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The LAC engages in administrative advocacy and targeted litigation to protect the rights of noncitizens facing removal, encourage the favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion in appropriate cases, promote greater transparency regarding DHS enforcement practices, and ensure that immigration officers are held accountable for misconduct. We also provide practice advisories, mentoring and other support to attorneys representing immigrants arrested in enforcement actions and placed in removal proceedings.Read more...

Time to stop overgeneralizing about immigrants

Published on Wed, Jul 11, 2012

IPC's senior policy analyst Michele Waslin was quoted in a Washington Post article about the complexity of immigration law and the dangers of overgeneralizing:

"The confusion with the military aspect has been troubling these last couple of weeks because so many people get it wrong. It really shows the need for education on how immigration rules really work," said Michele Waslin, the senior policy analyst at the Washington, D.C.-based Immigration Policy Center. "Immigration law is really, really complex and people think you're either legal or you're not, even though there are lots of different types of statuses." Read more...

Published in the The Washington Post

Past 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 2014 Honorees:

American Heritage Awards

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

 

Immigrant Achievement AwardsRead more...

IPC Cited in White House Fact Sheet on the Economic Need for Immigration Reform

Published on Tue, Mar 19, 2013

A 2012 report by the IPC was recently cited in a White House fact sheet pointing out the economic need for comprehensive immigration reform: 

"According to the 2010 American Community Survey, immigrants earned a total of $1.1 trillion, and the Immigration Policy Center estimates that the purchasing power of Latinos and Asians, many of whom are immigrants, alone will reach $1.5 trillion and $775 billion, respectively, by 2015."

Published in the White House

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.

Ben Johnson Quoted in MSN News Article

Published on Tue, Aug 20, 2013

In a recent article discussing Senator Ted Cruz and his dual citizenship with Canada, AIC Executive Director Ben Johnson was quoted to verify whether or not dual citizenship would preclude Cruz from holding the Presidency.

"Ben Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Council, said he wasn't aware of whether there are rules prohibiting a sitting president from having dual citizenship.

"I would think the optics would be more challenging," he said."

Published in the MSN News

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.

IPC Data Cited in Latin Times

Published on Thu, Apr 24, 2014

The Latin Times recently cited the IPC report "Understanding Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Law" in an article titled "ICE Data Says Agency Rarely Uses ‘Prosecutorial Discretion’ To Close Cases Against Immigrants".

"The Immigration Policy Center notes that discretion can be used at any stage of an immigration case, from the apprehension phase – when it comes to stopping, questioning and arresting particular people, focusing resources on certain violations or conduct, or detaining people already in police custody or under supervision – to referring cases to courts to begin deportation proceedings.  In most of the country, it appears that authorities rarely practice such discretion after proceedings are already opened: between October 2012 and March 2014, the group reports, ICE intervened to close only 6.7 percent of cases they’d earlier referred to the courts.  The percentage varied widely by region; in Tucson and Seattle, it was around 30 percent."

Published in the Latin Times

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.

Obama Administration in Sync on Immigration Dollars and Sense

Released on Tue, May 05, 2009

The Obama Administration is clearly in sync on immigration this week, announcing initiatives that pave the way for immigration reform. In a Senate oversight hearing the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, testified about her plans to protect our borders and enforce our immigration laws in smarter and more effective ways. Meanwhile, President Obama unveiled a $27 billion plan for border and transportation security - part of the 2010 budget he plans to present to Congress - that will enable the Secretary to do just that.

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