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.





June 23, 2022
More Than 45K in US Have Applied to Sponsor Ukrainian Refugees
CBS News
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June 20, 2022
How certainty helps immigrants integrate and contribute more to the local economy
Joseph-Simon Goerlach, The Conversation
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June 17, 2022
Conservatives Can Win By Embracing 'Selectionism': Immigration doesn't have to spell demographic doom for Republicans
Reihan Salam, The Atlantic
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June 16, 2022
Think tank says biometric monitoring of asylum seekers is better for all than detention
Jim Nash, Biometric Update
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June 15, 2022
On the 10th Anniversary of DACA, Dreamers Still Wrestle With Legal Uncertainty
Jasmine Aguilera, Time
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June 14, 2022
DACA Decade: From students to careers and families
Phillip Connor,
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June 13, 2022
Sanctuary Practices Lower Counties' Crime Rates
University of Texas News
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June 12, 2022
Biden Advocates More Legal Pathways To Reduce Illegal Immigration
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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June 10, 2022
A federal judge in Texas blocks a major DHS policy limiting immigration enforcement
Joel Rose, NPR
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June 10, 2022
What the research really says about American immigration
Michael Luca, The Washington Post
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June 7, 2022
Tech companies urge U.S. to let the kids of visa holders stay past the age of 21
Lauren Feiner, CNBC
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June 6, 2022
A Short History of LGBTQ Immigration Policy
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June 3, 2022
Immigration reform could prevent food prices from harming consumers
Chuck Conner & Douglas Baker, Fox News
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June 2, 2022
The GOP's immigration paranoia is harming national security
Josh Rogin, The Washington Post
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June 1, 2022
Stanford economist debunks defining myths about immigration in American history
Melissa De Witte, Stanford News
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June 1, 2022
Illegal Immigration Is Down, Changing the Face of California Farms
Eduardo Porter, The New York Times
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May 27, 2022
Why Immigrant Children Excel More than US-Born Kids
Dora Kekouar, VOA News
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April 30, 2022
The Border Wall Is Outliving Trump
Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker
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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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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) publishes its flagship world migration report compiling global data on migration and covering recent trends in the field
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MPI report examines the recent spike in maritime migration from the Caribbean area and how those interdicted at sea are denied the opportunity to apply for asylum
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MPI analyzes proposed Biden rule to revamp asylum procedures at the southern border by authorizing asylum officers to hear entire cases, thereby bypassing the clogged immigration court system
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Report highlights shortcomings in immigration courtroom procedures that impede due process for immigrants, e.g. deficiencies in video conferencing and lack of quality interpreting services
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Vera Institute report sets forth the arguments for creating a federal defender system for immigrants in deportation proceedings
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CMS publishes a profile of undocumented immigrant women giving their countries of origin, states of residence, educational background, occupational status, and eligibility for permanent residence under pending bills in Congress
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DHS releases an analysis of refugee arrivals (and grants of asylum) in fiscal year 2020 - only 11,840 refugees admitted (a 60% decline over the previous year)
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Urban Institute releases a report detailing the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of working-age immigrants with disabilities
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MPI report examines the extent of digital access and literacy among immigrant-origin adolescents and makes a number of recommendations to achieve greater digital equity for this population
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MPI report traces the historical evolution of the U.S. immigration system, down to today's political stalemate, which, the author argues, has prolonged the life of an "antiquated, inflexible" system
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Report from Unbound Philanthropy urges philanthropic support for intersectional work to align groups active in the immigration and environmental justice fields 
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National Conference of State Legislatures publishes annual report on state immigration laws and resolutions
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MPI report discusses the significance of framing and terminology in shaping attitudes on migration
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MPI publishes an analysis of the size, geographic distribution, and socioeconomic characteristics of the Korean immigrant population in the US
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MPI study reviews the long history of vaccination requirements for crossing international borders in order to prevent the spread of infectious disease
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Study calls attention to the dire consequences of excluding children in immigrant families from anti-poverty programs and the social safety net 
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Earlier Additions to Portal Collections