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      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 14 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.






September 16, 2017
How to End the Immigration Wars
Eric Cantor, The New York Times
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September 13, 2017
Trump could deliver immigration reform
Allan Wernick, New York Daily News
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September 7, 2017
DACA, The 1924 Immigration Act and American Exclusion
Ben Railton, Huffington Post
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September 11, 2017
Why Your Economic Argument Against Immigration is Probably Wrong
Benjamin Harris, Fortune
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September 7, 2017
The Birth of 'Illegal' Immigration
Becky Little, History
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September 6, 2017
Immigrants Shouldn't Have to Be 'Talented' to Be Welcome
Masha Gessen, The New York Times
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September 5, 2017
Trump's Move to End DACA and Echoes of The Immigration Act of 1924
Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker
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August 18, 2017
We Need Immigrants With Skills. But Working Hard Is a Skill
Jeff Flake, The New York Times
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August 17, 2017
How Democrats Gave Us Trump's Immigration Nightmare
Clio Chang, The New Republic
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August 17, 2017
Donald Trump is winning on immigration
Joshua Green, The Boston Globe
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August 12, 2017
How Trump is Stifling Entrepreneurship
Deepak Chopra, Kabir Sehgal, & Jeff Oster, Fortune
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August 9, 2017
Right and Left Don't Trust Each Other on Immigration -- and They're Right
Matt Lewis, Daily Beast
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August 7, 2017
Antiracism Backfires
Dennis Saffran, City Journal
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August 6, 2017
The Real History of American Immigration
Joshua Zeitz, Politico
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August 5, 2017
West Virginia's immigration 'problem'
Walter D. Kamphoefner, Houston Chronicle
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August 3, 2017
There's no evidence that immigrants hurt any American workers
Michael Clemens, Vox
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July 18, 2017
How Trump Is Stealthily Carrying Out His Muslim Ban
Farhana Khera & Johnathan J. Smith, The New York Times
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July 17, 2017
Cutting legal immigration 50 percent might be Trump's worst economic idea
Heather Long, The Washington Post
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July 13, 2017
A world of free movement would be $78 trillion richer
The Economist
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July 6, 2017
On immigration: When national Democrats zig, California Democrats zag
John Phillips, Orange County Register
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July 6, 2017
Trump Winning the Immigration Debate and Dems Better Recalibrate
Rich Lowry, National Review
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July 2, 2017
What's the point of an anti-immigrant left?
Dylan Matthews, Vox
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June 27, 2017
Immigrants Boost Wages for Everyone
Richard Florida, CityLab
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June 27, 2017
'The Strange Death of Europe' Warns Against Impacts of Immigration
Robert Siegel, Interview with Douglas Murray, All Things Considered (NPR)
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June 23, 2017
Liberals and Immigration
Kevin Drum, Mother Jones
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June 22, 2017
Donald Trump Does His Best Joe McCarthy Impession
James Risen & Tom Risen, The New York Times
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June 22, 2017
Bibles, Badges & Business
Adrienne Faraci, Carnegie Reporter
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June 21, 2017
How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration
Peter Beinard, The Atlantic
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June 16, 2017

Only Mass Deportations Can Save America

Bret Stephens, The New York Times

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June 13, 2017
Immigration reality: visa 'overstays' are a big hole in border security net, which wall wouldn't address
Editorial, Houston Chronicle

