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 America,  A Beautiful Nation


Why is our nation American beautiful?  Because it is unique.  America is like a multicolored bird.  Eachi feather is an immigrant, giving our country beauty.  Without each and every feather, there would be no bird at all.  Without each color, the bird would be gray, dull, a miserable sparrow.


Why is our nation America beautiful?  It is complex.  America is like a field of floweres, each one unique.  Each flower is an immigrant, defining our country as diverse.  Without every flower, every person, America would be an old field of dry hay.


With immigrants, our beautiful nation strives and becomes something great.  It becomes a room with great, wide, open windows.  It allows us to see farther into what is honorable.


That is why America grows stronger.  With immigrants, it allows us to see how kind it is to keep an open door for everyone.  It gives our country a spark, that gives us a shine so bright, anyone anywhere can see us.


That is why America, our national is beautiful.


America needs the strong hearts brave enough to travel far into our distant land. My own great-grandfather was a refugee from Russia.  He, a Jew, escaped from possibly being killed.  His father worked as a bottle washer in America.  He got paid very little, with bad conditions, but he was determined.  We need that type of strong hearted people in America.


My ancestors also came from Ireland, a country which suffered many hardships.  My ancestors were always poor, and never could waste a single penny.  Their struggling left them with pure toughness.  We need people who are still willing even when things are going poorly.Read more...

Why the Supreme Court ruling on immigration is a clear rebuke to Arizona

Published on Tue, Jun 26, 2012

IPC's staff lawyer Ben Winograd published an Opinion Piece for the Christian Science Monitor about the Supreme Court decision regarding Arizona's immigration law: Read more...

Published in the The Christian Science Monitor

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Read AIC Board Member Matthew Hirsch's Op-Ed on the Case for Immigration Reform

Published on Sat, Dec 08, 2012

American Immigration Council Board Member Matthew Hirsch published a piece on the need for immigration reform in the Patriot News on the PennLive website.  Here's an excerpt:

"Since the election, renewed attention has been focused on the issue of immigration reform and, like boxers circling in the ring, opposing sides seem to be inching toward some kind of compromise. The Republican leadership recognizes that shifting demographics helped President Obama win re-election, and it does not want to be the party of 'No' on immigration.

Both parties also understand that Congress is seen by the public as a pit of petty partisanship, and they view immigration as an issue that has the potential for a bipartisan bill they all can claim as their own.

These are good reasons for compromise on immigration, but there are at least five other good reasons for supporting immigration reform, which includes legalization of the undocumented."

Published in the Patriot News

IEC Comments on Proposed DS 7002

Read our comments on proposed versions of the DS 7002 form issued by the US Department of State...

July 05, 2012-- The International Exchange Center has responded to the second round of proposed revisions to form DS 7002. Read our full comments to the Department of State here.


February 28, 2012--
The International Exchange Center submitted comments for the proposed form DS-7002 to the Department of State. A full version of these comments is available here.

Washington Post Highlights IPC Fact Sheet in Response to Rep. Steve King

Published on Wed, Jul 24, 2013

The Washington Post draws attention to a recently-updated IPC Fact Sheet, "From Anecdotes to Evidence: Setting the Record Straight on Immigrants and Crime" to refute Rep. Steve King's claims about DREAMers being criminals.

The post reads:

"King has absolutely no proof for this disgusting, prejudiced statement. (Then again, one wonders what constitutes proof for a congressman who thinks snow disproves global warming.) As the Immigration Policy Center points out, using data from the census, the Pew Hispanic Center and the FBI, crime rates have fallen in the United States as the immigrant population (legal and illegal) has increased."

Published in the Washington Post

Sherrie A. Kossoudji, Ph.D

Sherrie A. Kossoudji, Ph.D is an associate professor in the School of Social Work and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan.

 

IPC Special Report Cited by Al Jazeera America

Published on Thu, Feb 20, 2014

An IPC report titled "Bordering on Criminal: The Routine Abuse of Migrants in the Removal System" was recently cited by Al Jazeera America in an article titled "In El Paso, Residents Aren't Waiting for Congress to Fix Immigration".

The article higlights grassroots efforts to hold law enforcement accountable for abuse and mistreatment.

"A New Mexico woman recently filed a lawsuit after she experienced a six-hour search trying to cross legally from Ciudad Juarez into El Paso. The search, which included anal and vaginal probes, found no drugs.

Nationally, of those who come into contact with CBP, 11 percent report experiencing varying degrees of physical abuse and 23 percent say they received verbal abuse, according to a recent report by the Immigration Policy Center.

Far from being isolated incidents, the report’s authors argued, the mistreatment they recorded corresponds to a well-documented pattern of behavior. Of deportees interviewed for a 2011 report by the humanitarian border organization No More Deaths, 10 percent said U.S. authorities physically abused them. A separate report looking at Salvadorans deported between 1999 and 2000 found that 16 percent experienced physical abuse.Read more...

Published in the Al Jazeera America

Translation Assistance 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 1 page of records was releasable in full, 7 pages were partially releasable, and 1 page was withheld in full 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 1-3:  Records appear to relate to complaint filed by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) regarding CBP enforcement action in a detention facility in Tacoma, WA against Korean speaker with limited English proficiency.

Page 4:  Record appears to relate to CBP enforcement action in Forks, WA.

Pages 5-7:  Records appear to relate to complaint by NWIRP regarding alleged wrongful stop and detention without probable cause.

Page 8:  Record appears to relate to complaint regarding CBP’s alleged use of coercive tactics.

New Americans in the Centennial State

Released on Tue, Aug 04, 2009

The Immigration Policy Center has compiled research which shows that immigrants, Latinos, and Asians not only wield political power in Colorado, but are an integral part of the state's economy and tax base. As workers, taxpayers, consumers, and entrepreneurs, immigrants and their children are an economic powerhouse.

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