The American Immigrant Policy Portal

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15 Collections of
Migration-Related Research Abstracts
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 15 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.







January 3, 2019
Why Republicans Should Support Immigration
Jordan Bruneau, The New York Times
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January 2, 2019
Trump's wall would be a symbol of failure
Ruth Ellen Wassem, The Hill
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December 18, 2018
Sick from Eating That Salad? Blame Trump's Immigration Policies
Melissa Cruz, Immigration Impact
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December 13, 2018
Helping Trump Deport Immigrants is Just Another Perk of your Amazon Prime Subscription
Juan Escalante, Huffington Post
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December 13, 2018
Anti-wall is not a border policy: How Democrats can sell an immigration plan
Gregory J. Wallance, The Hill
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December 4, 2018

Trump's New Immigration Rule Could Threaten Health Care for 6.8 Million Children Who Are U.S. Citizens

Mattie Quinn, Governing

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December 3, 2018
A New Moral Imagination on Immigration
Pramila Jayapal, The New York Review of Books
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November 27, 2018
We Need a High Wall with a Big Gate
Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times
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November 24, 2018
Don't Bet on Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the New Congress
Priscilla Alvarez, The Atlantic
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November 12, 2018
Caravan To Nowhere: Five Fallacies That Stall Immigration Discourse
Rajshree Agarwal, Forbes
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November 12, 2018
Republicans must learn from the election mistake on immigration
Jordan Bruneau, The Hill
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November 8, 2018
When Environmentalism Meets Xenophobia
Gaby Del Valle, The Nation
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November 1, 2018
Measuring immigration's role in U.S. rise as economic power
Mike Cummings, Yale News
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October 26, 2018
Democrats Can't Keep Dodging Immigration As a Real Issue
Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine
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October 26, 2018
I'm a Child of Immigrants. And I Have a Plan to Fix Immigration
Sonia Nazario, The New York Times
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October 25, 2018
We need to talk about integration after migration. Here are four ways we can improve it
Anne Gallagher, World Economic Forum
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October 17, 2018
Liberals need a new approach to immigration
Editorial, The Economist
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October 16, 2018
The nuanced arguments of America's smartest immigration restrictionists
Rachel Lu, The Week
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October 11, 2018
DHS rule change would harm immigrant, citizen health outcomes
Kathryn Pitkin Derose, The Hill
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October 10, 2018
The Democrats Have an Immigration Problem
Robert Draper, The New York Times
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October 3, 2018
The World's First Immigration Economy
Salvatore Babones, Foreign Policy
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October 1, 2018
Trump Wants to Turn the Safety Net Into a Trap
Bryce Covert, The New York Times
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September 26, 2018
Trump's Latest Immigration Curbs Threaten Older Adults Who Need Personal Care
Howard Gleckman, Forbes
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September 24, 2018
Trump is proposing a regulation that could change the face of legal immigration -- by restricting low-income immigrants
Dara Lind, Vox
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September 16, 2018
Our policies on immigration should be forward-thinking
Ruth Ellen Wasem, The Hill
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September 12, 2018
Repeating anti-immigrant screeds doesn't make them true
Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post
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September 3, 2018
Immigrants, Fearing Trump Crackdown, Drop Out of Nutrition Programs
Helene Bottemiller Evich, Politico
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"The desire to win arguments and the tendency to seek out information that reaffirms one's core identity are evolutionary traits that are hardwired into the human brain. Yet policymaking in democratic societies relies on the engagement of an electorate able to access and think critically about new information, and to adjust their views accordingly. Data and facts still have the power to promote a more informed electorate and a more effective policy process, but simply supplying high-quality information is no longer sufficient. Communicators need to work to better understand the political and emotional context in which information lands, and adapt their use of evidence to support a more nuanced debate of issues such as immigration to which there are rarely clean-cut, right-or-wrong answers."

Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan, When Facts Don't Matter: How to Communicate More Effectively about Immigration's Costs and Benefits (Migration Policy Institute, November 2018), p. 19.
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Report reveals how tech companies are "playing an increasingly central role in facilitating the expansion and acceleration of arrests, detentions, and deportations" in the United States and singles out Amazon and Palantir for special opprobrium
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Seeking to "drain the poison" from the immigration debate, the New Center releases a bipartisan proposal for immigration reform that "avoids the extreme views of right and left," builds on research findings, and reflects the "pragmatic" views of most Americans
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Stanford Immigration Policy Lab publishes an analysis of evidence-based research on policies and programs to promote refugee integration in the U.S., Canada, and Europe
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How is immigration changing the way Americans see themselves in racial terms? Russell Sage Foundation devotes an entire journal issue to this question
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By surveying and analyzing the core beliefs of Americans, researchers identify seven "hidden tribes" of Americans, some of which show more nuanced and balanced views on immigration, suggesting the possibility of achieving future consensus on immigration reform
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How can foreign-educated teachers rebuild their careers in America?  WES produces a guide to help them clarify and achieve their career goals
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Why research findings on immigration may fail to convince -- MPI lays out the pitfalls of current effort to counter erroneous information on immigration and suggests ways to communicate more effectively on the subject
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CAP study shows how immigrants are "breathing fresh life into declining rural communities" by reversing population loss, spurring economic growth, and ensuring the survival of key industries and services
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MPI report analyzes the early childhood education and care needs of Minnesota's population of "super-diverse" dual language learners
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MPI report argues for an expanded model of adult English language education that takes into account the diversity of the adult immigrant population and purposefully advances the goal of immigrant integration
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Study suggests that the proposed DHS rule restricting immigration by lower-income individuals will prevent millions of hard-working immigrants, otherwise eligible for permanent residence, from regularizing their status
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Using new methodology, Yale study substantially revises upward the estimated number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
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MPI updates its profile of Houston's immigrant communities with particular attention to their changing legal service needs caused by harsh Trump administration immigration and deportation policies
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New American Economy (NAE) develops a methodology for ranking the effectiveness of America's 100 largest cities in integrating immigrants and publishes its findings
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Legal scholars propose a way to restore "moral legitimacy" to the U.S. deportation system by expanding the realm of discretion in immigration enforcement and by using a more nuanced understanding of immigrant contributions to inform the system
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National Immigration Forum reports on the "living room conversations" it convened in 21 American cities and concludes that fears related to culture, security, and the economy confuse public attitudes on immigration
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MPI study identifies innovative strategies used by state and local governments to enforce labor standards in low-wage industries with large numbers of immigrant workers
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MPI updates its "spotlight" report on Vietnamese immigrants in the United States
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OECD report calls attention to the growing population of children with a migrant background in member countries, analyzes the risk and protective factors that shape their educational outcomes and life chances, and identifies promising practices to meet their unique needs
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MPI publishes a seven-country study of early childhood education and care (ECEC) policies and programs for refugees
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Earlier Additions to Portal Collections