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August-September, 2020
In This Issue

Research to Inform Policy, Practice, and Advocacy 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 Public Policy Research and Reports

Civic Participation

Human Services (Health Care)

Immigration Demographics

State-Specific Studies

National Perspectives/Immigration Policy


This collection of 150 abstracts deals primarily with the nature, effectiveness, and future of federal immigration policy. Broad topics include: admission policy, border management, detention and deportation policy, temporary visa programs, legalization programs, and birthright citizenship. Several studies trace the development of immigration law and policy in the United States, including the legacy of racism in immigration law - a legacy that some scholars think has resurfaced in the Trump presidency. Researchers have also shown interest in how administrative procedures -- sometimes referred to as the "invisible wall" -- have recently been used to greatly reduce immigration levels. Other studies attempt to set forth the general principles that should govern immigration policy, often urging the revival of bipartisanship in migration management. Another theme that has attracted scholarly attention is the relative merits of "points-based" vs. family-based immigration systems.  Scholars have also shown interest in the "when, where, why, and how" of legalization programs, including DACA, TPS, and U-Visas.  Almost all research highlighted in this collection was produced over the last decade.

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

September 15, 2020
More than 250 groups call for full, permanent immigration status for all in Canada
Noushin Ziafati, Yorkton This Week

September 11, 2020
Immigrants Have Always Played a Key Role in the U.S. Political Process. The Latest Ruling on Trump's Census Plan is Part of That History
David Litt, Time
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September 11, 2020
In a new term, Trump would further seal the gates of Fortress America
Editorial Board, The Washington Post

September 5, 2020
UCLA Study Recommends Permanent Residence for Immigrants in Temporary Protected Status
Eliza Morena, Sierra Sun Times

August, 2020
2021 Immigrant Action Plan: Restoring Human Dignity, Recovering the Economy, Reinforcing American Values
173 Organizational Endorsers

August 28, 2020
Trump treats naturalization like a game show prize
Suketu Mehta, The Washington Post
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August 17, 2020
A Growing Immigration Divide: Trump and Biden stake out opposite ends of a complex issues -- leaving a vacuum in the middle
Steven Malanga, City Journal

August 17, 2020
Wealthy turn anti-immigrant when their riches are threatened
University of Queensland,

August 7, 2020
New Jersey to Allow Professional and Occupational Licensing Regardless of Immigration Status
The National Law Review

August 6, 2020
An Unintended Consequence of Limiting High-Skilled Immigration to the U.S.
Whitney Appel, American Action Forum

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