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The Fiscal Fallout of State Immigration Laws

Published on Thu, Jun 14, 2012

Time Magazine uses IPC numbers to explain why harsh state immigration laws are bad for the economy: Read more...

Published in the Time Magazine

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Advocacy groups weigh in on 287(g) phase out

Published on Thu, Oct 18, 2012

Senior policy analyst Michele Waslin was quoted in this article ICE's 287(g) program:

"Michele Waslin, a senior policy analyst with the American Immigration Council, said the task force piece of the 287(g) agreements pertains to police officers on the street.

Waslin said the council, a non-profit that aims to educate the public about immigration and promote sensible, humane immigration policies, has always “advocated for the end of the 287(g) program.”

Waslin said that Secure Communities would still identify criminal illegal immigrants, but would probably eliminate some of the issues some people have had about 287(g).

Waslin said that there are people who worry about police officers exceeding their authority and the potential for racial profiling, civil rights violations and discrimination under the program.

“That’s where the criticism has come from, the police stopping people and asking to see papers,” she said."

Published in the Inside NOVA

William R. (Bill) Yates

Bill Yates possesses over thirty-one years experience in immigration issues with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). He began his career as a special agent with the INS in Newark, New Jersey in 1974, and rose through the ranks to become the senior career official with USCIS.

His immigration career includes experience in a number of operations disciplines. He has performed adjudications, detention and removal, inspections, and investigations work for the INS and USCIS. He has supervisory and managerial experience in airport and seaport operations, district offices, regional offices, service centers and Headquarters. He has held a number of senior management positions including: Director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, Director of the Vermont Service Center, Director of the Eastern Region, Deputy Executive Associate Commissioner for Operations, Deputy Executive Associate Commissioner for Immigration Services, and his final position at the time of his retirement, Chief of Domestic Operations for USCIS.

Mr. Yates played key roles in many INS and USCIS initiatives over the years, including the direct mail adjudications program, the creation of the Immigration Services Division of the INS, and the creation of USCIS as a component of the Department of Homeland Security. More importantly, he strove to find reasonable solutions for frequently unreasonable problems, to treat customers and employees with dignity and respect, and to correct errors in policy and interpretation by the government, including his own, because people matter.Read more...

IPC State Fact Sheets Featured in Huffington Post

Published on Mon, Jul 22, 2013

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.'

Published in the Huffington Post

Richard T. Herman

Richard T. Herman is the founder of Richard T. Herman & Associates, an immigration and business law firm in Cleveland, Ohio which serves a global clientele in over 10 languages. He is the co‐founder of a chapter of TiE, a global network of entrepreneurs started in 1992 in Silicon Valley. He has appeared on National Public Radio, FOX News, and various affiliates of NBC, CBS, and ABC. He has also been quoted in such publications as USA Today, InformationWeek, PCWorld, ComputerWorld, CIO, Site Selection and National Lawyers Weekly.

AIC's Benjamin Johnson Featured in Fox News Latino

Published on Tue, Apr 01, 2014

Ben Johnson, the Executive Director of the American Immigration Council, was recently featured in 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.'"

Published in the Fox News Latino

Michael Tan, Esq.

Michael Tan, Esq. is a Skadden Fellow at the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project (IRP). Michael is a graduate of Harvard College and the Yale Law School, where he served as a legal intern in the Workers' and Immigrants' Rights Advocacy Clinic and a director of the Immigration Legal Services clinic of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (LSO), and was awarded the Stephen J. Massey prize for best exemplifying the values of LSO. He previously worked at the IRP as a Liman Public Interest Fellow. Michael recently completed a clerkship with the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He also holds a Masters' Degree in Comparative Literature from New York University.

Latino and Asian Clout in the Voting Booth

Released on Wed, Aug 12, 2009

Immediately after the Presidential election of 2008, it was quickly apparent through exit polling that Latino, Asian, and African-American voting had expanded dramatically compared to the 2004 election. Census Bureau data released late last month confirms the tremendous growth in voting among these groups. Today, the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) releases a fact check, Latino and Asian Clout in the Voting Booth, which shows how much the electoral power of racial and ethnic minorities increased in just four years.

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Judy Rickard

Judy Rickard, author of Torn Apart: United by Love, Divided by Law, Findhorn Press, 2011, has worked to promote civil rights since 1973 as a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activist. She has extensive experience working with politicians and educators in San Jose/Santa Clara County, California where she lives. Speaking engagements, a blog, and a website continue her advocacy for comprehensive immigration reform that will include the recognition of same-sex binational families in the United States. She is a pioneer in applying for a green card for her wife, UK national Karin Bogliolo, with The DOMA Project. She continues to volunteer for comprehensive immigration reform that includes same-sex binational families with Immigration Equality, Out4Immigration, Love Exiles Foundation, The DOMA Project. She speaks to groups, attends dialogue sessions and educates about the need to include same-sex binational families in CIR.