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Executive Director
Benjamin E. Johnson

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 Liaison

Quick Fact: CBP and ICE Budgets

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) budget grew from $6 billion in FY 2004 to $11.4 billion in FY 2010, while ICE’s budget increased from $3.7 billion to $5.7 billion over the same period.

Stephen Colbert Mentions IPC Blog in "Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger"

Published on Mon, Dec 12, 2011

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.


Published in the Colbert Report


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    Fingerprints to go to feds to flag illegal immigrants

    Published on Tue, May 15, 2012

    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.

    Published in the New Hampshire Union Leader

    The LAC Docket | Volume I, Issue 3

    The Newsletter of the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center

    June 3, 2011
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    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...

    Immigrant Integration: How Foreign-Born Workers Compare To U.S. Citizens (INFOGRAPHIC)

    Published on Tue, Aug 28, 2012

    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...

    Published in the The Huffington Post

    Past Honorees


    Read our new bi-annual newsletter for and about our past and present honorees!


    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 2013 Honorees:

    American Heritage Awards

     joseantoniovargas   Nachito Herrera   T.Emmanuel
                                    Jose Antonio Vargas
     Staceyann Chin
     Anthony Sullivan and Richard Adams (posthumously)


    IPC Report Featured on Huffington Post

    Published on Thu, Jun 06, 2013

    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."

    Published in the Huffington Post

    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.