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June 8, 2017
Crackdown on Undocumented Immigrants Poses Broad Health Risks
Luis Garcia, M.D., American Academy of Family Physicians
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June 7, 2017
How U.S. Immigration Law Enables Modern Slavery
Christopher Lapinig, The Atlantic
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May 31, 2017
Harsh U.S. immigration policies causing mental, social harm to American children
Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Grace Napolitano, & Pramila Jaypal, The Hill
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May 24, 2017
Immigration And Isolationism - We've Been Here Before
Andrew Tisch & Mary Skafidas, Forbes
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May 17, 2017
How can we blunt prejudice against immigrants?
Jennifer Couzin-Frankel, Science Magazine
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May 15,2017
Immigration is at the Heart of U.S. Competitiveness
Mohammed Ali, Harvard Business Review
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May 8, 2017
The way Trump talks about immigration is a textbook authoritarian technique for consolidating power
Anna Campoy, Quartz
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May 6, 2017
The GOP's brilliant new plan to copy Canada's immigration system
Shikha Dalmia, The Week
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May 1, 2017
America is pushing away immigrant talent
Rajshree Agarwal, USAToday
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May 1, 2017
How crossing the US-Mexico border became a crime
Kelly Lytle Hernandez, The Conversation
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April 24, 2017
Does cooperating with ICE harm local police? What the research says
Patria de Lancer Julnes & Jennifer C. Gibs, The Conversation
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April 16, 2017
Opposing immigration wasn't always racist
Peter Skerry, The Boston Globe
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April 8, 2017
Deportation as a Crime Aganst Humanity
Ali Khan, Jurist Twenty
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April 7, 2017
Why Expertise Matters
Adam Frank, NPR
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The Case for Immigration
Matthew Yglesias, Vox
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March 31, 2017
The Facts About Immigration
John Cassidy, The New Yorker
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March 21, 2017
I'm a bit brown. But in America I'm white. Not for much longer
Arwa Mahdawi, The Guardian
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March 17, 2017
Rep. Steve King is half-right. Immigrans really do change America's culture
Tom Gjelten, The Washington Post
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March 17, 2017
The Problem with Calling the U.S. a 'Nation of Immigrants'
Arica L. Coleman, Time
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March 16, 2017
Green Beer and Rank Hypocrisy
Fintan O'Toole, The New York Times
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March 10, 2017
Immigration Works Fine When Newcomers Integrate
Noah Smith, Bloomberg View
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March 7, 2017
Fact Checker: Trump's claim that immigrants cost taxpayers 'many billions of dollars a year'
Michelle Ye Hee Lee, The Washington Post
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March 5, 2017
What Biracial People Know: Research on the Benefits of Diversity Doesn't Bode Well for our Mostly White, Male Cabinet
Moises Velsquez-Manoff, The New York Times
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March 3, 2017
What the research says about immigants hasn't changed
Audrey Singer & Kim S. Reuben, Urban Wire
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March 2, 2017
Sociology professor's work on immigration's impact on crime proves timely
Jennifer L. Williams, William & Mary News
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March 2, 2017
Scapegoating immigrants is now official policy
Albor Ruiz, Al Dia News
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March 2, 2017
Does NJ Have a Lot to Lose if Undocumentd Deported in Large Numbers?
John Reitmeyer, NJ Spotlight
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"Today our nation is at a crossroads. People around the globe are on the move, seeking safety and opportunity, and some will eventually make the United States their new home. Will we let our fears and differences divide us, or will we embrace the opportunity -- as America at our best has historically done -- to work together as neighbors, each contributing to the economic, cultural, and social fabric of communities?"

Welcoming America, Neigbors Together: Promising Practices to Strengthen Relations with Refugees and Muslims, 2016, p. 16.
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MPI paper finds that heavy-handed efforts to instill common values among immigrants and/or to ban incompatible cultural practices can backfire and produce the opposite of what was originally intended

OECD immigration yearbook reviews migration trends in 2016 - notes a 7 percent increase in permanent migration flows over the previous year

Report details how Sweden has revamped its asylum and refugee policies in response to the influx of more than 160,000 asylum-seekers in 2015 

Report finds that contradictory state and local immigration enforcement goals "should come as no surprise" in a federalist system like that of the U.S.

What have we wrought? Human Rights First examines the refugee "travel ban" at the 6-month mark

Transatlantic Council report finds that location of resettlement does not seem to impact refugee integration; rather national origin seems to be more predictive of successful economic integration 

MPI study traces the twists and turns of Cuban migration to the U.S.

University of California researchers offer suggestions on how to advance a progressive state and local immigrant integration agenda

New study of ca. 20,000 refugees resettled in the U.S. between 1990 and 2014 finds that the long-term fiscal impacts of refugee resettlement are positive

MPI report examines the pivotal role played by immigrants in the health care industry

Michigan leaders contend that Trump immigration policies threaten to undermine the state's economic recovery

DHS publishes 2016 data on visa overstays by country of origin and category of admission

JMHS study concludes that the "border enforcers" have won the argument with their liberal critics but that the enforcers' strategy has reached a "point of diminishing returns"

JMHS study finds that the decline in the undocumented population in the U.S. over the last decade had little, if anything, to do with the Great Recession

Project report from the Rockefeller Foundation urges cities around the world to treat migration as a priority area for "resilience" planning

EPI report calls for major reforms to the H-1B program to ensure an equitable job market for both foreign- and U.S.-born workers

Report from New American Economy shows strong upward mobility for refugees over time

Report highlights the contributions made by foreign-born STEM workers to the U.S. economy

MPI finds that almost 50 percent of recent immigrants are college graduates, up from 27 percent 25 years ago

Data brief finds that immigrants now represent 50 percent of New York City's senior population -- posing challenges for the senior services sector

Report documents the benefits from DACA for those immigrants whose formal schooling in the U.S. had been interrupted because of financial, legal, or motivational barriers

Consortium develops database of promising practices in immigrant education for community colleges

