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Alisa Wellek
Alisa Wellek is Co-Executive Director of the Immigrant Defense Project where she helps guide IDP's work to fight for the rights of all immigrants accused or convicted of crimes. Through advocacy, community education, and litigation, Alisa focuses on challenging programs that entangle local law enforcement and Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and funnel immigrants into an unjust detention and deportation system. She received her JD from New York University School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow, Dwight Opperman Scholar, and Florence Allen Scholar.

Entries by Alisa Wellek

A Call to Defund Deportation

(133) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 1:01 PM

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson testified before Congress last week about his proposed three billion dollar increase to DHS funding for the next fiscal year. Earlier this year, Republican wrangling over the DHS budget temporarily put a spotlight on DHS funding, an issue...

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Deportation for Possessing a Sock: Supreme Court Case Reflects How the War on Drugs Fuels the War on Immigrants

(11) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 5:52 PM

The Supreme Court yesterday heard a case that reflects the tragic absurdity of both the War on Drugs and the mass deportation machine that relies on it: Moones Mellouli, a math teacher and lawful permanent resident has been forever separated from his family and home in the U.S. for possessing...

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Below the Radar: The U.S. Deports Military Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 6:16 PM

As the nation honors those who died in military service this Memorial Day, we should also remember the brave veterans who survived their time on the battlefield, but lost their country due to the failings of today's immigration system.

Thousands of immigrants have risked their lives for a belief that...

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Senate Immigration Bill Is Not a Clear Victory for Immigrant Communities

(226) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 6:38 PM

The final Senate vote on the immigration bill has just been cast. This is a historic moment for the United States, but there remain serious problems with this flawed bill as it stands today. The Senate bill falls short of ensuring fundamental due process protections for all aspiring citizens, and...

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Putting an End to Sledgehammer Justice: Lawmakers Must Heed the Call for a Fair and Inclusive Path to Citizenship

(8) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 4:34 PM

The current immigration bill falls short of overhauling our broken immigration system. The heart of the bill is clearly the pathway to citizenship, but what's missing from the conversation is the number of individuals who will actually be barred from this path. Provisions in the bill and several amendments that...

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Boston Should Not Be Excuse to Deny Human Rights in Immigration System

(6) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 12:23 PM

As the nation recovers from the horrific bombings in Boston, conservatives hastily called for delay of the Senate's upcoming immigration reform debate, perhaps with the intent of proposing more extreme immigration measures and scoring political points with immigration opponents.

Some likewise used the fear after Timothy McVeigh's 1995 bombing in...

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