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July-August, 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

Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Immigration

Education (Pre-K to 12)

Law Enforcement

Refugee Resettlement

National Perspectives/Immigration Policy

Global Perspectives


One of the greatest challenges facing the United States and other societies is to strengthen the bonds of understanding and cooperation among people from diverse backgrounds, including immigrants. Public and private organizations need to create opportunities for immigrants and native-born residents to interact, learn from each other, and work together to achieve common goals. Through such efforts, citizens build a stronger society, and Americans live up to their motto of "Out of Many, One." The Portal's Intergroup Relations Collection, consisting of over 50 studies, explores various approaches to creating social cohesion in pluralistic societies. Among topics covered in the collection are: principles of effective "dialogue" programs, the nature of "welcoming" initiatives, the role of the "commons" in urban life, strengthening ties between immigrants and African-Americans, the role of the media in fostering intergroup understanding, effective messaging strategies on immigration-related issues, exposing "dog-whistle politics" in the immigration context, and illuminating the landscape of hate organizations in the United States.

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

August 18, 2019
Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated
Nolan Rappaport, The Hill
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August 16, 2019
'Bees, not refugees': the environmentalist roots of anti-immigrant bigotry
Susie Cagle, The Guardian
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August 15, 2019
On Immigration, the Democrats are Playing into Trump's Hands
Peter H. Schuck, The New York Times
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August 13, 2019
The danger of vilifying poor immigrants
Hidetaka Hirota, The Washington Post
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August 6, 2019
We are a nation of migrants, not a collection of diplomas
Andre Perry, The Hechinger Report
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August 6, 2019
The El Paso Shooting Is the Violence Latinos Have Been Dreading
Janet Murguia, The New York Times
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August 5, 2019
The Ideology of Hate and How to Fight It
David Brooks, The New York Times
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July 25, 2019
Amy Wax Is Wrong. Immigrants Are Integrating Just Fine Into American Society.
Richard Alba, Slate
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July 25, 2019
The Democrats' Immigration Problem is Bigger Than Donald Trump
Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker
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July 22, 2019
The Problem with Amy Wax's Immigration Argument
David French, National Review
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July 20, 2019
National Conservatives Want Cultural Dominance, Not 'Social Cohesion'
Eric Levitz, New York Magazine, Intelligencer
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July 20, 2019
Send Me Back to the Country I Came From
Timothy Egan, The New York Times
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July 20, 2019
The Perfect Antidote to Trump
Bret Stephens, The New York Times
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July 19, 2019
Terrorism does increase with immigration -- but only homegrown, right-wing terrorism
Richard J. McAlexander, The Washington Post
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July 17, 2019
The Hard Immigration Questions
David Leonhardt, The New York Times
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July 16, 2019
President Trump's New Asylum Ban Will Lead to More Illegal Immigration
Shikha Dalmia, Reason
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July 16, 2019
Americans Are Complicit in Border Camp Abuses
Tova Walsh & Michael J. Mackenzie, The American Prospect
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June 18, 2019
We'll Never Solve Immigration If We Don't Solve Climate Change
Penny Pritzker, Fortune
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