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15 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 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.






June 21, 2018
Return of the Blood Libel
Paul Drugman, The New York Times
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June 21, 2019
Our Real Immigration Problem
Bret Stephens, The New York Times
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June 18, 2018
The Rise of the Amnesty Thugs
David Brooks, The New York Times
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June 14, 2018
How Much Can Democrats Count on Suburban Liberals?
Rhomas B. Edsall, The New York Times
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June 4, 2018
The Long History of Child-Snatching
Tera W. Hunter, The New York Times
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June 1-7, 2018
How to convince sceptics of the value of immigration?
Philippe Legrain, The Economist
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June 1, 2018
Another cruel and dehumanizing presidential tirade on immigration
Vicki Gass, Oxfam America
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May 30, 2018
Trump Immigration Policy Veers From Abhorrent to Evil
Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times
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May 30, 2018
Donald Trump's Anti-Immigrant Army
Julissa Arce, Crooked Media
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May 14, 2018
Why Republicans will never reform immigration
Paul Waldman, The Week
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May 10, 2018
Sessions is criminalizing immigration violations. That upends centuries of history.
Liam Brennan, The Washington Post
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May 9, 2018
The Eroding GOP Resistance to Trump's Immigration Agenda
Ronald Brownstein, The Atlantic
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May 7, 2018
Yes, Donald Trump is Making White People More Hateful
Joshua Holland, The Nation
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May 5, 2018
DHS Decision on Hondurans Fits Disturbing Pattern on Immigration
Stuard Anderson, Forbes
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May 1, 2018
The Trump Administration's Hard Line on Refugees Comes Under Fire
Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker
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May 1, 2018
Trump's hubris is costing him big on immigration
Maria Cardona, The Hill
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May 1, 2018
National-Security Experts Outline the Strategic Case for Refugee Resettlement
Matthew La Corte, Niskanen Center Blog
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April 11, 2018
Migrants and refugees: The unlikely key for economic development
Dany Bahar, Brookings
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April 19, 2018
The Trump administration failed to study immigration vetting. So I did.
David Bier, The Washington Post
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April 18, 2018
Fixing the 'Involuntary Housewife Visa'
Shikha Dalmia, The New York Times
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April 16, 2018
On refugees, the Trump administration is competent and malevolent
David Miliband, The Washington Post
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April 6, 2018
These are the groups most likely to stop participating in the US census
William H. Frey, Brookings
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April 1, 2018
Better Democracy Promotion through Immigration
Margaret E. Peters & Michael K. Miller, Lawfare
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April 1, 2018
Five Ways Trump is Restricting Immigration
Rafael Bernal, The Hill
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March 30, 2018
Trump's Census policy could boomerang and hurt red states as well as blue states
Robert Shapiro, Brookings
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March 27, 2018
Why the 2020 census shouldn't ask about your citizenship status
Jennifer Van Hook, The Conversation
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March 20, 2018
'Chain Migration' Used to Be a Benign Term. Not Anymore
Stephen Kearse, The New York Times Magazine
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March 19, 2018
How America Fell Behind the World on Immigration
Justin Gest, Politico
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March 17, 2018
Debunking a Myth: The Irish Were Not Slaves, Too
Liam Stack, The New York Times
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March 15, 2018
For Trump, Cruelty Is the Point
Julianne Hing, The Nation
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March 7, 2018
Restricting legal immigration to America won't help our economy
Jacqueline Varas, The Hill
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"White nationalism is in many ways a mirror image of radical Islamism. Both share a nostalgic obsession with a purist form of identity: for one, a medieval Islamic state; for the other, a white nation unpolluted by immigrant blood. If the influence of white nationalists continues to grow, they will eventually seek to trample the rights of immigrants and minorities and dismiss courts and constitutions as anti-democratic because they don't reflect the supposed preferences of 'the people.' Their rise threatens to transform countries that we once thought of as icons of liberalism into democracies only in name."

Sashan Polakow-Suransky, "White Nationalism is Destroying the West, The New York Times, Oct. 12, 2017.
