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Each year, the American Immigration Council honors American immigrants and their achievements. Our distinguished honorees have come from politics, music, television, sports, education and many other professional fields. Click on each name to learn more about each honoree.

We congratulate our 2014 Honorees:

American Heritage Awards

 joseantoniovargas   Nachito Herrera   T.Emmanuel
   Carlos Arredondo
 Rais Bhuiyan
 Mary Mazzio

 

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The IPC Cited in the Guardian

Published on Wed, Apr 17, 2013

The IPC was cited in an article discussing Florida Senator Marco Rubio's attempts to promote the new Senate "Group of Eight" immigration bill.  Here's an except:

"'Right now nobody benefits from the status quo,' Rubio told Univision's Jorge Ramos in an interview in Spanish. 'The only people who benefit right now are the criminals abusing the people who cross [the border] and the employers who abuse their workers by paying their workers less.'

Rubio is right but he has to make a stronger case. He should explain that immigrants are not a drain but a net benefit for the United States, if there is a pathway to green cards and citizenship for the 11 million undocumented living in the United States.

What Rubio didn't detail is how the undocumented contribute to the economy by paying taxes. If they are given legal residency and citizenship, they will be able to contribute more over time. According to the Immigration Policy Center, households headed by undocumented immigrants paid a combined $11.2bn in state and local taxes in 2010."

Published in the Guardian

Jeanne Batalova, Ph.D.

Jeanne Batalova, Ph.D. is a Policy Analyst at MPI and Manager of the MPI Data Hub, an online resource that provides instant access to the latest facts, stats, and maps covering US and global data on immigration and immigrant integration. Her areas of expertise include the impacts of immigrants on society and labor markets; the integration of immigrant children and elderly immigrants; and the policies and practices regulating immigration of highly skilled workers and foreign students. She earned her PhD in sociology, with a specialization in demography, from the University of California-Irvine; an MBA from Roosevelt University; and bachelor of the arts in economics from the Academy of Economic Studies, Chisinau, Moldova.

IPC Senior Fellow Rob Paral Published in Houston Chronicle

Published on Wed, Sep 11, 2013

Rob Paral, a Senior Fellow at the Immigration Policy Center and the author of our recently published Special Report, "Stepping Up:  The Impact of the Newest Immigrant, Asian, and Latino Voters," made the case in the Houston Chronicle that the long-term demographic shift in many Republican and Democratic districts makes immigration reform even more of an urgent priority:

"A new analysis of immigration trends and demographic composition of U.S. House districts shows that many Republican congressional districts have emerging electorates that care deeply about immigration reform.

"Many Republican representatives will see their constituency profiles evolve in the coming years. Asian and Latino youth and newly naturalized U.S. citizens will make up 34 percent of newly eligible voters in 55 Republican-held congressional districts."

Published in the Houston Chronicle

Walter Leutz, Ph.D.

Walter Leutz, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Schneider Institute for Health Policy at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management. He is Director of the Social HMO Consortium, a university-provider cooperative that has developed, expanded, and researched a managed care model for integrating acute and long-term care services for Medicare beneficiaries. His most recent book, Linking Medical Care and Community Services, was published by Springer in 2003. In the 2003-4 academic year he has been on sabbatical studying the new national long-term care insurance programs in Germany and Japan.

LAC's Deputy Legal Director Beth Werlin Discusses Lawsuit on Behalf of Children Facing Deportation

Published on Fri, Jul 11, 2014

Beth Werlin, Deputy Legal Director for the American Immigration Council, discusses the recent nationwide class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of children who are challenging the federal government's failure to provide them with legal representation as it carries out deportation hearings against them with EbruNews.

Watch the clip below.


Published in the EbruNews

911 FOIA: Response from OIG

Full Response from DHS Office of Inspector General

Cover letter dated August 16, 2012 from Katherine Gallo, Assistant Counsel to the Inspector General, to Melissa Crow, American Immigration Council, indicating that 2  pages of records were partially releasable under 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(6), (b)(7)(A), and (b)(7)(C).  An attachment to the letter indicates that the record withheld is a complaint intake document on an open law enforcement investigation.

Pages 1-2:  Partially redacted spreadsheet that appears to list civil rights/civil liberties complaints filed in 2009 and 2010.  Allegations include use of unnecessary force and  firearms discharge.

DREAM Act Introduction Shows Political Muscle for Immigration Reform

Released on Thu, Mar 26, 2009

With yesterday's bipartisan introduction of the DREAM Act, the House and Senate delivered yet another signal that the political tide for immigration reform is getting stronger. The bill seeks to remedy the predicament of a specific group of undocumented children who are blocked from realizing their full potential. By providing a path to U.S. citizenship, the DREAM Act would allow these children to pursue a higher education and contribute fully to our economy.

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The SSA No-Match Program - Inefficient, Ineffective, and Costly

Released on Wed, May 07, 2008

Today the Immigration Policy Center unveils a new report entitled The Social Security Administration No-Match Program: Inefficient, Ineffective, and Costly. Co-authored by Marielena Hincapié and Tyler Moran of the National Immigration Law Center and Michele Waslin of IPC, this new paper provides the most comprehensive analysis of the no-match program and the Administration’s new proposed regulations to use the program as an immigration enforcement mechanism.

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