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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

IEC Comments on Proposed DS 7002

Read our comments on proposed versions of the DS 7002 form issued by the US Department of State...

July 05, 2012-- The International Exchange Center has responded to the second round of proposed revisions to form DS 7002. Read our full comments to the Department of State here.

February 28, 2012--
The International Exchange Center submitted comments for the proposed form DS-7002 to the Department of State. A full version of these comments is available here.

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

Sherrie A. Kossoudji, Ph.D

Sherrie A. Kossoudji, Ph.D is an associate professor in the School of Social Work and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan.


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

Translation Assistance 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 1 page of records was releasable in full, 7 pages were partially releasable, and 1 page was withheld in full 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 1-3:  Records appear to relate to complaint filed by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) regarding CBP enforcement action in a detention facility in Tacoma, WA against Korean speaker with limited English proficiency.

Page 4:  Record appears to relate to CBP enforcement action in Forks, WA.

Pages 5-7:  Records appear to relate to complaint by NWIRP regarding alleged wrongful stop and detention without probable cause.

Page 8:  Record appears to relate to complaint regarding CBP’s alleged use of coercive tactics.

AILF Lauds Senator Schumer for Beginning Immigration Reform Discussion

Released on Mon, Apr 27, 2009

The Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship will hold a hearing "Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009: Can We Do It and How?" to examine common sense solutions to the immigration system on Thursday, April 30. The following is a statement from Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Law Foundation in Washington, DC.

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Newsletter - September 12, 2013

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  • U.S. must confront challenges of attracting global innovation talent: A September 9 post summarizes a new report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) about the policy challenges related to attracting individuals from the global talent pool.

National Guard Border Troops Moving On

Released on Sun, Jun 29, 2008

June 2008 marks the two-year anniversary and the end of Operation Jump Start, a joint program by the Border Patrol and Department of Defense. Yet, the persistence of undocumented immigration indicates that Operation Jump Start is anything but a success. Instead, it has been a costly and ineffective approach to border control that was incorporated into a larger, self-defeating strategy of enforcement-without-reform.

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