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The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) is the research and policy arm of the American Immigration Council. IPC's mission is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy on U.S. society. IPC reports and materials are widely disseminated and relied upon by press and policy makers. IPC staff regularly serves as experts to leaders on Capitol Hill, opinion-makers and the media. IPC, formed in 2003 is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office.

President Calls for Review of U.S. Deportation System

President Calls for Review of U.S. Deportation System

As the number of deportations under President Obama near the 2 million mark and Congress stalls on immigration reform legislation, President Obama said Friday that administration officials are reviewing what could be done to make the immigration enforcement system more humane. The announcement follows votes in the House of Representatives last week attempting to limit [...]

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Capture of ‘El Chapo’ Demonstrates Effective Border Enforcement

Capture of ‘El Chapo’ Demonstrates Effective Border Enforcement

The recent capture in Mazatlan of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the infamous Sinaloa cartel, is an example of targeted border enforcement that actually enhances border security. Although El Chapo was captured by Mexican marines, the information that led them to his doorstep came in no small measure from intelligence provided by U.S. law [...]

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House Members Question and Criticize Rather Than Act to Change Immigration Policies

House Members Question and Criticize Rather Than Act to Change Immigration Policies

Two hearings in the House of Representatives today were unfortunate examples of how the chamber is looking back rather than forward on immigration. In his first House hearing before the Homeland Security committee, Secretary Jeh Johnson laid out his vision for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which oversees immigration enforcement among the many agencies [...]

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Recent Report on Deportation Misses the Big Picture

Recent Report on Deportation Misses the Big Picture

The Obama administration has deported nearly 2 million people so far, and it still has two years left to go. This would seem to indicate that the U.S. immigration enforcement machine is running at top speed. However, a report from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)—as well as the press stories which flowed from [...]

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16 Representatives Stuck in Reverse on Immigration

16 Representatives Stuck in Reverse on Immigration

Despite the failure of the House to act on immigration reform last year, there was no doubt that the majority of Americans—and even the majority of Members of Congress—understood that immigration reform was an important component in creating economic opportunity for all.   Last Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor reiterated that support during an exchange [...]

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Top Five Immigration Stories from 2013

Top Five Immigration Stories from 2013

From the beginning, it was clear that 2013 was going to be a big year for immigration. The results of the 2012 Presidential Election were widely interpreted as a rebuke to Mitt Romney’s enforcement-only “self-deportation” policy, and President Obama’s huge victory among minority communities was seen as a mandate for reform. It seemed, at the [...]

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Senate Confirms Mayorkas as DHS Deputy Secretary

Senate Confirms Mayorkas as DHS Deputy Secretary

Following the confirmation of Jeh Johnson as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary on Monday, the Senate approved Alejandro Mayorkas as DHS deputy secretary on Friday by 54 to 41. Mayorkas has served as the director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services since 2009. During his tenure at USCIS, Mayorkas was responsible for the [...]

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New Legal Analysis Shows State Compliance with ICE Detainers May Violate the Constitution

New Legal Analysis Shows State Compliance with ICE Detainers May Violate the Constitution

Chicago, New York, and San Francisco now prevent local jails from honoring immigration detainers—requests from federal immigration officials for state and local jails to hold a person so that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents can investigate the person’s immigration status—unless an arrestee has been charged with or convicted of certain criminal offenses. And California’s [...]

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Remembering the Contributions of Immigrant Soldiers this Veterans Day

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Remembering the Contributions of Immigrant Soldiers this Veterans Day

Immigrants fill every imaginable role in U.S. society. They are found in every profession, from farmworker to brain surgeon. They are the owners of small neighborhood bodegas and the C.E.O.s of high-tech transnational corporations. They represent their communities in town councils and in the U.S. Congress. And, not surprisingly, they are also found throughout the [...]

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House Democrats Introduce New Comprehensive Immigration Bill

House Democrats Introduce New Comprehensive Immigration Bill

Several Democrats in the House of Representatives proposed H.R. 15, an immigration reform bill today that addresses border security, legalization of undocumented immigrants, interior enforcement of the immigration laws, and fixes for our dysfunctional legal immigration programs. This bill is based on S.744, which the Senate passed in June, but removes the Corker-Hoeven border security [...]

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