American Immigrant Policy Portal
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October, 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)

Employment and Labor Issues

Intergroup Relations

Law Enforcement

Refugee and Asylee Issues

National Perspectives/Immigration Policy


An important strategy for achieving immigrant integration is to establish centers of leadership, coordination, resource management, and accountability within state government. The Portal's State Government Collection contains reports and studies pertaining to the operation of such centers. We also highlight research on other state policy initiatives to promote the integration of immigrants, such as the issuance of driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, the broadening of in-state tuition opportunities, refinements in occupational licensing requirements, and stricter enforcement of labor rights for immigrants. The collection also includes studies of changing political dynamics and restrictionist activities within states.

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

October 15, 2019
The New Geography of American Immigration
Richard Florida, Citylab
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October 11, 2019
Sharp Cuts in Immigration Threaten U.S. Economy and Innovation
Austan Goolsbee, The New York Times
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October 10, 2019
The Conservative Case Against Trump's Immigration Policies
Arthur Rizer & Jonathan Haggerty, Washington Monthly
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October 8, 2019
I Oversaw DHS Refugee Affairs. Here Are 3 Ways the Trump Administration is Trying to Mislead You
Barbara Strack, Time
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September 29, 2019
Even as President Trump slams the door on refugees, there is reason for hope
Julia G. Young, the Washington Post
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September 25, 2019
Visiting a tent city in Mexico created by Trump's Migrant Protection Protocol
Matt Gaventa, The Christian Century
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