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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H1-B Cap Filled in a Flash, Underscores Need for Immigration Reform

Written by on April 7, 2015 in News Flash, USCIS, Visas with 0 Comments
H1-B Cap Filled in a Flash, Underscores Need for Immigration Reform

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that USCIS reached the “H-1B cap” for fiscal year 2016—meaning that in seven days, U.S. employers filed more petitions for an H1-B visa to hire a skilled foreign worker than the entire year’s allocation of visas available under current law. Every year, U.S. employers seeking highly skilled […]

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Leaders From Across U.S. Urge Court to End Injunction in Immigration Action Case

Written by on April 6, 2015 in Courts, Executive Action with 1 Comment
Leaders From Across U.S. Urge Court to End Injunction in Immigration Action Case

Multiple legal briefs are being filed today in support of ending the injunction against the Obama Administration’s expansion of deferred action. On February 16, 2015, a Texas federal judge issued a preliminarily injunction against the implementation of the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent […]

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These Four Maps Illustrate How States Are Shaping Immigration Policy

Written by on March 30, 2015 in State and Local Immigration Law with 0 Comments
These Four Maps Illustrate How States Are Shaping Immigration Policy

The New York Times published a series of maps illustrating the different ways in which states either attempt to welcome immigrants into their communities or go out of their way to make them feel unwelcome. The main indicators include which states have a policy allowing undocumented immigrants to drive legally; which provide undocumented students the […]

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Deciphering the Immigration Policy Positions of Ted Cruz

Written by on March 23, 2015 in Elections with 4 Comments
Deciphering the Immigration Policy Positions of Ted Cruz

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) just became the first candidate to officially announce his intention to seek the Republican nomination for President in 2016. In his campaign launch materials, Sen. Cruz highlights his immigrant heritage and recalls his father’s migration story from Cuba to the United States. However, his warm feelings around immigration seem to end […]

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Challenging CBP’s Failure to Respond to FOIA Requests

Written by on March 16, 2015 in Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments
Challenging CBP’s Failure to Respond to FOIA Requests

A class action lawsuit was recently filed by three immigration attorneys and eleven noncitizens challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) nationwide practice of failing to respond to requests for case information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in a timely manner. Brown et al. v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges that routine […]

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DOJ Files Emergency Appeal In Immigration Executive Action Case

DOJ Files Emergency Appeal In Immigration Executive Action Case

Today, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an emergency motion of stay pending appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in response to Texas District Court Judge Hanen’s decision to issue a preliminary injunction ordering a temporary halt to President Obama’s expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative and the creation […]

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Immigration Courts Are Ordering Unrepresented Children Deported

Written by on March 10, 2015 in Children, Deportation with 1 Comment
Immigration Courts Are Ordering Unrepresented Children Deported

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that since 2013, more than 7,000 immigrant children have been ordered deported after missing a hearing in immigration court, according to government data. Immigration advocates and attorneys have raised the alarm that many children who never received notice of their hearings nonetheless are ordered deported for failing to appear […]

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Texas Judge Places Preliminary Hold on President’s Deferred Action Initiatives, Government Likely to Counter

Texas Judge Places Preliminary Hold on President’s Deferred Action Initiatives, Government Likely to Counter

A Texas Judge has placed a preliminary hold on the two initiatives announced by President Obama last November that would expand the two-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  and Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA). These two programs would provide temporary relief from deportation to approximately 5 million […]

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New York Times Exposes ‘Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps’

Written by on February 9, 2015 in Administration, Detention, Family, USCIS with 1 Comment
New York Times Exposes ‘Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps’

The New York Times details the government’s dangerous and expanding practice of detaining women and children who have recently crossed our southwest border in the magazine’s cover story this weekend “The Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps.” The facility the Times describes in Artesia, New Mexico, has since been shuttered, but the newly opened Dilley […]

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A Compelling Case Study in Family Detention and Pro Bono Counsel

Written by on January 30, 2015 in Detention, Due Process with 0 Comments
A Compelling Case Study in Family Detention and Pro Bono Counsel

When the family detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, was hastily propped up by the U.S. government in order to detain and rapidly process women and children for deportation, immigration rights advocates raised alarms. Over the course of several months, as an uptick in families and unaccompanied minors appeared at the U.S. border, the media-fueled […]

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