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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Eight Foreign-Born Olympians Win Medals for Team USA

Written by on August 22, 2016 in Integration with 0 Comments
Eight Foreign-Born Olympians Win Medals for Team USA

This year, nearly 50 foreign-born athletes proudly represented the U.S. as part of the Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro, and eight of them won medals. Kerron Clement, born in Trinidad and Tobago, won Gold in the men’s 400 meter hurdles (Track and Field). Kyrie Irving, who won gold with the U.S. Men’s Basketball team, […]

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Immigration Enforcement Still Missing the Mark on Detainers

Written by on August 17, 2016 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Immigration Enforcement Still Missing the Mark on Detainers

In November 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the end of the Secure Communities program and the launch of its replacement: the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). Under PEP, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) claims to focus its efforts on apprehending individuals actually convicted of specified crimes. ICE also replaced many detainers with Request […]

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Team USA Includes These Immigrants and Foreign-Born Athletes Competing for Gold

Written by on August 5, 2016 in Integration with 0 Comments
Team USA Includes These Immigrants and Foreign-Born Athletes Competing for Gold

As the Olympics kick off in Rio de Janeiro, the U.S. is well-represented by its citizens – both native and foreign born. Forty-seven of those competing on Team USA were born outside of the country. Some like basketball star Kyrie Irving, Boyd Martin who competes in equestrian, rugby player Madison Hughes, and water polo player […]

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Meet the First Ever Olympic Refugee Team

Written by on August 5, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Meet the First Ever Olympic Refugee Team

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are approximately 65 million refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide. Among them are world class athletes who dream of competing in the Olympics, but  have been displaced from their homes and had their training  disrupted. Many are unable to obtain citizenship and compete for their […]

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How Can the U.S. Attract and Retain STEM Graduates?

How Can the U.S. Attract and Retain STEM Graduates?

International doctoral students are significantly more likely than native-born U.S. students to major in and graduate from STEM fields In fact, international students make up about 40 percent of all STEM Ph.D. students, and are expected to comprise half of all STEM Ph.D. graduates by 2020. A new report by the Kauffman Foundation, Will They […]

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Texas Ends Attempt to Deny Birth Certificates to Children of Immigrants

Texas Ends Attempt to Deny Birth Certificates to Children of Immigrants

More than a year ago, Texas county officials began to require that foreign passports presented by parents seeking to obtain their child’s birth certificate include a valid U.S. visa. The state also ended its practice of accepting Mexican “matriculas” as a form of identification. As a result, many undocumented parents were unable to obtain birth […]

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One Pennsylvania Town Illustrates the Difficult Immigration Debate Ahead

Written by on July 13, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Elections with 0 Comments
One Pennsylvania Town Illustrates the Difficult Immigration Debate Ahead

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is a manufacturing town that has seen hard economic times. After the coal mining industry disappeared, factories involved in shoemaking, dressmaking, ironwork and television manufacturing moved in. These industries tended to employ less-educated workers. However, these factories are no longer faring well, and local workers have lost their jobs. The newer industries moving […]

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Six Facts You Should Know About Refugees

Written by on June 16, 2016 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Six Facts You Should Know About Refugees

Refugees and asylees are a relatively small share of U.S. immigrants – just eight percent of all immigrants living in the U.S. These are individuals who are fleeing persecution, war, conflict, oppression, and human rights violations in their home countries and who have been granted the ability to reside permanently in the U.S. A new […]

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Why California’s Bill Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Purchase Health Insurance is Good Policy

Written by on June 14, 2016 in Legislation with 0 Comments
Why California’s Bill Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Purchase Health Insurance is Good Policy

Governor Jerry Brown of California signed a historic law which could make his state the first to allow undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. SB10 directs the state to negotiate a waiver with the federal government to allow this population to purchase insurance on the state’s Covered California Health Insurance Exchange. […]

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States Will Need Immigrants to Counter Aging of the Labor Force

States Will Need Immigrants to Counter Aging of the Labor Force

New population projections from the University of Virginia’s Demographics Research Group show that in many states in the Northeast and Midwest, growth of the working-age population is slowing due to aging, lower fertility rates, and people moving out of the state. The aging of the workforce in the working-age population can mean shrinking workforces and […]

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