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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."
Ana Sol Gutiérrez was born Ana Emma Sol Perez in Santa Ana, El Salvador. She was five years old when she first came to the United States when her father, Jorge Sol Castellanos, was named a founding director of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. After living in El Salvador, she returned to Maryland to continue her education, graduating high school from Montgomery County Public Schools, and later received a BS in Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University. She also studied abroad at L’Universite de Geneve in Switzerland, where she met and married a Bolivian student, Fernando Gutiérrez. After returning to the U.S. and starting a family, she continued her studies, which led to a MS from American University in Scientific and Technical Information Systems and post-graduate studies in Engineering at the George Washington University.
With over thirty years in the public and private corporate sector, Ms. Sol Gutiérrez has experience working as a systems engineer, and experience with strategic planning, program management and computer engineering. As President and CEO of Sol Quality Systems, Inc., she started a small business providing management and engineering services. Recently, she retired as a senior executive with Computer Sciences Corporation, as Director of Strategic IT Consulting and Quality Management.
Ms. Sol Gutiérrez received a political appointment from President Clinton to the U.S. Department of Transportation, as the Deputy Administrator of the Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA). She directed the agency’s safety, regulatory, and research and development programs, with oversight of major national transportation safety programs including Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety, Pipeline Safety, and Emergency Response.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.'
Terry Goddard, Esq. completed his second and final term as Arizona’s Attorney General in January 2011 and has reentered the private practice of law. A native of Tucson, Arizona and graduate of Harvard College, he was first elected Arizona Attorney General in 2002. Mr. Goddard is currently teaching at Columbia Law School in the Attorney General Project and a graduate course entitled "The Art of Public Decision Making" at Arizona State University School of Public Affairs. He has been selected a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School and is a Senior Fellow at the American Immigration Council. Terry lives in Phoenix with his wife Monica and teenage son.
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
Dan Siciliano, Esq. is a Research Fellow at the Immigration Policy Center and the Executive Director at the Program in Law, Economics, and Business at Stanford Law School. This Perspective was written testimony prepared for the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
The Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship will hold a hearing "Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009: Can We Do It and How?" to examine common sense solutions to the immigration system on Thursday, April 30. The following is a statement from Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Law Foundation in Washington, DC.