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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Trump Nominee for USCIS Director Testifies before Senate Committee

Trump Nominee for USCIS Director Testifies before Senate Committee

President Trump’s pick for the next director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Lee Francis Cissna, recently testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. This was the first congressional body to publicly vet Cissna after his nomination. The content of this hearing, coupled with his work advising the Trump campaign, and cozy relationship with a […]

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Some Veterans Observe Memorial Day Under Threat of Deportation

Written by on May 29, 2017 in Benefits & Relief, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Some Veterans Observe Memorial Day Under Threat of Deportation

This Memorial Day, Americans honor U.S. service members who have died while serving their country. Enlisting in the military, and risking one’s life, is considered a powerful demonstration of gratitude and loyalty to one’s nation. And for many, the decision to serve the United States is also a decision to serve their adopted country. Immigrants […]

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Millions of Children, Citizens Impacted by U.S. Immigration Enforcement

Written by on April 3, 2017 in Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Millions of Children, Citizens Impacted by U.S. Immigration Enforcement

Increased attention to immigration enforcement in 2017 has propelled the serious issue of children being separated from an undocumented parent into national headlines. The stories of children, including U.S. citizens, being forcibly separated from a parent are sadly multiplying. In March, for example, 13-year-old Fatima Avelica witnessed and recorded Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents […]

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Immigration Enforcement in Schools, Churches, and Courts: What the Government Can (and Can’t) Do

Written by on February 24, 2017 in Enforcement with 2 Comments
Immigration Enforcement in Schools, Churches, and Courts: What the Government Can (and Can’t) Do

Following the release of President Trump’s immigration enforcement executive orders and implementation memos, and the recent arrest of a transgender domestic violence victim at a courthouse in El Paso, Texas, there has been widespread confusion about where immigration enforcement can and cannot take place. Questions and concerns stem from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) […]

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Immigration Enforcement Under Trump: The First “Surge”

Written by on February 13, 2017 in Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Immigration Enforcement Under Trump: The First “Surge”

Reports and rumors of immigration raids and round ups have been circulating since President Donald Trump took office. Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed that hundreds were arrested through “targeted enforcement actions,” the agency’s preferred term. The enforcement operations targeted homes and workplaces in at least 12 different states— California, New York, Texas, […]

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Mass Deportations Under President Trump Would Devastate U.S. Families, Economy

Written by on February 2, 2017 in Economics, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Mass Deportations Under President Trump Would Devastate U.S. Families, Economy

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration enforcement, research reveals that carrying out a massive deportation plan would have devastating social and economic effects on the United States. Trump’s executive order effectively makes all undocumented immigrants in the country an “enforcement priority.” The Center for Migration Studies’ (CMS) report found that pursuing […]

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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 1 Comment
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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