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Wendy Feliz-Sefsaf, Communications Director at the AIC, was quoted in this article on Politico:
"When the 113th Congress digs into immigration reform with renewed vigor in the new year, no lawmaker will find himself in quite so tight a spot as Rep. Mike Honda.
It’s a position, however, very much relished by Honda, a seven-term Democrat from the San Jose area. His district, California’s redrawn 15th, is among the nation’s most complicated on this hot-button issue — dominated by major high-tech firms focused on importing high-skilled labor as well as huge minority populations seeking paths to citizenship."
Stephen K. Fischel commenced his government career in January 1974 with the Foreign Operations Division of the Passport Office, U.S. Department of State. He then transferred in 1975 to the Advisory Opinions Division in the Visa Office, also, of the Bureau of Consular Affairs at State.
Upon assuming the deputy division chief 's position in 1981, he entered the immigration community as a speaker and representative of the Visa Office. As Chief of the Legislation and Regulations Division in the mid 1980s, Mr. Fischel assumed responsibility for legislative policy for the Visa Office.
In 1997, he became the Director of the Office of Legislation, Regulations, and Advisory Assistance. In 1999, with the absorption of USIA, he received the Waiver Review Division under his responsibility. Over the following several years, he introduced technology (online status checks, online applications, etc.) into the process. Providing the division with more human resources and specifically designed case file control system, backlogs were eliminated as processing times were greatly reduced.
In 2001, the Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs asked Mr. Fischel to participate on the President's Bilateral Migration Talks with Mexico. He provided many options to address the "regularization" of undocumented Mexicans, crafted a framework for a bilateral Temporary Worker Program, and designed significant reform to the H-2B program. He continued involvement in this area as State's representative on the President's revised Temporary Worker Program until retirement.Read more...
'"For every ethnic group without exception, incarceration rates among young men are lowest for immigrants, even those who are least educated," wrote Mr. Ewing in a 2007 study that he co-authored with Ruben Rumbaut. "This holds true especially for Mexicans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans who make up the bulk of the undocumented population." By the way, these findings comport with federal and state studies going back a century. If anything, today's immigrants are less likely to be involved in criminal activity than their predecessors.'
Andrea Guttin, Esq. is an attorney currently residing in Austin, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and holds a J.D. and an M.A in Latin American Studies. She would like to thank Diego Garcia‐Olano for creating the database and inputting arrestee data, without which any analysis would have been impossible.
Guillermo Cantor, senior analyst at the Immigration Policy Center, was recently featured in Voice of America's article titled "Experts Debate Economic Impact of US Immigration Reform".
Cantor provided insight on how deportations are impacting immigrant communities and the economic benefits of fixing our nation's broken immigration system.
"Experts said communities paid a heavy price when 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the shadows. And for a country that prides itself in its humanitarian beliefs - fixing a broken immigration system should be a high priority.
'I think that each day that Congress delays this decision people are getting hurt, are getting hurt by the deportation machine, that is as I said before, separating families every day,' said Guillermo Cantor, a senior analyst at the Immigration Policy Center.
Cantor said there were other reasons why Congress should act.
'And one of them that sometimes gets overlooked is that it would result in enormous economic benefits for this country,' he said."
Published in the Experts Debate Economic Impact of US Immigration Reform
Margaret D. Stock is an attorney in Anchorage, Alaska; a Lieutenant Colonel in the Military Police Corps, U.S. Army Reserve; and an Associate Professor (Drilling Individual Mobilization Augmentee) in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York. She is a recipient of the 2013 MacArthur Genius Grant. The opinions expressed in this report are the author’s and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the U.S. Military Academy, the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or any other government agency.
The Obama Administration is clearly in sync on immigration this week, announcing initiatives that pave the way for immigration reform. In a Senate oversight hearing the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, testified about her plans to protect our borders and enforce our immigration laws in smarter and more effective ways. Meanwhile, President Obama unveiled a $27 billion plan for border and transportation security - part of the 2010 budget he plans to present to Congress - that will enable the Secretary to do just that.
The current immigration removal system—from arrest to hearing to deportation and beyond—does not reflect American values of due process and fundamental fairness. In fact, the immigration removal system lacks nearly all of the due process protections that come into play in the U.S. criminal justice system.
With this in mind, we've created this resource page to draw attention to issues surrounding due process in the immigration system, including reports on the problems and flaws of the current system, as well as possible fixes.