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.





July 22, 2022
By a 5-4 Vote, the Supreme Court let a Lone Judge Block Biden's Power Over Deportations
Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, Slate
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July 19, 2022
Better Immigration Laws Could Help Lower Food Prices
Fiona Harrigan, Reason
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July 18, 2022
The Senate is nearing a deal on immigration that could also lower food prices
Ximena Butillo, NPR
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July 13, 2022
The United States Does Not Permit More Immigration Than the Rest of the World Combined
David J. Bier, Cato at Liberty Blog
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July 11, 2022
Why So Many Children of Immigrants Rise to the Top
Peter Coy, The New York Times
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July 6, 2022
Immigrant 'Dreamers' Face Severe Disruption if Court Wrecks DACA
Laurel Brubaker Calkins & Ellen M. Gilmer, Bloomberg Law
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June 28, 2022
Dangers Faced by Illegal Migrants are Caused by Immigration Restrictions
Ilya Somin, Reason
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June 26, 2022
Growing Up in the Shadow of DACA (Guest Essays by DACA Recipients)
The New York Times
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June 22, 2022
An Uncertain Future for Documented Dreamers
Teresa Mathew, The New Yorker
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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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"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 traces the history of border walls and analyzes the reasons for their current popularity, even though such walls are largely ineffective in stopping the illicit movement of people and goods
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Paper quantifies the loss to the American economy from the 86% drop in refugee admissions since 2017
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Study finds that "sanctuary" policies seem to reduce crime in local communities, thus contradicting the assumption behind the "Secure Communities" program, i.e. that collaboration with ICE by local law enforcement will improve public safety
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Study documents government surveillance and harassment of immigrant organizers in the U.S.
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Wasted human resources in Illinois: MPI report examines the plight of foreign-trained immigrant health care professionals whose skills remain underutilized despite a growing need for health care personnel in the state
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Why is the world full of misperceptions about immigration? New report details the nature of these misperceptions, why they are so prevalent, and how they might be combatted
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Report calls attention to the negative health consequences of immigration surveillance systems and urges steps to limit information-sharing with immigration agencies, including the creation of "health care sanctuaries"
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Study argues that restrictions on immigrant access to public benefits is a form of "structural discrimination," harmful to an entire generation of children brought up in immigrant homes
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Bipartisan Policy Center takes a deep dive into immigrant entrepreneurship in the U.S., examining the motivations of entrepreneurs, their contributions to the economy, and what local communities are doing to spur their success
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Report examines the disproportionate educational losses of English language learners in 19 California school districts during the pandemic
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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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Earlier Additions to Portal Collections