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.





November 24, 2021
Continuing Trump's pretext to block asylum claims, Biden defies the law and good politics
Karen Musalo, Los Angeles Times
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November 23, 2021
Contending With the Pandemic, Wealthy Nations Wage Global Battle for Migrants
Damien Cave & Christopher F. Schuetze, The New York Times
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November 23, 2021
ntegration or Crisis? In the Age of Migration, Those are the Only Choices
Jack A. Goldstone, The National Interest
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November 22, 2021
The missing immigrant workers
Catherine Rampell, The Washington Post
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November 21, 2021
From farm to table, immigrant workers keep America fed, but Trump-era policies helped create a labor shortfall that is causing food prices to rise,
Dominick Reuter & Mary Meisenzahi, Business Insider
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November 17, 2021
The Continuing Need for Immigration Reform
Peter H. Schuck, City Journal
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November 16, 2021
Could U.S. Immigration Help Solve Need To Recruit 1 Million New Truck Drivers Over Next Decade?
Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes
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November 10, 2021
Five Sites Selected Across U.S. for World Education Services' Inaugural Workforce Inclusion Demonstration Program
World Education Services, Global Newswire
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November 8, 2021
To Solve the Border Crisis, Look Beyond the Border
Andrew Selee, Foreign Policy
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November 3, 2021
The 'Third Rail of American Politics' Is Still Electrifying
Thomas B. Edsall, The New York Times
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October, 2021
Labor Shortages during the Pandemic and Beyond: What Role Can Immigration Policy Play?
Kate Hooper, Migration Policy Institute commentary
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October 27, 2021
On Migration, Will the Americas Succeed Where Europe Could Not?
Andrew Selee, The New York Times
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October 26, 2021
Immigrants could fix the US labor shortage
Nicole Narea, Vox
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October 22, 2021
Democrats need to abandon their all-or-nothing approach to immigration reform
Jeremy L. Neufeld, Roll Call
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October 20, 2021
Despite Promises, Biden Looks a Lot Like Trump on Border Issues
Sarah Sherman-Stokes & Lindsay M. Harris, Bloomberg Law
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October 16, 2021
'We're done': Immigration advocates stage walkout on Biden administration
Alex Thompson, Politico
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October 9, 2021
Advocates frustrated by shrinking legal migration under Biden
Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill
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October 9, 2021
Who Will Win the Global War for Talent?
Parag Khanna, Foreign Policy
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October 8, 2021
Biden formally commits US to 125,000 refugees in coming fiscal year
Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill
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October 7, 2021
The Ugly Bipartisan Obsession with the "Right" Number of Immigrants
Tavi Misra, The New Republic
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October 5, 2021
The Biden Administration Let Over 200,000 Green Cards Go to Waste This Year
Walter Ewing, American Immigration Council
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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 details how wealthy nations, including the U.S., have violated the legal right to asylum through offshoring and pushbacks, and how these practices have endangered the lives of thousands of people around the world
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Bipartisan Policy Center publishes plan for the more effective management of the southern border, including a recommendation that crime-fighting activities be administered separately from asylum review
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Study examines administrative challenges, coordination problems, and institutional culture within federal agencies having immigration-related responsibilities
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Paper argues that the Trump administration's family separation policy was morally repugnant, legally flawed, and un-American and could lead to an indictment for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court
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CMS paper reviews the literature on the impact of COVID-19 on immigrant communities in the U.S. and recommends measures to address the special vulnerabilities of immigrants
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VERA paper condemns ICE's practice of releasing detained immigrants with disabilities or mental illness on the street with no backup support
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MPI paper examines regional and occupational variations in how the pandemic affected immigrant employment in the U.S. and how these variations may lead to greater geographic dispersal of the Immigrant population in the future
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MPI paper explores the barriers faced by immigrant parents, compared to U.S.-born parents, in supporting their children's education
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Paper explores the role of wealth in securing access to the rights of citizenship and how this ease of access is reminiscent of historic, property-based exclusionary systems
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CMS study suggests that citizenship promotion should be the fundamental organizing principle for the entire U.S. immigration system
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World Education publishes a series of reports on opportunities and models for the provision of remote adult English language instruction
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Harvard study suggests policy options to respond to climate-induced migration from the Northern Triangle countries of Central America
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Study finds that programs that use local and state police to enforce federal immigration policies are ineffective and counter-productive in reducing crime rates
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Paper from the Bipartisan Policy Center points to the vital importance of immigration in solving "America's demographic challenge" and maintaining the country's "global competitive edge"
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Seeking to combat the "perpetual foreigner" stereotype of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, New American Economy publishes a paper detailing their economic and social contributions to American Life
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MPI publishes demographic analysis of Central American immigrants in the United States
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Paper from the Migration Policy Institute and the International Organization for Migration explores the future of global mobility in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic
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National Foundation for American Policy paper finds that H-1B visa denial rates were lower during FY 2021 than in previous years of the Trump administration due to federal court rulings invalidating earlier policy changes
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Earlier Additions to Portal Collections