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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.

Ben Johnson Featured in the State Journal Register

Published on Sun, Oct 27, 2013

The AIC's Executive Director, Ben Johnson, was recently featured in an op-ed piece in the Illinois newspaper, the State Journal-Register.  The piece focused on what the cost of congressional inaction on immigration reform would be for the state of Illinois.  It was based off of a recent fact sheet released by the IPC titled, "The Cost of Doing Nothing:  Dollars, Lives, and Opportunities Lost in the Wait for Immigration Reform."

In the piece, Johnson writes:

"Immigrants make up 14 percent of Illinois’ population, and 20.3 percent of all business owners in Illinois are foreign-born. The state has everything to gain from a smoothly functioning immigration system and much to lose from a system that is not in tune with current economic and social realities.

"Yet, two-and-a-half months after the Senate passed immigration reform legislation (S. 744), the House of Representatives continues to dawdle. Other than giving speeches and mulling over a few backward-looking, enforcement-only bills, the House has done nothing to revamp the broken U.S. immigration system or put forward any vision of what to do with the 11 million unauthorized immigrants now living in the United States — 525,000 of whom call Illinois home."

Published in the State Journal-Register

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).

 

New Americans in the Peach and Volunteer States

Released on Tue, Sep 01, 2009

The Immigration Policy Center has compiled research which shows that immigrants, Latinos, and Asians are an integral part of Georgia's and Tennessee's economies and tax bases and are a growing share of voters in each state. As workers, taxpayers, consumers, and entrepreneurs, immigrants and their children are an economic powerhouse.

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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...

Questions and Answers for the Confirmation Hearing of Janet Napolitano

Released on Tue, Jan 13, 2009

The confirmation hearing of Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides an important opportunity to hear the Governor's views on the wide range of immigration challenges facing the nation and her vision for how DHS will address them. The following statement by IPC Director Angela Kelley outlines questions we hope to hear addressed at the hearing.

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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.

 

 

 

Fast Facts on Immigration in the "Super Tuesday" States

Released on Tue, Jan 29, 2008

The impact of Latinos and immigrants in the voting booths and on state coffers will get increased attention as "Super Tuesday" approaches. Poll after poll shows that a candidate’s stand on immigration and the tone of the immigration debate are important to Latinos.

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Second Grader Speaks to First Lady on behalf of 5.5 Million Children in the U.S.

Released on Thu, May 20, 2010

Washington D.C. - In the midst of a loud, long and contentious battle over immigration, a soft voice emerged yesterday which spoke volumes about our nation's broken immigration system - and the fear and havoc it creates in the lives of million of young people in America. "My mom... she says that Barack Obama is taking everybody away that doesn't have papers," whispered a second grade girl in Silver Spring, Maryland, to Michele Obama during her visit to that school yesterday. Her honesty was powerful testimony on behalf of 5.5 million children (75% of which are U.S. Citizens) in America, who have at least one parent without proper immigration status. 


For several years a range of academics have documented the powerful effect this uncertain future is having on the lives of children in America. The Immigration Policy Center has produced fact sheets and provides links which highlight these various studies.Read more...

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