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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Families Hit Hardest by State Department Visa Denial Uptick

Written by on March 6, 2019 in Benefits & Relief with 0 Comments
Families Hit Hardest by State Department Visa Denial Uptick

Family reunification has long been the cornerstone of U.S. immigration policies. Yet, last year when the administration made changes to guidance around “public charge”—a policy that many consider an economic litmus test for who can come to or stay in the U.S.—advocates decried the impact it would have on families.

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4 Ways ICE Doesn’t Hold Immigration Detention Facilities Accountable

Written by on February 13, 2019 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
4 Ways ICE Doesn’t Hold Immigration Detention Facilities Accountable

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component agency U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have a long-standing and poor track record when it comes to transparency and accountability in immigration detention. A recent investigation from the DHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) confirms these concerns and further exposes problems with ICE’s management […]

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Promise to ‘Build the Wall’ Hurts Businesses and Residents Along the Border 

Promise to ‘Build the Wall’ Hurts Businesses and Residents Along the Border 

As the partial government shutdown stretches on, many individuals, families, and businesses around the country are struggling. At the heart of the shutdown and budget standoff is President Trump’s promise to “build the wall.” Yet for many people and businesses along the border, this is the last thing they want.   Ahead of President Trump’s visit to the U.S.-Mexico border last week, business owners and leaders […]

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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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