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Let illegals, other noncitizens vote, New Haven mayor says

Published on Tue, Dec 20, 2011

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Already known as a refuge for people from other lands, New Haven and its mayor are seeking to extend voting rights to illegal immigrants and other noncitizens.

Mayor John DeStefano, a Democrat, introduced four years ago a first-of-its-kind program to give noncitizens, legal or not, city resident cards. Despite crackdowns elsewhere, he has forged ahead with proposals that he says encourage differences.

“We’re a place of differences,” he said. “We’re a place that sees a strength and places a value on welcoming folks from all over.”

Dozens of American cities including New York, San Francisco and Cambridge, Mass., take a hands-off approach to pursuing illegal immigrants. While advocates say they are distancing themselves from a broken immigration system, critics accuse them of flouting federal law as “sanctuary cities.”

Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has vowed to cut off federal funding for such cities. Texas Gov. Rick Perry pushed a bill this year that would have prohibited cities from acting as “sanctuaries” for illegal immigrants and get local law enforcement more involved in immigration enforcement. Mitt Romney has said he opposed sanctuary cities as Massachusetts governor and, as president, he would “find the right approach” to ending them if legally possible.

President Obama has resisted calls from some Republicans to crack down on sanctuary cities. As a Democratic candidate in 2007, he said the U.S. government should address the issue by providing a rational immigration system, not by withdrawing funds from such cities.Read more...

Published in the Washington Times

American Immigration Council Store

All proceeds from the purchase of books go to the American Immigration Council and its educational initiatives. Scroll down to check out our inventory of signed copies of immigration related books.

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Davy Brown Discovers His Roots

By Keely Alexander and Velani Mynhardt

The American Immigration Council partnered with authors Velani Mynhardt Witthöft and Keely Alexander of Keely Velani LLC and created Davy Brown Discovers His Roots. The colorfully illustrated book tells the story of a young boy and his friends as they discover that everybody has an immigration story, whether their families arrived today or generations ago. The story, which is aimed toward 7-12 year olds, is a great way to introduce the concept of the many ways people come to the United States permanently and temporarily. It is a perfect conversation starter for a family discovering their roots or for a classroom teacher starting a unit on immigration.

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Unaccompanied Children

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Browse our resource page on why unaccompanied children and women are making the treacherous journey from their home countries

Appeals Court Blocks Controversial Sections of Tough Alabama Immigration Law

Published on Fri, Mar 09, 2012

A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked two key sections of Alabama’s immigration law, HB 56.  Thursday’s ruling came the same week that thousands of Latinos marched with African American leaders to commemorate the bloody civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery 47 years ago.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals enjoined sections 27 and 30 of the state law until legal challenges brought by the federal government and a coalition of church and civil rights groups are resolved. Read more...

Published in the Feet in Two Worlds

2010 Annual Immigrant Acheivement Awards Washington, DC

Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director, American Immigration Council
Executive Director Ben Johnson introduces honorees
Cokie and Steven Roberts
Cokie Roberts and Steven Roberts kick off the evening
Creative Writing Contest Winner & Cokie Roberts
The national winner of "Celebrate America"  Creative Writing Contest receives her award from Cokie Roberts
Steven V. Roberts and Paul Zulkie
President of the Board of Trustees Paul Zulkie (R) and Steven V. Roberts
honorees


(L-R) Ben Johnson, Henry Cejudo, Julia Culbert, Cokie Roberts, Steveb Roberts

Hispanic Vote in North Carolina Has Doubled in Last 4 yrs

Published on Thu, May 24, 2012

An IPC analysis was used in a Fox News Latino article about the power of the Hispanic vote in North Carolina: Read more...

Published in the Fox News Latino

The LAC Docket | Volume II, Issue 1

The Newsletter of the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center

December 21, 2011
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LAC files class action lawsuit targeting asylum “clock”

A.B.T. et al. v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services et al., No. 11-2108 (W.D. Wash. filed December 15, 2011).

Last week, the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC) filed a nationwide class action complaint against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) alleging widespread problems with the asylum “clock”—the system used by immigration officials to determine when noncitizens with pending asylum applications become eligible to obtain work authorization in the United States.Read more...

For Chesapeake immigrant in limbo, a brief reprieve

Published on Mon, Sep 03, 2012

IPC numbers were used in this Virginian-Pilot article about Maricruz Valenzuela, a Mexican-born immigrant living in Virginia: Read more...

Published in the The Virginian-Pilot