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April, 2019
In This Issue

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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NewResearchNew Research and Additions to Collections

Civic Participation
Cultural and Linguistic Competency

Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Immigration

Employment and Labor Rights

State Government

Adult Education and Workforce Development


This collection of over 100 studies examines the American track record in immigrant workforce integration and identifies promising practices designed to maximize the economic contributions of immigrants. Some specific topics include: immigrant occupational distribution; poverty rates within immigrant communities; occupational health hazards faced by immigrants; strategies to prevent labor law violations; efforts to combat human trafficking; the plight of foreign-educated immigrant professionals and programs to address their need, including relicensing initiatives, portability of credentials, and mentoring programs; programs to promote immigrant entrepreneurship; the impact of worksite immigrant enforcement campaigns, including E-Verify; and the impact of various guest worker and temporary visa programs, including H-1B.

lcLatest Commentary
A selection of recent Op-eds from immigration researchers and major opinion leaders

April 23, 2019
Trump is Wasting Our Immigration Crisis
Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times
April 16, 2010
Why aren't the Democratic candidates talking about immigration more?
Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker
April 9, 2019 
Trump says the U.S. is too 'full' for more immigrants. The opposite is true
Wayne A. Cornelius, The L.A. Times 
April 9, 2019
Trump Says the U.S. is 'Full." Much of the Nation Has the Opposite Problem 
Neil Irwin & Emily Badger, The New York Times 
April 3, 2019
America's Biggest Economic Challenge May Be Demographic Decline 
Neil Irwin, The New York Times 
April 3, 2019
Short of Workers, U.S. Builders and Farmers Crave More Immigrants 
Eduardo Porter, The New York Times 
April 1, 2019
Trump Laid a Trap on Immigration -- and Only Beto Sees It 
Peter Beinart, The Atlantic 
March 25, 2019
Immigration and the Democratic Hopefuls 
Andrew Moss, Counterpunch 
March 25, 2019
Immigration's Popularity Is Rising Thanks to Trump 
Alex Nowrasteh, CATO Institute
March 24, 2019
A Grand Compromise on Immigration 
Peter King & Tom Suozzi, The New York Times 

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