Director, Immigration Policy Center Mary Giovagnoli
Director, Legal Action Center Melissa Crow
Director, International Exchange Center Lois C. Magee
Director, Finance & Operations Wilma Linares
Director, Communications Wendy Feliz
Director, Fundraising & Development Megan Hess
Legal Action Center Melissa Crow, Director Emily Creighton, Staff Attorney Leslie, Dellon, Business Litigation Fellow Seth Garfinkel, Legal Assistant Mary Kenney, Senior Staff Attorney Kristin Macleod-Ball, Fellow Catalina Restrepo, Legal Assistant/Paralegal Patrick Taurel, DACA Legal Services Fellow Beth Werlin, Deputy Director
Immigration Policy Center Mary Giovagnoli, Director Walter Ewing, Senior Researcher Guillermo Cantor, Senior Policy Analyst Paul McDaniel, Immigrant Entrepreneur and Innovation Fellow Matthew Kolodziej, Legislative Fellow Mark Noferi, Enforcement Fellow Amy Grenier, Administrative & Research Assistant
International Exchange Center Lois Magee, Director Jai Misra, Program Specialist Tammie Harrison, Program Specialist Moksheda Thapa, Program Specialist
Community Education Center Claire Tesh, Community Education Center Manager
Fundraising and Development Megan Hess, Director Anh Ngo, Development Associate and AILA Chapter LiaisonRead more...
Last night, Stephen Colbert gave a shout out to the Immigration Policy Center's blog in a segment called "Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger." Steven Colbert gave a shout out (video below), in his own unique way, to the IPC for lifting up the problems with the original definition of “anchor baby” released in the latest edition of the American Heritage dictionary.
New Hampshire quietly fell under the realm of Secure Communities last week, the federal program looking for potential immigration violations that checks the fingerprints of anyone who has been arrested.
According to the website of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Secure Communities was activated throughout New Hampshire on May 8. On Tuesday, the program went into effect in Massachusetts and New York, where some political leaders have said it is not needed and unwanted. Read more...
Obama Administration urged to exercise prosecutorial discretion in compelling cases
Frustrated by Congress’ failure to enact comprehensive reform, immigration advocates have increasingly advocated for a robust prosecutorial discretion policy that encourages immigration officers to grant relief from deportation in compelling cases. In a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano in early April, the American Immigration Council and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) asked the Department of Homeland Security to offer written guidance setting forth detailed criteria on the favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. A subsequent legal memorandum released by the Immigration Council and co-signed by two general counsels of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service outlined specific steps the Administration could take to forestall removals in sympathetic cases. Read more...
An article in the Huffington Post yesterday cited IPC statistics in an article about immigrant integration. Check out the interesting graphic by the National Immigrant Integration Conference at the bottom of the article: Read more...
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An article in the Huffington Post highlighted a recent special report done by Cecilia Menjivar and Olivia Salcido in cooperation with the Immigration Policy Center. The report, titled "Gendered Paths to Legal Status: The Case of Latin American Immigrants in Phoenix, Arizona," focused on inequalities within U.S. immigration law over how men and women are treated. The article said:
"Gender inequalities seep through immigration law in the United States, making women go through a different experience than men when attempting to gain a legal status in the U.S., a new study reveals.
"'Immigration law, which on its face appears gender neutral, actually contains gender biases that create barriers for many women trying to gain legalization within the current immigration system,' stated the authors of a study released last week by the Immigration Policy Center."
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.