American Immigration Council Staff

Our mission is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, we provide policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy on U.S. society. Our reports and materials are widely disseminated and relied upon by press and policy makers. Our staff regularly serves as experts to leaders on Capitol Hill, opinion-makers and the media. Formed in 2003, we are a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office.

How DACA’s Success Can Be Built Upon

How DACA’s Success Can Be Built Upon

Last month marked the four-year anniversary of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. Since DACA was first announced in 2012, it has had positive impacts on the lives of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in the United States. Yet, there are still ways in which the current DACA initiative can and […]

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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’s 19th Annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest winner is Eliana Jaffee from the Pardes Jewish School in Scottsdale, Arizona. The contest gives fifth graders the opportunity to learn more about immigration to the U.S. and explain, in their own words, why they are proud America is a nation of […]

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Supreme Court Issues Disappointing Split Decision in United States v. Texas

Supreme Court Issues Disappointing Split Decision in United States v. Texas

The Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in United States v. Texas, the case challenging expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).  This means that the Fifth Circuit’s decision upholding the preliminary injunction against these initiatives will stand.  The ruling does not impact the original […]

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Paul Ryan’s New Border Security Plan Is More of the Same

Paul Ryan’s New Border Security Plan Is More of the Same

This week Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced his national security agenda, which included a plan to “secure the border.” As part of that plan, Speaker Ryan says, “America must secure the border once and for all by accelerating the deployment of fencing, technology, air assets, and personnel.” Ryan’s plan is […]

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District Court Holds Hearing in Case About Kids’ Right to Attorneys in Immigration Court

District Court Holds Hearing in Case About Kids’ Right to Attorneys in Immigration Court

A federal district court in Seattle heard arguments in a lawsuit on Thursday seeking to ensure that all children in immigration court have legal representation. The case received a flurry of attention when press reports revealed that an immigration judge deposed in the case said he had successfully taught three-year-olds immigration law. The focus of […]

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Understanding DHS’ 2015 Deportation Numbers

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Understanding DHS’ 2015 Deportation Numbers

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its fiscal year (FY) 2015 deportation numbers. According to DHS, immigration enforcement agencies apprehended 406,595 individuals nationwide and conducted a total of 462,463 removals and returns. These totals include both people deported at the border and those removed from the interior of the United States. However, […]

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Obama Administration Goes to the Supreme Court in DACA and DAPA Lawsuit

Obama Administration Goes to the Supreme Court in DACA and DAPA Lawsuit

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice formally asked the Supreme Court to review the Fifth Circuit’s decision in the Texas lawsuit that blocks implementation of President Obama’s 2014 deferred action initiatives. The formal request, called a petition for certiorari, is the first step in the Supreme Court review process. The Supreme Court likely will decide […]

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Refugees Should Not Pay the Price for Paris Attack

Refugees Should Not Pay the Price for Paris Attack

The attacks that took place in Paris just days ago sadly reflect the volatile times in which we live. The horror we witnessed was quickly followed by national mourning and an outpouring of compassion and humanity from the international community. But, fear is a powerful force, and in the aftermath of this tragedy, some U.S. […]

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ICE Issuing Fewer Detainers, but Compliance With Enforcement Priorities in Question

ICE Issuing Fewer Detainers, but Compliance With Enforcement Priorities in Question

New data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) shows that while the government’s use of detainers is decreasing, the number of detainers issued for individuals without criminal convictions remains high. TRAC’s report, released last Friday, looks at Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) use of detainers in April 2015, the most recent month for […]

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Where GOP Candidates and the Public Part Ways on Immigration

Written by on August 25, 2015 in Elections, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Where GOP Candidates and the Public Part Ways on Immigration

While some politicians on the campaign trail dial-up the anti-immigrant rhetoric and rehash old debates around birthright citizenship and mass deportation, the majority of America is unmoved. According to the Pew Research Center’s recent breakdown of their extensive public polling on immigration, and even more recent Gallup poll data, most of the U.S. public remains […]

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