American Immigrant Policy Portal
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September, 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

Refugee and Asylee Issues

State-Specific Studies

National Perspectives/Immigration Policy


Immigrants live in local communities, places where people interact on a daily basis, children attend school, local governments provide essential services, and community groups address neighborhood concerns. Within their scope of authority, local governments can play an important and creative role in integrating immigrants and refugees into local communities. Local political and civic leadership is crucial to achieving community cohesion and realizing the benefits of immigration to the entire community. Throughout the country, many localities are showing the way through innovative projects and approaches. Some communities have established special offices to deal with immigration-related challenges. Others have banded together to provide mutual support and to spread the "welcoming" philosophy to other communities. This collection contains information about how local governments are tapping into immigration as a vital resource for community betterment and developing ways to assess the effectiveness of their efforts.

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

September 18, 2019
Refugee resettlement: America's last claim to moral leadership in jeopardy
Patricia Hatch, Baltimore Sun
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September 15, 2019
Democratic Candidates Need to Get Real on Immigration
Editorial Board, Bloomberg Opinion
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September 9, 2019
Why the left should argue for more immigration -- but not open borders
Carlo Invernizzi-Accetti, The Guardian
September 6, 2019
Is it time for lawmakers to come together on immigration reform?
Casey Higgins, The Hill
September 6, 2019
How climate change is driving emigration from Central America
Miranda Cady Hallett, The Conversation
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August 28, 2019
Is It Time to Remove Immigration Courts From Presidential Control?
Julia Preston, The Marshall Project
August 20, 2019
Disability Rights in Contemporary Immigration Debates
Jasmine E. Harris, UCDavis Faculty Blog

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