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Research to Inform Policy and Practice   
on Migration-Related Issues
Policy-related reports, studies, and information about the challenge and promise of immigrant integration. Materials organized by collection topic.
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MPI paper suggests that restrictive state laws on immigration are not effective in reducing the size of the undocumented population

Did the strategy of "attrition through enforcement" work? In this paper, the author seeks to determine whether restrictive state-level immigration laws passed between 2005 and 2010 succeeded in reducing the size of the undocumented and general immigrant population in those states. According to the author, this study is "among the first to examine whether immigrants react to such laws by leaving or remaining."  Of the 868 immigration laws reviewed by the author, 441 were classified as restrictive, 423 were immigrant-friendly, and 4 were neutral.  The states that enacted the most restrictive laws were Arizona, Colorado,Georgia, Utah, Virginia, and Tennessee, with more than 20 each. In addition to demographic data for these states, the author also
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Ted-Ed video describing the plight of the world's refugees and explaining the difference between refugee and migrant

lcLatest Commentary
A selection of recent OpEds from immigration researchers and major opinion leaders

December 20, 2016
What is often called 'illegal immigration' isn't realy illegal
Daniel Connolly, PRI
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December 8, 2016
(Orginally published October 26, 2016)
Making America
General Colin Powell, Democracy (Carnegie Corporation)
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November 30, 2016
Why immigrants won't self-deport
Wayne A. Cornelius, Los Angeles Times
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November 30, 2016
Forget the Wall. If You Want Less Illegal Immigration, Go After Employers
Kevin Drum, Mother Jones
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November 29, 2016
Sanctuary Cities Are Safe, Thanks to Conservatives
Noah Feldman, BloombergView
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November 29, 2016
Contronym and Controversy
Michael A. Olivas, Inside Higher Ed
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