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Staten Island: Then and Now

Report Author: 
Laurel Tumarkin and Jonathan Bowles
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 May

Between 1990 and 2010, no other New York state borough changed as much as Staten Island. This report shows just how the borough has been transformed, partly by the influx of foreign-born persons, with more than 80 graphs and charts detailing trends in demographics, the economy, development, commuting and education.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Deeper into the Shadows: The Unintended Consequences of Immigration Worksite Enforcement

Report Author: 
Jeffrey Kaye
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Feb

 

Before the onset of the Great Recession, immigrant labor was cited as a boon to the US economy. Since the economic downturn in 2008 and the rise in US unemployment, some analysts and politicians have turned on that immigrant workforce and their employers, arguing that deporting eight million undocumented immigrant workers would create eight million new jobs for the native-born.

Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

A Rising Tide or a Shrinking Pie: The Economic Impact of Legalization Versus Deportation in Arizona

Report Author: 
Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda and Marshall Fitz
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Mar

Our national debate over urgently needed immigration reform is now careening through the USA, and nowhere is that debate more contentious than in Arizona, where the state's legislature sought to rid the state of undocumented immigrants with passage of S.B. 1070.

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Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

Revitalizing the Golden State: What Legalization Over Deportation Could Mean to California and Los Angeles County

Report Author: 
Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda and Marshall Fitz
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Apr

 

California is home to 10 million immigrants, more than one-quarter of the state's population. Of those, 2.7 million are undocumented, and the majority have been living in the USA for more than 10 years. California's immigrant contributions to the Golden State cannot be overstated: from Cesar Chave (labor rights leader) to Sergei Brin (Google).

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Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

Why Immigrants Can Drive the Green Economy

Report Author: 
Richard T. Herman and Robert L. Smith
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Jun

The 2000 US Census found that immigrants, while accounting for 12 percent of the population, made up nearly half of the all scientists and engineers with doctorate degrees. Nearly 70 percent of the men and women who entered the fields of science and engineering from 1995 to 2006 were immigrants. Yet, the connection between immigration and the development and commercialization of alternative energy technology is rarely discussed.

Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

Immigrant Legalization in the United States and European Union: Policy Goals and Program Design

Report Author: 
Marc R. Rosenblum
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Dec

Immigrant legalization, while highly controversial on both sides of the Atlantic, is a critical and widely used tool for managing illegal immigration. Lawmakers seeking to design effective legalization regimes must balance competing goals: inclusiveness versus avoidance of rewarding illegal behavior, and assuring a high rate of participation without admitting ineligible migrants or encouraging future illegal migration.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Immigration Policy and Less-Skilled Workers in the United States: Reflections on Future Directions for Reform

Report Author: 
Harry J. Holzer
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Jan

While broad consensus exists regarding the benefits of highly skilled immigration, the economic role of low-skilled immigrants remains in dispute. In this assessment of the research literature, the author makes an economics-based case for significant reform of the US immigration system.

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Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Communicating More for Less: Using Translation and Interpretation Technology to Serve Limited English Proficient Individuals

Report Author: 
Jessica Sperling
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Jan

Advances in translation and interpretation technology have given language access professionals a multitude of options for breaking down language barriers. However, with different and seemingly complex types of technologies now available, selecting the right technology system can be a challenge. And because language access needs vary immensely, rarely do agencies or service organizations have translation and interpretation needs that can be met the same way.

This report provides an overview of available technologies, discussing their purposes, costs and benefits.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

E-Verify: Strengths, Weaknesses and Proposals for Reform

Report Author: 
Marc R. Rosenblum
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Feb

With Congress likely to consider new mandates involving E-Verify, the currently voluntary employment eligibility verification system, this article examines the strengths and weaknesses of E-Verify, which has grown dramatically in recent years.

It also discusses proposals for reform, including adding biometric screening to the system.

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Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Transatlantic Cooperation on Travelers' Data Processing: From Sorting Countries to Sorting Individuals

Report Author: 
Paul De Hert and Rocco Bellanova
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Mar

This report, the second in a joint project of MPI and the European University Institute examining US and European immigration systems, details the post-9/11 programs and agreements implemented by US and European governments to identify terrorists and serious transnational criminals through the collection and processing of increasing quantities of traveler data.

The report analyzes how governments, which once focused their screening primarily on a traveler's nationality ("sorting countries"), increasingly are examining personal characteristics ("sorting individuals").

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Source Organization: 
U.S. Census, Department of Commerce
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