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Comparative study of family migration across nine countries, including Australia, Canada, and the U.S., finds that family migration is "at the heart of many immigration systems"
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Legal scholar reviews the history of prosecutorial discretion in immigration matters and concludes that the Trump administration's argument that DACA is an example of "executive overreach" is baseless and ahistorical
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Paper decries the "fragmented" and "diffuse" nature of immigration governance in the U.S. and calls for stronger leadership and coordination of all immigration-related functions within the federal government
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Despite a no-holds-barred deportation policy, resisistance from local authorities, according to MPI report, is limiting the effectiveness of the Trump approach to immigration enforcement
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Paper finds that Trump's decision to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border "seems to be primarily driven by political and public relations concerns"
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Paper traces the influence of corporate interests in expanding immigrant detention in the U.S. and in "distorting democracy" through the greater political power exercised by communities with detention facilities
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ACLU study finds that immigration enforcement activities at courthouses is "freezing out justice" in the U.S., leading to a decline in cooperation from immigrant victims and difficulties in investigating crimes
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Pew study of the immigration information stream on Twitter after Trump's election finds little evidence of the dissemination of "fake news"
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Using Silicon Valley as a research site, MPI study shows how "assimilation" plays out as a "two-way street," with adaptations made both by immigrants and native-born Americans, both of whom work together over time to create a "new sense of normal"
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According to National Academy of Sciences study, Trump's 2016 victory arose from "status threat," not the plight of displaced, white working class workers
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CATO study shows sharp declines in the number of Muslim immigrants, refugees, and visitors allowed into the U.S. since the Trump "travel ban" went into effect
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Pew report finds that sub-Saharan African immigrants have educational levels that surpass those of the U.S.-born population
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MPI report examines the extent and consequences of "super-diversity" among the growing number of young children who are dual language learners (now almost one-third of all children under the age of 9)
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Legal scholar advances the concept of migration as "foot voting" with the potential to bring "vast benefits" to the world if promoted by governments
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Open Door Collective argues for the importance of adult education as a strategy for reducing poverty among immigrants and other Americans
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Report finds that immigrants in detention are deprived of adequate health care
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Study suggests that the approximately 800,000 immigrants from travel ban-affected countries already living in the U.S. are making impressive contributions to American society
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MPI publishes report on the operation of the H-1B visa program and notes that the Trump administration may soon announce reforms that "may negatively affect businesses that use H-1B legitimately"
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Scholar calls for greater reliance on social science expertise in immigration policy-making and laments the absence of the "administrative state" in federal departments charged with implementing immigration policy
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Report finds that a Trump-favored immigration proposal may have unintended consequences, e.t. reducing Catholic immigration by 54 percent, as well as the number of employment-based visas for high-skilled immigrants by 18 percent
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Urban Institute summarizes recent research on refugee integration into American society and identifies research gaps that should be addressed in the future
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World Education Services reports positive results for a pilot project to provide alternative forms of academic certification for Syrian refugees
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Study examines the historical precedents and ethical justification for sanctuary provided by houses of worship for undocumented immigrants
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According to CATO study, Texas arrest and conviction records show that undocumented immigrants commit crimes at substantially lower rates than native-born Americans
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Harvard Law Review article finds that the lack of any guidance from the Trump administration on the legitimate exercise of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law cases has been "devastating" to immigrant communities
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MPI publishes demographic profile of the Dominican immigrant community in the U.S.
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Legal scholar makes the case for civil disobedience by employers, i.e. continuing to employ Dreamers, if and when the federal government ends work authorization for DACA recipients
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Study finds that foreign students on F-1 visas, the majority of whom are studying in high-demand STEM fields, are almost entirely lost to local economies, i.e. not working locallly five years after graduation
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Researchers find that deportations substantially increase the likelihood that U.S.-born children of undocumented parents will live in single-parent families or be sent to live with friends or other relatives in the U.S.
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MPI paper predicts "demographic convergence" and multi-directional migration flows in the six countries that make up the North American "migration corridor"
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In response to the growing climate crisis, which may lead to the disappearance of some island nations, paper argues for limitations on a government's right to exclude people from its territory
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MPI and Population Reference Bureau publish a detailed compilation of national and international data sources on immigration
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AILA report shows how the Trump administration is cutting back on legal immigration by constructing "an invisible wall"
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NBER study examines the educational and economic progress of the children and grandchildren of recent immigrants
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