Benjamin Johnson

Benjamin Johnson was named Director of the American Immigration Council in June 2007. Prior to that, he was Director of the Council's Immigration Policy Center since February 2003. Mr. Johnson has written extensively on immigration law and policy, and has appeared on National Public Radio, Fox News, BBC World News, and other television and radio programs. In 1994, Mr. Johnson co-founded and served as the Director of the Immigration Outreach Center in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1999, he joined the staff of the American Immigration Lawyers Association as Associate Director of Advocacy, where he worked with Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies on a wide variety of immigration-related issues. Prior to his work on immigration issues, he worked as a criminal and civil trial attorney in San Diego, California. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and studied international and comparative law at Kings College in London.

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New Report Sheds Little Light on Deportation Debate

New Report Sheds Little Light on Deportation Debate

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) sheds little light on the ongoing debate around who does and does not get deported from the United States. The report would have us believe that the federal government is knowingly letting tens of thousands of violent foreign-born criminals go free. It’s certainly a sensational [...]

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The RNC on Immigration Reform

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The RNC on Immigration Reform

The Republican National Committee took two steps forward last week when they passed a resolution calling on Congress to get immigration reform done by year’s end, but took one step back by suggesting Congress offer legal status, but no path to citizenship for the currently undocumented population. This was followed by statements from Rep. Bob [...]

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Skilled Immigrants Come Through All Immigration Channels

Skilled Immigrants Come Through All Immigration Channels

Note:  Today’s blog features the oral testimony of Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council before the House of Representatives, Committee of the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security today. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today and provide testimony on behalf [...]

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Can A Nation Have Too Many Smart People?

Written by on February 12, 2013 in Business, Economics, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Rhetoric, Visas with 1 Comment
Can A Nation Have Too Many Smart People?

A February 8 op-ed in the New York Times entitled “America’s Genius Glut” argues that America already has too many high-tech workers, and thus does not need more scientists and engineers from abroad.  It is a surprising claim that is at odds not only with the empirical evidence, but is out of touch with the [...]

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Report on Birthright Citizenship Low on Facts, High on Fantasy

Report on Birthright Citizenship Low on Facts, High on Fantasy

Sometimes it’s easy to miss the most outlandish and unrealistic statements made in the immigration debate given the level of dialed up rhetoric. A recent report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), however, appears to have been written to test just how far into the realm of fantasy the debate can be taken. In [...]

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Punitive Arizona Immigration Measure Makes Headlines (Again)!

Written by on April 14, 2010 in Immigration Law, Police, Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Punitive Arizona Immigration Measure Makes Headlines (Again)!

Arizona has made national headlines again.  It is not a moment of pride.  On Tuesday, the Arizona House of Representatives passed SB 1070, a bill that makes it a misdemeanor to fail to carry proper immigration documents and requires police to determine a person’s immigration status if they have “reasonable suspicion” that the person is [...]

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Our Immigration System Needs Solutions, Not Villains

Our Immigration System Needs Solutions, Not Villains

This week, American Apparel is slated to lay off 1,800 workers from its clothing factory in Los Angeles. The impending layoffs are the result of a federal investigation which turned up irregularities in the documents workers presented when first hired by the company. The investigation itself represents a new direction in Department of Homeland Security [...]

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Menendez-Kennedy Raids Bill Reintroduces Rule of Law to DHS

Menendez-Kennedy Raids Bill Reintroduces Rule of Law to DHS

Photo by Jenae ~ Imijfoto.com. Last week, Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Kennedy (D-MA) introduced a bill that promises to reintroduce the rule of law and the basic principles of fairness and humanity to the enforcement of our country’s immigration laws. The Protect Citizens and Residents from Unlawful Raids and Detention Act (S.3594) seeks to establish [...]

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