Wendy Feliz

Wendy Feliz is the Director of Communications at the American Immigration Council. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Feliz served as Director of Development at New America Media, after having worked at the Open Society Institute, and public radio station WAMU 88.5 as the Manager of Foundation Relations and Public Information. Ms. Feliz has spent much of her career in the non-profit world including with The California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in East Los Angeles and The Young Adult Institute and Latino Worker’s Center in New York City. Ms. Feliz received her M.A. in Public Communication from the American University in Washington D.C. and she holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the New School University in New York.

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What a Donald Trump Victory Means for Immigrant Rights

Written by on November 9, 2016 in Elections with 3 Comments
What a Donald Trump Victory Means for Immigrant Rights

The 2016 presidential election is, at long last, behind us. While pundits will interpret the significance of the election results for months to come, already clear is the broad public support for sensible and humane immigration policies. In fact, despite the rhetoric on the campaign trail, a range of post-election data show that the majority […]

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Latino Voters Turn Out in Record Numbers, Many Driven by Immigration Concerns

Written by on November 8, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
Latino Voters Turn Out in Record Numbers, Many Driven by Immigration Concerns

Reports on early voting trends, election-eve polling and Election Day exit polls are coming together a powerful narrative about the Latino electorate and the public’s desire to move forward with humane and practical immigration solutions. Not only are Latino voters turning out in record numbers, but they are self-reporting that they care deeply about the […]

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Presidential Candidates Offer Vastly Different Visions on Immigration Policy

Written by on November 7, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
Presidential Candidates Offer Vastly Different Visions on Immigration Policy

After more than a year of intense campaigning, election-day is finally here. The two major party candidates have offered two completely different visions for America and the direction they would take immigration policy. Hillary Clinton has said that she will introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship within the first hundred days of […]

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What We Learned About the Candidates’ Immigration Views in the Final Debate

Written by on October 20, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
What We Learned About the Candidates’ Immigration Views in the Final Debate

The 2016 presidential debate cycle is now complete and little was said on the topic of immigration until the final one. Not surprisingly, no new information came to light.  In fact, each of the candidates basically assumed their fallback positions on immigration: Donald Trump believes in enforcement-first, focusing on building a wall on the southern […]

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Six of America’s 2016 Nobel Laureates are Immigrants

Written by on October 11, 2016 in Integration with 1 Comment
Six of America’s 2016 Nobel Laureates are Immigrants

Each year, the Nobel Foundation awards prizes in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace to the most innovative scientists, researchers, writers, and peace-builders in our world. So far this year, six Americans have been awarded the prize in the areas of chemistry, physics and economics—each of whom is an immigrant. These scientists have […]

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A Nation of Immigrants Celebrates Welcoming Week

Written by on September 19, 2016 in Integration with 0 Comments
A Nation of Immigrants Celebrates Welcoming Week

Americans hold dear the ideal that the United States is a nation of immigrants. In fact, most Americans can easily recount their own family’s immigration history, and while we may hold differing views on how to update our outdated immigration system, the enduring knowledge that America was built by immigrants—and will always be a nation of […]

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The Fossilization of Donald Trump’s Views on Immigration Complete

Written by on September 1, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
The Fossilization of Donald Trump’s Views on Immigration Complete

Recent rumors that Donald Trump was considering “softening” his immigration policy positions were nothing but a ruse. In fact, what has happened in the past few days has been a hardening, and ultimately a fossilization, of Trump’s previously stated positions on immigration. On Wednesday night in Phoenix, Trump gave a speech where he doubled down […]

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No Pivot Here: Donald Trump’s Rhetorical Tricks on Immigration

Written by on August 24, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
No Pivot Here: Donald Trump’s Rhetorical Tricks on Immigration

The media has swooned over a few vague statements made of late by presidential candidate Donald Trump. He has spent the past few days hinting that he may “soften” his immigration policy with respect to the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Up until very recently he has said  that undocumented immigrants […]

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Why 22 Mothers Are On a Hunger Strike at the Berks Family Detention Facility

Written by on August 15, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Detention, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Why 22 Mothers Are On a Hunger Strike at the Berks Family Detention Facility

In protest of their families’ ongoing and prolonged detention in the Berks County Residential Center, a group of mothers began a hunger strike on Monday, August 8. They penned a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson explaining why: We left our homes in Central America to escape corruption, threats, and violence. We […]

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Democratic National Convention Highlights the Need for Immigration Reform

Written by on July 29, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
Democratic National Convention Highlights the Need for Immigration Reform

Hillary Rodham Clinton accepted the nomination to serve as the Democratic Party’s pick for President Thursday night in Philadelphia, making her the first woman to ever top a mayor party ticket. Throughout the week-long Democratic National Convention, immigration was showcased as both a proud part of America’s history and an issue in critical need of […]

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