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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For $182 Million a Year, the Military Is Being Used at the Border to Shovel Manure and Conduct Other Menial Labor

Written by on September 10, 2018 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
For $182 Million a Year, the Military Is Being Used at the Border to Shovel Manure and Conduct Other Menial Labor

The Pentagon recently announced that up to 4,000 National Guard troops will remain deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border through September 2019, following a 12-month extension authorized by Defense Secretary James Mattis. But the nature of the military service members’ work at the border—which is mostly menial labor—will still cost millions. The original deployment order, set […]

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USCIS’ Wait Times for Citizenship Have Doubled

USCIS’ Wait Times for Citizenship Have Doubled

The average wait time on a U.S. citizenship application was about five months in 2014. Today, the average time a green card holder will wait for their citizenship application to be processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is 10 months. With the increased wait time, the backlog of pending applications has also grown […]

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Immigration Raid in Nebraska Devastates Local Agriculture Industry and Families

Immigration Raid in Nebraska Devastates Local Agriculture Industry and Families

A small town in Nebraska was rocked last week when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents raided multiple businesses, arresting 133 undocumented immigrant workers in an operation which has already created upheaval in the community and its local agriculture industry. This raid is the latest amid a series of enforcement […]

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The Trump Administration Is Funneling Money From Health Programs to Fund Its Family Separation Policy

The Trump Administration Is Funneling Money From Health Programs to Fund Its Family Separation Policy

The cost of the Trump administration’s family separation policy continues to skyrocket. In order to finance its self-made crisis, the administration has dipped into funds that were reserved for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) medical research and rural health services. The financial ramifications of separating, detaining, and reuniting migrant children and their […]

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American Companies Should Be Able to Hire Foreign Seasonal Workers – Trump’s Businesses Do

American Companies Should Be Able to Hire Foreign Seasonal Workers – Trump’s Businesses Do

Kitchens, restaurants, and housekeeping departments in high-end resorts are often staffed with foreign seasonal workers, who arrive into the United States during peak vacation months. American vacation destinations including resorts—which frequently tout costly club memberships—can employ foreign workers through the H-2B visa program if there are not enough Americans to fill the positions. Many American […]

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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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