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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
There Is No Evidence That TPS Designations Increase Irregular Migration to the United StatesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 17, 2021
How Executive Action Can Build a More Fair, Humane, and Workable Immigration SystemCenter for American ProgressJanuary 11, 2021
TPS Can Promote Stability and Recovery for Central American Countries Hit by Recent HurricanesCenter for American ProgressDecember 21, 2020
Promoting Accountability: State and Federal Officials Shouldn’t Be Above the LawCenter for American ProgressDecember 17, 2020
The President and Immigration Law: Restoring Faith in Our Immigration System Through Enforcement Discretion and ReformJust SecurityOctober 14, 2020
New DHS Policy Threatens To Undo Gains Made by DACA RecipientsCenter for American ProgressOctober 5, 2020
Amid Changes to the DACA Program and COVID-19, DACA Recipients are Fired Up and Civically EngagedUnited We DreamOctober 2, 2020
Immigrants as Essential Workers During COVID-19Center for American ProgressSeptember 28, 2020
Philanthropy Can’t Support the Common Good When It Supports White Supremacy (Letter to the Editor)The Chronicle of PhilanthropySeptember 11, 2020
5 Immediate Steps To Rein in DHS in the Wake of PortlandCenter for American ProgressSeptember 2, 2020
The Trump Administration Must Immediately Resume Processing New DACA ApplicationsCenter for American ProgressJuly 13, 2020
Data on the Coronavirus Outbreak in Immigration Detention Offer More Questions than AnswersCenter for American ProgressJune 16, 2020
Federal Immigration Officials Must Take Immediate Action To Prevent Further Coronavirus Outbreaks at Detention FacilitiesCenter for American ProgressMay 1, 2020
A Demographic Profile of TPS Holders Providing Essential Services During the Coronavirus CrisisCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2020
Federal Immigration Officials Can Help Protect Public Health During the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American ProgressMarch 18, 2020
DHS Must Suspend Certain Immigration Enforcement Practices During the Coronavirus OutbreakCenter for American ProgressMarch 10, 2020
Bait and Switch: How the Trump Administration Is Trying to Deport Spouses of U.S. CitizensCenter for American ProgressFebruary 18, 2020
Attorney General Barr Brings Bluster, Not Substance, to a New Attack on State AuthorityCenter for American ProgressFebruary 11, 2020
Preserving America as a Welcoming Nation by Thoughtfully Managing ChangeCenter for American ProgressFebruary 7, 2020
Democratic Congressional Leaders Call for Investigations Into Trump Administration’s Likely Illegal TPS TerminationsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 6, 2020
Supreme Court Ruling on Public Charge Worsens an Already Dysfunctional Legal Immigration SystemCenter for American ProgressJanuary 31, 2020
Acting ICE Director Albence Commits to Deporting DACA Recipients, Highlighting the Real Stakes of the Pending Supreme Court CaseCenter for American ProgressJanuary 28, 2020
Board of Immigration Appeals Greenlights Deportation of Immigrants Eligible for and Deserving of ReliefCenter for American ProgressJanuary 28, 2020
On Third Anniversary of Muslim Ban, Trump Administration Appears Poised To Expand Upon Bigoted PoliciesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 27, 2020
Mother of Cancer Patient Faces Deportation Despite Medical Deferred Action ProgramCenter for American ProgressJanuary 23, 2020
Advocacy Groups File Lawsuit Against ‘Safe Third Country’ Agreements That Violate U.S. and International Law by Returning Individuals to Life-Threatening ConditionsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 17, 2020
Fast-Track Deportations of Asylum-Seekers Ignore Basic Procedural Protections Required by LawCenter for American ProgressJanuary 2, 2020
New York and New Jersey Pass Legislation Allowing Undocumented Residents to Apply for Driver’s LicensesCenter for American ProgressDecember 19, 2019
DACA Recipients’ Livelihoods, Families, and Sense of Security Are at Stake This NovemberCenter for American ProgressSeptember 19, 2019
A new Trump administration rule undermines key protections and sanitary standards for migrant children. The move is dangerous and cruel.Business InsiderAugust 22, 2019
Restoring the Rule of Law Through a Fair, Humane, and Workable Immigration SystemCenter for American ProgressJuly 22, 2019
Building a More Dynamic Economy: The Benefits of ImmigrationCenter for American ProgressJune 26, 2019
Language Access Has Life-or-Death Consequences for MigrantsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 20, 2019
Immigration Reform and the Rule of LawCenter for American ProgressFebruary 15, 2019
What Should and Should Not Be in Any Homeland Security Funding DealCenter for American ProgressJanuary 30, 2019
Immigration Priorities in the 116th CongressCenter for American ProgressJanuary 8, 2019
HHS Plans to Strip Vital Programs of Funding to Hold More Immigrant Children in CustodyCenter for American ProgressSeptember 28, 2018
A Win in the Courts Would Harm the 10 States Suing to End DACACenter for American ProgressAugust 24, 2018
Ending DACA Would Have Wide-Ranging Effects but Immigrant Youth are Fired Up and Politically EngagedUnited We DreamAugust 23, 2018
Kavanaugh’s Record Shows a Disregard for Immigrants — and the LawRealClearPolicyAugust 21, 2018
Amid Legal and Political Uncertainty, DACA Remains More Important Than EverCenter for American ProgressAugust 15, 2018
The 4 Worst Parts of the Securing America’s Future ActCenter for American ProgressJune 7, 2018
The Sessions Trap on ImmigrationUnivisionApril 16, 2018
Dreams Deferred: A Look at DACA Renewals and Losses Post-March 5Center for American ProgressMarch 2, 2018
5 Things the Trump Administration Can Do Right Now to Protect Dreamers and Show Good FaithCenter for American ProgressFebruary 6, 2018
Debunking the Lie that Dreamers Can WaitCenter for American ProgressJanuary 19, 2018
Congress Must Pass the Dream ActThe HillDecember 19, 2017
Is Trump Planning to Distract from His Tax Bill by Causing a Government Shutdown?Center for American ProgressDecember 6, 2017
Thousands of DACA Recipients Are Already Losing Their Protection From DeportationCenter for American ProgressNovember 9, 2017
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