Rosemary Laughlin

Rosemary Laughlin is the Policy Intern at the American Immigration Council. She is currently pursuing her J.D. at Creighton University School of Law and will graduate in 2016. She graduated from Saint Louis University in 2012 wither her B.S. in Social Work, where she tailored her studies to immigration issues through integrating Spanish and political science minors to focus on Latin American politics and migration. Previously, she worked at the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America, a Latin American policy advocacy organization in St. Louis, The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona throughout her year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and the Douglas County Public Defender Office in Omaha, NE.

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Story of Unaccompanied Child Underscores Importance of Legal Representation Needed for All Refugee Children

Story of Unaccompanied Child Underscores Importance of Legal Representation Needed for All Refugee Children

Elvis Garcia is a migration counselor at the Catholic Charities Community Services of New York. He is also a former unaccompanied child who fled from his native Honduras in 2005 when he was 15 years old. Last week, Garcia and several others participated in a roundtable discussion sponsored by Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services to […]

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DHS Secretary Johnson Testifies to House Judiciary Committee About Detainers

Written by on July 15, 2015 in Legislation with 0 Comments
DHS Secretary Johnson Testifies to House Judiciary Committee About Detainers

On Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson testified to the House Judiciary Committee—his first appearance in Congress since the tragic killing of Kate Steinle in San Francisco. Secretary Johnson faced Congressional representatives who repeatedly supported making immigration detainer requests mandatory. Johnson responded by repeatedly emphasizing “cooperation” with local authorities, rather than mandated […]

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A Nation of Immigrants Celebrates Fourth of July by Welcoming 4,000 New Citizens

Written by on July 3, 2015 in Integration with 3 Comments
A Nation of Immigrants Celebrates Fourth of July by Welcoming 4,000 New Citizens

While the Fourth of July invokes excitement as many Americans prepare to spend time with family, attend parades and watch fireworks shows, 4,000 immigrants are participating in a different sort of celebration. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is celebrating Independence Day by swearing-in over 4,000 new U.S. Citizens between July 1-4. There are […]

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Nebraska and Alabama Changing Their Stride on Immigration

Written by on May 29, 2015 in State and Local with 0 Comments
Nebraska and Alabama Changing Their Stride on Immigration

In 2010 and 2011, Nebraska and Alabama made national headlines for their anti-immigrant measures. Fremont, Nebraska passed a local ordinance to check immigration status of renters, and Alabama passed HB 56, the most restrictive anti-immigrant state legislation in history. However in 2015, we’re seeing a changing tide in these states from punishment towards pragmatism. This […]

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