Guillermo Cantor

Guillermo Cantor, Ph.D., is the Research Director at the American Immigration Council. Guillermo leads the organizations’ 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 integration 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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White House’s Misguided Immigration Reform Plan Is Set for Failure

White House’s Misguided Immigration Reform Plan Is Set for Failure

President Trump announced his new plan for overhauling the legal immigration system on Thursday. The plan is short on details, but it rests on principles that the Trump administration has touted before. Specifically, the proposal emphasizes the desire to radically curtail family-based immigration while prioritizing certain attributes that are viewed as an expression of “merit.” […]

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Why the White House’s Measures to Curb Visa Overstays Are Inadequate

Written by on April 25, 2019 in How the Immigration System Works with 0 Comments
Why the White House’s Measures to Curb Visa Overstays Are Inadequate

The White House issued a memo on Monday directing the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security to provide recommendations to reduce visa overstays. The recommendations, which are expected within 120 days, may include suspending or limiting entry of nationals of countries with high nonimmigrant visa overstay rates. Why is the administration pursuing these changes now? […]

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Why It’s Critical to Take a Closer Look at Foreign-Worker Petitions Data

Why It’s Critical to Take a Closer Look at Foreign-Worker Petitions Data

American businesses rely on foreign-born workers in many industries and the country’s immigration system has channels specifically dedicated to employment-based immigration. The Trump administration, however, has deliberately restricted and slowed the pace of these legal immigration channels. This is reflected in an abrupt jump in immigration application denial rates, increased scrutiny of nonimmigrant and immigrant […]

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What Are the Risks of Adding a Citizenship Question to the Decennial Census?

Written by on March 28, 2018 in Demographics, Immigration 101, Reform with 0 Comments
What Are the Risks of Adding a Citizenship Question to the Decennial Census?

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Monday night that a question on citizenship status will be added to the 2020 decennial census questionnaire. This decision, which was adopted in response to a request from the Department of Justice, has raised deep concern within both the immigrant rights and academic research communities. Having an accurate count […]

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Trump’s Derogatory Comments Revive Racist Legacy in Immigration Policy

Written by on January 12, 2018 in History of Immigration, Immigration 101 with 1 Comment
Trump’s Derogatory Comments Revive Racist Legacy in Immigration Policy

Media outlets around the globe reported on President Trump’s disparaging comments regarding nationals of certain countries. According to the Washington Post, during a discussion with lawmakers in the White House regarding protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries on Thursday, the president asked “Why are we having all these people from shithole […]

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‘Sanctuary’ Policies Do Not Foster Crime, Research Shows

‘Sanctuary’ Policies Do Not Foster Crime, Research Shows

During its first ten months in office, the Trump administration has made aggressive immigration enforcement a priority. One of the areas in which this approach was crystalized was around so-called sanctuary jurisdictions—communities across the country that have adopted ordinances that explicitly curtail cooperation with the federal government regarding immigration enforcement. The Trump administration has been […]

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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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