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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U.S. Immigration Officials Frequently Use Coercive Tactics to Deport Mexican Migrants

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Abuses, Asylum, Border Enforcement, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
U.S. Immigration Officials Frequently Use Coercive Tactics to Deport Mexican Migrants

U.S. immigration officials have a long history of overstepping the boundaries of their legal authority and violating the constitutional and other legal rights of migrants at the Southwest border. Allegations of abuse throughout the apprehension, detention, and deportation process are not new; immigrant rights organizations and media outlets have reported on those violations for years. […]

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The DACA Affair: The Epitome of Injustice

The DACA Affair: The Epitome of Injustice

On January 13, 1898, the novelist Émile Zola penned a now famous open letter in the French newspaper L’Aurore, accusing the French government of anti-Semitism for falsely convicting military officer Alfred Dreyfus of espionage. The impassioned essay on what became known as the Dreyfus Affair galvanized many of the era’s prominent writers, artists and intellectuals […]

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Border Patrol Abuses Rarely Result in Any Serious Disciplinary Action

Written by on August 2, 2017 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Border Patrol Abuses Rarely Result in Any Serious Disciplinary Action

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the nation’s largest federal law-enforcement agency, has a long history of violating constitutional and other rights of both immigrants and U.S. citizens. For example, agents of the Border Patrol (a component agency of CBP) are known for regularly overstepping the boundaries of their authority by using excessive force, detaining […]

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How to Get the Immigration System in Line With Our Nation’s Values and Interests

How to Get the Immigration System in Line With Our Nation’s Values and Interests

Over the past two decades, much of the immigration policy debate has focused on issues related to immigration enforcement. In fact, many argue that “enforcement first”—the notion that we must adequately enforce the laws on the books before considering broader immigration reforms—has de facto become the nation’s singular immigration policy. This preoccupation with enforcement has […]

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The Ongoing Mishandling of Migrants’ Possessions by CBP and ICE

Written by on December 21, 2016 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
The Ongoing Mishandling of Migrants’ Possessions by CBP and ICE

Each year, tens of thousands of individuals are deported from the United States to Mexico without their personal belongings—including their identifications, money, and cell phones, among other possessions. Both U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have a serious and longstanding problem with handling the personal belongings of detained migrants […]

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New Study Shows the Multiple Forms of Skilled Immigrant Labor

Written by on November 28, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Economics, Low Wage with 0 Comments
New Study Shows the Multiple Forms of Skilled Immigrant Labor

It is well known that immigrants make enormous contributions to the U.S. economy as workers, consumers, taxpayers, and entrepreneurs. As part of the labor force, immigrants are employed in a wide range of industries but tend to be concentrated in some occupations at both ends of the occupational spectrum. At the “lower end” of the […]

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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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