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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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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Government’s Detention of Pregnant Women Questioned by Immigration Groups

Government’s Detention of Pregnant Women Questioned by Immigration Groups

The government continues the appalling practice of detaining pregnant women, most of whom are seeking safety and protection in the United States. Following an official policy change by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), immigrant rights organizations filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request this week demanding the agency release critical information about its use […]

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Family Unity Is Threatened by This New Immigration Enforcement Policy

Written by on April 19, 2018 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Family Unity Is Threatened by This New Immigration Enforcement Policy

In a directive dated Aug. 29, 2017, which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement only posted publicly this week, the government significantly weakened safeguards for the rights of parents during the course of immigration enforcement. The release of the policy change comes amid growing concern that the Trump administration is increasing the separation of families as […]

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This Controversial Immigration Enforcement Program Threatens U.S. Communities

This Controversial Immigration Enforcement Program Threatens U.S. Communities

In an era of increased immigration enforcement, it is even more important to understand the ways in which some states and localities collaborate with the federal government. Recent research also highlights the benefits that immigrants bring to these communities across the country—contributions that could be jeopardized by aggressive enforcement efforts and local-federal entanglement. One of […]

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How Aggressive Immigration Enforcement Hurts America’s Schools

Written by on March 14, 2018 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
How Aggressive Immigration Enforcement Hurts America’s Schools

Immigration enforcement has become increasingly severe, especially in the past year. Yet news coverage often merely scratches the surface of what people across the country are experiencing. Consequently, one topic that often gets left out of the larger conversation is the deep and lasting impact immigration enforcement has on the education of children. Increasingly, education […]

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When Detention Is a Death Sentence

Written by on March 9, 2018 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
When Detention Is a Death Sentence

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pursuing a massive increase in resources for immigrant detention centers, a fundamentally flawed network of largely privatized and remote facilities used to hold immigrants. Yet this already unwieldy system has a concerning history of abuses and substandard conditions, which would likely only worsen with the proposed expansion. The […]

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ICE Issues Guidance on Enforcement at Courthouses

Written by on February 7, 2018 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
ICE Issues Guidance on Enforcement at Courthouses

After a significant increase in arrests outside of courthouses in 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has finally released new guidance that officially gives its agents permission to conduct civil immigration enforcement at courthouses. While this guidance is new, the practice is not. ICE’s presence and arrests at courthouses have prompted public outcry from judges, […]

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Mapping the Local Response to Aggressive Immigration Enforcement

Mapping the Local Response to Aggressive Immigration Enforcement

States, localities, and communities continue to hold their ground against the aggressive and punitive immigration enforcement agenda touted by President Trump and his administration. Compared to a year ago, more U.S. counties have limited their involvement with federal immigration enforcement. Even though the federal government devotes more funding to immigration enforcement than criminal law enforcement, […]

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