Michele Waslin

Michele Waslin is a Senior Research and Policy Analyst at the American Immigration Council, where she had also worked from 2007-2012. Before returning to the Council, Michele worked at the Pew Charitable Trusts where she launched the Immigration and the States project focusing on the relationship between levels of government. She also previously served at the National Council of La Raza and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. For nearly twenty years, Michele has conducted policy-relevant research, translated it into effective outreach messages and materials, and served as a leading voice advocating for effective immigration reform. She has written many reports on a wide variety of immigration-related policies, and has authored multiple book chapters. She is an accomplished public speaker and appears regularly in English- and Spanish-language press. Michele holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and an MA from the University of Chicago.

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Trump’s Latest Executive Order Targets High-Skilled Immigrants

Written by on April 19, 2017 in Executive Action, High Skilled with 0 Comments
Trump’s Latest Executive Order Targets High-Skilled Immigrants

On April 18, President Trump signed the Presidential executive order on Buy American and Hire American. Similar to the other immigration-related executive orders, this one has no immediate effect. The executive order does not change the existing requirements for any visa category or the processes for approving a petition or application for a particular visa […]

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Say It With Me: Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes

Written by on April 17, 2017 in Immigration 101, Tax Contributions with 1 Comment
Say It With Me: Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes

Each year, undocumented immigrants file their tax returns, just like all Americans. They pay federal, state, and local taxes, in addition to income, property, and sales taxes. However, there are some anecdotal reports that fewer undocumented immigrants may file their taxes this year. Some tax preparers have reported declines in the number of immigrants filing […]

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ICE’s Public Shaming Detainer Reports Were So Inaccurate They Had to Stop Publishing Them

Written by on April 13, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
ICE’s Public Shaming Detainer Reports Were So Inaccurate They Had to Stop Publishing Them

After issuing only three weekly declined detainer reports, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will temporarily cease publishing them. Initiated by President Trump’s January executive order on interior enforcement, ICE had begun to release weekly lists of jurisdictions that declined immigration detainers. These lists—proposed as a means to track which law enforcement agencies had refused ICE’s […]

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Administration’s Public Shaming Immigration Detainer Report Released

Written by on March 23, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Administration’s Public Shaming Immigration Detainer Report Released

The immigration executive order on interior enforcement signed by the President in January instructed the Department of Homeland Security to release a weekly list of jurisdictions that declined immigration detainers. On March 20, the Trump administration released the first Declined Detainer Outcome Report (DDOR). This report and the documentation surrounding it raise serious concerns about […]

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This Immigration Enforcement Program Has a Troubled History, and Trump Wants to Restart It

Written by on March 15, 2017 in Executive Action, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
This Immigration Enforcement Program Has a Troubled History, and Trump Wants to Restart It

Buried inside the interior enforcement Executive Order issued by President Trump in January are the Administration’s plans to revive the 287(g) program. This is concerning because the program has experienced intense criticism over the years, and efforts to ramp up this program should be viewed with extreme caution and skepticism. The 287(g) program, named for […]

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Trump Scapegoats Immigrants with Creation of Office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement

Trump Scapegoats Immigrants with Creation of Office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement

President Trump stated that he has “ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims during his Joint Address to congress. The office is called VOICE – Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement. Any victim of crime deserves acknowledgement and sympathy, and crime is an issue that must be taken seriously. […]

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“Sanctuary” Policies Protect Communities, Not Criminals

“Sanctuary” Policies Protect Communities, Not Criminals

State by state “sanctuary” policies have received significant attention lately. Hundreds of communities across the nation have passed some version of a sanctuary policy and in doing so have made decisions about how they want to use their local resources. Yet the new administration, as well as others, are attempting to impede their ability to […]

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Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Trump’s Immigration Detention Expansion

Written by on February 27, 2017 in Detention, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 2 Comments
Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Trump’s Immigration Detention Expansion

The executive orders on immigration enforcement, both along the border and in the interior of the U.S., call for a significant increase in immigration detention. This means more noncitizens in detention, more taxpayer money being spent on detention, and more profits for private prison companies–but less due process for those detained. The administration has called […]

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Trump Administration Begins to Abandon Common Sense Immigration Enforcement Priorities

Written by on February 15, 2017 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Trump Administration Begins to Abandon Common Sense Immigration Enforcement Priorities

The Trump administration is quickly unraveling the last administration’s efforts to prioritize those for deportation who pose a serious threat over those who don’t. The new administration is ignoring priorities that were put into place by the Obama Administration as a way to manage limited law enforcement resources. The priorities recognized that there is a […]

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Attorney General Sessions’ First Orders of Business on Immigration

Written by on February 9, 2017 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Attorney General Sessions’ First Orders of Business on Immigration

Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General this week by a vote of 52-47, following a very contentious confirmation process. As Attorney General and head of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Sessions will oversee key immigration-related functions. The three recently issued executive orders on immigration give the Attorney General  specific directives and are likely to […]

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