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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Hopes Mount That Pope Francis’ Visit Can Tone Down Anti-Immigrant Political Rhetoric

Written by on September 1, 2015 in Elections, Faith with 1 Comment
Hopes Mount That Pope Francis’ Visit Can Tone Down Anti-Immigrant Political Rhetoric

A change in topic is desperately needed right now in the political and policy debate over immigration. The most recent public discussions on how to reform immigration—led in large part by the leading candidates vying for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination—range from impractical and incomplete to downright cruel and nasty. Many, however, are looking to […]

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Birthright Citizenship: What It Is and Why We Need to Preserve It

Written by on August 21, 2015 in Birthright Citizenship, Restrictionists with 3 Comments
Birthright Citizenship: What It Is and Why We Need to Preserve It

There has been a media frenzy over one of the more draconian components of Republican presidential contender Donald Trump’s immigration policy platform. In his plan, released earlier this week, he writes that the U.S. should “End Birthright Citizenship.” However, despite the attention Trump is getting for this, he is not the first—nor the last—to suggest […]

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Is In-Country Processing a Genuine Humanitarian Solution for Central American Refugee Children?

Written by on August 18, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Children with 0 Comments
Is In-Country Processing a Genuine Humanitarian Solution for Central American Refugee Children?

Amidst last year’s uptick in arrivals of mothers and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America, the Administration responded, in part, by ramping up family detention, increasing incentives to the Mexican government to interdict and deport Central Americans before they arrive at the U.S. border and upping development dollars to Northern Triangle countries. In […]

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Trump Dumps His Immigration Plan on America

Written by on August 17, 2015 in Elections, Myths with 1 Comment
Trump Dumps His Immigration Plan on America

Over the weekend, Donald Trump—the current frontrunner in the race for the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination—released his immigration policy platform, which is at its core a smorgasbord of tired, old anti-immigrant policy ideas backed up by half-truths, misstatements, and loads of conflation. He begins the “Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again Plan” by […]

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DHS Faces Challenges as It Rolls Out the Priority Enforcement Program

DHS Faces Challenges as It Rolls Out the Priority Enforcement Program

Among the executive actions on immigration unveiled last November was the announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would end the controversial Secure Communities program and replace it with the new Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). After months of planning, DHS officially launched PEP last month. The agency has begun a full court press on […]

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Congressional Hearings Highlight Need for Practical, Comprehensive Solutions That Promote Public Safety

Congressional Hearings Highlight Need for Practical, Comprehensive Solutions That Promote Public Safety

The tragic murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco this month prompted Congress to schedule two hearings this week—one held today in the Senate Judiciary Committee and another scheduled for Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee. While several family members of victims shared their heart-wrenching stories of loss in today’s Senate hearing, one witness, Reverend […]

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Scott Walker’s Short-Sighted Views on Immigration Policy

Written by on July 14, 2015 in Elections with 2 Comments
Scott Walker’s Short-Sighted Views on Immigration Policy

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has just become the 15th candidate to announce his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination. His public statements and policy choices as Governor demonstrate a policymaker lacking a clear and consistent view on immigration, who also used his budget authority as Governor to take higher education out of the reach of […]

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Jim Webb’s Record on Immigration Policy

Written by on July 7, 2015 in Elections with 0 Comments
Jim Webb’s Record on Immigration Policy

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb is now the fifth Democrat to enter the 2016 presidential campaign. He has been more conservative than most Democrats on the issue of immigration policy while in the Senate, and as a Presidential candidate remains fairly vague about what he would do to reform our immigration system. When he ran […]

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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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