Wendy Feliz

Wendy Feliz is the Communications Director at the American Immigration Council. Wendy manages a highly-effective communications operation, working to drive a rational conversation about immigration in the United States. Her experience in public policy/advocacy communications spans her career in the communications field, which has included positions with New America Media, the Open Society Institute, and WAMU 88.5 FM. Earlier in her career she provided direct service to clients through programs at The California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Young Adult Institute. Wendy has an M.A. in Public Communication from the American University, a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the New School University, and an A.A. from East Los Angeles Community College.

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Settlement Reached With Government Over Access to Mental Health Evaluations in Family Detention Centers

Written by on August 21, 2017 in Asylum, Detention, Right to Counsel with 0 Comments
Settlement Reached With Government Over Access to Mental Health Evaluations in Family Detention Centers

Nothing is a better predictor of an immigrant’s success in their immigration case, than whether or not they have access to competent legal assistance. However, the U.S. Government has at times made the hurdles to enlisting legal help insurmountable. One such example came in March 2017, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) banned a legal […]

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Life-Saving Humanitarian Aid Camp Raided by Border Patrol in Arizona Desert

Life-Saving Humanitarian Aid Camp Raided by Border Patrol in Arizona Desert

Each year, hundreds of individuals perish while crossing into the United States from Mexico and Central America. Death while crossing the desert is often due to dehydration and other medical emergencies. Often migrants get lost and are poorly equipped for the treacherous journey, succumbing to the desert heat and exhaustion. As a result, in 2004 a […]

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement Continues to Inhibit Asylum Seekers’ Legal Access and Invite Litigation

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Continues to Inhibit Asylum Seekers’ Legal Access and Invite Litigation

Since the reintroduction of family detention under the Obama administration, abuse of the mothers and children held in these facilities has run rampant. The family detention scheme has grown increasingly controversial not only because it has failed to provide safe and humane conditions for mothers and children, but also because the government has created arbitrary […]

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Justice Department Changes Tune on Sanctuary Cities, Acknowledging Administration’s Bark Is Worse Than Its Bite

Written by on May 23, 2017 in Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
Justice Department Changes Tune on Sanctuary Cities, Acknowledging Administration’s Bark Is Worse Than Its Bite

While campaigning for office, then-candidate Trump threatened to punish so-called sanctuary cities by defunding them. Soon after his inauguration, he released an executive order on interior enforcement. The order partially focused on getting local officers to become force multipliers by assisting federal immigration agents in the identification, detention, and deportation of immigrants. The president’s order […]

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Travel Ban 2.0 Halted by Two District Judges

Travel Ban 2.0 Halted by Two District Judges

The Trump administration has failed in its attempt to rewrite the executive order banning individuals from targeted Muslim-majority nations in order to pass legal muster. On the eve of the new order taking effect, two district judges have shut it down. The first nationwide order was issued by a district court in Hawaii on Wednesday […]

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What a Donald Trump Victory Means for Immigrant Rights

Written by on November 9, 2016 in Elections with 3 Comments
What a Donald Trump Victory Means for Immigrant Rights

The 2016 presidential election is, at long last, behind us. While pundits will interpret the significance of the election results for months to come, already clear is the broad public support for sensible and humane immigration policies. In fact, despite the rhetoric on the campaign trail, a range of post-election data show that the majority […]

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Latino Voters Turn Out in Record Numbers, Many Driven by Immigration Concerns

Written by on November 8, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
Latino Voters Turn Out in Record Numbers, Many Driven by Immigration Concerns

Reports on early voting trends, election-eve polling and Election Day exit polls are coming together a powerful narrative about the Latino electorate and the public’s desire to move forward with humane and practical immigration solutions. Not only are Latino voters turning out in record numbers, but they are self-reporting that they care deeply about the […]

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Presidential Candidates Offer Vastly Different Visions on Immigration Policy

Written by on November 7, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
Presidential Candidates Offer Vastly Different Visions on Immigration Policy

After more than a year of intense campaigning, election-day is finally here. The two major party candidates have offered two completely different visions for America and the direction they would take immigration policy. Hillary Clinton has said that she will introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship within the first hundred days of […]

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What We Learned About the Candidates’ Immigration Views in the Final Debate

Written by on October 20, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
What We Learned About the Candidates’ Immigration Views in the Final Debate

The 2016 presidential debate cycle is now complete and little was said on the topic of immigration until the final one. Not surprisingly, no new information came to light.  In fact, each of the candidates basically assumed their fallback positions on immigration: Donald Trump believes in enforcement-first, focusing on building a wall on the southern […]

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Six of America’s 2016 Nobel Laureates are Immigrants

Written by on October 11, 2016 in Integration with 1 Comment
Six of America’s 2016 Nobel Laureates are Immigrants

Each year, the Nobel Foundation awards prizes in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace to the most innovative scientists, researchers, writers, and peace-builders in our world. So far this year, six Americans have been awarded the prize in the areas of chemistry, physics and economics—each of whom is an immigrant. These scientists have […]

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