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Quick Fact: Millions of students could be eligible for legal status under DREAM Act

There are an estimated 2.1 million undocumented children and young adults in the United States who might be eligible for legal status under the DREAM Act.

New American Heritage Dictionary Defines ‘Anchor Baby’ as Neutral

Published on Mon, Dec 05, 2011

The Houghton Mifflin publishing company recently released the fifth edition of the New American Heritage Dictionary with 10,000 new words—including the term “anchor baby.” The dictionary offers a matter-of-fact definition for a term many consider to be a racist and deliberate effort to dehumanize immigrant children.

Here’s how the dictionary’s new edition defines “anchor baby:”

“Anchor Baby, n. A child born to a noncitizen mother in a country that grants automatic citizenship to children born on its soil, especially such a child born to parents seeking to secure eventual citizenship for themselves and often other members of their family.”

Steve Kleinedler, the executive editor, was well aware “anchor baby” is used as a pejorative term. “The trick is to define them objectively without taking sides and just presenting what it is,” Kleinedler said in an interview on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

“Anchor baby is definitely a very charged, politically charged word,” Kleinedler said before going on to say the term “falls into a gray area where we felt it was better just to state what it was, and then people can filter their own life experiences through the word and judgments on it as they see fit.”

The New American Heritage Dictionary’s “anchor baby” definition is 41 words long but the first sentence in Wikipedia’s definition at just 29 words manages to provide a similar definition with a disclaimer that the word is indeed offensive. definition with more context:

“Anchor baby” is a pejorative term for a child born in the United States to immigrant parents, who, as an American citizen, supposedly can later facilitate immigration for relatives.” [29 words]Read more...

Published in the Colorlines

Trustees Emeriti

The Council expresses its deep gratitude to the following individuals who have served with distinction as past members of the American Immigration Council Board of Trustees and/or Board of Directors. We salute their leadership and continued commitment to building our foundation.

Peter Ashman (2006-2013)
Kelly McCown (2006-2012)
Jeff Joseph (2006 -2012)
Amy Novick (2006-2012)
Kristen Schlenger** (2001-2012)
James David Acoba (2000-2001)
Jonathan Avirom (1993-2001)
Roxana C. Bacon*** (2000-2005)
Lenni Beth Benson (2000-2004)
Daryl R. Buffenstein (1994-1997)
Jeanne A. Butterfield (2001-2008)
C. Lynn Calder (1997-2004)
Maria Isabel Casablanca (2004-2010)
Margaret A. Catillaz (1999-2001)
Anne Chandler (2006-2013)
Gerard M. Chapman (2001-2008)
Joseph E. Ching (1993-1996)
Steven A. Clark (1998-2001)
Robert Cohen (2004-2011)
Jules E. Coven
Linda A. Cristello (2000-2001)
Goldie C. Domingue (2000-2002)
Jenifer Eisen (1997-1999)
Phyllis Eisen (2000-2001)
Stephen K. Fischel (2005-2008)
Sarah Fortino-Brown (2004-2010)
Charles Foster (1993-2004)
Hope M. Frye (1992-1996)
Harry Gee, Jr. (1993-1995)
Jodi Goodwin (2004-2007)
Silvia Romo Graves (2001-2011)
Karen Grisez (2004-2011)
Matthew L. Hirsch (2006-2013)
Paul Hribernik (2000-2001)
Veronica M. Jeffers (2001-2002)
H. Ronald Klasko (1989-1990)
Charles H. Kuck (2007-2010)
Steven M. Ladik* (2000-2005)
MaryEllen Lannon (2008-2009)
Michelle L. Lazerow (2001-2007)
Ellen Ma Lee (1993-2004)
Michael Maggio (1993-2001)
Margaret H. McCormick* (1997-2004)
Cyrus D. Mehta** (1998-2005)
Nancy-Jo Merritt (1993-1995, 2008-2010)
Charles Miller (1995-1998)
Kathleen A. Moccio** (1998-2008)
Sheela Murthy (2002-2009)


Kan. plan roils debate in immigration guru's state

Published on Wed, Feb 01, 2012

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - An architect of state and local laws cracking down on illegal immigration is a leading Republican officeholder in Kansas, but business groups in his home state are asking legislators to move in the opposite direction by starting an unusual program designed to give illegal immigrants hard-to-fill jobs.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona, criticized the new Kansas proposal Tuesday as "amnesty" for people who've come to the U.S. illegally. A spokeswoman said Gov. Sam Brownback, a fellow Republican, isn't supporting the measure.

But Brownback's agriculture secretary has acknowledged having several conversations with federal homeland security officials about potential labor shortages. The coalition pushing the new program includes agriculture groups with memberships that traditionally lean toward the GOP, as well as the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, another stalwart supporter of conservative Republicans.

Utah has a guest worker program, but it isn't set to start until January 2013, and its enactment was part of a legislative package that included initiatives in line with Kobach's thinking on immigration. States with large populations of illegal immigrants- including California, Florida and Texas- don't have their own programs.

It would be "unprecedented" if Kansas implemented the program proposed by its business groups, said Wendy Sefsaf, spokeswoman for the Washington-based Immigration Policy Center. She said she is skeptical that the federal government would allow such a program, though she's sympathetic toward its goals.

"Maybe it's a good thing to have a counterbalance to Kris Kobach," she said.Read more...

Published in the Associated Press

2010 Annual Immigrant Acheivement Awards Washington, DC

Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director, American Immigration Council
Executive Director Ben Johnson introduces honorees
Cokie and Steven Roberts
Cokie Roberts and Steven Roberts kick off the evening
Creative Writing Contest Winner & Cokie Roberts
The national winner of "Celebrate America"  Creative Writing Contest receives her award from Cokie Roberts
Steven V. Roberts and Paul Zulkie
President of the Board of Trustees Paul Zulkie (R) and Steven V. Roberts

(L-R) Ben Johnson, Henry Cejudo, Julia Culbert, Cokie Roberts, Steveb Roberts

Facts? Or Factors

Published on Wed, Apr 25, 2012

I have a dear friend who disagrees with me about the immigration issue -- she's a fence-sitter mostly, not sure that the state should or should not be passing legislation restricting access of undocumented immigrants to public services.

"I've got to think and pray about it more, and I'm not sure I know enough about the issue," she told me this morning.

I applaud her candor, and her willingness to suspend judgment until she has all the facts.

Unfortunately, facts have very little to do with the issue. Read more...

Published in the Huffington Post

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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

Carmen Lomas Garza

Carmen Lomas Garza was born in Texas. At the age of thirteen she made a commitment to pursue a career in art. Her narrative works of art depict childhood memories of family and friends engaged in a wide range of activities seen in Mexican American communities.

Ms. Garza has a Bachelor of Science from Texas A & I University (currently Texas A&M University, Kingsville) where she studied art education and studio art. She also has a Master of Education from Antioch Graduate School - Juarez/Lincoln Center and a Master of Art from San Francisco State University where she concentrated on painting and printmaking.

Ms. Garza has had several major one-person exhibitions in the United States including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden/Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the Smith College Museum in Northampton, Massachusetts, and The Mexican Museum in San Francisco. In 1991 she had a one-person exhibition titled A Piece of My Heart/ Pedacito de mi Corazón at Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin, Texas that traveled to museums in El Paso, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, and Oakland, California. The San Jose Museum of Art organized a retrospective exhibition in 2001 that traveled to the San Antonio Museum of Art where is opened to record-breaking attendance. Ms. Garza’s artwork was the subject of an interactive exhibition for children organized by the Austin Children’s Museum in 2003 in Austin, Texas. The exhibition will travel for 5 years in the USA.Read 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