Diana Orces

Diana M. Orcés, Ph.D. is a Research Analyst at the American Immigration Council, where she focuses on research related to the effects, outcomes and results of migration. Before joining the Council, she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Oakland University in Michigan. She also served as researcher for the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP). She has published in refereed journals such as The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Latin American Research Review, the Latin American Politics and Society and Studies in Comparative International Development. Diana holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University.

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What You Need to Know About Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs

What You Need to Know About Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs

The United States depends on a growing private sector to remain strong and immigrant entrepreneurship is a key component to this growth. Immigrants are more likely to start businesses than their native-born counterparts. Though much has been written about immigrant entrepreneurs, far less is known about the specific role that immigrant women play as entrepreneurs. […]

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Delays in the Increase of Seasonal Worker Visas May Prove Too Late for Certain Industries

Delays in the Increase of Seasonal Worker Visas May Prove Too Late for Certain Industries

Failure to get H-2B (seasonal worker) visas approved has put Maryland’s seafood industry in jeopardy. Almost half of the Eastern Shore’s crab houses do not have workers they need to pick the meat as the crab season begins. The government’s inability to meet employers’ growing seasonal labor demands will not only have a detrimental impact […]

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Largest Worksite Raid in a Decade Signals a Dark Turn in Immigration Enforcement

Written by on April 12, 2018 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
Largest Worksite Raid in a Decade Signals a Dark Turn in Immigration Enforcement

The largest employment crackdown in a decade was launched on April 5 at a meat-processing plant in Bean Station, a rural community outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. Nearly 100 immigrants were detained during the raid, most believed to be from Mexico. According to reports: “[Immigration and Customs Enforcement] summarily closed off roads, surrounding the plant, and […]

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Allowing Spouses of H1-B’s to Work Makes America More Competitive

Allowing Spouses of H1-B’s to Work Makes America More Competitive

As part of the April 2017 “Buy American and Hire American” executive order, the Trump administration announced that it intends to revoke the employment eligibility of the spouses of foreign workers with H-1B visas. These changes, if implemented, could have distressing effects on many of these workers, their families, and American competitiveness. Known as “H-4 […]

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The United States’ Undocumented Population Has Been on the Decline Since 2010

Written by on March 8, 2018 in Demographics, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
The United States’ Undocumented Population Has Been on the Decline Since 2010

With approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States, curbing unauthorized immigration has been at the forefront of the Trump administration’s enforcement priorities. Yet new data shows that a heightened focus on this population may be misguided, as the number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States is at the lowest […]

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