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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How Rural Communities Are Embracing Immigrants and Thriving as a Result

How Rural Communities Are Embracing Immigrants and Thriving as a Result

Small and rural towns across America are increasingly faced with the opportunities and challenges that come with settling new immigrants. In nearly 3,000 rural American towns, the immigrant population grew by 130 percent since 1990. While immigrants are increasingly credited with bringing growth and stimulus to small town America, their arrival can also create tension […]

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First International Agreement on Migration Lacks US Participation

Written by on December 13, 2018 in Demographics, Immigration 101, Reform with 0 Comments
First International Agreement on Migration Lacks US Participation

For the first time, countries across the world recognized the importance of coordinated action to address the growing challenges of managing migration. On Monday, more than 160 United Nations member states adopted the Global Compact on Migration in Marrakesh, Morocco, without the support of the United States. The Global Compact is the first international agreement […]

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Nationwide Immigration Rallies Send A Strong Message: All Families Belong Together

Nationwide Immigration Rallies Send A Strong Message: All Families Belong Together

Hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered on June 30, 2018 to protest the Trump’s administration policy of family separation. Activists organized nearly 800 marches in all 50 states, from major traditional immigrant gateways such as New York and California to newer receiving communities in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The focus was the administration’s […]

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As Ramadan Ends, Religious Rights Abuses Emerge at Immigrant Detention Center

Written by on June 14, 2018 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
As Ramadan Ends, Religious Rights Abuses Emerge at Immigrant Detention Center

The end of Ramadan 2018 is here, which is the holy month of fasting, contemplation, and prayer for Muslims worldwide. Yet, despite the First Amendment’s protection of the right to practice one’s religion of choice, reports have surfaced of abuses against Muslim detainees attempting to participate in the holy month at the Glades County Detention […]

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Ohio Worksite Immigration Raid Ignores the Impact on the Local Community

Ohio Worksite Immigration Raid Ignores the Impact on the Local Community

More than 100 workers were arrested at a gardening and landscaping company in northern Ohio on Wednesday, marking another massive employment crackdown under the Trump administration. This raid comes two months after one of the largest employment crackdowns in a decade took place at a meat-processing plant in rural Tennessee. According to ICE’s acting director […]

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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 H-1B’s to Work Makes America More Competitive

Allowing Spouses of H-1B’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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