Tory Johnson

Tory Johnson is the Research Associate at the American Immigration Council, where she focuses on policy and research related to refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrant detention. She previously worked on immigration and criminal justice policy as a Young Fellow at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and before that advocated for immigrants’ rights in Arizona. Tory wrote her undergraduate thesis on the growth of private prisons in the immigrant detention industry and earned her B.A. in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College.

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New Government Data Reveals Immigration Arrests and Deportations Increased in 2018

Written by on December 20, 2018 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
New Government Data Reveals Immigration Arrests and Deportations Increased in 2018

Data shows what many communities have been feeling the past couple of years: immigration enforcement in the interior of the United States has remained a priority for the Trump administration, casting a wide net through enforcement actions that kept the rates of deportation moving upward. According to newly released government data on immigration enforcement and […]

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Government Data Shows ICE Detention Relies on Private Companies and Remote Locations

Written by on December 5, 2018 in Detention, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Government Data Shows ICE Detention Relies on Private Companies and Remote Locations

There is a lot that we don’t know about immigration detention. Although Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been in the headlines more often than in past years, the network of facilities ICE uses to imprison immigrants is a major aspect of the agency that is often hidden in plain sight. According to a national […]

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How States Took Action on Immigration in 2018

Written by on November 27, 2018 in Demographics, Immigration 101, Integration, State by State with 0 Comments
How States Took Action on Immigration in 2018

States and localities continue exploring policies and positions on immigration to serve the needs of their communities and, at times, respond to the aggressive immigration agenda touted by the Trump administration. In the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, states enacted more laws and resolutions involving immigration than ever before. But was this trend a […]

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A Look Back at Immigration Under Sessions’ Justice Department

A Look Back at Immigration Under Sessions’ Justice Department

Jeff Sessions resigned as Attorney General on Wednesday, less than two years after the Senate narrowly confirmed him to the post. Sessions’ tenure as the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer, while relatively short-lived, was a boon to anti-immigrant groups and Trump’s hardline approach to immigration.

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What the Government Considers the US Border May Surprise You

Written by on October 19, 2018 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
What the Government Considers the US Border May Surprise You

  When you think of a national border, you probably think of a defined edge—a place where one country ends and another begins. However, when it comes to federal immigration operations, the border extends many miles into the country. While those whose daily lives are negatively impacted by this overreach of federal immigration authority have […]

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The Government Tried to Turn Local Cops Into Immigration Agents – The Result Was Disastrous

Written by on October 9, 2018 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
The Government Tried to Turn Local Cops Into Immigration Agents – The Result Was Disastrous

For years, the federal government has attempted to partner with local communities on immigration enforcement, raising a host of problems. This form of collaboration steers limited local resources away from community safety and toward punitive federal immigration enforcement goals. The biggest criticism of these partnerships is the chilling effect they have on community members who […]

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More Communities Say They Won’t Jail Immigrants for ICE

More Communities Say They Won’t Jail Immigrants for ICE

A growing number of communities are reevaluating their role in detaining immigrants on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Local officials in Atlanta, Georgia recently decided to stop holding individuals for ICE in the city’s jails. The city was directed to “permanently stop accepting and housing ICE detainees at the Atlanta City Detention […]

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Medical Neglect and Abuse Reported at Atlanta Immigration Detention Center

Written by on August 30, 2018 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Medical Neglect and Abuse Reported at Atlanta Immigration Detention Center

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) currently uses hundreds of detention centers throughout the country to hold individuals in immigration proceedings. Many of these facilities have a concerning record, with appalling conditions and treatment of individuals under ICE’s custody. A recent report from Project South and Georgia Detention Watch highlights such issues at the Atlanta […]

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Detention Is Not the Solution to Family Separation: 15 Years of Government Data Explain Why

Written by on August 16, 2018 in Asylum, Detention, Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Detention Is Not the Solution to Family Separation: 15 Years of Government Data Explain Why

In the wake of the government separating thousands of asylum-seeking families, the Trump administration has scrambled to reunite families. In place of family separation, the administration is pursuing the expansion of an equally horrific practice: holding families in detention camps. This practice has sadly persisted in the United States since 2001. Neither option—separation or detention—is […]

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How Long Does It Take USCIS to Issue a Green Card?

How Long Does It Take USCIS to Issue a Green Card?

How long does it take to process an application for permanent residence in the United States, or a “green card?” You might be surprised by how difficult it is to find a reliable answer to this common question. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—the agency that adjudicates applications for permanent residence and other immigration benefits—provides […]

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