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How does global migration impact local communities? What are the key challenges and opportunities?  How do researchers help us to meet these challenges and make the most of these opportunities. This site provides digests of major reports and open access studies focusing on policy options and model practices designed to promote immigrant integration, intergroup understanding, economic revitalization, and organizational success. All resources 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.

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February 3, 2015
What's missing in America's immigration debate
Karen Mills, Fortune
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February 2, 2015
Middle Eastern Americans push census change
Hisham Aidi, Aljazeera America
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January 31, 2015
Why Are Cubans So Special?
Ann Louise Bardach, The New York Times
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January 29, 2015
The Smart Way to Stop Illegal Immigration
Alex Nowrasteh, Washington Examiner
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January 27, 2015
A New Level of Refugee Suffering
Angelina Jolie, The New York Times
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January, 2015
Creating a global framework for immigration
Dambisa Moyo, McKinsey & Company
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January 25, 2015
The Zombie Immigration Fight
Molly Ball, The Atlantic
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January 20, 2015
Republicans, this is personal
Jorge Ramos, Fusion
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January 17, 2015
At last, sensible immigration reform may have a chance in Washington
Vivek, Wadhwa, The Washington Post
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January 12, 2015
Europe's Intensifying Immigration Debate
Tino Sanandaji, National Review
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January 8, 2015
Paris Killings Require More Than Mere Condemnation
H.A. Hellyer, Brookings
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January 5, 2015
Does Immigration Harm Working Americans?
David Frum, The Atlantic
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December 16, 2014
Immigration focus can help boost Pennsylvania economy
Joseph M. Torsella, Philadelphia Inquirer
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December 15, 2014
What Do Illegal Immigrants Want?
Peter Skerry, The Weekly Standard
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December 2, 2014
Ferguson, 'Amnesty,' and America's New Racial Make-Up
William H. Frey, Brookings
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November 27, 2014
Immigrants are key to a thriving America
Galen Carey, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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November 25, 2014
Why Immigration Reform Helps American Workers, Too
Annie Lowrey, New York
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November 24, 2014
Bigger Than Immigration
Charles M. Blow, The New York Times
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November 23, 2014
Six Ways Not to Think About Obama's Immigration Order
Garrett Epps, The Atlantic
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November 23, 2014
Immigration Reform is a Black Thing, Too
Opal Tometi, The Root
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November 23, 2014
How Obama's move fails U.S. employers
Tamar Jacoby, New York Daily News
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November 21, 2014
The right GOP response to 'Bamnesty'
Linda Chavez, The New York Post
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November 20, 2014
Obama's Immigration Order Isn't a Power Grab
Thomas E. Mann, Brookings
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November 20, 2014
The Democrats' Immigration Problem
Zoltan L. Hajnal, The New York Times
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November 17, 2014
Administrative Action on Immigration is Only a Short-Term Solution
Ali Noorani, Fox News Latino
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November 17, 2014
Oregon Immigration Vote is a Warning for Obama
Jonathan J. Cooper & Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press
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November 16, 2014
Delusions of the Democrats
Kevin Baker, The New York Times
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November 15, 2014
'Orange is the New Black' acress: My parents were deported
Diane Guerrero, The Los Angeles Times
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November 14, 2014
The Immigrant's Role in Urban Renewal
Scott Beyer, The American Interest
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November 6, 2014
Election Leaves Immigration Advocates Frustrated With Obama
Elise Foley, Huffington Post
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October 24, 2014
Why is bilingual education 'good' for rich kids, but 'bad' for poor, immigrant students?
Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post
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October 24, 2014
The Nonissue in This Campaign
Linda Chavez, Townhall
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October 20, 2014
Immigrant Restrictionists Exploit Ebola Tragedy
Guillermo Cantor, Immigration Impact
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October 17, 2014
Build bridges, not walls, for immigrants
Andres Martinez, Fortune
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October 14, 2014
Six Key Questions on Ebola Screening and Immigration
Theresa Cardinal Brown, Bipartisan Policy Center
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October 10, 2014
Immigration Frustration
Geraldo Rivera, Fox News Latino
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October 3, 2014
We need to uncap the number of H-1B visas
Alex Nowrasteh, The Hill
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October 2, 2014
A Republican-controlled Senate may be the only way immigration reform passes
Matthew Kolken, Fox News Latino
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October 1, 2014
Is Revoking the Citizenship of Terror Suspects Right or Wrong?
Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes
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October 1, 2014
Critics Say Executive Action on Immigration Would Be Unprecedented. They Forget Their History
Charles Kamasaki, National Journal
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October 1, 2014
Out of the Shadows and Out of Poverty: Reducing Poverty through Immigration Reform
Patrick Oakford, Talk Poverty
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September 20, 2014
Three Cheers for Pluralism Over Separatism
Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times
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September 13, 2014
The Case for Open Borders
Dylan Matthews interview wth Bryan Caplan, Vox
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September 9, 2014
How the Politics Could Shift for Immigration Reform
Fawn Johnson, National Journal
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September 9, 2014
To Get Immigration Reform, Elect a Republican
Ruben Navarrette, CNN Opinion
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August 26, 2014
Solution to Border Crisis Is to Expand Temporary Foreign Worker Programs
