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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DACA Termination Affects Thousands on a Daily Basis

DACA Termination Affects Thousands on a Daily Basis

In the months following the government’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, more than 8,500 young immigrants have already lost their protection from deportation. Without DACA, immigrants who have been in the country since they were children lose protections that have enabled them to live, work, study, and contribute to […]

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How Immigrants Helped Boost American Jobs in the Midwest

How Immigrants Helped Boost American Jobs in the Midwest

At a time when anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies seem to be growing, immigrants in the United States continue to do what they have done for over a century—bring unique and vital experiences to the country that support our economy and society. States in the Rust Belt region of the United States, for example, owe much […]

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Refugee Admissions Resume but Government Will Still Restrict Some Countries

Written by on October 27, 2017 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Refugee Admissions Resume but Government Will Still Restrict Some Countries

With its current refugee ban formally expiring, this week the Trump administration announced it will resume the U.S. Refugee Admissions program—with one major caveat: refugees from 11 countries are generally barred from the country for an additional 90-day period. Although the administration did not name the 11 countries subject to additional review, they appear to […]

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Government Threatens Families, Communities with Looming Temporary Protected Status Decisions

Government Threatens Families, Communities with Looming Temporary Protected Status Decisions

  The United States is currently home to an estimated 325,000 individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a temporary immigration status granted to nationals of specifically designated countries that are facing an ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or extraordinary and temporary conditions. Combined, more than 90 percent of these beneficiaries, or TPS holders, are from […]

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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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