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12 Collections of Research Abstracts
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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 immigraton, often based on fear and misinformation, what light can the research community shed on these questons?

      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 1,000 abstracts (with links to the full studies) have been grouped into 12 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.






December 20, 2016
What is often called 'illegal immigration' isn't realy illegal
Daniel Connolly, PRI
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December 8, 2016
(Orginally published October 26, 2016)
Making America
General Colin Powell, Democracy (Carnegie Corporation)
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November 30, 2016
Why immigrants won't self-deport
Wayne A. Cornelius, Los Angeles Times
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November 30, 2016
Forget the Wall. If You Want Less Illegal Immigration, Go After Employers
Kevin Drum, Mother Jones
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November 29, 2016
Sanctuary Cities Are Safe, Thanks to Conservatives
Noah Feldman, BloombergView
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November 29, 2016
Contronym and Controversy
Michael A. Olivas, Inside Higher Ed
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November 16, 2016
Research says there are ways to reduce racial bias. Calling people racist isn't one of them
German Lopez, Vox
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November 16, 2016
What the Mass Deportation of Immigrants Might Look Like
Louis Hyman & Natasha Iskandar, Slate
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November 15, 2016
The Ideological Roots of Donald Trump's Immigration Team
Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact
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November 15, 2016
There's No Such Thing as a Good Trump Voter
Jamelle Bouie, Slate
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November 15, 2016
The Facts About Immigration
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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November 14, 2016
Nativists Created Our Immigration Problems - They Can't Fix Them
David Bier, Cato Institute
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November 13, 2016
When Borders Close
Ruchir Sharma, The New York Times
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November 11, 2016
The Sheer Horror of Trump's Win
Tom Moran, The Star-Ledger
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November 10, 2016
Donald Trump's Signature Campaign Positions on Immigration and Refugee Protection and Why the President-Elect Should Reconsider Them
Donald Kerwin, The Huffington Post
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October 31, 2016
Immigrants Are Keeping America Young - And the Economy Growing
Ben Casselman, The New York Times

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October 31, 2014

The Easiest, Smartest, and Most Important Pivot for the Republican Party After Trump
Adam Ozimek, Forbes
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October 24, 2016

How America's Outdated Immigration Laws Hurt the Economy
Brian Schaitkin, Christian Science Monitor
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October 15, 2016
The immense value that immigrants have always brought to America
Esther J. Cepeda, The Salt Lake Tribune
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October 9, 2016
Immigration is a dying issue
Tim Kane, CNN
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September 29, 2016
What Does Immigratio Actually Cost Us?
Thomas B. Edsall The New York Times
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September 28, 2016
Why I'm voting for Hillary Clinton
Steve Case, The Washinton Post
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September 23, 2016
Mass deportation isn't just impractical. It's very, very dangerous
Danielle Allen & Richard Ashby Wilson, The Washington Post
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September 22, 2016
The Riddle of Immigrant Voting
Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect
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September 22, 2016
Trump lets the immigration cat out of the bag
Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post
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September 13, 2016
Immigration is the Key to America's Greatness
Deborah Waxman, Huffington Post
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September 13,2016
The Truth About Undocumented Immigrants and Taxes
Alexia Fernandez Campbell, The Atlantic
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September 13, 2016
Is Any Immigration Reform Possible in This Political Climate?
Room for Debate, The New York Times
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September 12, 216
Integration and Multiculturalism: Finding a New Metaphor
Andrew Griffith, Policy Options
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September 12, 2016
Yes, Immigration Hurts American Workers
George J. Borjas, Politico
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September 10, 2016
The 30 Million Immigrants Trump Would Turn Away
Ronald Brownstein, The Atlantic
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September 6, 2016
Immigrants don't commit more crimes. Why does the myth persist?
Bianca E. Bersani & Alex R. Piquero, The Los Angeles Times
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September 6, 2016
Why Restricting Immigration Won't Improve Work Opportunities for Natives
Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact
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September 5, 2016
Could Immigration Save Middle America
Livia Gershon, JStor Daily
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September 2, 2016
The Immigrants Turned Away
Timothy Egan, The New York Times
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September 2, 2016
Trump's fuzzy math on undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes
Michelle Ye Hee Lee, The Washington Post
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September 1, 2016
A wall against clear thinking on immigration and policing
Vanda Felbab-Brown, Brookings Blog
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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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Around the country, state and local officials are responding in creative ways to the challenge of integrating the roughly 20 million immigrants who entered the United States over the last two decades. Learn about their work on our local government and state government pages.

