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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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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Texas Judge Continues to Delay the Licensing of State Detention Centers as Childcare Facilities

Written by on May 16, 2016 in Detention, State and Local with 0 Comments
Texas Judge Continues to Delay the Licensing of State Detention Centers as Childcare Facilities

On Friday, a Texas judge extended the temporary restraining order preventing Texas from licensing the Dilley detention center as a childcare facility. Dilley is one of two privately operated detention centers in Texas that house Central American mothers and children who fled violence and poverty in their home countries and are seeking protection in the […]

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Restrictive Voting Laws Threaten to Block Millions of Latino Voters, Including Many Newly-Naturalized

Written by on May 12, 2016 in Demographics, Elections with 1 Comment
Restrictive Voting Laws Threaten to Block Millions of Latino Voters, Including Many Newly-Naturalized

Naturalization and voter registration rates have surged in recent months, but strict new voter laws in many states are threatening to reduce the number of Latinos voters (including many newly naturalized) who will be allowed to cast ballots. More than 185,000 citizenship applications were submitted in the final three months of 2015, which is a […]

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How Some States Are Leading the Way on Immigrant Integration

How Some States Are Leading the Way on Immigrant Integration

Several notable developments took place in states across the U.S. over the past several months in 2016. In California, several recently passed immigration-related laws–collectively known as the “California Package” –are now being implemented. For example, a law that extends professional and commercial licenses to anyone, regardless of immigration status, was implemented January 1 of this […]

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What You Need to Know About the Temporary Worker Bill Introduced by Senator Flake

What You Need to Know About the Temporary Worker Bill Introduced by Senator Flake

Last week, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Willing Workers and Willing Employers Act of 2016, which would establish a 10-year guest worker pilot program. According to Flake, the bill offers new thinking on how to bridge the gap between existing temporary worker programs for seasonal workers and the H-1B program for highly-skilled immigrants. Flake’s […]

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Undocumented Children Face These Challenges in Accessing Public Education

Written by on April 14, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Undocumented Children Face These Challenges in Accessing Public Education

Unaccompanied children arriving from Central America face many challenges – post-traumatic stress, facing a judge without an attorney, separation from their families, and the fear of being returned to their home countries, among others. Receiving the public education to which they are entitled should not be one of those challenges. However, a recent report from the […]

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These Two States Are Pushing Back on Private Immigration Detention

Written by on April 12, 2016 in Detention, State and Local with 0 Comments
These Two States Are Pushing Back on Private Immigration Detention

Immigration detention is being addressed at the state and local level in a variety of ways. In Indiana, local advocates are opposing a new private detention facility, and in California, legislators are attempting to limit private detention and enforce national detention standards. California State Senator Ricardo Lara recently introduced the “Dignity not Detention Act” (SB […]

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