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February, 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 Public Policy Research and Reports

Cultural and Linguistic Competency

Law Enforcement

Refugee and Asylee Policy

State Government

National Perspectives/Immigration Policy

Global Perspectives
fcFeatured Collection:
Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Immigration

In this Portal collection, we provide summaries of more than 100 studies examining the economic and fiscal impacts of immigration. Among specific topics covered in this wealth of research -- all published over the last 15 years and available in the public domain -- are:  immigrant contribution to entrepreneurship and economic development in the U.S.; the role of immigrants in specific industries, such as health care, agriculture, construction, and high tech; immigration and America's looming demographic crisis; immigrant tax contributions and utilization of public services; the role of international students; and the economic consequences of various proposals for immigration reform.   

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

February 19, 2019
Trump wants better AI. He also wants less immigration. He can't have both.
Sigal Samuel, Vox

February 17, 2019
We need an immigration policy for the 21st century, not the 12th century
Abby Maxman, The Hill

February 15, 2019
The Nationalist Case for Amnesty
Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

February 11, 2019
Hispanics, Not Trump, Are the Biggest Engine of U.S. Economic Growth
Mayra Rodriguez Valladares, Forbes

February 8, 2019
The President is coming to El Paso Monday
Beto O'Rourke, Medium

February 4, 2019
San Diego launches bipartisan plan to welcome immigrants
Kate Morrissey, Los Angeles Times

February 3, 2019
Maybe We Should Build a Wall to Keep Immigrants in
Derek Lidow, Forbes

January 31, 2019
USCIS Immigration Delays Grow Longer And Longer
Stuart Anderson, Forbes

January 24, 2019
When do we give them a break?
Maurice Belanger, Maurice Belanger Consulting

January 22, 2019
Why Trump's border wall is not just a wall
Ronald Brownstein, CNN Politics

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