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U.S. High-Skilled Immigration, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Empirical Approaches and Evidence

Report Author: 
William R. Kerr
Original Date of Publication: 
2013 Aug

In the 2008 Current Population Survey, immigrants represented 16 percent of the United States workforce with a bachelor's education. Moreover, immigrants accounted for 29 percent of the growth in this workforce during the 1995-2008 period. Exceeding these strong overall contributions, the role of immigrants within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields is even more pronounced. Even so, the importance of the global migration of STEM talent has been under-studied. In this paper, "U.S.

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Immigration Reform and the Possibility of Black-Brown Coalitions among America's Youth

Report Author: 
Jon C. Rogowski
Original Date of Publication: 
2013 Sep

Young people in the U.S. — particularly young people of color — are supportive of comprehensive immigration reform according to this survey from the Chicago-based Black Youth Project. But while young people of color were generally supportive of immigration reform they often had varying ideas of how immigration is changing the country's landscape. In an online survey that was conducted in both English and Spanish among 1,500 respondents between 18 and 29, the possibilities and challenges of building Black-Brown political alliances were made clear. The study's key findings include:

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Legalization of Undocumented Immigrants Can Reduce Crime

Report Author: 
Scott Ross Baker
Original Date of Publication: 
2012 Sep

The author of this policy brief titled "Legalization of Undocumented Immigrants Can Reduce Crime," Scott Ross Baker, predicts a significant reduction in crime as a result of U.S. President Barack Obama's Deferred Action Program. He bases his conclusion on research showing sharp drops in crime after the implementation of the 1986 legalization program - a reduction apparently unrelated to any other possible explanatory variable.

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Persons Who Are Not the People: The changing rights of immigrants in the United States

Report Author: 
Geoffrey Heeren
Original Date of Publication: 
2012 Dec

Persons Who Are Not the People: The changing rights of immigrants in the United States examines the legal history of "immigrant rights" in the United States, with special attention to the distinction between rights of membership, which are restricted for those who lack legal status or citizenship in the country, and rights of personhood, which are guaranteed by the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

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Amnesty in Immigration: Forgetting, Forgiving, Freedom

Report Author: 
Linda Bosniak
Original Date of Publication: 
2013 Jun

"Amnesty in Immigration: Forgetting, Forgiving, Freedom" analyzes the meanings of "amnesty" in political discourse. The author identifies three separate, but sometimes overlapping, meanings, which she describes as forgive-and-forget, administrative reset, and vindication. "Forgive-and-forget" emphasizes the state's beneficence in granting pardon for the initial offense, as well as the seriousness of the original offense, often prompting the state to set qualifying conditions for amnesty, e.g. fines, loss of benefits, community services, public apology, etc.

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Making Legal: The Dream Act, Birthright Citizenship and Broad-Scale Legalization

Report Author: 
Hiroshi Motomura
Original Date of Publication: 
2012 Dec

"Making Legal: The Dream Act, Birthright Citizenship and Broad-Scale Legalization" looks at the arguments for and against three types of policy initiatives to grant legal status or citizenship to persons who might otherwise be in the U.S. unlawfully:  the Dream Act, birthright citizenship, and a broad-scale legalization program. The author begins her analysis by identifying the major arguments used by the Supreme Court in its landmark 1982 decision Plyler v. Doe, which held that no state can limit a child's access to education based on immigration status.

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Immigration in the United States: New Economic, Social, Political Landscapes with Legislative Reform on the Horizon

Report Author: 
Faye Hipsman and Doris Meissner
Original Date of Publication: 
2013 Apr

This article provides a sweeping portrait of U.S. immigration history,  with special attention to post-1965 developments, as well as a succinct but comprehensive overview of the U.S. immigration system. Topics covered include: family and employment-based immigration, refugee admissions, temporary visitors, unauthorized immigrants, immigration enforcement, citizenship, and immigrant integration. The authors also probe today's economic, social and political issues as they relate to proposed comprehensive immigration reform. In looking at U.S.

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Migration Policy Institute

Defining American: The Dream Act, Immigration Reform and Citizenship

Report Author: 
Elizabeth Keyes
Original Date of Publication: 
2013 Apr

Although giving credit to the DREAM movement for a remarkable transformation of American attitudes on the question of whether undocumented youth should be granted citizenship, the author of this article worries that the narrative of "blamelessness" and "worthiness" may be "raising the bar" for other groups seeking to acquire or retain citizenship rights.

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