Alfonso Aguilar & Helen Krieble, National Journal
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August 12, 2014
Obama's Time for Immigration Action
Alberto R. Gonzalez, USA Today
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July 22, 2014
The Immigrant Kids Have Health Issues - But Not the Ones You'd Think
Linda Poon, NPR
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July 19, 2014
Why the Central American Children Migrants Need Full Adjudication of Their Protection Claims
Donald Kerwin, Huffington Post
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July 18, 2014
Child Migrants Have Been Coming to America Alone Since Ellis Island
Tasneem Raja, Mother Jones
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July 14, 2014 (Originally published June 8, 2014)
Municipal IDs and State and Local Measures to Regularize the Lives of the Unauthorized
Rachel Reyes, Center for Migration Studies
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July 14, 2014
Use "safe zones" to end immigrant crisis
David Gergen, CNN
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July 8, 2014
Statistical Analysis Shows that Violence, Not Deferred Action, is Behind the Surge of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border
Tom K. Wong, Center for American Progress
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July 3, 2014
Break the Immigration Impasse
Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, The New York Times
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July 3, 2014
Why the Tea Party is Wrong about Immigration Reform
Michael D. Tanner, The Hill
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July 2, 2014
Immigration reform is super popular. Here's why Congress isn't listening.
Scott Clement, The Washington Post
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June 27, 2014
Supporting Immigrant Integration is Investing in America's Future
Janet Murguia, The Hill
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June, 2014
What is the Right Policy Toward Unaccompanied children at U.S. Borders
Kathleen Newland, Migration Policy Institute
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July/August 2014
70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year: What Happens to Them?
Ian Gordon, Mother Jones
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June 1, 2014
Why Immigration is Crucial to the Revival of America's Cities
Carl Schramm, Forbes
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May 28, 2014
Summary Removal Procedures and Their Role in Rising Deportations
Beth Werlin, Immigration Impact
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May 24, 2014
The Immigrant Advantage
Anand Giridharadas, The New York Times
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May 19, 2014
Mission Not Yet Accomplished: The Affordable Care Act and Immigrants
Jenny Rejeske, lmmigration Impact
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May 16, 2014
True drug reform includes immigration reform
Grace Meng, The Hill
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May 13, 2014
How Local Governments are Hacking Immigration Reform
Spencer Amdur, The Atlantic
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May 12, 2014
Canada's immigration system undergoing quiet, ugly revolution
Morton Beiser, The Toronto Star
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May 12, 2014
The GOP's Immigration Problem
A. Barton Hinkle, Reason
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May 6, 2014
Only Minorities Need Apply
John D. Skrentny, The New York Times
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May 4, 2014
Immigration Reform Isn't Just About Numbers - It's About Skills, Too
David Frum, The Atlantic
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May 1, 2014
Do illegal immigrants have an obligation to obey laws banning them from entering the United States?
Ilya Somin, The Washington Post
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April 11, 2014
Jeb Bush's Big Virtue: He Tries to Persuade,
Linda Chavez, The New York Post
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April 7, 2014
Employment Discrimination and DACA -- Employers Must Be Educated,
Geoffrey A. Hoffman & Jill Y. Campbell, ImmigrationProf Blog
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April 6, 2014
Obama's Paradoxical Deportation Policies
Cyrus D. Mehta, The Insightful Immigration Blog
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March 11, 2014
Tiger Couple Gets It Wrong on Immigrant Success,
Stephen Steinberg, Boston Review
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March 8, 2014
Congress cries wolf on asylum fraud: Arrests don't show the system is broken. They show it works.
Laila Hlass, The Boston Globe
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March 6, 2014
Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform to Help Immigrant Victims of Violence
Rep. Gwen Moore, Huffington Post
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March 5, 2014
Time for High-Skilled Immigration Reform
Curtis S. Chin,
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February 26, 2014
The Immigration Change You Didn't Hear About
Laura Burdick, ImmigrationProf Blog
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February 24, 2014
Are Mexicans the Most Successful Immigrant Group in the U.S.
Jennifer Lee, Zocolo Public Square
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February 23, 2014
Your Ancestors, Your Fate: Surnames reveal that social mobility is much slower than we think
Gregory Clark, The New York Times
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February 19, 2014
Immigrants Welcome Here
David Bornstein, The New York Times Blog
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February 13, 2014
Why immigration reform matters
George F. Will, The Washington Post
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January 30, 2014
Second Class Non-Citizens
Mae M. Ngai, The New York Times
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January 22, 2014
Integration improves after vote
Stephen Fotopolus, The Tennessean
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January 20, 2014
When we take in immigrants, we take in those most likely to succeed
Henrik Fogh Rasmussen, Forbes
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January 20, 2014
Helping the Growing Ranks of Poor Immigrants Living in America's Suburbs
Els de Graaw & Irene Bloemraad, Scholars Strategy Network
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January 12, 2014
Yearning for Briefs and Fees
The Economist Blog
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January 10, 2014
What the undocumented community needs out of immigration reform
Jose Patiňo, Voxxi
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January 7, 2014
Citizenship Matters
David Leopold, The Hill
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January 5, 2014
Does Immigration Mean 'France Is Over'?
Justin E.H. Smith, The New York Times
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January 3, 2014
Scars from the Immigration Wars
Joshua Hoyt & Manuel Pastor, Chicago Tribune
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January 3, 2014
Why 2014 will be the year of immigration reform
Tim Kane, FoxNews Opinion
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"While the immigration and education fields have distinct missions, they are also increasingly interdependent."

