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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U.S. Settles With 4-Year-Old U.S. Citizen They Wrongfully Deported

U.S. Settles With 4-Year-Old U.S. Citizen They Wrongfully Deported

Some say the wheels of justice turn slowly; however, when justice is finally delivered it is sweet. After more than two years of litigation, the U.S. government has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by Leonel Ruiz on behalf of his minor daughter, alleging that in 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained and […]

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Growing Latino Economic and Political Power “Trumps” GOP Presidential Candidate

Written by on June 30, 2015 in Elections with 0 Comments
Growing Latino Economic and Political Power “Trumps” GOP Presidential Candidate

When Donald Trump threw his hat into the ring for the GOP Presidential nomination earlier this month, he made some of the most racist and offensive remarks ever made by a modern-day Presidential candidate, calling Mexican’s “rapists” and criminals. In making these charged remarks he ignored a critical new reality in modern American politics: the […]

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What Graham’s Candidacy Brings to the GOP Presidential Field

Written by on June 5, 2015 in Elections with 0 Comments
What Graham’s Candidacy Brings to the GOP Presidential Field

Earlier this week, Lindsey Graham became the ninth candidate to announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. Attempting to distinguish himself from the other candidates, Graham is highlighting his foreign policy and national security experience. Yet, the area where he undoubtedly leads the pack is his leadership on immigration reform. With longtime ally Senator […]

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Calls to End Family Detention Come From Capitol Hill

Written by on June 2, 2015 in Detention with 1 Comment
Calls to End Family Detention Come From Capitol Hill

Over the past year, the Obama Administration has rapidly propped up family detention facilities as a knee-jerk response to the influx of women and children who crossed our southern border last summer. The families fleeing violence and persecution have been apprehended, detained in poor conditions, and rapidly processed through immigration hearings with little due process. […]

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California Leads the Transition in Pro-Immigrant State Lawmaking

Written by on May 18, 2015 in State and Local Immigration Law with 1 Comment
California Leads the Transition in Pro-Immigrant State Lawmaking

In the last two decades, the state of California has transformed itself from a leader in anti-immigrant policymaking—most famously attempting to bar the undocumented from attending public schools and localizing immigration enforcement through Prop 187—to a leader in providing creative, forward-thinking policies on immigration. A new analysis by the California Immigrant Policy Center documents the […]

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2016 Presidential Candidates Weigh-In on President Obama’s Immigration Action

Written by on May 12, 2015 in Elections, Executive Action with 1 Comment
2016 Presidential Candidates Weigh-In on President Obama’s Immigration Action

Immigration policy has become a hot topic as the 2016 Presidential primary picks up steam. It is no surprise that the issue of Presidential authority over immigration has taken center stage in recent weeks as Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush have all begun discussing their views around how far the President should have […]

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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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