Beth Werlin

Beth Werlin is the Executive Director of the American Immigration Council. Beth most recently served as the Council’s Policy director and previously worked for over 13 years in the Council’s legal program and was involved in nearly every major legal issue the Council tackled over the last decade. She has worked to protect the rights of noncitizens and ensure that the immigration agencies are held accountable for violations of the law. She has represented plaintiffs and amicus curiae in immigration litigation in the federal courts and before the Board of Immigration Appeals and is the author of numerous practice advisories. Beth first joined the legal team in 2001 as a NAPIL fellow and before that was a judicial law clerk at the immigration court in Boston, Massachusetts. She earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School and her B.A. from Tufts University.

Talking Turkey on Immigration 2015

Talking Turkey on Immigration 2015

Today, I have the pleasure of following in the footsteps of Mary Giovagnoli, who, during her five years at the American Immigration Council, entertained and enlightened us with her annual blog about how to survive and thrive when the topic turns to immigration at the Thanksgiving Day table. With good humor, she reminded us that […]

Continue Reading

Understanding Where We’re at and What Comes Next in DACA/DAPA Case

Written by on November 10, 2015 in Executive Action with 1 Comment
Understanding Where We’re at and What Comes Next in DACA/DAPA Case

Last night, a divided panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the federal government’s appeal of the preliminary injunction that has halted implementation of President Obama’s 2014 deferred action initiatives. These initiatives—namely, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and an expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals […]

Continue Reading

Setting the Record Straight on the Leaked Government Memo on Work Authorization

Setting the Record Straight on the Leaked Government Memo on Work Authorization

Recently, a leaked memo related to the Department of Homeland Security’s ongoing deliberations about reforming the employment-based immigrant visa system was published online. An “investigative associate” with the restrictionist organization Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) wrote an op-ed in The Hill making grossly inaccurate statements about the contents of the leaked memo—indicating that it applied […]

Continue Reading

Will the Guidance on Extreme Hardship Waivers Allow More Individuals to Become Permanent Residents?

Will the Guidance on Extreme Hardship Waivers Allow More Individuals to Become Permanent Residents?

This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued draft guidance on what constitutes “extreme hardship” for purposes of an immigration waiver. The much anticipated guidance is a component of the Administration’s executive actions on immigration announced in November 2014. Many had hoped that the guidance, and its potential to make waivers available to more […]

Continue Reading

Refugee Security Process is Already Robust, Senate Hearing Shows

Written by on October 2, 2015 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Refugee Security Process is Already Robust, Senate Hearing Shows

The United States plays an important role in protecting thousands of the world’s most vulnerable people fleeing persecution in their home countries. At no point in U.S. history has this role been more crucial—the violence and devastation in Syria has led to the largest number of refugees since World War II. But at a hearing […]

Continue Reading

Bipartisan Policy Center Report Makes a Case for the EB-5 Program

Written by on September 21, 2015 in Business & the Workforce, Economics with 0 Comments
Bipartisan Policy Center Report Makes a Case for the EB-5 Program

Related Content: New American Investors Making a Difference in the Economy In a new report, the Bipartisan Policy Center weighed in on the current discussion surrounding the immigrant investor program, known as EB-5, making a case for why the program has provided positive benefits and could continue to do so in the future. The report, EB-5 […]

Continue Reading

What Will Congress Do on Immigration in September?

Written by on September 8, 2015 in Legislation with 0 Comments
What Will Congress Do on Immigration in September?

Today, Congress returned to work after its annual August recess. While September promises to be a busy month for the lawmakers, especially given that the Senate is in session for only twelve days and the House for ten, it is unlikely that immigration will be high on their “to do” list. Nonetheless, immigration will be […]

Continue Reading

ICE’s Transfer of Transgender Women to Remote Detention Facility Raises Grave Concerns

Written by on August 28, 2015 in Detention with 1 Comment
ICE’s Transfer of Transgender Women to Remote Detention Facility Raises Grave Concerns

Earlier this summer, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced new policies regarding transgender adult detainees in its custody—policies that were intended to provide a “respectful, safe and secure environment for all detainees.” While some of the announced policies were well-received, many advocates identified serious shortcomings, including the continued allowance of solitary confinement and insufficient details […]

Continue Reading

Appeals Court Denies Emergency Stay in Legal Challenge to Deferred Action

Written by on May 26, 2015 in Executive Action with 1 Comment
Appeals Court Denies Emergency Stay in Legal Challenge to Deferred Action

Today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the federal government’s request for an emergency stay of the preliminary injunction, which has temporarily stopped President Obama’s deferred action initiatives from being implemented. These initiatives, announced last November, could shield as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation. As a result of today’s order, the preliminary […]

Continue Reading

Mothers and Children Suffer In Immigration Detention While Administration Makes its Point

Written by on April 27, 2015 in Detention with 0 Comments
Mothers and Children Suffer In Immigration Detention While Administration Makes its Point

Estrella is a four-year-old girl who has been locked-up in U.S. detention centers for over eight months or one fifth of her life. She is chronically ill and has been hospitalized for acute bronchitis. She has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder with anxiety, and major depressive episode. Her mother, Melida, watches her […]

Continue Reading

Top