Sarah Hooker et al, Lessons from the Local Level: DACA's Implementation and Impact on Education and Training Success, Migration Policy Institute, January, 2015, 47.
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Report finds that immigrants play a "crucial role" in strengthening Minnesota's economy

MPI publishes profile of Chinese immigrants in the U.S.

Paper argues that the principles of "forgiveness and repair," found in American domestic law, should be applied to undocumented immigrants

American University study sees "push factors" at work in explaining the migration of unaccompanied children to the U.S.

Human Rights Watch report finds fault with the accelerated processing of Central American asylum seekers at the southern border

Paper suggests a new approach to adjudicating asylum claims in the U.S.

CBO publishes "Chart Book of Key Trends" related to comprehensive immigration reform

Report assesses the impact of immigration on New Haven (CT)

MPI report examines how education and training providers can help DREAMers qualify for immigration relief and achieve education and career goals

Researchers analyze the TPS program for Salvadorans for clues as to how the Obama deferred action programs would affect labor market outcomes for recipients

CBO report analyzes the potential budgetary impact of federal policy changes in the area of immigration

Paper from George Mason University examines the immigrant presence in the U.S. trucking industry

Report calls attention to the "outsize role" that immigrants have played in "Main Street" business development

GTB and CCCIE produce guidebook for community colleges interested in serving skilled immigrants

Paper highlights the important role of immigrants in the pharmaceutical industry

MPI and ILO report findings of a 6-country study of the labor market integration of immigrants in Europe

OECD publishes an "annual report" on migration trends in its 34 member nations, emphasizing policies to promote the labor market integration of immigrants

CMS study indicates that 14.3 percent of DACA-eligible youth were also eligible for other forms of immigration relief

American Immigration Council publishes guide to the Obama executive actions on immigration

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

MPI publishes profile of the Ecuadorian immigrant population in the U.S. and Spain

Study casts doubt as to whether wage theft laws are effective in combatting employer abuses against undocumented workers

Report from the Manhattan Institute finds consensus among economists that immigration reform will boost growth and provide net benefits for native-born workers

Massachusetts report documents "brain waste" in the healthcare field and urges state government to facilitate the reentry of skilled immigrants into their former fields of training and practice

Sociologists conclude that immigrant-friendly cities are safer cities

Study looks to Australia, Canada, and Germany for useful lessons in how to divide responsibility for immigration among federal, state, and local authorities

Urban Institute and Northeastern University produce "first-of-its-kind" study of labor trafficking in the U.S.

