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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.

Where GOP Candidates and the Public Part Ways on Immigration

Written by on August 25, 2015 in Elections 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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ICE’s Computerized Detention Decision-Maker Can’t Work Because of Mandatory Detention Laws

ICE’s Computerized Detention Decision-Maker Can’t Work Because of Mandatory Detention Laws

In January 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) implemented the “Risk Classification Assessment” (RCA)—a computerized tool that analyzes evidence and recommends whether to detain or release immigrants facing deportation. Yet ICE still detained 80 percent of its arrestees in FY 2013, in a detention system that remains enormous, and expanded further in 2014 to […]

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Nativist Group Misrepresents Facts Again to Support Detaining Children and Families

Written by on June 29, 2015 in Myths with 1 Comment
Nativist Group Misrepresents Facts Again to Support Detaining Children and Families

Last week, the nativist group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) did it again. This time, CIS misrepresented data on children and families appearing in immigration court, echoing what Fox News reported earlier in the week—both outlets implying that detention is necessary to ensure appearance in court. Yet data from the immigration courts—the same data CIS […]

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Where Bobby Jindal Stands on Immigration Issues

Written by on June 25, 2015 in Elections with 2 Comments
Where Bobby Jindal Stands on Immigration Issues

Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal became the 13th presidential candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential race. He is also the third declared 2016 presidential candidate that is the son of immigrants – the two others being Sens. Mario Rubio and Ted Cruz. In his announcement speech, Jindal embraced his own immigrant heritage but, a […]

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5 Things We Know About Jeb Bush’s Views on Immigration

Written by on June 16, 2015 in Elections with 0 Comments
5 Things We Know About Jeb Bush’s Views on Immigration

By Eric Gibble, Online Communications Associate at the American Immigration Council and Elijah Levine, Communications Intern at the American Immigration Council. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush officially entered the 2016 Republican presidential race yesterday in Miami. The launch featured a moment when Bush addressed immigration advocates in the crowd wearing shirts that said “legal status is not […]

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Border Patrol Criminally Prosecuting Asylum Seekers, Government Report Finds

Written by on June 11, 2015 in Courts, Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments
Border Patrol Criminally Prosecuting Asylum Seekers, Government Report Finds

For years, the Border Patrol program “Operation Streamline” has criminally prosecuted asylum seekers in a terribly misguided effort to discourage them from reentering illegally again. A recent U.S. government report from DHS’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) said this practice may “violate U.S. treaty obligations.” Specifically, according to the OIG, the “use of Streamline” to […]

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What You Need to Know About Chafee’s Immigration Record

Written by on June 9, 2015 in Elections with 0 Comments
What You Need to Know About Chafee’s Immigration Record

Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican Senator (turned Democrat) and Governor from Rhode Island announced presidential bid for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States last week. He joins Hilary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, and Bernie Sanders in the race. Although Chafee’s initial announcement focuses in on his opposition to the war in Iraq and […]

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ICE Director Saldaña Faces Critics in Congress

ICE Director Saldaña Faces Critics in Congress

On Tuesday, new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña, responsible for immigration enforcement inside the United States, testified for the first time to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee. Saldaña defended ICE’s implementation of its new enforcement priorities, promised to convince local jurisdictions to cooperate with ICE, and received sharp questioning regarding […]

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Immigration Agency Issues Long-Awaited Guidance on L-1B Visa Petitions

Written by on March 26, 2015 in USCIS, Visas with 0 Comments
Immigration Agency Issues Long-Awaited Guidance on L-1B Visa Petitions

This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) took another crucial step toward administrative reform of our immigration laws. The agency issued for public comment long-awaited policy guidance on its adjudication of L-1B “specialized knowledge” visa petitions. The L-1 category allows a U.S. multinational company to transfer talented employees, who have worked for a related […]

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Court Orders DHS to Stop Detaining Mothers and Children to Deter Future Immigration Flow

Written by on February 24, 2015 in Courts, Department of Homeland Security, Detention, Family with 0 Comments
Court Orders DHS to Stop Detaining Mothers and Children to Deter Future Immigration Flow

In June 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began implementing a border security policy of detaining nearly all mothers and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. DHS vastly increased its detention capacity for families to “send the message unequivocally that if you come here you will be turned around.” But last Friday, […]

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