CMS paper argues for fundamental reform of the U.S. immigration system to prevent future growth of the undocumented population

Harvard Law Review essay finds precedents for the Trump Administration's draconian deportation policy in the policies of the prior Bush and Obama administraions

Report from the American Immigration Council questions the fairness of "fast-track removal" for individuals fleeing traumatic violence in their home countries

Report from Human Rights First finds fault with the treatment of Central American asylum seekers by CBP officers

Paper argues that the "illegal immigrant crisis" stems from a failure of law and policy, not a willful desire on the part of unauthorized immigrants to disobey the law

Providing driver's licenses to unauthorized immigrants in Calfornia improves traffic safety, according to National Academy of Sciences report

Report casts doubt on the salience of economc factors in predicting support for Trump among white working class voters

More Mexicans repatriated from the United States are intending to remain in Mexico, according to new report from the Migration Policy Institute

Report finds significant levels of PTSD and depression among Central America asylum seekers, with 70 percent meeting the criteria for asylum in the U.S.

Literature review of nearly 3,000 studies of culturally competent approaches in healthcare finds only 15 studies evaluating the effectiveness of systemic approaches to cultural competence

Calfornia Workforce Development Board suggests model practices for serving adult English language learners

Paper from the Transatlantic Council suggests principles for rebuilding migration management systems in the aftermath of world refugee crises

Niskanen Center publishes overview of refugee resettlement in the United States

Essay proposes new approach to dealing with "unconventional refugees" from Central America -- neither asylum nor deterrence, but something in-between and definitely with the goal of eventual repatriation

Polaris Project publishes a typology of human trafficking, based on more than 32,000 trafficking cases reported on U.S. hotlines

CAP publishes a new edition of its "Facts on Immigration Today"

Paper details how the Trump administration is using the "public relalations machinery" of the federal government to malign undocumented immigrants

Essay calls attention to the recurring theme of nativism in American immigration history and to the critical role played by public officials in countering it

Essay discusses how the "clash of civilizations" narrative promoted by the Trump administration has eroded support for refugee resettlement in the U.S. and what can be done to combat it

Chicago Council paper stresses the vital role played by immigrants in reversing population decline and stimulating economic activity in 46 metro areas in the Midwest

LIRS reports on a pilot project in Baltimore to make the workforce system more responsive to the needs of immigrants and refugees

Article points out the contradictions and inconsistencies in current U.S. immigration policy and calls for changes to improve the overall system

Study finds that visa overstays now account for 66 percent of all new undocumented immigrants, raising doubts over the effectiveness and return on investment of "building a wall" 

According to new study, "hostility to the Constitution" has been an accusation used by nativists throughout American history to mask their antipathy to certain groups of immigrants

CAP paper argues that the benefits of local police participation in federal immigration law enforcement are not worth the costs

CATO Institute paper finds low incarceration rates for both documented and undocumented immigrants

AIC paper reviews what local jurisdictions with "sanctuary policies" can and cannot do, without running afoul of federal law or compromising their law enforcement mission

NIF paper reviews the legal and constitutional grounds for local police to refrain from cooperating with federal immigration authorities on immigration detainers

CAP report explores the number of U.S. citizens living with undocumented family members and calls for policies to keep families together

Analyzing job postings over the last five years, NAE study finds surge in demand for bilingual workers in the U.S. economy

Study finds greater stability in the family life of foreign-born Hispanic mothers than in that of white, black, or U.S.-born Hispanic mothers

Study examines how Latino fathers interact with their partners and children, noting important distinctions between immigrant and U.S.-born fathers

According to new study, immigrant integration as a public policy goal has advanced on the local level over the last two decades, but needs to be coordinated at the federal level

CATO study finds that the political opinions of immigrants resemble those of the native-born, except on the topic of immigration itself

MPI produces a set of fact sheets on English learners in U.S. schools

MPI report calls attention to the changing ethnic composition of people seeking to cross the southern border and notes that the majority are now presenting themselves at official border crossings rather than trying to cross surreptitiously

Study questions the stereotypes of human smugglers as predators, and migrants and asylum seekers as victims

Review of recent research casts doubt on President Trump's assertions that immigrants are prone to crime

Paper finds no evidence of any "indirect" effects of immgration on crime rates in the U.S.

MPI publishes profile of the Korean immigrant population in the U.S.

OMH issues a "Practical Guide" for organizations interested in implementing the enhanced CLAS Standards (Standards for Cultually and Linguistically Appropriate Services)

NYU's Brennan Center for Justice finds no basis for claims of widespread non-citizen voter fraud

MPI report showcases successful initiatives to integrate foreign-trained immigrant professionals into the job market

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