Research suggests that the adult ESL classroom is an ideal venue for improving health literacy among immigrants

MIT study examines the "media ecology" of the immigrant rights movement in the U.S.

Federal Reserve report analyzes use of the H-1B visa program in New England and recommends changes to improve its effectiveness and transparency

Urban Institute examines policies and practices to improve immigrant access to health and human services

Report looks at who will replace the baby boomers in the nation's voting booths

Study argues that Arizona's campaign to exclude undocumented immigrants is but "the newest incarnation of the State's long history of discriminatory laws against racial and ethnic minorities"

SAMHSA publishes Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) for cultural competency in substance abuse and mental health services

ACLU report exposes conditions in Texas detention facilities run by private contractors

Report documents the experience of unaccompanied Central American immigrant children in Florida and urges steps to improve their treatment

Brookings produces major study of the limited English proficient population in the U.S. and calls for new investments in adult English instruction

Looking at a case example from Houston, Brookings describes how the "appreciative inquiry" method can deliver services to an immigrant community

Baltimore's New Americans Task Force releases report and recommendations on steps to attract and retain immigrants to spur economic growth and community revitalization

Article in THE ANNALS critiques exaggeration and sensationalism in the discourse on human trafficking

MPI report finds persistent challenges in Sweden's efforts to improve the labor market integration of immigrants

Council on Foreign Relations Task Force calls for "building a North American community" and enacting comprehensive immigration reform

Study compares and contrasts the resettlement experience of Hmong refugees in Texas and Germany

Report from NJ Policy Perspective makes the case for issuing driver's licenses to undocumented residents

Census Bureau produces report on African immigrants in the United States

IPC report discusses the history and impact of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

MPI report discusses "policy implications from the global boom in investor immigration"

Arizona produces a Toolkit for implementing the CLAS Standards

Brookings and J. P. Morgan Chase release study on the geography of foreign students in the U.S.

Report documents the array of initiatives in the Midwest to integrate immigrants and maximize their economic potential for the region

New report examines the economic and social contributions of immigrants to the State of Texas and calls for measures to enhance their economic potential

Paper examines the feasibility of extending voting rights to noncitizens in New York City

Paper argues the case for state citizenship for undocumented immigrants

Report from Cities for Citizenship (C4C) argues the importance of naturalization as an economic development and community-building strategy

MPI examines the challenges facing the adult education field in serving DACA- and potential DREAM Act-eligible immigrant youth

MPI paper calls attention to the lack of coordination between national and local governments in the European Union on matters of immigrant incorporation

Paper discusses policy interventions to prevent immigrant residential segregation

MPI profiles immigrant integration initiatives in five cities: Cupertino (CA), San Francisco (CA), LIttleton (CO), New York (NY), and Seattle (WA)

Report discusses the potential immigrant role in revitalizing the City of Detroit

MPI publishes information brief on Vietnamese Immigrants in the U.S.

MPI report examines policies to support immigrant entrepreneurship

Paper discusses the U.S. role in pioneering the "offshoring" of immigrant detention, how the practice has spread around the world, and how countries use the practice to evade responsibilities under international treaties

MPI examines the pros and cons of policies designed to give cities and regions greater control over immigrant admissions

Essay urges Latinos and Blacks to deal with the "taboo subject" of race

MPI publishes study on efforts to "mainstream" immigrant integration in the United Kingdom

MPI report examines the role of immigration in city branding strategies

Pew report finds that immigrants are no longer the majority of Hispanic workers

Study finds that immigrants are helping the Medicare Trust Fund avoid insolvency

Report suggests that limitations on the H-1B program cost American jobs and stifle economic growth

Report suggests that the fate of immigration reform will determine the political loyalties of the children of immigrants and "sway the future of politics" in the U.S.

