Melissa Cruz

Melissa Cruz is the Communications Associate at the American Immigration Council. She oversees media relations and content creation for ImmigrationImpact.com, the Council’s daily online publication. Previously, she worked as a political reporter for RealClearPolitics and Bustle, as well as a writer for the Human Rights Campaign. Melissa received her B.A. in English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Georgia State University.

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Business Leaders Rebuke the Government’s Family Separation and Imprisonment Policies

Written by on June 22, 2018 in Asylum, Border Enforcement, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Business Leaders Rebuke the Government’s Family Separation and Imprisonment Policies

Criticism continues to mount for the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy and practice of separating and imprisoning migrant families along the U.S.-Mexico border. While the administration clumsily shifts its narrative around the policy, business leaders took action against what Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi‏ called an “immoral” and “unfathomable” practice. Khosrowshahi, who is himself a refugee from […]

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Trump’s Signature Family Separation Policy and Migrant Kid Jails Meet Outrage

Trump’s Signature Family Separation Policy and Migrant Kid Jails Meet Outrage

The outcry against family separation has only just begun. The Trump administration’s cruel policy of separating migrant children from their parents when they cross the U.S.-Mexico border is drawing sharp criticism from many corners. In addition to protests held by everyday Americans, faith leaders, pediatricians, and high-profile figures such as former First Lady Laura Bush […]

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The Border Patrol Is Undercounting How Many People Perish While Crossing the Border

Written by on May 15, 2018 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
The Border Patrol Is Undercounting How Many People Perish While Crossing the Border

Migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border without authorization frequently make a life-threatening journey, crossing the desert often with limited supplies of food and water. The Border Patrol is tasked with keeping an accurate count of how many people succumb to these challenges and perish in the desert, as well as preventing these deaths as […]

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Yes, All Immigrants – Even Undocumented – Pay Billions in Taxes Each Year

Written by on April 16, 2018 in Economics, State by State, Tax Contributions with 0 Comments
Yes, All Immigrants – Even Undocumented – Pay Billions in Taxes Each Year

Immigrants—both documented and undocumented—contribute billions of dollars in taxes to the United States every year. Immigrants who are authorized to work in the United States file the same taxes as any U.S.-native including local, state, and federal taxes. Unauthorized immigrants pay taxes as well, often using the Individual Tax Identification Number and consequently are paying […]

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Fewer Foreign Doctors Could Spell Disaster for America’s Most Underserved Communities

Fewer Foreign Doctors Could Spell Disaster for America’s Most Underserved Communities

The United States has long been the country of choice for international physicians seeking a graduate medical education. But for the second year in a row, the number of foreign doctors who applied to graduate residency programs in the United States has declined. This has triggered concern that the Trump administration’s strict immigration policies are […]

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Fewer International Students Are Choosing to Study in the United States

Written by on March 13, 2018 in Economics, Tax Contributions with 0 Comments
Fewer International Students Are Choosing to Study in the United States

Fewer international students came to the United States in 2017 to continue their studies, leaving American universities less diverse and financially solvent. There is no doubt that international competition for the world’s most promising students is fierce. Canada and China are competing with the United States for global talent, yet the Trump administration’s stricter immigration […]

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The March 5 DACA Deadline Is Here—What Does It Mean for Dreamers?

The March 5 DACA Deadline Is Here—What Does It Mean for Dreamers?

When President Trump terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative last fall, he only allowed those whose DACA was due to expire before March 5 an opportunity to renew. March 5, 2018 then became the de facto deadline that the president and Congress said must be met to find a permanent solution for […]

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Immigrants Bring Home the Gold for the U.S. Olympics Team

Immigrants Bring Home the Gold for the U.S. Olympics Team

From their meme-worthy Opening Ceremony gloves to some stunning wins on the halfpipe, Team USA has started the 2018 Winter Olympics off with a bang. Early victories in the Pyeongchang, South Korea games would not be possible without this entire group of 242 talented Americans—including the multiple athletes that have benefited from the United States’ […]

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Immigrant Women and Girls Often Face Abuse, Homelessness After Arriving to the United States

Written by on February 5, 2018 in Abuses, Asylum, Detention, Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 1 Comment
Immigrant Women and Girls Often Face Abuse, Homelessness After Arriving to the United States

Immigrant women and girls face unique challenges in navigating the U.S. immigration system, their dire circumstances often exacerbated by the gender-based violence they encounter on the journey and upon their arrival to the United States. These struggles were captured in a new report from the Tahirih Justice Center, which surveyed a group of immigrant women, […]

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Businesses Want to Combat the “Trump Slump” and Get Tourists Traveling to America Again

Written by on January 29, 2018 in Business & the Workforce, Economics with 0 Comments
Businesses Want to Combat the “Trump Slump” and Get Tourists Traveling to America Again

The United States has always been a prime location for foreign tourists, historically maintaining its ranking as the world’s most visited country. But with more and more tourists opting to travel elsewhere within the last year, the United States’ tourism appeal is shrinking. This decline in tourism is largely thought to be the byproduct of […]

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