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.





November 16, 2022
Low-Skilled Immigration Is Needed to Overcome the Western Worker Crunch
Adi Gaskell, Forbes
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November 16, 2022
House Democrats choose DACA over other immigration priorities in lame-duck session
Rafael Bernal & Mike Lillis, The Hill
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November 12, 2022
Why Many Baby Boomers Struggle to Embrace Immigration
Seth Schwartz, Psychology Today
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November 4, 2022
Globalization Requires us to Change Our Views on Immigration
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, The Tablet
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November 4, 2022
The United States is no longer the world's friendliest country to migrants
Fareed Zakaria, The Washington Post
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November 3, 2022
Analysts Don't Expect Significant Changes in Immigration Policy After the Midterms
Aline Barros, Voice of America
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November 2, 2022
Bestselling author discusses economics of immigration, population declines
Noi Mahoney, FreighWaves
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October27, 2022
U.S. Immigration Has Become an Elaborate Bait and Switch
Edward Alden, Foreign Policy
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October 26, 2022
New study concludes temporary work visas allow firms to expand and hire more U.S. workers
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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October 24, 2022
The Republican case for a Temporary Family Visitation Visa
Rick Taft & Forough Hosseini, The Hill
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October 24, 2022
Labour Squeeze: Is immigration the answer to widespread worker shortages?
John Letzing, World Economic Forum
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October 24, 2022
Smart, Entrepreneurial immigrants more crucial to the future than ever
James Barrood, NJBIZ
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October 21, 2022
DACA's Potential Demise Portends Labor Force Drop Across Economy
Andrew Kreighbaum, Bloomberg Law
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October 20, 2022
Fortune 500 companies launch ad urging Congress to act on relief for DACA recipients by year's end
Gabe Ortiz, Daily Kos
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October 18, 2022
The Trump and COVID eras tanked immigration to the US. Reversing that could help ease a recession risk, sky-high inflation, and a labor crisis
BenWinck & Jason Lalljee, Business Insider
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October 18, 2022
National Academy of Sciences calls for protecting U.S. technological advantages by attracting more foreign-born talent
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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October 17, 2022
The immigrant workforce supports millions of US jobs
Dany Bahar et al, Brookings
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October 16, 2022
The immigration crisis isn't what you think it is
Glenn C Altschuler, The Hill
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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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Report examines the impact of the 2018 "Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration," which seeks to foster international cooperation on migration management
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Report describes the plight of tens of thousands of Haitians residing in Mexico and offers recommendations to improve their treatment
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Study finds that the sudden drop in refugee admissions during the Trump presidency has no discernible effect on crime rates in localities previously receiving large numbers of refugees
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Report faults the immigration court system for giving weight to "prejudicial and unreliable" police reports in making detention and deportation decisions
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Study seeks to develop a reasonable and measurable definition of "border security" so as to better evaluate immigration law enforcement efforts
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Paper argues that immigration restrictions severely constrain the economic liberty of native-born Americans, jeopardize American prosperity, and even deny opportunity to the poor and disadvantaged
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MPI publishes a demographic portrait of the Vietnamese immigrant community in the U.S.
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Despite a generally favorable policy environment in New York City, CMS report finds that fear and language barriers still keep immigrants in the city from accessing public benefits and services
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National Academies report stresses the importance of immigration in maintaining U.S. leadership in technology innovation -- a goal crucial to the nation's security, economic prosperity and quality of life
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MPI report calls attention to the growing language access needs of families with children in early childhood programs
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Report finds that the busing strategy of some GOP governors provides real benefits to some asylum-seekers, while also relieving pressure on border communities
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MPI report discusses the limitations of "parole status" for Afghan and Ukrainian refugees and urges the passage of legislation giving them a pathway to permanent residence
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MPI report finds serious shortcomings in providing services to asylum recipients in the U.S. and urges the federal government to develop a national system of outreach and referral to better serve this population
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Study argues that the Supreme Court's "plenary power doctrine," barring constitutional review of immigration policies, must be overturned to eliminate systemic racism in immigration law
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The American Immigration Council, in partnership with Welcoming America and the Intergroup Relations and Social Justice Lab at the University of Massachusetts, publishes "A Guide to Building Bridges and Meaningful Connections Between Groups"
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CMS report discusses the number, countries of origin, years of residence, and demographic characteristics of the undocumented agricultural workforce in the U.S.
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Earlier Additions to Portal Collections