Research

Latinos in Springfield, Massachusetts: A fact sheet

Report Author: 
Mandira Kala and Charles Jones
Original Date of Publication: 
2006 Aug

This fact sheet presents various economic, social, and demographic indicators pertaining to the Latino population in the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and, when required, compares the Springfield MSA with the state of Massachusetts overall and with the other main areas of large Latino concentration, namely the Boston, Lawrence and Worcester Primary Metropolitan Statistical Areas (PMSAs). The information for this fact sheet comes from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey of 2004.

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Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts

Latinos in Massachusetts: A Mid-Decade Status Report

Report Author: 
Jennifer Shea and Charles Jones
Original Date of Publication: 
2006 Aug

 

This research report provides an updated socioeconomic profile of Latinos in Massachusetts, providing a comparative overview of a variety of statistical indicators – population, national origin, age, gender, education, employment, poverty, income and household composition.

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Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts

Brazilians in the U.S. and Massachusetts: A Demographic and Economic Profile

Report Author: 
Alvaro Lima and Eduardo Siqueira
Original Date of Publication: 
2007 Nov

Brazil has long seen itself as a destination for immigrants throughout the twentieth century. Migration out of Brazil is a relatively new phenomenon. Over the last few decades, the search for better economic opportunities has led more and more Brazilians to leave their homeland. It is estimated that since 1987, when approximately 300,000 Brazilians lived abroad, emigration has increased by a rate of about 20% per year. Already by 1995, as many as 2.5 million Brazilians lived abroad.

Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts

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.

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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

Revitalizing the Golden State: What Legalization Over Deportation Could Mean to California and Los Angeles County

Report Author: 
Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda and Marshall Fitz
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Apr

 

California is home to 10 million immigrants, more than one-quarter of the state's population. Of those, 2.7 million are undocumented, and the majority have been living in the USA for more than 10 years. California's immigrant contributions to the Golden State cannot be overstated: from Cesar Chave (labor rights leader) to Sergei Brin (Google).

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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