American Immigration Council Staff

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This Year’s Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest Winning Entry

This Year’s Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest Winning Entry

The American Immigration Council is proud to announce the winner of the 20th Annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest. This contest encourages educators to incorporate lessons on U.S. immigration into their classrooms and gives fifth graders the opportunity to explain, in their own words, why they are proud America is a nation of […]

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ICE Wants to Deport Immigrants Congress is Trying to Protect Through Private Bills

ICE Wants to Deport Immigrants Congress is Trying to Protect Through Private Bills

Democratic and Republican Members of Congress alike introduce “private immigration bills” designed as a last-minute effort to protect some immigrants facing deportation. This week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it would no longer issue stays of removal (temporary protection from deportation) for many individuals named in these private immigration bills. The agency claims that these […]

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Challenges for Visa Waiver Program Overstays

Challenges for Visa Waiver Program Overstays

A young DACA recipient named Daniela Vargas was detained in Mississippi by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after speaking out earlier this month about her fear of being deported under the Trump Administration’s immigration policies. Officials arrested Daniela immediately after she spoke at a press conference organized by the Mississippi Immigrants’ Rights Alliance and put […]

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President Trump’s First Executive Orders on Immigration

President Trump’s First Executive Orders on Immigration

Our American values and laws dictate that everyone receive a just and fair process, whether they have been in in this country for decades or are arriving at our border today in search of safety and protection. Today, President Trump signed two executive orders on immigration that seek to shut America’s doors and label immigrants […]

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President Obama’s Legacy on Immigration

President Obama’s Legacy on Immigration

Eight years ago, President Barack Obama entered the White House on a promise to reform America’s immigration system. His urgency ultimately dissipated and reforming America’s immigration system will not be counted among his achievements. Other issues took priority, partisan divides emerged, and an intransigent Congress refused to move legislation across the finish line. Thus, President […]

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Homeland Security Agency Dismantles Ineffective, Discriminatory Muslim Registry

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Homeland Security Agency Dismantles Ineffective, Discriminatory Muslim Registry

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has officially ended a Bush-Era registry created after 9/11 to track men from predominantly Muslim countries. The registry known as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) was shown to be ineffective and had not been used for years, but the basic structure remained. NSEERS will be dismantled through […]

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Jeff Sessions Nomination for Attorney General is Highly Concerning to Future of Immigration Policy

Jeff Sessions Nomination for Attorney General is Highly Concerning to Future of Immigration Policy

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated, Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (R-AL) to serve as the nation’s next Attorney General.  Senator Sessions has led the fight against immigration reform at every turn during his 20 years in the Senate. He has urged severe restrictions on visas, called for drastically expanded immigration enforcement, and blocked all practical […]

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After Urging Nations to Protect Most Vulnerable at U.N., Obama Steps Up Deportation of Haitians

After Urging Nations to Protect Most Vulnerable at U.N., Obama Steps Up Deportation of Haitians

Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will step up the deportation of Haitian nationals following a recent uptick in their number of arrivals at the San Ysidro Port of Entry by San Diego. Deportations of Haitians had been scaled back significantly following a massive 7.0 earthquake that rocked Haiti in […]

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Immigration a Boon to U.S. Economy Finds National Panel of Experts

Immigration a Boon to U.S. Economy Finds National Panel of Experts

Immigrants and their descendants make valuable contributions to the U.S. economy, according to a new report just released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine entitled, The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration. The exhaustive report is written by a nationally recognized panel of experts. It takes a comprehensive look at the fiscal […]

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Immigration Policy Fifteen Years After 9/11

Immigration Policy Fifteen Years After 9/11

Fifteen years ago on September 11, 2001, it appeared that comprehensive immigration reform was imminent. The prior week, President Vicente Fox of Mexico visited the U.S. and spoke to President Bush and Congress about the need for reform, and serious momentum was growing. However, the tragic events on September 11 set the immigration debate back […]

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