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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How the Immigration Court Backlog Would Skyrocket Under Donald Trump’s Plan

Written by on November 16, 2016 in Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
How the Immigration Court Backlog Would Skyrocket Under Donald Trump’s Plan

For more than a decade, the immigration court system has struggled with an enormous backlog. The latest figures from  (TRAC) record the backlog at an all-time high of 521,676 as of the end of October, the first month in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The data release coincides with reports of President-Elect Donald Trump’s plan for […]

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The Death Toll of Immigration Detention

Written by on November 1, 2016 in Abuses, Detention with 0 Comments
The Death Toll of Immigration Detention

Each year on November 1 and 2, people around the world celebrate the Day of the Dead—sometimes called All Souls Day or Día de los Muertos in Spanish—to remember and honor children and adults who have died. To date, since 2003, 165 people have died in immigration detention, including ten in Fiscal Year 2016 (ending […]

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Government Officials Explain Extensive Refugee Vetting Process in Hearing

Written by on September 15, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Government Officials Explain Extensive Refugee Vetting Process in Hearing

Following the 15th anniversary of the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001, Congress is renewing its efforts to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again on U.S. soil. This was the message many members conveyed at a House Homeland Security hearing yesterday examining “terrorist pathways” to the United States. Committee members, including Chairman Michael […]

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Why “Family Detention” is a Misnomer

Why “Family Detention” is a Misnomer

More than two years after the Obama Administration launched its aggressive expansion of family detention in an attempt to “deter” the arrival of asylum-seeking Central American families, numerous problems associated with such practice have been brought to light. One such issue is the separation of family units while in U.S. custody. A report released this […]

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Government Sued For Withholding Records on Immigration Raids

Government Sued For Withholding Records on Immigration Raids

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is continuing to defend the controversial “Operation Border Guardian” program that took more than 100 Central American women and children from their homes in two days of immigration raids last January. According to a lawsuit filed this week by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the law firm […]

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New Book Documents 10 Years of Operation Streamline

New Book Documents 10 Years of Operation Streamline

For more than 10 years, the federal government has operated a program in federal courts along the Southwest border targeting unauthorized border crossers for criminal prosecution. The program, known as Operation Streamline, has long been criticized for its group hearings—up to 75 people at once—that provide little or no due process to those processed through […]

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Detention of Transgender Immigrants Expanding with Texas Facility

Written by on June 3, 2016 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Detention of Transgender Immigrants Expanding with Texas Facility

The massive immigrant detention industry is still growing. According to officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the government is adding to its existing 637 facilities by opening a new privately-run detention center in Texas later this year. The 700-bed facility, which will be operated by the private prison corporation Emerald Correctional Management, includes a […]

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How the Asylum and Immigration Court Backlogs Reached an All-Time High

How the Asylum and Immigration Court Backlogs Reached an All-Time High

The current backlogs in the immigration court and asylum systems have long been a problem and the government offices tasked with bringing the backlog down still have much to do. As detailed in the Human Rights First report In the Balance: Backlogs Delay Protection in the U.S. Asylum and Immigration Court Systems, there are four […]

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Two People Died in Immigration Detention This Week

Written by on May 4, 2016 in Abuses, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Two People Died in Immigration Detention This Week

For more than a decade, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been criticized for the inadequate medical care available in its detention facilities, which has had deadly repercussions. This week, two more people died while in ICE custody—Jose Leonardo Lemus Rajo, 23, of El Salvador and Igor Zyazin, 46, of Russia. Rajo, who was in […]

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Immigration Court Backlog Shows No Sign of Shrinking

Written by on April 22, 2016 in Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Immigration Court Backlog Shows No Sign of Shrinking

The latest figures show that the number of cases pending in immigration court continue to grow. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), there were 486,206 cases in the backlog as of the end of March. This is almost 30,000 more pending cases than Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) Director Juan Osuna reported […]

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