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May, 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 Research and Additions to Collections

Civic Participation

Education (Pre-K to 12)

Immigrant Communities

Law Enforcement

State-Specific Studies

National Perspectives/Immigration Policy

Global Perspectives


Studies in the Civic Participation Collection explore the history and meaning of citizenship in American life. Research topics include: demographic characteristics associated with varying rates of naturalization; barriers to citizenship resulting from federal government policy; the economic impact of naturalization; and the growing threat of denaturalization. Another group of studies examine immigrant participation in the electoral process, including topics such as: voting patterns of naturalized Americans; efforts to limit voting rights in certain parts of the country, and the success of new Americans as candidates for public office. Finally, several studies look at community organizing within immigrant communities and the impact of the immigrant rights movement on American life.

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

May 21, 2019
Only Immigrants Can Reverse America's Baby Bust
Adam Minter, Bloomberg Opinion
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May 17, 2019
Trump's immigration plan endangers America's ability to integrate foreigners
Julia Brookins, Think
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May 17, 2019
Trump Immigration Plan May Throw 4 Million People Off Immigrant Waiting Lists
Stuart Anderson, Forbes
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May 13, 2019
Is There a Connection Between Undocumented Immigrants and Crime?
Anna Flagg, The New York Times
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May 10, 2019
How anti-immigrant policies thwart scientific discovery
Violet Moller, The Washington Post
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May 8, 2019
Trump's immigration crackdown will make America's population slowdown much worse
Evan Horowitz, Think
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May 4, 2019
Trump wants 'toughness' to deter migration, but physical measures keep failing
Nick Miroff, Maria Sacchetti & Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post
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May 3, 2019
We're losing foreign students due to Trump immigration rules. N.J. college presidents lament
Kelly Heyboer,
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April 30, 2019
Can Democrats Win On Immigration Policy In 2020?
Geoffrey Skelly, Fivethirtyeight
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