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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How California Is Helping Protect Immigrants From Trump’s Aggressive Immigration Enforcement

How California Is Helping Protect Immigrants From Trump’s Aggressive Immigration Enforcement

California is once again taking a lead on protecting and integrating its immigrant communities and standing up to the enforcement policies of the Trump administration. The state’s governor and legislators have set an example for other states by making support of its immigrant population of more than 10.6 million foreign-born residents, including 2.3 million undocumented […]

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Texas Lawmakers Admit They Have No Sanctuary Policies, But Pass Bill to Stop Them Anyway

Written by on May 4, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Texas Lawmakers Admit They Have No Sanctuary Policies, But Pass Bill to Stop Them Anyway

Texas Governor Greg Abbot is preparing to sign SB4, a fiercely-debated bill that will make it a crime for local law enforcement to refuse cooperation with federal immigration officials. Supporters of the new law say they intend to put an end to “sanctuary” cities in Texas, although the federal government and state legislators themselves admit […]

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DHS Launches Controversial Immigration Victims Office

Written by on April 27, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 1 Comment
DHS Launches Controversial Immigration Victims Office

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a new office for Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) on April 26, declaring that its “singular mission is to support victims of crime through access to information and resources.” Originally proposed in the Trump administration’s interior enforcement executive order, the office seeks to be a “programmatic liaison […]

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Judge Blocks Trump’s Plan to Withhold Funding From Sanctuary Cities

Written by on April 26, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Judge Blocks Trump’s Plan to Withhold Funding From Sanctuary Cities

In the latest judiciary blow to the Trump administration’s immigration agenda, a U.S. District Court Judge blocked the president’s plans to deny funding to jurisdictions deemed uncooperative on federal immigration enforcement. The administration had hoped to end so-called “sanctuary cities” by forcing them into compliance with federal law. However, these cities already comply with federal […]

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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 2 Comments
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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