On March 14, Tania Chairez and Jessica Hyejin Lee walked into the Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in downtown Philadelphia and handed over letters demanding the release of Miguel Orellana, an undocumented immigrant who has been detained for eight months at a Pennsylvania detention center. Both Chairez, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, and Lee, a 20-year-old junior at Bryn Mawr College, were undocumented immigrants themselves, having been brought to the U.S. by their parents at ages 5 and 12, respectively. After making their demand, they exited the building, sat down in the middle of the street, and began shouting “Undocumented! Unafraid!” They were arrested after refusing to move, putting themselves at risk of deportation in the process.
With Washington unlikely to take up immigration reform any time soon, some immigrants, like activists in the Occupy and LGBT movements, are turning to more confrontational tactics. Young undocumented immigrants across the country have come out as “undocumented and unafraid” in the most conspicuous of places: in front of the Alabama Capitol; in Maricopa County, Ariz., home of Sheriff Joe Arpaio; in front of federal immigration courts; and even inside ICE offices, processing centers, and detention centers. While they sometimes have specific causes, such as Orellana’s release, they also had a larger demand: that the civil and human rights of all undocumented immigrants be recognized and respected.Read more...
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 in 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.
What We Do
The IPC researches important issues related to immigration (such as the impact of immigration on the economy, jobs and crime). Our work is geared toward providing a solid, fact-based foundation for the immigration debate.
Bridging the Gap
The IPC's work helps to bridge the gap between advocates and academics, policy experts and politicians. Through forums, briefings and special publications, we bring diverse groups together to help shape the immigration debate.
Getting the Facts
All too often, the debate about immigration is dominated by fear and misinformation. IPC works to make sure that fact is separated from fiction. To do this, we monitor and rapidly respond to statements made by anti-immigration groups, providing lawmakers, the media and the general public with accurate, up-to-date information.Read more...
The Council Invites You to Enter the 2013 “Change in Motion” Multimedia Contest
The American Immigration Council is pleased to announce a call for submissions to the 2013 “Change in Motion” Multimedia Contest. The competition challenges today’s young adults to explore the role that immigration plays in their lives and communities through video and other multimedia projects. Projects should focus on celebrating America as a nation of immigrants as well as the immigration's impact on our everyday lives.Read more...
Carlos Alvarez is the President and CEO of The Gambrinus Company. Gambrinus is the importer of Moosehead Lager from Canada and Grupo Modelo brewers of Corona beer. Gambrinus owns a number of breweries including BridgePort in Portland, Oregon, Spoetzl in Shiner, Texas, the Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley, California and the Pete’s Wicked brand family.
In 1986 Mr. Alvarez left Mexico, moved to the United States and founded the Gambrinus Company.
In 1989 he acquired the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas when the brewery was in difficult conditions and was in danger of disappearing. Today, its highly successful Shiner portfolio of beers places the brewery as one of the top specialty brewers in the U.S.
In 1995, Alvarez expanded further into craft brewing and acquired BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery of Portland. Its flagship, BridgePort India Pale Ale, has been its growth engine, having been awarded top honors at numerous international competitions. Through a unique entrepreneurial partnership with Josef Sigl of Trumer Brauerei in Salzburg Austria, brewers of Trumer Pils, Alvarez started Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley, California in late 2004. Combining the heritage and tradition of Austria with the American passion for craft brewing, Trumer Pils is now expanding its sales in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
The Gambrinus Company, named for the mythical Flemish king who is renowned for his love of beer, has earned a reputation as a brand builder. Today it is the largest independent beer company in the United States and consistently has been the fastest growing in that category.Read more...
A recent article in the Huffington Post, "Greeley Immigration Reform Rally Focuses On U.S. House Of Representatives, Rep. Cory Gardner," mentioned one of the recent IPC State-by-State Fact Sheets.
"...More than two dozen people showed up for the event and held signs in support of immigration reform.
'The Immigration Policy Center estimates that Colorado will lose an estimated $8 billion in economic activity if all unauthorized immigrants were to be deported,' Young said. 'When people work for less than the going wages, it undercuts employment and saps the paychecks of every hard working family.'
Dr. Alexandra Filindra, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Political Science at William Paterson University and a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University. Her field of interest is American public policy, immigration policy, race and ethnicity. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and spent two years as a post‐doctoral fellow at the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Educational Review, the Urban Affairs Review, International Migration, and other leading journals. Dr. Filindra will join the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago in September as Assistant Professor of Political Science.
Ben Johnson, the Executive Director of the American Immigration Council, was recently featuredin a Fox News Latino article titled "Think Tank Says DHS Releases Criminal Immigrants, But Critics Counter Numbers Are Skewed".
Johnson highlighted the misleading methodology used in a recent publication from the Center for Immigration Studies that stated 68,000 undocumented immigrants with criminal records were released from detention instead of being deported.
"Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council, said that the people released were not all actually 'set free.'
'Being released from ICE custody often means being issued a notice to appear in court, released with an ankle bracelet or released under an order of supervision,' he said. 'These details were conveniently left out of the CIS analysis.'
Also, Johnson said, 'the 195,000 [of people charged] is completely misleading. Sadly, it isn’t necessary to be 'charged' by ICE in order to be removed from the country.'
He further explained: 'For instance, this 'charged' number does not include the 160,000 people who were removed based on the reinstatement of a prior removal or the 23,000 that were voluntarily returned to their country of birth,” he said.
'And, the number likely does not include the additional 101,000 that were removed from the U.S. based on an expedited removal order, where they were summarily removed without ever having a chance to take their case before a judge or receive any meaningful due process.'"