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IPC Director Quoted on Congressional Efforts to Return Unaccompanied Children

Published on Wed, Jul 30, 2014

Mary Giovagnoli, Director of the Immigration Policy Center at the American Immigration Council, was recently quoted in a Caller Times article about efforts by Congress to revise the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) in order to speed up the return process for unaccompanied children from Central America.

“I think the HUMANE Act is a little bit inaptly titled,” said Mary Giovagnoli, policy director at the American Immigration Council.

Giovagnoli said federal officials are likely telling children about the advantages of voluntary return and that if they don’t have any problems, they can just go home and won’t be detained.

“A lot of these Mexican kids are probably being voluntarily returned without having any full screening that they are required to get under law to see whether or not they are a trafficking victim,” Giovagnoli said.

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The LAC Docket | Volume III, Issue 3

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

June 25, 2013
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Journalists Who Revealed Sheriff Arpaio's Activities Win Pulitzer Prize

Released on Sun, Apr 19, 2009

Today, reporters Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin of the East Valley Tribune in Mesa, Arizona (Giblin is now with the Arizona Guardian) were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their local reporting on Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The award-winning series revealed the Sheriff's "focus on immigration enforcement and how it endangered investigation of violent crime and other aspects of public safety," says the Pulitzer website.

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Dead-Ends and Deportation for America's Youth

Released on Wed, Jun 18, 2008

As lawmakers keep trying to "deport their way out" of a dysfunctional immigration system that has fueled a growing undocumented population, they would do well to consider the approximately 1.8 million undocumented students in the United States, whose deportation would be traumatic not only for the students themselves, but for the American workforce as a whole.

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Immigration in Wyoming

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We have not created any Wyoming district profiles yet.  For Congressional districts in other states, visit our District-by-District page.

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We do not have any Wyoming-specific fact sheets or reports yet, but you can find more information on State Immigration Legislation here.Read more...

2010 Immigrant Achievement Awards!

Released on Tue, Feb 23, 2010

The American Immigration Council invites you to join us as we honor

African Americans, Civil Rights and Immigration: A Legacy of Inspiration and Leadership

at our 15th Annual Washington, DC Immigrant Achievement Awards

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Your Council Ambassador: Jennifer M. Rotman

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Immigrant Law Group PC
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About Jennifer:
Jennifer Rotman is a partner with Immigrant Law Group PC and a 2014 Super Lawyer. She graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2001 and clerked for the Honorable Jose A. Fuste in the United States District Court in Puerto Rico from 2001 to 2003.

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Introduced in the Senate

Menendez-Leahy Bill Another Step Forward

Released on Thu, Sep 30, 2010

Washington D.C. - On Wednesday, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced S.B. 3932, The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010. The bill takes a broad approach to solving the wide range of problems that plague our broken immigration system. It offers proposals on border, interior, and worksite enforcement, on legalization, and on future flows of immigration. Now the Senate and House both have a vehicle (Congressman Luis Gutierrez previously introduced a CIR bill in the House last December) for generating a serious discussion on immigration reform in the coming weeks. These bills are a direct response to the overwhelming public demand for solutions to our broken immigration system. Both political parties have acknowledged that this broken system is no longer sustainable, and is disrupting America's businesses, families, and long-term economic recovery.

"It is hard to turn ideas into legislation and legislation into good law, but Senators Menendez and Leahy have injected new life into the immigration reform debate," said Mary Giovagnoli, Director of the Immigration Policy Center. "At a time when every social issue we care about bumps up against immigration - healthcare, national security, and the economy - this bill is a step in the right direction. However, attention now turns to the rest of the Senate and House - where there are serious comprehensive proposals which lawmakers can react to and build upon - and the question remains; will they embrace this challenge or kick it down the road once again?"

The Immigration Policy Center has prepared a summary of the The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 which can be accessed at:Read more...

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Filling the Leadership Void: What is President Obama’s Vision on Immigration?

Released on Mon, Apr 11, 2011

Washington D.C. - More than two years into the Obama Administration, it is still unclear whether President Obama’s immigration agenda will ultimately be remembered as an enforcement-driven enterprise, or one that uses the full force of executive branch authority to improve our badly broken system. On the one hand, the President continues to voice support for comprehensive immigration reform that would create a new immigration system that is more fair, just, and practical than the unworkable system now in place. On the other hand, the Administration repeatedly trumpets the fact that it is deporting more people with greater efficiency than its predecessors. When confronted by this apparent contradiction, Administration officials claim that, in the absence of Congressional action, their hands are tied and they must simply enforce the dysfunctional laws that are now on the books. This response ignores the important and completely legitimate role that the Executive branch of government has always played in interpreting and implementing existing laws.

It is time for the Administration to more clearly define a vision for what its legacy on immigration will be, then take action to ensure that vision is reflected in its interpretation and implementation of immigration law. Without bold and decisive action, President Obama’s legacy on immigration will come to be defined by a do-nothing Congress with a chronic inability to pass legislative reform.Read more...

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