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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America’s Asylum System Must Ensure the Protection of LGBTQ People

America’s Asylum System Must Ensure the Protection of LGBTQ People

A group of drag queens—clad in feathered boas and wigs—gathered at a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas last week to protest construction of President Trump’s border wall. Lip-syncing to the tunes of Lady Gaga, they hoped to raise money in support of LGBTQ asylum seekers. Though the performance was meant to be lighthearted, […]

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Border Towns Are Among the Safest in the United States

Written by on February 12, 2019 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
Border Towns Are Among the Safest in the United States

On Monday evening in El Paso, Texas, two very different images of the U.S.-Mexico border emerged. President Trump held a rally to make the case for his border wall again, repeating his usual talking points on the supposed dangers lurking in the region. Just a block away, former Democratic Representative from El Paso, Texas Beto […]

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How Trump Can Use Immigration to Make the State of the Union Stronger

How Trump Can Use Immigration to Make the State of the Union Stronger

Immigration will undoubtedly be a central issue during President Trump’s State of the Union address. However, it’s unlikely that any of the proposals the president advances will move us closer to a policy breakthrough. It’s more likely the president will propose ideas that make our immigration system less effective and do little to keep us […]

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Trump’s Travel Ban Leaves Thousands of US Citizens Separated from Their Families

Written by on January 29, 2019 in Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Trump’s Travel Ban Leaves Thousands of US Citizens Separated from Their Families

It has been two years since the Trump administration’s travel ban went into effect. Aside from multiple court challenges, the ban has largely disappeared from American headlines. And yet the ban continues to affect American families every single day. While this policy may be a quieter form of family separation than what has been seen […]

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The Trump Administration Loses Fight to Add Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census

The Trump Administration Loses Fight to Add Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s plan to add a question on U.S. citizenship to the 2020 Census on Tuesday, ruling that the controversial move “violated the public trust” and would be damaging to immigrants. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the administration’s intention to add the question – “Is this person a citizen […]

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Time for a Real Conversation Around Border Security

Time for a Real Conversation Around Border Security

There is no doubt that a thoughtful conversation needs to be had around border security. However, it must be grounded in the realities of who is actually arriving at the U.S. border with Mexico, the reasons they are coming, and what the most pragmatic and humane response to them is. In the past several years, […]

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Sick From Eating That Salad? Blame Trump’s Immigration Policies

Sick From Eating That Salad? Blame Trump’s Immigration Policies

In 2018 alone, the Center for Disease Control has been called to investigate 24 instances of foodborne disease outbreaks, marking the highest number of investigations since 2006. These recent outbreaks have tainted much of the United States’ food supply, from salad to beef to everyday breakfast cereal. Some experts have pointed to the Trump administration’s […]

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The Government Failed to Conduct Background Checks on Staffers at Migrant Child Tent City

The Government Failed to Conduct Background Checks on Staffers at Migrant Child Tent City

Thousands of migrant children are currently being held at a tent city in Tornillo, Texas along the U.S.-Mexico border. Most of the children traveled alone in order to flee from violence in their Central American home countries and to reunite with family members already in the United States. An investigation released this week by the […]

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When Immigrant Parents Are Deported, The Entire Family Suffers, Survey Shows

Written by on November 14, 2018 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
When Immigrant Parents Are Deported, The Entire Family Suffers, Survey Shows

Another form of family separation is on the rise—the deportation of relatives with longstanding ties to the United States. Those left behind in the United States often face significant hardships, a new study from the Kino Border Initiative shows. Families can become impoverished, as relatives are unable to meet basic needs such as housing and […]

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The US Military’s Diversity Is Part of Its Strength

Written by on November 12, 2018 in Immigration 101, Integration with 0 Comments
The US Military’s Diversity Is Part of Its Strength

The United States Armed Forces has done some of its greatest work when it has dismantled barriers to service and opened its ranks to Americans of different backgrounds and identities. Inclusivity within the U.S. military has been hard-fought but admittedly slow. Black service members have fought in every single war since America’s founding, but were […]

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