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.

      Close to 2,000 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.





September 15, 2023
Democrats need to admit that they're wrong on immigration
Fareed Zakaria, The Washington Post
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September 13, 2023
Myth vs. Fact: the Diversity "Lottery" Visa
Fenja Tramsen, Niskanen Center
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September 12, 2023
Let applicants apply for Temporary Protected Status and work authorization in one form
Matthew La Corte, Niskanen Center
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September 11, 2023
The US labor market and citizens' views are shifting in favor of immigration
Nick Sargen, The Hill
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September 11, 2023
Biden's punt to Congress on immigration is wearing thin with advocates
Rafael Bernal, The Hill
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September 10, 2023
Michael Bloomberg: How Biden and Congress Should Fix the Immigration Crisis in Our Cities
Michael R. Bloomberg, The New York Times
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September 6, 2023
Aging Americans Face Bleak Futures Unless We Let New Immigrants Help
Kristie De Pena & Robert Leonard, Time
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September 6, 2023
A roadmap for preserving American advantage in the global fight for talent
Cecilia Esterline, Niskanen Center
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August 29, 2023
There's a labor shortage in the U.S. Why is it so hard for migrants to legally work?
Jasmine Garsd, NPR
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August 25, 2023
The Ghost of Public Charge Keeps Scaring Immigrant Families Away From Public Benefits
American Immigration Council
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August 23, 2023
U.S. Risks Decline and Stagnation Without Immigrants
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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August 14, 2023
Greater immigration can alleviate troubling skilled nursing shortage
Wayne Winegarden, Forbes
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August 11, 2023
mmigration can be fixed. So why aren't we doing it?
Fareed Zakaria, The Washington Post
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August 3, 2023
Preserving the diversity visa helps the U.S. counter Chinese and Russian influence in Africa
Gil Guerra, Niskanen Center
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August 2, 2023
Governor issues executive order creating Office of New Americans in Maine
Kevin Miller, Maine Public
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July 31, 2023
States continue to lead on inclusive immigration policies: a 2023 midyear review of state legislative sessions
Juan Avilez, American Immigration Council
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July 26, 2023
How and why illegal border crossings have dropped so dramatically
Michael D. Shear et al, The New York Times
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July 26, 2023
America is falling behind in the global talent competition
Karen Aho, American Immigration Council
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July 25, 2023
Let's stop arguing about immigration -- and let it help us all
Jamie Merisotis, Forbes
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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."

Muzaffar 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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Paper takes an in-depth look at the history and purpose of temporary protected status in the U.S., including a listing of groups that have benefitted from this designation since its creation in 1990
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Report recommends a comprehensive set of policy and administrative reforms to improve the handling of asylum seekers crossing the southern border
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Research brief examines the size and potential of the undocumented postsecondary student population in the U.S. and urges state officials to implement policies to advance their education and integration into the larger economy
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Paper ponders the future of the soaring number of immigrants in the U.S. in "limbo status," i.e. various forms of temporary legal status often expiring in two years time
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Report reveals the plight of immigrant home health care aides, whose labor rights are often violated, resulting in reduced quality of care for older Americans
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New analysis of Fortune 500 companies finds that 44.8% of them were founded by immigrants or their children
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Survey provides insight into the experiences and overall impact of immigrant nurses in the U.S.
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Paper makes the case for granting voting rights to non-citizens in local elections
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Paper examines the scope of the "global fertility collapse" and its link to economic decline and the rise of authoritarian populism
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Paper argues that the current U.S. immigration system imposes severe restrictions on legal immigration, thereby putting the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage with other countries
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Paper examines the recent surge in state activism on immigration-related matters
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Paper calls attention to the lack of interpreter and translator services in the U.S. asylum system
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Study takes an in-depth look at the reasons for the U.S. immigration court backlog of 1.8 million cases and recommends a series of reforms to address the problem
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Paper examines incarceration rates for immigrants compared to the U.S.-born population over more than 100 years of American history
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Paper examines the physical and psychological harm done to migrant children by the Trump-era family separation policy
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Study traces the connection between restrictive immigration policies and poor health outcomes for highly educated immigrants
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Paper examines the economic impact of refugees arriving in the U.S. since 1975
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What can be done to reclaim American leadership in recruiting talented international students to American universities?  Paper proposes five solutions
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Paper considers the U.S. treatment of Afghan refugees since the fall of Kabul as the "latest episode in the long history of racism" in American immigration policy
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Earlier Additions to Portal Collections