The American Immigrant Policy Portal

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19 Collections of
Research Abstracts and Links
Available for Your Quick Reference 

      Learn about evidence-based policies and strategies to address human need, build strong communities, boost economic growth, promote immigrant integration, and preserve the American dream


      How does global migration impact local communities? What are the key challenges and opportunities?  In an era of highly-charged debate on immigration, often based on fear and misinformation, what light can the research community shed on these questions?

      This site provides digests of important research dealing with policy options and model practices designed to promote immigrant integration, intergroup understanding, economic revitalization, and organizational success.

      More than 1,500 abstracts (with links to the full studies) have been grouped into 19 topical collections listed on the navigation bar. The Portal also provides links to events, commentary, and selected media coverage of interest to our readers. See below for latest additions.





February 13, 2023
House GOP grapples with disagreement over border and immigration legislation
Emily Brooks & Rafael Bernal, The Hill
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February 6, 2023
mmigration Rebound Eases Shortage of Workers, Up to a Point
Lydia DePillis, The New York Times
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February 5, 2023
Utah immigrant task force proposes steps to better integrate 'New Americans'
Tim Vandenack, Daily Herald
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February 2, 2023
Over 75,000 Job Openings in Iowa Alone. Millions of Refugees Seeking Work. Make the Connection
Kristie De Pena et al, The New York Times
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January 30, 2023
Biden Can Use a First Fix for a Broken Immigration System (Opening Up More Pathways for Humanitarian Parole)
Stan Veuger et al, American Enterprise Institute
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January 30, 2023
Proposal for a winning GOP strategy in 2024 -- back to business with immigration reform
Neil Hare, The Fulcrum
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January 28, 2023
It's great timing for the US's first immigration increase in years -- but experts say Biden needs to reverse more Trump-era policies for the economy to feel the maximum effect
Jason Lalijee & Madison Hoff, Business Insider
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January 26, 2023
How labor shortages drive inflation and how immigration can help
Cecilia Esterline, Niskanen Center
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January 26, 2023
Senators fight partisan headwinds in pursuit of immigration deal
Suzanne Monyak, Roll Call
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January 24, 2023
GOP-led states challenge Biden's new migration 'parole' program
Suzanne Monyak, Roll Call
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January 24, 2023
More parolees should be allowed to work upon arrival
Cecilia Esterline & Gil Guerra, Niskanen Center
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January 23, 2023
Early rift over immigration exposes House GOP's tough path to consensus
Marianna Sotomayor & Theodoric Meyer, The Washington Post,
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January 22, 2023
Immigration needs a solution, not hatred
Eric Adams, The Washington Post
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January 19, 2023
N.J. expands health care coverage to all children, regardless of immigration status
Sophie Nieto-Munoz, New Jersey Monitor
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January 19, 2023
Biden gets real on immigration
Will Marshall, The Hill
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January 17, 2023
Big Tech's Layoffs Highlight How the US Fails Immigrant Workers
Anna Kramer, Wired
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January 13, 2023
House GOP To Vote On Immigration Bill That Could End Asylum
Stuart Anderson Forbes
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January 12, 2023
Traditional immigration policy has failed. Biden is right to try to reform it.
Fareed Zakaria, The Washington Post
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"Current immigration policies are mismatched with market forces and demographic realities. These mismatches have led to serious dysfunctions in the immigration system -- from illegal migration to untenable backlogs and an overreliance on temporary visas for long-term employment situations. Sustaining the growth of the U.S. labor force and avoiding the accumulation of new unauthorized immigrant populations will require deep reforms to the U.S. immigration system, beyond those contemplated by the Biden administration's legislative proposal."

Musaffar Chishti et al, "Rethinking the U.S. Legal Immigration System: A Policy Road Map," Migration Policy Institute, 14.
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Around the country, state and local officials are responding in creative ways to the challenge of integrating the millions immigrants who entered the United States over the last three decades. Learn about their work on our local government and state government pages.

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Who are the migrants being transported to northern cities by southern governors? Report provides an explanation and a critique of the effort
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Report turns a spotlight on how faulty and unreliable foreign data harms the interest of immigrants seeking asylum and other forms of protection in the U.S.
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Study examines the effectiveness of New York's Excluded Worker Fund in meeting the needs of immigrants without legal status during the pandemic
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Report chronicles a decade of state immigrant rights victories
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Study sheds light on the experiences of mixed status families with stimulus checks during the pandemic
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Report discusses the growing and burdensome number of "recruitment costs" that migrant laborers must absorb in order to take jobs in other countries
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Paper makes the case for federal impact aid to localities with a high concentration of recently-arrived immigrants, especially those with low levels of education
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Using a database of 230 million people, paper analyzes the outsized role that immigrants play in stimulating economic innovation in the U.S.
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Report discusses strategies to boost immigrant participation in apprenticeship programs designed to combat labor shortages in the early childhood education and care systems and to bring more multilingual workers into the early childhood field
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Report surveys the landscape of current efforts to provide workforce development and career advancement services to immigrants and points out areas where new models and investments are needed
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Report stresses the importance of serving immigrants in federal and state adult education programs designed to help participants acquire occupational credentials
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MPI publishes 25 state fact sheets on the growing number and characteristics of families with children who are dual language learners
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Paper calls for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration system to align with the needs of the economy
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Paper emphasizes the importance of working together with other nations in the Americas to manage migration and draws attention to promising initiatives already underway
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Study finds that the number of people worldwide enduring conditions of modern slavery has risen to almost 50 million
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Report chronicles recent victories in the movement to end immigrant detention in the U.S.
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Report examines trends in the issuance of temporary visas over the last two decades
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Report assesses the extent of limited English proficiency among Asian American populations and stresses the importance of language accessibility in order to achieve health equity 
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Report finds evidence of burnout among staff of immigrant service organizations and urges funders to provide resources to address the problem
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