Stories by Michele Waslin

Michele Waslin is Senior Policy Analyst with the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Council and a writer for their Immigration Impact blog. subscribe to Michele Waslin's feed

Posted on: Jul 2, 2012, Source: Immigration Impact

After 9/11, immigration reform was only discussed as a national security issue, and many policies were put in place aimed at stopping terrorists from entering the country.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2012, Source: Immigration Impact

The harsh law could cost Alabama up to $11 billion in GDP and nearly $265 million in state income and sales tax, a new report found.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2012, Source: Immigration Impact

The result has been undermining human rights, devastating families and communities, hurting local economies and placing unnecessary burdens on all Americans.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2011, Source: Immigration Impact

Not only did the young adults interviewed excel in school and in their careers, but they also chose careers that allow them to give back to the community.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2011, Source: Immigration Impact

Jessica St. Pierre, a U.S. citizen who spent days navigating government bureaucracy trying to fix a spacing issue in her last name, was fired from her job.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2011, Source: Immigration Impact

There is little apparent relationship between recent immigration and unemployment rates at the regional, state, or county level.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2011, Source: Immigration Impact

Legislators are simply using their own states and constituents as staging grounds for their ultimate battle; there would be no immediate implications for the states that pass it.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2010, Source: Immigration Impact

One piece of a successful legalization program must be to help legalized immigrants integrate as quickly as possible and meet specified criteria.

Posted on: Oct 30, 2010, Source: Immigration Impact

The OIG report shows that ICE talks about its priorities, but doesn't have actual mechanisms to meet them by measuring progress or ensuring compliance.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2010, Source: Immigration Impact

"Securing the border first” is an empty demand because the border is more secure than ever and immigration enforcement has increased dramatically.

Posted on: May 26, 2010, Source: Immigration Impact

Americans agree that the immigration system is broken and something must be done about it.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2010, Source: Immigration Impact

Until we have comprehensive immigration reform, ICE is going to be saddled with an enormous list of targets, and many people watching to see how they’re going to tackle it.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2009, Source: Immigration Impact

Critics say a key immigration enforcement program is based on widespread ethnic profiling.

Posted on: Sep 26, 2009, Source: Immigration Impact

Some of us already knew that.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2009, Source: Immigration Impact

“If the government were engaged in these types of systematic and widespread constitutional violations toward any other group ..."

Posted on: Jul 14, 2009, Source: Immigration Impact

The fact is that immigrants, including undocumented immigrants, are actually less likely to commit crimes than U.S. citizens.

Posted on: Oct 12, 2008, Source: New America Media

A misleading report by an anti-immigration "think-tank" doesn't change the fact that the system isn't reliable.