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Expertise: Immigration law and policy

Tom Jawetz is the vice president of Immigration Policy at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, Tom served as chief counsel on the Immigration Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. In that capacity, Tom devised and executed strategies for immigration-related hearings and markups before the Committee on the Judiciary and legislation on the House floor. He has advised members of Congress and congressional staff on all areas of immigration law and policy.

Prior to his time at the Judiciary Committee, Tom worked as the immigration detention staff attorney at the National Prison Project, a part of the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU. There, he represented detainees in class action and individual challenges to unlawful conditions of confinement and twice testified before Congress. While at ACLU, he investigated abuses in Louisiana jails and prisons during and after Hurricane Katrina and co-authored the report “Abandoned and Abused: Orleans Parish Prisoners in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina.” He previously represented asylum seekers in judicial and administrative proceedings with the Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Kimba M. Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Tom holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the Yale Law School.

By Tom Jawetz
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The House Has Passed a Bill That Could Create a National Deportation MachineThe American ProspectSeptember 7, 2017
DACA Recipients’ Economic and Educational Gains Continue to GrowCenter for American ProgressAugust 28, 2017
A New Threat to DACA Could Cost States Billions of DollarsCenter for American ProgressJuly 21, 2017
The Trump Budget Neglects Basic Protections and Funds a Deportation Force InsteadCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2017
The Negative Consequences of Entangling Local Policing and Immigration EnforcementCenter for American ProgressMarch 21, 2017
Trump’s Deportation Rules Will Make America Unsafe AgainFortuneFebruary 24, 2017
DACA Helps Young People Realize the Promise of the American DreamCenter for American ProgressDecember 15, 2016
New Study of DACA Beneficiaries Shows Positive Economic and Educational OutcomesCenter for American ProgressOctober 18, 2016
Immigration Reform — Not Mass Deportation — Is the Only Viable ChoiceMediumOctober 6, 2016
How the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Can End Its Reliance on Private PrisonsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 14, 2016
The Opportunity Scholarship for Young Immigrants Is an Opportunity for Welcoming StatesCenter for American ProgressJune 8, 2016
Everything You Need to Know About United States v. TexasCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2016
On Tax Day, Remember the Contributions of Unauthorized ImmigrantsInsideSourcesApril 13, 2016
4 Reasons Why States Suing to Stop Immigration Actions Stand to Lose BigCenter for American ProgressMarch 28, 2016
Why We Must Protect Central American Mothers and Children Fleeing ViolenceCenter for American ProgressFebruary 5, 2016
Addressing the Flow of Central American Mothers and Children Seeking ProtectionCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2016
DAPA MattersCenter for American ProgressNovember 19, 2015
2016 and 2020 DAPA-Affected Voters and 2012 Margins of Victory, by StateCenter for American ProgressNovember 19, 2015
America at Its BestCenter for American ProgressNovember 18, 2015
Turning Our Backs on the 14th AmendmentCenter for American ProgressNovember 9, 2015