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Policy-related reports, studies, and information about the challenge and promise of immigrant integration. Materials organized by collection topic.
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Researchers offer suggestions on how to advance a progressive state and local immigrant integration agenda

State Policies on Immigrant Integration: An Examination of Best Practices and Policy Diffusion, University of California (Riverside) School of Public Policy Working Paper,
February, 2016, 20 pp.
Authors: Allan Colbern & Karthick Ramakrishnan

This paper focuses on actions being taken by states, counties and municipalities that bolster immigrant integration.  The authors believe that since comprehensive immigration reform is stalled at the federal level, these sub-federal level activities are growing in importance and influence.  Drawing on research and the input of participants in several focus group discussions, the authors review findings in four specific domains: policymaking, implementation, organizational capacity and community-engaged research.  For each topic, they provide examples from multiple locales and provide suggestions for best practices.  A key theme that emerges as part of the discussion is the need to think carefully about how immigrant integration efforts should be framed.  The authors suggest that advocates should draw on a broader sense of community, rather than focusing on the needs of one segment of society.  For example, they believe that themes of public safety, workforce development and the ideals of non-discrimination are likely to generate support for immigrant integration policies.  The authors also argue for a strategy of incremental policy change, rather than comprehensive reform packages. They believe that this approach is less likely to generate backlash and creates precedents that can be built on.  In keeping with this approach, the authors stress the importance of long-term planning and see the value of investing time and resources in network building, especially coalitions connecting groups working on related issues.  They believe that anti-immigration forces are well coordinated, so all of those in favor of immigrant integration must work together (Erik Jacobson, Montclair State University).

NewResearchNew Public Policy Research and Reports

MPI report examines the pivotal role played by immigrants in the health care industry

M ichigan leaders worry that Trump immigration policies threaten to undermine the state's economic recovery

National Perspectives/Immigration Policy

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

September 16, 2017
How to End the Immigration Wars
Eric Cantor, The New York Times

September 13, 2017
Trump could deliver immigration reform
Allan Wernick, New York Daily News

September 7, 2017
DACA, The 1924 Immigration Act and American Exclusion
Ben Railton, Huffington Post

September 11, 2017
Why Your Economic Argument Against Immigration is Probably Wrong
Benjamin Harris, Fortune

September 7, 2017
The Birth of 'Illegal' Immigration
Becky Little, History

September 6, 2017
Immigrants Shouldn't Have to Be 'Talented' to Be Welcome
Masha Gessen, The New York Times

September 5, 2017
Trump's Move to End DACA and Echoes of The Immigration Act of 1924
Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker

August 18, 2017
We Need Immigrants With Skills. But Working Hard Is a Skill
Jeff Flake, The New York Times

August 17, 2017
How Democrats Gave Us Trump's Immigration Nightmare
Clio Chang, The New Republic

August 17, 2017
Donald Trump is winning on immigration
Joshua Green, The Boston Globe

August 12, 2017
How Trump is Stifling Entrepreneurship
Deepak Chopra, Kabir Sehgal, & Jeff Oster, Fortune

August 9, 2017
Right and Left Don't Trust Each Other on Immigration -- and They're Right
Matt Lewis, Daily Beast

August 7, 2017
Antiracism Backfires
Dennis Saffran, City Journal

August 6, 2017
The Real History of American Immigration
Joshua Zeitz, Politico

August 5, 2017
West Virginia's immigration 'problem'
Walter D. Kamphoefner, Houston Chronicle

August 3, 2017
There's no evidence that immigrants hurt any American workers
Michael Clemens, Vox


Immigration Law and Policy Conference, CLINIC, Migration Policy Institute, & Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, September 25, 2017

Statue of Liberty: Changing and Contested Meaning, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, New York, NY, September 25, 2017

Whither Immigration? New Directions in Research and Policy in an Era of Nationalism, Center for Migration Studies of New York, New York, NY, October 3, 2017

Leading the Way: A New Approach to American Immigration, National Immigration Forum, Washington, DC, October 5, 2017

Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative, The Center for Migration Studies of New York and others, Los Angeles, CA, October 12-13, 2017

Welcoming Economies Convening, WE Global Network, Syracuse, NY, October 23-25, 2017


National Immigrant Integration Conference, National Partnership for New Americans, Phoenix, AZ, December 10-12, 2017




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