Report from MPI Europe examines the outlook for progress in EU policy making on immigration

Fulbright fellow interviews over 300 Salvadoran children to understand their reasons for fleeing the country

MPI finds evidence of "brain waste" in six, country-specific case studies analyzing the employment outcomes of immigrants in the European Union

Casa de Maryland and Urban Institute publish study of the largely immigrant community of Langley Park in suburban Washington, D.C.,  as a first step in developing a Promised Neighborhood initiative for its children

Statement from the Transatlantic Council on Migration offers guidelines to national governments on how to involve cities and regions in immigrant placement decisions

Paper argues that the treatment of migrant labor in the U.S. violates the prohibition against slavery and involuntary servitude in the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

AS/COA produces ten "Fact Sheets" on the contributions of immigrants to the U.S. economy

Report from George Mason University argues that "immigrants are the future doctors of America"

National Commission on Voting Rights finds that "voting discrimination is a frequent and ongoing problem" in the U.S.

Latino organizations issue report decrying the "devastating" effects of current deportation policy on Latino communities in the U.S.

MPI report says that "critical choices" are needed to improve the educational system in California and make it more responsive to the needs of immigrant children

Report calls for insuring the undocumented in California

MPI publishes an information brief on the Haitian immigrant population in the U.S.

Center for American Progress produces fact sheets on Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the U.S.

Report from the National Foundation for American Policy traces the connection between the 1965 immigration reforms and America's extraordinary record of success in the sciences

Report argues that Latino voter turnout is likely to increase in future elections, driven by the size and activism of the second generation

Study calls attention to the lifelong human capital of so-called "unskilled" Mexican migrants

Urban Institute emphasizes the importance of place-based planning in providing services to immigrants

CATO policy paper urges the establishment of a state-based immigrant visa program

Paper suggests strategies for organizing immigrants in the construction industry and questions the AFL-CIO's support of a seasonal construction worker program

MPI report examines how well immigrants are doing in the U.K. labor market - finds evidence of "brain waste" among high-skilled immigrants

MPI report analyzes employment trends among recent immigrants to Germany

Urban Institute evaluates the District of Columbia Language Access Act on its 10th anniversary

Latino organizations publish report documenting voting rights discrimination against Latinos and urging passage of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014

Urban Institute report discusses strategies to increase the enrollment of immigrant children in prekindergarten programs

MPI report discusses strategies to promote the engagement of immigrant parents in early childhood education

Census Bureau reports on the English-speaking ability of the U.S. foreign-born population

American Immigration Council assesses the impact of the DACA Program on its 2-year anniversary

United We Dream researchers publish report on their survey of "undocumented millennials" - young people granted deferred action under the DACA Program

Paper sketches the shape of an "unbroken immigration system," placing heavy emphasis on a strengthened E-Verify system

Paper describes the formidable challenges facing undocumented children in achieving academic success

Essay argues for the appointment of government-funded legal counsel for unaccomanied migrant children in conformance with international standards

Researchers study the role of social movements (both pro- and anti-immigrant) in immigration-related policy-making on the local level

Law professor chronicles the "shame of U.S. immigration laws and enforcement policies"

European Commission publishes final version of its "Modules on Immigrant Integration"

MPI (Europe) report highlights the problem of unemployment and brain waste among immigrants in France

Researcher finds evidence that 287(g) agreements not only fail to reduce undocumented migration but cause an exodus of skilled (and likely documented) immigrants from local communities

IPC paper makes the case for allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses

Giving credit to "policy entrepreneurs" within federal agencies, author explains how language rights for non-English speakers emerged out of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Paper from MPI Europe maps out the road to collaboration between immigrant receiving and sending countries on immigrant integration issues

Report from the "Finding Answers" project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation urges a systematic approach to making health care organizations more responsive to cultural issues -- beyond cultural competence training

Report finds that, even in immigrant-friendly San Francisco, immigrant integration is stalled

Report finds that "welcoming gestures" are insufficient to uphold the fundamental human rights of immigrants in Minnesota

University of North Carolina report quantifies the positive impact of immigration on the state's economy

Immigration Policy Center report finds positive impacts of the H-1B visa program on wages, job growth, and the U.S. economy in general

Study concludes that high rates of entrepreneurship among Hispanic immigrants has "power(ed) the economy" during the recession

Report details how immigrants have contributed to New York City's renaissance

Kauffman Foundation white paper examines the characteristics and spatial clustering of high-tech immigrant entrepreneurs