Paul McDaniel

Paul McDaniel is the Immigrant Entrepreneur and Innovation Fellow at the Immigration Policy Center. Previously, he served as Project Researcher in the Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities at Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC). Prior to his work at CLINIC, Paul was a Researcher at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he worked on several community-based research projects with the Department of Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center, Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Crossroads Charlotte, Latin American Coalition, and Community Building Initiative. He has worked on reports and presentations about immigrant entrepreneurship, immigrant settlement and integration in new immigrant gateways and destinations, immigrant access to education and healthcare, and community receptivity. Paul recently completed his Ph.D. dissertation in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and holds an M.S. in Geography from the University of Tennessee, an M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a B.S. in Geography from Samford University.

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Bring Vitality to Main Street, Help Local Economies Grow

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Bring Vitality to Main Street, Help Local Economies Grow

Midtown Global Market, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a place where vendors hawk fresh produce, baked goods, coffee and espressos, and arts and jewelry. And as its more than 40 different businesses represent people from five continents, the market is one example of how a city can cultivate the entrepreneurial potential of immigrants. Midtown Global Market […]

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The Cost of Citizenship is a Barrier for Some Immigrants

Written by on January 9, 2015 in Demographics, Integration with 7 Comments
The Cost of Citizenship is a Barrier for Some Immigrants

Of the 13.3 million legal permanent residents (LPRs) in the United States, 8.8 million are currently eligible for citizenship. Many, however, are not making the leap from legal permanent resident status to citizen. The number of those naturalizing has been less than 800,000 for the past five consecutive years, and in 2013, a mere 8.9 […]

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Cities in States Suing Over Executive Action Are Welcoming Immigrants

Cities in States Suing Over Executive Action Are Welcoming Immigrants

Half of the states have joined a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive action on immigration, the latest being Tennessee. Yet leadership of cities across the nation support the administration’s actions—even those within states whose governors and attorneys general are suing to stop it. What explains the disconnect? It seems the higher-up the elected official, the […]

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The Economic Potential of Executive Action on Immigration

Written by on December 12, 2014 in Economics, Executive Action with 1 Comment
The Economic Potential of Executive Action on Immigration

Mayors from cities across the country met in New York City earlier this week to discuss the implementation of President Obama’s immigration plan. These mayors support of executive action because they recognize the economic benefit to their cities as well as the role that executive action will play in keeping families together and enabling immigrants […]

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How Immigration Executive Action Opens Doors for Foreign Entrepreneurs

Written by on December 5, 2014 in Entrepreneurship/Innovation, Executive Action with 1 Comment
How Immigration Executive Action Opens Doors for Foreign Entrepreneurs

Much of the attention on President Obama’s executive action on immigration has focused on his use of prosecutorial discretion to defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, including certain parents of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents. But as part of the November announcement, President Obama also signed a memorandum to explore ways to upgrade […]

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How Mayors Are Supporting Obama’s Immigration Actions

Written by on December 1, 2014 in Executive Action, Integration with 1 Comment
How Mayors Are Supporting Obama’s Immigration Actions

Mayors around the country are voicing their support for executive action on immigration and are exploring how their cities can better align with the White House’s announced changes. At least 25 mayors from around the country have formed Cities United for Immigration Action, a coalition to support and implement executive action on immigration. “Our cities […]

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How International Students Add Billions to the U.S. Economy

Written by on November 19, 2014 in Economics with 1 Comment
How International Students Add Billions to the U.S. Economy

International Education Week occurs the third week in November each year to highlight the advantages of international education and exchange in the United States and worldwide. In particular, International Education Week—a joint initiative between the State Department and Education Department—emphasizes the benefits of preparing more Americans for a global environment and attracting future leaders from […]

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Immigrants Increasingly Moving to Suburbs Across the U.S.

Written by on November 13, 2014 in Integration with 0 Comments
Immigrants Increasingly Moving to Suburbs Across the U.S.

Realtors and homebuilders in Houston’s sprawling suburbs are adapting to the metro area’s increasingly diverse immigrant population. That means local homebuilders are adding culturally nuanced features commonly found in Latin American and Mediterranean-style homes to new home plans, and realtors are taking classes in feng shui to appeal to Asian homebuyers. In 2013, 23 percent […]

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How Investing in English Language Learning Can Boost Local Economies

Written by on September 25, 2014 in Economics, Integration with 0 Comments
How Investing in English Language Learning Can Boost Local Economies

As local leaders explore ways to grow their local and regional economies, one area to address is access to English language learning opportunities for all members of a community. A new report by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, Investing in English Skills: The Limited English Proficient Workforce in U.S. Metropolitan Areas, examines workers with […]

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New Report Highlights Innovative Integration Initiatives in the Midwest

Written by on September 23, 2014 in Economics, Integration, State by State with 0 Comments
New Report Highlights Innovative Integration Initiatives in the Midwest

Last week, the Detroit City Council unanimously passed a resolution for Detroit to become a “welcoming city.” As Global Detroit notes, “The designation,” part of the Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative, “recognizes places that support locally-driven efforts to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities for economic growth and cultural vitality.” As Detroit exemplifies, […]

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