California

Dreams deferred: Contextualizing the health and psychosocial needs of undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander young adults in Northern California

Report Author: 
Sudhinarase, M., Ling, I., To, T. M., Melo, J., & Quach, T.
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Jul

While Latinos comprise the largest population of undocumented immigrants in the country, Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) are the fastest growing immigrant population in the U.S. and account for 1.5 million of the total 11.2 undocumented immigrants. The literature show that API immigrants, in general, are less likely to seek for mental health services. Moreover, there is little information on the psychosocial needs of undocumented APIs. Thus, this study uses the social capital theory to examine the psychosocial needs and health status of undocumented API young adults.

Source Organization: 
Other

How are Refugees Faring: Integration at U.S. and State Levels

Report Author: 
Michael Fix, Kate Hoper, and Jie Zong
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Jun

This study looks at the educational and economic outcomes of five refugee communities (Vietnamese, Cuban, Russian, Iraqi and Burmese) in four states (California, Florida, New York and Texas).  The key question is whether the location of refugee resettlement has a significant impact on refugee integration.  This has been described as “the lottery effect” – the idea that refugees’ lives are impacted by being placed in locales with very different labor markets, costs of living and social safety nets.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Providing driver’s licenses to unauthorized immigrants in California improves traffic safety

Report Author: 
Hans Luedersa, Jens Hainmuellera and Duncan Lawrence
Original Date of Publication: 
2016 Nov

This paper presents an analysis of the impact of a law passed in California (AB60) providing driver's licenses to unauthorized immigrants.

Source Organization: 
Other

The Evolving and Diversifying Nature of Migration to the U.S.-Mexican Border

Report Author: 
Jessica Bolter
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Feb

Due to historically low levels of Mexican migration in recent years, unauthorized migrants through the southern border are now more likely to come from Central American countries, such as El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, as well as from countries in the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. This article argues that policy changes are necessary given the growing diversity of arrivals.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Creating Cohesive, Coherent Immigration Policy

Report Author: 
Pia M. Orrenius & Madeline Zavodny
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Apr

Creating Cohesive, Coherent Immigration Policy

For anyone wanting a lesson in some of the contradictions apparent in U.S. immigration law, this article is a good starting point. Examples of these contradictions include:  trying to limit illegal immigration through strict border control while tolerating lax interior enforcement.

Source Organization: 
Other

The 2,000 Mile Wall in Search of a Purpose: Since 2007 Visa Overstays have Outnumbered Undocumented Border Crossers by a Half Million

Report Author: 
Robert Warren & Donald Kerwin
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Apr

The 2,000 Mile Wall in Search of a Purpose: Since 2007 Visa Overstays have Outnumbered Undocumented Border Crossers by a Half Million

Not only are "visa overstays," i.e. people who entered on valid visas but remained beyond their period of authorized stay, a growing portion of the undocumented population (42 percent of the total undocumented population in 2014), they now constitute the majority of all new undocumented people, e.g.

Source Organization: 
Other

BREAKING THE BARRIERS: The Promise of Citizenship for Los Angeles County

Report Author: 
Manuel Pastor, Justin Scoggins, Jared Sanchez, and Rhonda Ortiz
Original Date of Publication: 
2016 May

BREAKING THE BARRIERS: The Promise of Citizenship for Los Angeles County

Naturalization brings economic and civic benefits, and Los Angeles County is in a unique position to realize those gains with nearly one-tenth of the nation’s eligible-to-naturalize adults.

Source Organization: 
University of Southern California

How For-profit Companies Are Driving Immigrant Detention Policies

Report Author: 
Sharita Gruberg
Original Date of Publication: 
2015 Dec

How For-profit Companies Are Driving Immigrant Detention Policies

Since 2005, revenues for the two biggest for-profit prison companies (Corrections Corporation of America and Geo Group, Inc.) have doubled.

Source Organization: 
Center for American Progress
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