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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Local Policies That Protect Immigrants, Outlined

Written by on January 3, 2017 in State and Local with 0 Comments
Local Policies That Protect Immigrants, Outlined

Since the election, states and localities have begun to think creatively about how to push back against President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to undermine current enforcement priorities and increase deportations. His party’s efforts to deny federal funding to so-called “sanctuary cities” has mayors across the country proudly declaring themselves such places. Additionally, they’re  preparing to implement […]

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Robots, Not Immigrants, Are Replacing U.S. Manufacturing Workers

Written by on December 15, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Robots, Not Immigrants, Are Replacing U.S. Manufacturing Workers

There is significant evidence that immigrants boost the economy, create jobs, and bolster innovation. However, President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly stated he wants to “put American workers first” by restricting immigration. Some Americans who are justifiably concerned about the economy, unemployment, and offshoring mistakenly believe that immigrants are responsible for the country’s economic woes. But […]

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States and Localities Respond to Donald Trump’s Immigration Plans

Written by on December 12, 2016 in Legislation, State and Local with 0 Comments
States and Localities Respond to Donald Trump’s Immigration Plans

With all the focus on what to expect at the national level on immigration under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, it’s easy to overlook the states and localities, which are reacting to the presidential elections and previewing their intentions on immigration. Elections for governor were held in 12 states, with Democrats and Republicans each winning six. […]

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New American Undergraduates Are Key to Growth

Written by on December 5, 2016 in Demographics, Economics with 0 Comments
New American Undergraduates Are Key to Growth

The U.S. Department of Education recently released new data on university undergraduates that underscores the key role immigrants and their children play in our economy. New American Undergraduates examines the enrollment trends of immigrant (foreign-born) and second-generation (born in the U.S. to at least one foreign-born parent) students. Together, they are referred to as New […]

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USCIS Fees to Increase in December

Written by on October 26, 2016 in Integration with 0 Comments
USCIS Fees to Increase in December

Fees for immigration transactions will increase by an average of 21 percent beginning on December 23, 2016. Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fees. While the fees for some petitions will remain the same, others will see significant increases. According to USCIS, the […]

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USCIS Clarifies Guidance on “Extreme Hardship”

Written by on October 24, 2016 in Benefits & Relief with 0 Comments
USCIS Clarifies Guidance on “Extreme Hardship”

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released new policy guidance clarifying how it determines whether an individual’s family will experience “extreme hardship” if the individual is denied admission to the United States. This guidance is effective December 5, 2016 and provides welcome clarity to a complicated issue. Certain non-citizens are considered inadmissible meaning they would […]

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The Balance Sheet on Immigration

Written by on October 14, 2016 in Tax Contributions with 0 Comments
The Balance Sheet on Immigration

This election season, tax returns have become a major campaign issue. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns and admitted that he has not paid federal taxes in many years. In response, billionaire Warren Buffett released detailed information about his tax records.  And unauthorized immigrants in New York pledged to […]

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Federal Court Strikes Down Immigration Detainers

Federal Court Strikes Down Immigration Detainers

In a decision late last week, the federal district court in the Northern District of Illinois invalidated the practice of issuing immigration detainers by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The court found that detainers violate federal law because they exceed the government’s warrantless arrest authority and made it clear that federal immigration authorities will […]

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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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