Our real-world, real-people experiences form the basis of our national advocacy, which is a rare model among advocacy organizations. Our direct legal services work provides a unique vantage point from which to observe how our immigration system impacts people and communities. We have real, first-hand evidence that goes into our reports, into Congressional testimony, and into all avenues of our advocacy and educational work.
In addition, AI Justice is based in Miami, Florida. Florida is a bellwether state and national testing ground for immigration policies. It was at the forefront in enacting post-9/11 anti-immigration measures, the first state to deputize police as immigration officers, and among the states where Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) first implemented its Secure Communities' program, through which biometric data of all persons arrested in the county is passed on to ICE, which runs the data through its databases and issues "detainers" for persons it wishes to take into custody. Detainers routinely are issued prior to resolution of any criminal charges.
The nation’s fourth largest state, Florida mirrors U.S. demographics except that it has higher proportions of immigrants and elderly residents, which reflects what the demographics of the country will be in the coming decades. Our Miami base places us in a prime position to analyze trends and concerns in the immigration arena.