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Maria Blanco

Maria Blanco serves as the Executive Director for the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute at Berkeley Law, University of California. She served as executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. She brings more than 20 years of experience as a litigator and advocate for immigrant rights, women's rights and racial justice. Blanco is also the co‐chair of the California Coalition for Civil Rights, a group dedicated to building a progressive national agenda for civil and human rights.

AIC's Ben Johnson Featured in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Published on Wed, Oct 16, 2013

Ben Johnson, the Executive Director of the American Immigration Council, was recently published in the South Florida Sun Sentinel in an article titled, "Costs too High Not to Act on US Immigration Reform."  Johnson was making an argument based off of the recent IPC publication, "The Cost of Doing Nothing:  Dollars, Lives, and Opportunities Lost in the Wait for Immigration Reform."

Published in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Dowell Myers, Ph.D.

Dowell Myers, Ph.D. is Professor of Urban Planning and Demography in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development, and director of the Population Dynamics Research Group, at the University of Southern California. This report is drawn from his new book, Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America (Russell Sage Foundation, 2007).

 

AILF Mourns the Loss of Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Released on Tue, Aug 25, 2009

Today, America and the immigrant-rights community have lost one of their greatest champions. Senator Edward M. Kennedy's life-long commitment to civil rights extended from African Americans to the disabled to the millions of immigrants and refugees who come to our nation in search of a better life.

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Criminal Alien Program (CAP) FOIA Documents

Full Response from ICE

Cover letter dated Oct, 19, 2012 from Catrina M. Pavlik-Keenan, FOIA Officer, ICE to Michael Wishnie, Director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School. The letter states that ICE continues to take the position that the request is insufficiently defined and imposes an unreasonable burden on ICE.  Notwithstanding ICE’s position and the fact that the lawsuit is the subject of litigation, ICE is providing the results of a two-hour search of the ICE Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations for records responsive to the FOIA request.  The search, conducted in conjunction with the preparation of the Declaration of Jamison Matuszewski, produced 473 responsive pages of documents, of which 303 were released in full.  The responsive portions of the remaining pages were withheld pursuant to FOIA exemptions 5, 6, 7(C) and (E). 

Key Documents:

Pages 11-12:  ICE memo (9/29/06) re:  ICE’s transfer of program responsibility and staff (Immigration Enforcement Agents and Investigative Assistants) assigned to the Office of Investigations’ (OI) Institutional Removal Program (IRP) and Alien Criminal Apprehension Program (ACAP) to the Office of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) consolidated Criminal Alien Program (CAP).Read more...

Napolitano Confirmation Hearing Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

Released on Wed, Jan 14, 2009

Gov. Janet Napolitano's performance at today's confirmation hearing to serve as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary deserves an "A" for "know-how", but an "incomplete" for "how-to" reform DHS and our country's broken immigration system.

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Combined Federal Campaign

The American Immigration Council is happy to announce that we have received Combined Federal Campaign designation!

The Combined Federal Campaign is THE largest workplace giving program. During the solicitation period beginning October and lasting until December, US Government Federal workers are able to designate the Council to receive donations via their payroll. Cash and check donations are also accepted during this period.

 

If you are a federal worker, please support us through your payroll by designating the American Immigration Council, #30363.

 

Find your local CFC regional website to contribute today!

 

If you are a keyworker and you'd like our materials to display in your office or if you would like to have us speak at your charity event, contact Anh Ngo at ango@immcouncil.org.

 

 

 

Politics and Power: Immigration, Latino Voters, and the Texas Primary

Released on Wed, Feb 20, 2008

Texas is one of the three delegate-rich states remaining to vote in the presidential primaries. On March 4, all eyes will be on Texas—in part, to see the impact of the large Latino electorate in this important primary. Record-breaking turnout of Latino primary voters in states as disparate as California, Connecticut and Missouri portend an important role for Latinos voting in the upcoming Texas primary where they constitute 22.4 percent of the registered voters in Texas. Read on to learn more about the influence of Latinos and immigrants in the Lone Star state.

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U.S. Border Enforcement Prioritizes Non-Violent Migrants Over Dangerous Criminals

Data on Federal Court Prosecutions Reveal Non-Violent Immigration Prosecutions Up, Organized Crime, Drugs and Weapons Charges Down

Released on Thu, May 20, 2010

Washington D.C. - The Mexican President's visit to the United States allowed both he and President Obama to address the important issues of immigration, border control and crime. Both Presidents made the important point that we address and not conflate these serious issues. This approach stands in stark contrast to the drafters of Arizona law SB1070 and those members of Congress, including Senators Kyl and McCain, who continue to equate dangerous criminals and migrant workers. These legislators share either a misguided understanding of who is really perpetrating violence at the border or a willingness to do anything to win an election.

The horrific violence which currently afflicts our southern neighbor is a complex problem that requires a multi-faceted solution. This violence is driven by the flow of guns, drugs and money across the borders. Yesterday, the President reaffirmed his administration's commitment "to stem the southbound flow of American guns and money" and to develop "new approaches to reducing the demand for drugs in our country," pledging to keep up law-enforcement pressure on the criminal gangs that "traffic in drugs, guns, and people."  In practice, however, the Justice Department seems to have given in to the political rhetoric behind laws like SB1070.

Obama's pledge to focus on these serious criminal enterprises should mean that law enforcement resources are also focused there, rather than on rounding up non-criminal border crossers.  However, that's simply not the case according to recent reports that show Department of Justice prosecutions of drug and weapons violations are down while low level immigration violators are being prosecuted at record levels.Read more...

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