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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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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Sorry Trump, Immigration is Still Associated with Less Crime and Safer Communities

Written by on April 29, 2016 in Elections, Immigration and Crime with 0 Comments
Sorry Trump, Immigration is Still Associated with Less Crime and Safer Communities

Donald Trump opened a political rally in Southern California last night by sharing the stage with activists who have lost loved ones at the hands of immigrants in the U.S. without legal status. While no one can minimize the pain associated with losing a family member, Trump’s motive behind placing these families at center stage […]

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GOP Perfects Its Formula for Losing the Latino Vote

Written by on April 25, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
GOP Perfects Its Formula for Losing the Latino Vote

After each of the last few national elections, Republican strategists prognosticated that despite their low support among Latino voters, the Republican Party could begin to win them over by talking to them about kitchen-table issues like the economy and job creation. However, they also warned that if the party didn’t find new rhetoric and begin […]

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What Are the Next Steps at the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Texas?

What Are the Next Steps at the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Texas?

The oral arguments in U.S. v. Texas are now complete and dozens of news articles and analyses have attempted to predict what the Court will decide. However, all that truly matters is the final decision rendered by the eight sitting Justices. This begs the questions of when and how do the Justices render a decision […]

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Supreme Court Considers President’s Executive Actions on Immigration While Thousands Rally Outside

Supreme Court Considers President’s Executive Actions on Immigration While Thousands Rally Outside

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas. While lawyers presented their arguments before the eight Justices inside, on the outside families, advocates, immigrants, faith groups, and a wide range of civil rights and community organizations gathered to demonstrate support for the President’s initiatives. The thousands of supporters in attendance overshadowed the […]

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What You Need to Know About the DAPA and Expanded DACA Case Before the Supreme Court

Written by on April 11, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 0 Comments
What You Need to Know About the DAPA and Expanded DACA Case Before the Supreme Court

In the spring of 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider United States v. Texas, a politically charged lawsuit about the legality of some of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The oral argument will take place on Monday, April 18 before the eight sitting justices. The initiatives in dispute—expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals […]

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H-1B Visa Cap Reached in Five Days for Fourth Consecutive Year

Written by on April 8, 2016 in High Skilled with 0 Comments
H-1B Visa Cap Reached in Five Days for Fourth Consecutive Year

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7 that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2017 was reached—meaning that in five business days, U.S. employers filed more petitions for an H-1B visa to hire a skilled foreign worker than the entire year’s allocation of visas available under current law. This means that USCIS […]

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