American Immigrant Policy Portal

November, 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

Education (Pre-K to 12)

Report calls attention to major shortcomings in addressing the growing language access needs of parents with children in early childhood programs

(Migration Policy Institute)

Employment and Labor Issues

Report stresses the importance of immigration in maintaining U.S. leadership in technology innovation - a goal crucial to the nation's security, economic prosperity, and quality of life

(National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine)

Paper argues that immigration restrictions severely constrain the economic liberty of native-born Americans, jeopardize American prosperity, and even deny opportunity to the poor and disadvantaged

(Public Affairs Quarterly)

Human Services (General)

Despite a generally favorable policy environment in New York City, report finds that fear and language barriers keep immigrants from accessing public benefits and services

(Center for Migration Studies)

Immigrant Communities

MPI publishes a demographic portrait of the Vietnamese immigrant community in the U.S.

(Migration Policy Institute)

Law Enforcement

Study seeks to develop a reasonable and measurable definition of "border security" so as to better evaluate immigration law enforcement efforts

(National Immigration Forum)

Report faults the immigration court system for giving weight to "prejudicial and unreliable" police reports in making detention and deportation decisions

(National Immigrant Justice Center)

Refugee and Asylee Issues

Study finds that the sudden drop in refugee admissions during the Trump presidency had no discernible effect on crime rates in areas previously receiving large numbers of refugees

(American Political Science Review)

Global Perspectives

Report describes the plight of tens of thousands of Haitians residing in Mexico and offers recommendations to improve their treatment

(Refugees International)

Report examines the impact of the 2018 "Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration," which seeks to foster international cooperation on migration management

(Transatlantic Council on Migration)


Featuring a selection of recent Op-eds from

Immigration researchers and major opinion leaders


November 16, 2022

Low-Skilled Immigration Is Needed to Overcome the Western Worker Crunch

Adi Gaskell, Forbes

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November 16, 2022

House Democrats choose DACA over other immigration priorities in lame-duck session

Rafael Bernal & Mike Lillis, The Hill

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November 12, 2022

Why Many Baby Boomers Struggle to Embrace Immigration

Seth Schwartz, Psychology Today

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November 4, 2022

Globalization Requires us to Change Our Views on Immigration

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, The Tablet

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November 4, 2022

The United States is no longer the world's friendliest country to migrants

Fareed Zakaria, The Washington Post

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November 3, 2022

Analysts Don't Expect Significant Changes in Immigration Policy After the Midterms

Aline Barros, Voice of America

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November 2, 2022

Bestselling author discusses economics of immigration, population declines

Noi Mahoney, FreightWaves

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October27, 2022

U.S. Immigration Has Become an Elaborate Bait and Switch

Edward Alden, Foreign Policy

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October 26, 2022

New study concludes temporary work visas allow firms to expand and hire more U.S. workers

Stuart Anderson, Forbes

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October 24, 2022

The Republican case for a Temporary Family Visitation Visa

Rick Taft & Forough Hosseini, The Hill

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October 24, 2022

Labour Squeeze: Is immigration the answer to widespread worker shortages?

John Letzing, World Economic Forum

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October 24, 2022

Smart, Entrepreneurial immigrants more crucial to the future than ever

James Barrood, NJBIZ

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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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