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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Should English-Speaking America Care about Immigration Reform?

Written by on January 21, 2015 in President Obama, Reform with 4 Comments
Should English-Speaking America Care about Immigration Reform?

President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union speech this week, which was followed up by two GOP rebuttals, one in English, the other in Spanish. Comparing all three speeches is a lesson in the parties’ contrasting views on immigration reform and who they believe truly has a stake in the fight. First, the […]

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Attorneys General from 12 States, D.C. File Brief in Support of Executive Action on Immigration

Written by on January 12, 2015 in Executive Action with 2 Comments
Attorneys General from 12 States, D.C. File Brief in Support of Executive Action on Immigration

Texas is leading a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive action on immigration and has asked for a preliminary injunction that will be considered in a hearing on Thursday, January 15 in a federal district court in Brownsville, Texas. Texas is arguing that the president’s actions will harm states economically and socially. Challenging these claims, Washington […]

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Sheriff Arpaio’s Lawsuit Against Executive Action Faces Uphill Climb

Written by on December 22, 2014 in Executive Action, News Flash with 0 Comments
Sheriff Arpaio’s Lawsuit Against Executive Action Faces Uphill Climb

On Monday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments in the first of two cases being brought against parts of President Obama’s recently announced executive action on immigration. Notorious Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is seeking to stop the implementation of the DACA and DAPA programs based on the increased […]

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Report Documents Evidence of Migrant Shakedowns by Border Enforcement

Report Documents Evidence of Migrant Shakedowns by Border Enforcement

Imagine what it would be like to be in a foreign country, and law enforcement officials take your phone, identification and money. Then, what if you are moved through a series of short-term holding cells and then longer term detention facilities and eventually released by being deported to another country without any access to your […]

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The Truth Behind the Fear-Mongering Around Immigration Executive Action

Written by on November 18, 2014 in Executive Action, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 7 Comments
The Truth Behind the Fear-Mongering Around Immigration Executive Action

The anti-immigrant crowd’s latest arguments against executive action are emerging. Not surprising, they are no different than the ones they have long levied against legislative efforts at immigration reform. Their linguistic fear-mongering includes the mischaracterization of temporary reprieves from deportation as amnesty/green cards and citizenship for all, as well as pushing the myth that immigrants […]

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Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss Case of U.S. Citizen Girl Who Was Deported

Written by on October 10, 2014 in Courts, Department of Homeland Security, Deportation with 5 Comments
Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss Case of U.S. Citizen Girl Who Was Deported

In 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), unlawfully detained a 4-year-old girl when she arrived at Dulles Airport in Virginia, deprived her of any contact with her parents, and then sent her back to Guatemala. The girl’s father subsequently filed a lawsuit on his daughter’s […]

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Immigration Bar Urges Congress, President to Shut Down Family Detention Center in Artesia

Written by on September 18, 2014 in Detention, Family with 0 Comments
Immigration Bar Urges Congress, President to Shut Down Family Detention Center in Artesia

This week, the nation’s largest association of immigration attorneys and professors sent a powerful letter to Congress and the President urging them to immediately close the family detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, where the U.S. currently detains women and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. The letter, signed by attorneys who have […]

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Anti-Immigrant Groups Attempt to Incite Fear Over Administrative Action

Written by on August 14, 2014 in Myths, Restrictionists with 2 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Groups Attempt to Incite Fear Over Administrative Action

As news trickles out of the White House that President Obama is planning to announce a program like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative for other worthy populations, the anti-immigrant community is preparing their fire. An early shot comes via a post in The Hill where the Center for Immigration Studies claims that […]

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Central American Children’s Testimony Humanizes Debate Around Unaccompanied Minors

Written by on July 30, 2014 in Children, Congress, Hearings with 14 Comments
Central American Children’s Testimony Humanizes Debate Around Unaccompanied Minors

Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus convened a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to add another dimension to the the ongoing debate around unaccompanied children from Central America arriving in large numbers at our southern border. Three children, who were once unaccompanied minors from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, testified to the violence they […]

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Not All Members of Congress Recognize the Nation’s Role in Protecting Unaccompanied Minors

Not All Members of Congress Recognize the Nation’s Role in Protecting Unaccompanied Minors

The House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing today entitled, “Dangerous Passage: The Growing Problem of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border.” Committee members questioned the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson on the growing humanitarian crisis at our southern border. Thousands of children from Central America are arriving seeking protection from the violence […]

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