American Immigrant Policy Portal

August, 2023

Research to Inform Policy, Practice, and Advocacy on

Migration-Related Issues

Reports, studies, and information about immigration policy

and the process of creating a fair and welcoming society

Materials organized by collection topic.

Click on headlines for abstracts and links to original research.

Recent Public Policy Research and Reports

Adult Education and Workforce Training

What can be done to reclaim American leadership in recruiting talented international students to American universities? Paper proposes five solutions

(National Immigration Forum)

Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Immigration

Paper examines the economic impact of refugees arriving in the U.S. since 1975

(American Immigration Council)

´╗┐Human Services (Health Care)

Study traces the connection between restrictive immigration policies and poor health outcomes for highly educated immigrants

(BMC Public Health)

Paper examines the physical and psychological harm done to migrant children by the Trump-era family separation policy

(Social Science Research Network)

´╗┐Law Enforcement

Paper examines incarceration rates for immigrants compared to the U.S.-born population over more than 100 years of American history

(National Bureau of Economic Research)

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

(Journal on Migration and Human Security)

State Government

Paper examines the recent surge in state activism on immigration-related matters

(Migration Policy Institute)

National Perspectives/Immigration Policy

Study contends 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

(Cato Institute)

Global Perspectives

Paper examines the scope of the "global fertility collapse" and its link to economic decline and the rise of authoritarian populism

(Niskanen Center)


Featuring a selection of recent Op-eds from

Immigration researchers and major opinion leaders


August 14, 2023

Greater immigration can alleviate troubling skilled nursing shortage

Wayne Winegarden, Forbes

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August 11, 2023

Immigration 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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July 24, 2023

Indigenous asylum seekers from Latin America often face language barriers and discrimination on their journey to the US

Al Jazeera

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July 21, 2023

Canada's ploy to use U.S.-trained immigrants to surpass American innovation

Cecilia Esterline, Niskanen Center

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July 21, 2023

The mythical tie between immigration and crime

Krysten Crawford, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

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July 19, 2023

GOP doubles down on impeachment push even as border numbers plummet

Stef W. Kight, Axios

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July 18, 2023

U.S. has welcomed more than 500,000 migrants as part of historic expansion of legal immigration under Biden

Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News

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July 17, 2023

Groups sue Florida over latest immigration law

Andrew Atterbury, Politico

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Our Mission

"'Closing the Knowledge to Action Gap"

As the United States struggles to build a modern and effective immigration system, the Portal enables advocates and policy-makers to use evidence-based research to guide their work.

Our goal is to preserve and disseminate the findings of leading researchers who are seeking answers to questions critical to the future of the country.

To date, our team of volunteers has produced over 2,000 concise research summaries grouped into multiple topical collections.

These summaries, as well as links to original research, are available at the Portal website and at the website of the Public Education Institute of the Immigrant Learning Center.

Please write us with any thoughts or suggestions you might have at:

Qualified individuals seeking to join our team of volunteer abstract writers should also write us at the above address.

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