American Immigrant Policy Portal

December, 2022

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 for all

Materials organized by collection topic.
Click on headlines for abstracts and links to original research.

Recent Public Policy Research and Reports

Civic Participation

Paper argues that the world needs to develop new approaches to, and perhaps new international conventions on, citizenship acquisition for migrant populations

(Citizenship Studies)

Employment and Labor Issues

Data Interactive examines current and project job openings in specific industries in the U.S. and the role of immigrants in meeting future labor force needs

(American Immigration Council)

Immigrant Communities

MPI publishes statistical profile of immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa

(Migration Policy Institute)

Immigrant Integration (General)

What strategies will help countries implement evidence-based policymaking in the field of immigrant integration? Paper from MPI examines this question in the European context

(Migration Policy Institute Europe)

Law Enforcement

Paper offers both praise and criticism for the sweeping changes in the American asylum process recently introduced by the Biden administration

(Social Science Research Network)

Legal scholar takes issue with those on the left opposed to increased public funding for legal services for immigrants in deportation proceedings

(Social Science Research Network)

TRAC paper compiles data on, and examines the reasons for, the sharp increase in case completions at the nation's immigration courts

(TRAC Syracuse University)

Refugee and Asylee Issues

Paper argues that the H-2B seasonal worker program, if properly administered, could reduce irregular migration from the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

(SAIS Europe Journal of Global Affairs)

National Perspectives/Immigration Policy

Report explains why nearly 4 million people with approved family immigration petitions are stuck in backlogs and recommends ways to relieve the problem


Study urges environmentalists and immigrant rights advocates to work together to ensure that the needs of immigrants are factored into "green new deal" planning

(Scholarly Commons)


Featuring a selection of recent Op-eds from

Immigration researchers and major opinion leaders


December 19, 2022

Chief Justice Roberts pauses lifting of Title 42, keeping migrant policy in place for now

John Fritze, USA Today

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December 15, 2022

Immigration deal for 'Dreamers' appears to run out of time

Caroline Coudriet & Suzanne Monyak, Roll Call

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December 15, 2022

Trump, covid slowed down immigration. Now employers can't find workers

Abha Bhattarai & Lauren Kaori Gurley, the Washington Post

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December 14, 2022

Venezuelans Propelled to U.S. By Crisis, Not Immigration Policy

Stuart Anderson, Forbes

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December 13, 2022

Advocates applaud Biden administration's revival of task force focusing on immigrant inclusion

Gabe Ortiz, Daily Kos

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December 11, 2022

How the Tillis-Sinema immigration bill would right two glaring wrongs

George F. Will, The Washington Post

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December 9, 2022

An immigration fix Democrats and Republicans can agree on

Josh T. Smith, The Hill

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December 7, 2022

Top conservative groups warns of Chinese security risk in key immigration bill, urges 'no' vote

Adam Shaw, Fox News

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December 7, 2022

Nearly 1 million immigrants became U.S. citizens in past year, the 3rd highest tally on record

Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News

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December 7, 2022

A more equitable distribution of the positive (and negative) fiscal impacts of immigration

Wendy Edelberg & Tara Watson, Brookings

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November 30, 2022

New York Could Become the First State to Provide the Right to Legal Representation in Immigration Court

Nicholas Turner & Erica Bryant, Vera Institute

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November 29, 2022

What Biden Has Gotten Right on Immigration

David J. Bier, CATO Institute

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November 28, 2022

In U.S. v. Texas, broad questions over immigration enforcement and states' ability to challenge federal policies

Amy Howe, SCOTUS blog

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November 25, 2022

Biden administration preps for a rocky end to Trump-era immigration rule

Myah Ward, Politico

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November 22, 2022

Economic Necessity Will Ultimately Force Immigration Reform

Eduardo Porter, Bloomberg

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November 21, 2022

How immigrants can alleviate the domestic labor shortage

Niskanen Center

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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.

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