Guillermo Cantor

Guillermo Cantor, Ph.D., is the Deputy Director of Research at the American Immigration Council. Guillermo leads the organization's research efforts and manages the research team. He also currently teaches sociology of migration and immigrant integration at Georgetown University. He has authored numerous publications on immigration policy and immigrant incorporation in the United States and Argentina. Prior to joining the Council, he held research and teaching positions at various organizations and academic institutions. Most recently, he served as an investigator on issues related to immigration at Argentina’s National Council for Scientific and Technical Research and as a professor at the National University of Rosario and the National University of Entre Ríos. Throughout his career, he has received multiple distinctions including a Fulbright Fellowship, the Urban Institute's Emerging Scholar Award, and the International Development Research Center's Research Award. Guillermo holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Lengthy Detention and Reprehensible Conditions in Border Patrol Facilities, New Evidence Shows

Written by on August 18, 2016 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Detention, Enforcement with 2 Comments
Lengthy Detention and Reprehensible Conditions in Border Patrol Facilities, New Evidence Shows

Each year, the Border Patrol—a division of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—holds hundreds of thousands of individuals in detention facilities near the U.S. southern border. These facilities are meant to hold individuals for a short time while they undergo initial processing and until a decision is made about the appropriate next step in their cases. […]

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DACA Still Has Room for Many Potentially Eligible Young Adults

Written by on August 12, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Executive Action with 0 Comments
DACA Still Has Room for Many Potentially Eligible Young Adults

Since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative was first implemented back in August 2012, it has positively changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young individuals in the United States. According to the most recent official statistics, as of March 2016, 820,000 individuals have applied for DACA, and 728,285 have received it. […]

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Deterrence Strategy Targeting Central American Asylum Seekers Comes at a High Human Cost

Deterrence Strategy Targeting Central American Asylum Seekers Comes at a High Human Cost

The Obama Administration has recently announced plans to double down on its strategy of rounding up and deporting Central American asylum seekers to some of the most dangerous countries in the world. This is part of the Administration’s deterrence strategy, which is specifically designed to curtail the flow of asylum-seeking women and children migrating from […]

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Customs and Border Protection Releases Independent Review of Its Complaints System

Written by on March 24, 2016 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 1 Comment
Customs and Border Protection Releases Independent Review of Its Complaints System

As part of its announced efforts to become more transparent and accountable, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) just released the results of a review of its processes for handling allegations of employee misconduct. The review, which was conducted by an independent consulting firm and completed four months ago, yielded 19 findings and 62 recommendations. […]

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DHS Office of Inspector General Launches Unannounced Inspections of Detention Centers

Written by on March 18, 2016 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
DHS Office of Inspector General Launches Unannounced Inspections of Detention Centers

For years, immigrant rights groups have documented deplorable conditions in immigration detention facilities. Yet, in spite of the growing evidence pointing to the prevalence of inhumane conditions of detention, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has shown very little initiative in trying to address this problem. This week, in an attempt to start remediating that, […]

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Who Would Benefit from DAPA?

Written by on March 4, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Demographics, Executive Action with 0 Comments
Who Would Benefit from DAPA?

Within the next few months, the Supreme Court will determine whether the President’s deferred action initiatives announced in November 2014—namely, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—constitute a lawful exercise of executive discretion. That decision will both directly and indirectly affect the lives […]

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How States Are Shaping the Opportunities for Those Who Are DACAmented

Written by on February 29, 2016 in Benefits & Relief, DACA/DAPA with 0 Comments
How States Are Shaping the Opportunities for Those Who Are DACAmented

Since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was first implemented back in August 2012, it has positively changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young individuals in the United States. According to the most recent official statistics, as of September 2015, almost 700,000 individuals received DACA. Today, the American Immigration Council released […]

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U.S. Children of Undocumented Immigrants Set up for Failure by Current Policies

Written by on January 14, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Demographics with 0 Comments
U.S. Children of Undocumented Immigrants Set up for Failure by Current Policies

U.S. children are clearly at a disadvantage if they have at least one undocumented parent. According to a report by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released yesterday, of the estimated 5.1 million U.S. children under age 18 currently living with at least one undocumented parent, 79 percent (4.1 million) are U.S. citizens. The population of […]

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Lengthy Detention and Deplorable Conditions the Norm in CBP Detention Centers

Written by on December 17, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Lengthy Detention and Deplorable Conditions the Norm in CBP Detention Centers

Each year, the Border Patrol—a division of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—holds hundreds of thousands of individuals in detention facilities near the U.S. southern border. These facilities are meant to hold individuals for a short time while they undergo initial processing and a decision is made about where they go next, taking into account […]

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The Untold Story of ICE’s Criminal Alien Program

Written by on November 2, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
The Untold Story of ICE’s Criminal Alien Program

In a report released, the American Immigration Council shines a light on the primary channel through which Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducts immigration enforcement in the interior of the United States: the Criminal Alien Program (CAP). The report offers a unique, detailed examination of the population removed through CAP at the height of ICE’s […]

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