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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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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The State Immigration Laws You Should Know About

Written by on January 24, 2018 in Economics, Legislation, State and Local, State by State with 0 Comments
The State Immigration Laws You Should Know About

In the course of the first year under the Trump administration, states and localities have increasingly pursued immigration policies that serve the best interests of their own communities. While there were extreme differences in these state-level approaches to immigration, overall more states enacted policies designed to protect, support, and welcome their residents, immigrants and nonimmigrants […]

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What You Need to Know About Foreign-Trained Doctors in the U.S. Healthcare System

What You Need to Know About Foreign-Trained Doctors in the U.S. Healthcare System

There are more than 247,000 doctors with medical degrees from foreign countries practicing in the United States. A fourth of all physicians in the nation are foreign-trained—the majority of whom are also likely foreign-born (based on medical licensing data). With healthcare worker shortages projected for the foreseeable future, the U.S. healthcare system may increasingly depend […]

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Doctors Warn Immigration Enforcement Hurts Children

Written by on December 19, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Doctors Warn Immigration Enforcement Hurts Children

Anyone reading the news knows that immigration and the threat of aggressive enforcement have been prominent issues throughout 2017. But what the headlines often miss is how people in America—families, children, grandparents, and everyone in between—are affected by shifts in attitudes toward immigrants and immigration policy. Increasingly, research shows that policy decisions designed to limit […]

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