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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

Aligning Temporary Immigration Visas with US Labor Market Needs: The Case for Provisional Visas

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

 

Reform of a rigid employment-based visa system that is out of sync with the needs of employers, the U.S. economy, U.S. society and immigrants must all be part of effective comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Migration and the Global Recession

Report Author: 
Michael Fix, Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Jeanne Batalova, Aaron Terrazas, Serena Yi-Ying Lin and Michelle Mittelstadt
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Apr

The global financial crisis that began in September 2008 can be viewed as having a deeper and more global effect on the movement of people around the world than any other economic downturn in the post-World War II era of migration. This is the finding of a new MPI report commissioned by the BBC World Service.  

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Immigrant Detention: Can ICE Meet its Legal Imperatives and Case Management Responsibilities?

Report Author: 
Donald Kerwin and Serena Yi-Ying Lin
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Sep

 

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement is currently launching an initiative to move from a criminal incarceration model to a civil detention system. This report explores whether the agency is capable of meeting legal and case management responsibilities in light of its use of information systems that may not be collecting all the data necessary for compliance with legal, detention management and humanitarian standards.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Tied to the Business Cycle: How Immigrants Fare in Good and Bad Economic Times

Report Author: 
Pia M. Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Nov

Immigrants surpassed native-born workers in several key labor market outcomes from the mid-1990s through 2007, recording higher employment and lower jobless rates — but the trend was reversed with the onset of the current recession.

This report, which analyzes employment and unemployment patterns over the past 15 years and two recessions, shows that immigrant economic outcomes began deteriorating before the current recession officially began in December 2007, tracing immigrants' declining fortunes largely to the housing bust which began in 2006. 

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

The Economics and Policy of Illegal Immigration in the United States

Report Author: 
Gordon H. Hanson
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Dec

Illegal immigration's overall impact on the US economy is negligible, despite clear benefits for employers and unauthorized immigrants and slightly depressed wages for low-skilled native workers. This is the finding according to Professor of Economics Gordon Hanson of the University of California, San Diego, and the Migration Policy Institute's Labor Markets Initiative.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute
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