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New Data Guide on Finding and Using the Most Accurate, Recent Immigration Data Resources

Report Author: 
Jeanne Batalova, Michelle Mittelstadt, Mark Mather and Marlene Lee
Original Date of Publication: 
2008 Oct

The Immigration: Data Matters guide shows where to locate some of the most credible, up-to-date U.S. and global immigration-related data compiled by government and non-governmental sources. The online guide, also available in hard copy, includes clickable links to resources that offer immigrant population estimates; the size of the unauthorized immigrant population; English proficiency rates; the share of immigrants in the workforce; education, health and income and poverty statistics relating to immigrants; and other data.  

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Regulating Immigration at the State Level

Report Author: 
Laureen Laglaron, Cristina Rodriguez, Alexa Silver and Sirithon Thanasombat
Original Date of Publication: 
2008 Oct

The State Responses database is a unique, searchable online tool that catalogues all 1,059 immigration-related bills introduced in state legislatures in 2007 and allows users to search legislation by state, geographic region, subject area, bill status and legislative typology. The database includes a synopsis of each bill and is accompanied by this report, Regulating Immigration at the State Level: Highlights from the database of 2007 state immigration legislation and the methodology. 

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Uneven Progress: The Employment Pathways of Skilled Immigrants in the United States

Report Author: 
Jeanne Batalova and Michael Fix with Peter A. Creticos
Original Date of Publication: 
2008 Oct

More than 1.3 million college-educated immigrants in the United States are unemployed or working in unskilled jobs because they are unable to make full use of their academic and professional credentials, MPI reports in the first assessment yet of the scope of the "brain waste" problem.

This report analyzes and offers possible solutions for the credentialing and language-barrier hurdles that deprive the US economy of a rich source of human capital at a time of increasing competition globally for skilled talent. 

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Immigrants and the Current Economic Crisis

Report Author: 
Demetrios G. Papademetriou and Aaron Terrazas
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Jan

As the nation sinks into a recession that may be the worst since the Great Depression, the economic crisis raises fundamental questions about future immigration flows to and from the United States and how current and prospective immigrants will fare.

This report, a research product of MPI's new Labor Markets Initiative, examines how the number of immigrants has changed since the recession began; how legal and illegal immigration flows may change; and how immigrants fare in the labor market during downturns.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Collateral Damage: An Examination of ICE's Fugitive Operations Program

Report Author: 
Margot Mendelson, Shayna Strom and Michael Wishnie
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Feb

The federal fugitive operations program established to locate, apprehend and remove fugitive aliens who pose a threat to the community has instead focused chiefly on arresting unauthorized immigrants without criminal convictions.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

DHS and Immigration: Taking Stock and Correcting Course

Report Author: 
Doris Meissner and Donald Kerwin
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Feb

Nearly six years after the federal immigration bureaucracy was dismantled and rebuilt to meet the heightened security imperatives of the post-9/11 era, the arrival of new executive branch leadership offers the singular opportunity to take stock and provide a clear-eyed assessment of the performance of the three immigration agencies within the Department of Homeland Security.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Prospects for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Report Author: 
Doris Meissner
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Apr

Testimony of Doris Meissner, Director of MPI's US Immigration Policy Program, before the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, at its hearing: "Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009, Can We Do It and How?" April 30, 2009.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Harnessing the Advantages of Immigration for a 21st-Century Economy

Report Author: 
Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Doris Meissner, Marc R. Rosenblum and Madeleine Sumption
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 May

The U.S. immigration system neither meets labor market needs efficiently nor minds the interests of U.S. workers with particular success. It has yet to devise a way that uses immigration to promote U.S. economic growth and competitiveness well.  

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Sixth Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference

Report Author: 
Migration Policy Institute, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. and Georgetown University Law Center
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Jun

Sixth Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference (click to view)

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

The Next Generation of E-Verify: Getting Employment Verification Right

Report Author: 
Doris Meissner and Marc R. Rosenblum
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Jul

Effective employment verification must be the linchpin of comprehensive immigration reform legislation if new policies are to succeed in preventing future illegal immigration. While E-Verify, the government's voluntary electronic verification program, has been greatly improved, it most crucially still cannot detect identity fraud and requires further enhancement.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute
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