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 Investing in Immigrants Leads to a Tax Surplus for States

Written by on October 3, 2016 in Economics, Integration, State by State with 0 Comments
How Investing in Immigrants Leads to a Tax Surplus for States

While the federal government is responsible for admitting immigrants to the U.S., immigrants live in states and local communities. And at the local level, immigrants are our neighbors, coworkers, and classmates, in addition to being taxpayers and consumers. They contribute to local and state economies and have a fiscal impact at the state and local […]

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California Bills Begin to Restore Fairness to Immigrants Caught up in Criminal Justice System

Written by on September 30, 2016 in Enforcement, State by State with 0 Comments
California Bills Begin to Restore Fairness to Immigrants Caught up in Criminal Justice System

California continues to lead the way on integrating its large immigrant community and protecting immigrants from the extreme consequences of federal immigration laws. On September 28, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed three bills into law that will restore some fairness to a system that is overly punitive towards immigrants who have been touched […]

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Immigrants’ Access to Legal Representation Is Unequal and the Consequences Are Serious

Written by on September 28, 2016 in Immigration Courts, Right to Counsel with 0 Comments
Immigrants’ Access to Legal Representation Is Unequal and the Consequences Are Serious

Nationally, only 37 percent of all immigrants had legal representation, and only 14 percent of immigrants in detention had a lawyer. In a paper issued today, Access to Counsel in Immigration Court, Ingrid Eagly and Steven Shafer analyzed 1.2 million individual removal cases in immigration court between fiscal years 2007 and 2012. The report finds that […]

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What is the Economic Cost of Deporting All Undocumented Immigrants?

What is the Economic Cost of Deporting All Undocumented Immigrants?

This election, there has been much discussion about what to do about unauthorized immigration. While candidate Hillary Clinton proposes a plan to eventually legalize most undocumented immigrants, Donald Trump has stated many times that he favors mass deportation. But what is the economic cost of deporting 11 million people, seven million of whom are an […]

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Welcoming Thousands of New Americans on Citizenship Day

Written by on September 16, 2016 in Integration with 0 Comments
Welcoming Thousands of New Americans on Citizenship Day

September 17 marks the day the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the U.S. Constitution. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is dedicated to all U.S. citizens, including those who have become naturalized U.S. citizens by choice. The day is marked by ceremonies and celebrations around the country, including nearly […]

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Eliminating the Black Market for Labor Between the U.S. and Mexico

Written by on September 13, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Low Wage with 0 Comments
Eliminating the Black Market for Labor Between the U.S. and Mexico

Despite its 3,000 mile border and long shared history, the U.S. and Mexico do not currently have a bilateral agreement to regulate the flow of “lower-skilled” labor. Yet, as has long been the case, a significant share of laborers working in the U.S. are unauthorized immigrants from Mexico. In the event that a legislative debate […]

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How USCIS Calculates Processing Times and How It Could Be Improved

How USCIS Calculates Processing Times and How It Could Be Improved

When people think about immigration reform, they usually think about legalization, enforcement, and updating the legal immigration system. However, there are other upgrades to the immigration system that can be implemented by agencies without legislation which would significantly improve efficiency and could ensure that immigrants, their families, and employers receive better information and customer service. […]

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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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