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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Eight Families Swept up in Immigration Raids Released, While 30 Other Mothers Issue Plea for Freedom

Written by on February 10, 2016 in Detention, Family with 0 Comments
Eight Families Swept up in Immigration Raids Released, While 30 Other Mothers Issue Plea for Freedom

Two mothers from Honduras and six from El Salvador, along with their children, were finally released from family detention centers in the past several days. These families were among those swept up in immigration raids in early January after the Obama Administration claimed their legal avenues had been exhausted. When the families rounded up in […]

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Former Mexican President Says Country Not Paying for a Stupid, Useless Wall

Written by on February 8, 2016 in Border, Elections with 0 Comments
Former Mexican President Says Country Not Paying for a Stupid, Useless Wall

For the past several months, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has taken a harsh stance on immigration, stating more than once that he would finish the wall between the U.S. and Mexico and ensure that Mexico pays for it. For the first time, according to NBC News, a Mexican official has pushed back. Over the […]

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Florida House Punishes Sanctuary Cities, Bill Authorizing Military Force Against Refugees Passes Committee

Written by on February 5, 2016 in State and Local Immigration Law with 0 Comments
Florida House Punishes Sanctuary Cities, Bill Authorizing Military Force Against Refugees Passes Committee

The Florida House of Representatives passed a sweeping “anti-sanctuary city” bill this week that would penalize Florida counties who do not aggressively target undocumented immigrants or who fail to honor every federal request to detain immigrants, regardless of the requests’ constitutionality. A House committee also passed a bill that targets non-Western Hemisphere refugees who are […]

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Mothers Targeted in Immigration Raids and Still Detained Pen Letter to President Obama

Written by on January 28, 2016 in Detention, President Obama, Raids with 0 Comments
Mothers Targeted in Immigration Raids and Still Detained Pen Letter to President Obama

Seven mothers that have been held for four weeks in a family detention facility in Dilley, Texas penned a letter to President Obama asking him to release them and their children while they work through the immigration appeals process. These women and their kids were among those picked up and detained by Immigration and Customs […]

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Senators and Rights Groups Call on White House to Protect, Not Deport Central Americans

Senators and Rights Groups Call on White House to Protect, Not Deport Central Americans

A growing number of policy-players and makers are calling on the U.S. government to protect, rather than deport, Central American migrants and asylum-seekers. As rampant violence and organized crime continues to destabilize the Northern Triangle countries—evidenced not only by numerous reports but, by the thousands fleeing this region in the past several years—many are questioning […]

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Supreme Court Will Review DACA/DAPA Case

Written by on January 19, 2016 in Executive Action, News Flash, Supreme Court with 2 Comments
Supreme Court Will Review DACA/DAPA Case

Today, the Supreme Court decided to review the Fifth Circuit’s decision in the Texas lawsuit that blocks implementation of President Obama’s 2014 deferred action initiatives—DAPA and expanded DACA. The Court is likely to hear oral arguments in April 2016. We can expect a decision by the end of June 2016. For more information visit our […]

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Local and National Politicos Decry Obama Administration’s Raid Policy

Written by on January 12, 2016 in Asylum and Refugee, Enforcement, Raids with 0 Comments
Local and National Politicos Decry Obama Administration’s Raid Policy

The recent immigration raids that saw 121 individuals rounded up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement have created not only a due process crisis, but a powerful political backlash from members of Congress, as well as Presidential candidates who disagree with the policy of aggressively deporting asylum-seekers. The government’s decision to round up Central American families […]

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Attorneys Work Swiftly to Thwart DHS’ Aggressive Enforcement Tactics Against Asylum-Seekers

Attorneys Work Swiftly to Thwart DHS’ Aggressive Enforcement Tactics Against Asylum-Seekers

After a series of immigration raids last weekend, resulting in a reported 121 children and mothers being rounded up, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) quickly transferred many of these families to the family detention center in Dilley, Texas to rapidly process them for deportation. While few have been able to access legal counsel since being […]

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DHS Begins Raids and Deportations of Central American Mothers and Children

DHS Begins Raids and Deportations of Central American Mothers and Children

This past weekend, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducted immigration raids, primarily in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina where, according to DHS, they rounded up 121 individuals, mostly women and children. DHS now is transporting the families to Texas to process them for deportation. The raids were anticipated, as The Washington Post broke the news in […]

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Our Top 10 Most-Read Posts of 2015

Our Top 10 Most-Read Posts of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close we revisit the year’s most-read blog posts on ImmigrationImpact.com. The top 10 posts include analysis of the presidential candidate’s immigration policy positions, developments on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), as well as the ongoing legal battle around President Obama’s executive actions. It also includes posts on the contributions […]

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