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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Tim Kaine’s Views on Immigration Policy

Written by on July 22, 2016 in Elections, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Tim Kaine’s Views on Immigration Policy

Democratic Presidential Candidate, Hilary Clinton has named Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as her Vice-Presidential running mate.

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Donald Trump’s Losing View on Immigration Policy

Written by on July 22, 2016 in Elections with 1 Comment
Donald Trump’s Losing View on Immigration Policy

Historically, America has done well when everyone works together towards common goals that pool our collective strengths. We have built a great nation, and much of our success continues to derive from the fact that we are a nation that welcomes and integrates people from around the world. Yet, most of Mr. Trump’s speech at […]

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Tracking Hillary Clinton’s Promises on Immigration Reform

Written by on July 15, 2016 in Elections with 1 Comment
Tracking Hillary Clinton’s Promises on Immigration Reform

By 2050, minorities will become the majority in the United States. This is the first point Hillary Clinton made while speaking before the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in Washington D.C. this week.  In a pointed speech, which she spent much of criticizing her opponent Donald Trump, Clinton discussed “ending the vicious debate […]

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What You Should Know About Mike Pence’s Harsh Policy Record on Immigrants and Refugees

Written by on July 14, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
What You Should Know About Mike Pence’s Harsh Policy Record on Immigrants and Refugees

In Mike Pence, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has found a kindred spirit in his crusade against immigrants. Trump’s get tough approach to immigration has been no secret and reports of the Republican’s official 2016 platform note that it includes support for a border wall and proposing mandatory prison sentences for deportees who return to the […]

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50 Welcoming Communities Honored at the White House

Written by on July 1, 2016 in Integration with 0 Comments
50 Welcoming Communities Honored at the White House

More than 50 U.S. cities and counties were honored at the White House on Thursday, for their work in creating inclusive and welcoming communities that engage in local immigrant integration efforts. The localities honored are part of the Building Welcoming Communities Campaign—a partnership among The White House Task Force on New Americans, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration […]

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Photographic Evidence of Conditions in CBP’s Short-Term Detention Facilities “Hieleras” Revealed

Written by on June 30, 2016 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Photographic Evidence of Conditions in CBP’s Short-Term Detention Facilities “Hieleras” Revealed

A judge in Arizona unsealed photographs central to ongoing litigation challenging deplorable and unconstitutional conditions in Border Patrol’s short-term detention facilities in the Tucson Sector. The never-before-seen-photos show the inside of facilities known as “hieleras” or ice-boxes—a term coined by those held in the frigid concrete cells. The underlying case is Jane Doe, et al. […]

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Cases Show U.S. Policies Failing Central American Refugee Families

Written by on June 17, 2016 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Cases Show U.S. Policies Failing Central American Refugee Families

Last month, the Obama Administration doubled down on their Central American refugee deterrence policy by beginning a new round of raids targeting mothers and young people for deportation back to some of the most dangerous and violent places in the world. However, similar to the first time the Administration launched raids on these families in […]

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This Lawsuit Seeks to Determine Whether Customs and Border Protection Has Improved Its Complaint System

Written by on June 6, 2016 in Abuses, Due Process & the Courts, Enforcement with 0 Comments
This Lawsuit Seeks to Determine Whether Customs and Border Protection Has Improved Its Complaint System

Two years ago, the American Immigration Council released an analysis of data it had obtained from the Department of Homeland Security detailing an utter lack of responsiveness to complaints filed against agents employed by United States Border Patrol. In fact, the report, No Action Taken: Lack of CBP Accountability in Responding to Complaints of Abuse […]

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Public Radio Report Mischaracterizes U.S. Asylum Process

Public Radio Report Mischaracterizes U.S. Asylum Process

Media outlets are reporting on the uptick in the number of individuals crossing the southern border into the U.S. This trend is not surprising given the ongoing violence in Central America. The conditions in the region are not significantly improving by any measure, and as a result people continue to flee while the Administration’s refugee […]

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Reports of Additional Round-Ups of Refugees Met with Strong Condemnation

Written by on May 13, 2016 in Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Reports of Additional Round-Ups of Refugees Met with Strong Condemnation

Reuters reported late on Thursday that the Obama Administration will launch a new round of immigration raids targeting Central American women and children following their last round-ups in January. The Reuters report says that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is “planning a month-long series of raids in May and June to deport hundreds of Central American […]

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