Tory Johnson

Tory Johnson is the Policy Assistant at the American Immigration Council. Prior to joining the Council, Tory worked as a coordinator at the American Health Lawyers Association and as a Young Fellow at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, focusing on immigration and criminal justice policy. Tory has a B.A. in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College and wrote her thesis on the growth of private prisons in the immigrant detention industry.

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Immigration Arrests at Courthouses Are Under Fire From State Officials

Immigration Arrests at Courthouses Are Under Fire From State Officials

Heightened immigration enforcement has in turn heightened fear, anxiety, and confusion throughout the country. Arrests and stops by federal immigration officials at state and local courthouses is one of the more disconcerting aspects of this new era of enforcement—and a growing number of state officials and supreme court Justices have said Immigration and Customs Enforcement […]

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More Immigrants are Dying in Detention, and the Government Wants More Facilities

Written by on August 24, 2017 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
More Immigrants are Dying in Detention, and the Government Wants More Facilities

The Administration’s efforts to massively expand immigration detention in the United States are already evident in Texas, where a for-profit prison company is building the largest complex in the country to detain immigrants—and taxpayers are footing the bill. The Geo Group, a for-profit, private prison corporation, has begun constructing a $110 million, 1,100-bed facility in […]

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Why DACA Works and Should Continue Until a Permanent Solution Is Put in Place

Why DACA Works and Should Continue Until a Permanent Solution Is Put in Place

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative celebrates its fifth anniversary on Tuesday. By providing hundreds of thousands of young people temporary relief from deportation, DACA has resulted in significant economic and social benefits for the United States. Recipients of DACA receive temporary relief from deportation and a renewable 2-year work permit, enabling them […]

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U.S. Citizen Children Among Those Hurt by Deportations

Written by on July 5, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
U.S. Citizen Children Among Those Hurt by Deportations

Thanks to the nation’s dramatically outdated immigration system that values punitive enforcement over family unity, millions of individuals living in the United States suffer as a result of immigration enforcement. For example, an estimated six million U.S. citizen children live with at least one family member who is undocumented, making them vulnerable to a slew […]

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As Global Refugee Crisis Grows, America Must Do Her Part

Written by on June 20, 2017 in Asylum, Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
As Global Refugee Crisis Grows, America Must Do Her Part

  Each year on June 20, people around the world recognize the plight, resilience, and courage of those who have been forced to flee their homes. This World Refugee Day comes at a time when record numbers of refugees and other vulnerable populations are fleeing violence and persecution. As they seek opportunities to rebuild their […]

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Why Are the Immigration Courts So Backlogged? Government Findings May Surprise You

Why Are the Immigration Courts So Backlogged? Government Findings May Surprise You

Anyone familiar with the immigration system knows that the immigration courts have an enormous backlog which has persisted—and grown—for more than a decade. As of April 2017, the immigration court backlog topped 585,930 cases, more than double the pending cases in fiscal year (FY) 2006 (212,000). The immigration court backlog means that many people wait […]

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Trump Nominee for USCIS Director Testifies before Senate Committee

Trump Nominee for USCIS Director Testifies before Senate Committee

President Trump’s pick for the next director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Lee Francis Cissna, recently testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. This was the first congressional body to publicly vet Cissna after his nomination. The content of this hearing, coupled with his work advising the Trump campaign, and cozy relationship with a […]

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Some Veterans Observe Memorial Day Under Threat of Deportation

Written by on May 29, 2017 in Benefits & Relief, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Some Veterans Observe Memorial Day Under Threat of Deportation

This Memorial Day, Americans honor U.S. service members who have died while serving their country. Enlisting in the military, and risking one’s life, is considered a powerful demonstration of gratitude and loyalty to one’s nation. And for many, the decision to serve the United States is also a decision to serve their adopted country. Immigrants […]

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Millions of Children, Citizens Impacted by U.S. Immigration Enforcement

Written by on April 3, 2017 in Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Millions of Children, Citizens Impacted by U.S. Immigration Enforcement

Increased attention to immigration enforcement in 2017 has propelled the serious issue of children being separated from an undocumented parent into national headlines. The stories of children, including U.S. citizens, being forcibly separated from a parent are sadly multiplying. In March, for example, 13-year-old Fatima Avelica witnessed and recorded Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents […]

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Immigration Enforcement in Schools, Churches, and Courts: What the Government Can (and Can’t) Do

Written by on February 24, 2017 in Enforcement with 2 Comments
Immigration Enforcement in Schools, Churches, and Courts: What the Government Can (and Can’t) Do

Following the release of President Trump’s immigration enforcement executive orders and implementation memos, and the recent arrest of a transgender domestic violence victim at a courthouse in El Paso, Texas, there has been widespread confusion about where immigration enforcement can and cannot take place. Questions and concerns stem from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) […]

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