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Report: Biometric Data Being Collected with 'Little to No Standards, Oversight, or Transparency'

Published on Wed, May 23, 2012

A report released by the IPC was highlighted and summarized by Security Management: Read more...

Published in the Security Management

Attorney Resources

RESOURCES FOR ATTORNEYS

The American Immigration Council’s strong association with the immigration law community means the International Exchange Center is both sensitive to attorney-client relations and uniquely suited to assist attorneys at every step of the J-1 process. 

Please note that all applications are now filed electronically; we no longer use paper applications.
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Deportations Are Up, But Is Anyone Applauding?

Published on Thu, Sep 13, 2012

Ben Winograd, an American Immigration Council staff attorney, was quoted in a KPBS article in which he explains government deportation-speak:  Read more...

Published in the KPBS San Diego

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...

AIC Executive Director Ben Johnson Quoted in the Financial Times

Published on Tue, Jun 11, 2013

The Executive Director of the American Immigration Council, Ben Johnson, was quoted in a Financial Times article titled "US Senate to debate immigration."  Here's an excerpt:

"In a sign of how the GOP establishment is swinging behind the effort, Crossroads GPS, the well-funded and influential political group run by former Bush aide Karl Rove, has started running newspaper ads in favour of immigration reform.

"The group has taken full-page ads in Washington newspapers declaring that 'America deserves an immigration system that works', saying reform 'presents a historic opportunity to strengthen our nation’s security and prosperity for the future'.

"However, many immigration reform advocates are holding their breath.

'This issue has proven to be difficult – beyond difficult – and I think it’s going to be a fight to the death,' said Ben Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Council, adding that it was still 'susceptible to political winds'.

Published in the Financial Times

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.

IPC's Mary Giovagnoli in Chicago Sun-Times

Published on Fri, Nov 29, 2013

Mary Giovagnoli, the Director of the Immigration Policy Center, was quoted in a recent Chicago Sun-Times article titled, "Keeping Immigration Reform Alive."

"“We are going to see it in 2014, a carefully orchestrated dance toward reform,” said Mary Giovagnoli, director of the Washington, D.C.-based Immigration Policy Center. Politicians will have “breathing room after the primaries. We still have a chance at something decent.”

A path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants is a sticking point for Republicans, understandably since the party already has sent alienated Latino voters fleeing to the open arms of Democrats.

A New York Times article last week pointed out that for many, being able to drive and work legally in the U.S. is a bigger priority than citizenship. “What they really care about is a solution that allows them to overcome their greatest vulnerabilities,” Oscar A. Chacon, executive director of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, told the Times.

Yet, withholding citizenship wouldn’t stand the test of time. As Benito of ICIRR and Giovagnoli noted, such a move would create an official second-class form of residency that runs contrary to the principles of a proud, democratic country."

Published in the Chicago Sun-Times

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.

Legal Fellow Patrick Taurel Discusses Implementation of Immigration Action

Published on Mon, Feb 09, 2015

Patrick Taurel, Legal Fellow and the American Immigration Council, provides an in-depth look into the implementation of President Obama’s executive order on immigration and the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs.

Watch the C-Span segment below:

Published in the C-Span