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National Immigration Forum stresses the importance of immigrant skill development and training in a newly-released policy paper

National Skills Coalition releases transition paper with detailed recommendations for the new administration on workforce education and training

MPI paper examines the history of border walls and questions their usefulness in stopping unauthorized migration

Research suggests that restrictive state laws on immigration are not effective in reducing the size of the undocumented population

Paper critiques the concept of "earned legalization" or "earned citizenship" and suggests that undocumented people should be viewed as an oppressed caste in American society

Blue Ribbon Panel of migration experts proposes a new bilateral worker agreement between the United States and Mexico

National Immigration Forum publishes blueprint for a bipartisan, "market-oriented," immigration reform plan

New American Economy publishes snapshot of immigrants in Lancaster County (PA)

New York State publishes portrait of its immigrant population

New data platform will greatly increse the amount of information available about immigrant entrepreneurs in the U.S.

Why are immigrants more entrepreneurial? New research suggests that their cross-cultural experiences enable them to identify and pursue business opportunities

Paper questions the neglect of the learner's own language in teaching English

National Skills Coalition publishes Integrated Education and Training Toolkit

MPI paper reviews precedents and prospects for the free movement of people in South America

Aspen Institute paper calls for greater effort to help immigrants gain access to workforce training services and identifies key strategies to achieve this goal

What can be done to facilitate early employment for refugees and asylum seekers?  Report from the Transatlantic Council examines promising practices in Europe

Paper from the Transatlantic Council examines the feasibility of opening up regular migration channels to refugees

Report from Amnesty International faults the inaction of the United Nations General Assembly on apportioning member state responsibility for refugee relief and protection

MPI examines the role of immigrants in the military

Survey and report completed on the technology needs of immigrant rights and immigrant legal service organizations

American Immigration Council conducts first national study of the impact of legal representation on the disposition of deportation cases

Report from King County Task Force (Washington State) urges the formation of an Immigrant and Refugee Commission and associated office to promote immigrant integration

California Commission undertakes an analysis of licensing requirements for regulated professions

Welcoming America produces toolkits and other resources to build more accepting attitudes towards immigrants and refugees in local communities

MPI report exmines the funding streams for K-12 immigrant education and recommends strategies to achieve greater equity in the distribution of resources

Report points to the "outsized role" played by immigrant entrepreneurs in the U.S. economy

National Academies conducts a comprehensive review of the literature on the economic and fiscal impacts of immigration

CMS researcher questions accuracy of reported surge in U.S. immigrant arrivals

Allegheny County (PA) produces a "Blueprint" for immigrant integration over a 5-year period

MPI paper explores the policy and practice implications of the growing immigrant presence in Head Start programs

Study finds that participation in the DAC program "significantly reduced" the likelihood of college enrollment by DACA-eligible youth who had completed high school or earned a GED

Report finds that the DACA program reduced the likelihood of poverty among eligible immigrants by 38 percent

Study calls attention to a flaw in research showing poor health outcomes among the children and grandchildren of Mexican immigrants

Research from New American Economy stresses the role of immigrants in filig current and future shortages of health care workers in the U.S.

White paper suggests that immigrant welcome work can advance the goal of health equity

MPI publishes new data on naturalization trends in the United States

Cato examines the visa categories used by foreign-born terrorists over a 41-year period and does a cost-benefit analysis of proposals to curtail refugee, immigrant, or tourist admissions

UNHCR official offers blueprint for dealing with the world refugee crisis, including greater responsibility-sharing on the part of the world community

Essay describes how leaders in Germany and the United States are working together to promote welcoming communities

MPI examines funding mechanisms for immigrant education in Canada, France, Germany, and the United States

Committee for Immigration Reform Advocacy suggests steps that USCIS can take to improve the reach and effectiveness of the DACA Program

Report finds that use of the Optional Practical Training Program by international students has enhanced Michigan's economic competitiveness

What do we know about the people who support Donald Trump?  Gallup provides some answers that challenge the conventional wisdom

Report finds little evidence that the decrease in labor force participation by native-born Americans is the result of immigrants taking jobs and driving down wages

Report finds alarming evidence of disparities in mental health treatment for black and Hispanic children

Report finds that Internet use by Latinos, especially through mobile devices, has jumped to 84 percent

MPI report analyzes the impact and "unfinished business" from the Immigration Act of 1990

With DACA and DAPA (and perhas the Trump candidacy) as the backdrop, legal scholar seeks to understand proper limits on the exercise of prosecutorial discretion

Study finds that refugees from Bosnia, Burma, Laos, and Somalia are successfully integrating into local U.S. communities

Partnership produces reports on the contributions of new Americans to the economies of each of the states and the District of Columbia

GCIR report urges Texas grantmakers to commit resources to the goal of immigrant and refugee integration

Report analyzes the contributions that immigrants and refugees are making to the local economy in Akron (OH)

According to New Jersey study, absence of legal representation in deportation proceedings leads to harsh consequences

MPI's advice to government officials on both sides of the Atlantic:  take action to address public anxiety over immigration

National Academy holds a roundtable to discuss progress and challenges in integrating health literacy, cultural competence, and language access services into the healthcare system

Brookings and PPRI conduct far-reaching survey of American attitudes on immigration

Using innovative methodology, CSI report analyzes the "eligble-to-naturalize" population in Los Angeles County

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