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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.

Report File: 
Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

Debunking the Myth of "Sanctuary Cities": Community Policing Policies Protect American Communities

Report Author: 
Lynn Tramont
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Apr

 

There is much confusion about the term "sanctuary city." The term is often used derisively by immigration opponents to blast what are best described as community policing policies. Critics claim that these cities and states provide "sanctuary" to undocumented immigrants, but research shows that the opposite is true.

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

Structuring and Implementing an Immigrant Legalization Program: Registration as the First Step

Report Author: 
Donald M. Kerwin and Laureen Laglagaron
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Nov

While comprehensive immigration reform may have moved to the back burner, the US Congress and ruling administration eventually are likely to revisit legalization as a serious policy option.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

More than IRCA: US Legalization Programs and the Current Policy Debate

Report Author: 
Donald M. Kerwin
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Dec

Legalization is a policy option that has been used with some regularity by governments in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. Notwithstanding the commonly held perception that the United States has had only one legalization – in 1986 – legalization has been an enduring and necessary feature of US immigration law and policy since the 1920s.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

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.

Report File: 
Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Earned Legalization: Effects of Proposed Requirements on Unauthorized Men, Women and Children

Report Author: 
Marc R. Rosenblum, Randy Capps and Serena Yi-Ying Lin
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Jan

Requirements for earned legalization (such as English proficiency, employment, continuous presence and monetary fines) could have different effects on the ability of unauthorized men, women and children to gain legal status. This Policy Brief examines requirements proposed in the five major legalization bills proposed by Congress since 2006.

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
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