Tag: Migration Policy Institute

Immigrant Potential Is an Expensive Thing to Waste

Written by on December 8, 2016 in Economics, High Skilled with 0 Comments
Immigrant Potential Is an Expensive Thing to Waste

High-skilled new Americans often face obstacles in obtaining jobs appropriate to their skill level. There are many reasons for this. Those who are educated outside the U.S. may fail to have their foreign training recognized by U.S. employers and licensing bureaus. Some lack proficiency in English and race and ethnicity also play a factor. A […]

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History Shows That Border Walls Don’t Work

Written by on October 18, 2016 in Border Enforcement with 2 Comments
History Shows That Border Walls Don’t Work

A border wall is a powerful symbol of exclusion: “We” are going to keep “them” out. And, by doing so, “we” are going to protect our people, our way of life, our society and economy from the threat that “they” represent. It’s a concept that is elegant in its simplicity. It’s the concept that launched […]

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DACA Still Has Room for Many Potentially Eligible Young Adults

Written by on August 12, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Executive Action with 0 Comments
DACA Still Has Room for Many Potentially Eligible Young Adults

Since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative was first implemented back in August 2012, it has positively changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young individuals in the United States. According to the most recent official statistics, as of March 2016, 820,000 individuals have applied for DACA, and 728,285 have received it. […]

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New Studies Show Refugees are Integrating

Written by on March 23, 2016 in Integration, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
New Studies Show Refugees are Integrating

At a time when politicians and others are expressing concern about the U.S.’s refugee resettlement process, two new studies show that refugees want to integrate and are indeed integrating into the fabric of our country. However, there is much variation depending on the refugees’ country of origin, and there remains room for improved policies aimed […]

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Who Would Benefit from DAPA?

Written by on March 4, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Demographics, Executive Action with 0 Comments
Who Would Benefit from DAPA?

Within the next few months, the Supreme Court will determine whether the President’s deferred action initiatives announced in November 2014—namely, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—constitute a lawful exercise of executive discretion. That decision will both directly and indirectly affect the lives […]

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Is It Time to Change our Cuban Immigration Policy?

Written by on January 15, 2016 in Legislation with 1 Comment
Is It Time to Change our Cuban Immigration Policy?

In December of 2014, President Obama restored full diplomatic relations with Cuba and, for the first time since 1961, opened an embassy in Havana.  Many believe that normalizing relations with Cuba may prompt Congress to change the current laws regarding the treatment of Cuban migrants. Perhaps in anticipation of this happening, over the past year, […]

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U.S. Children of Undocumented Immigrants Set up for Failure by Current Policies

Written by on January 14, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Demographics with 0 Comments
U.S. Children of Undocumented Immigrants Set up for Failure by Current Policies

U.S. children are clearly at a disadvantage if they have at least one undocumented parent. According to a report by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released yesterday, of the estimated 5.1 million U.S. children under age 18 currently living with at least one undocumented parent, 79 percent (4.1 million) are U.S. citizens. The population of […]

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Deportation of Central American Refugees Is Inhumane

Deportation of Central American Refugees Is Inhumane

At one level, it should come as no surprise that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken into custody and intends to deport 121 unauthorized immigrants who fled violence in Central America and arrived here over the past year and a half. After all, DHS deports people all the time who pose a danger […]

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Ted Cruz’s Enforcement-Focused Immigration Plan

Written by on November 18, 2015 in Elections, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Ted Cruz’s Enforcement-Focused Immigration Plan

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-FL) recently released his immigration plan entitled, “Cruz Plan to Stop Illegal Immigration: Secure the Border, Restore the Rule of Law, and Protect Americans.” The plan is organized in three sections: “Secure the Border,” “Restore the rule of law,” and “Reform Legal Immigration to Protect Americans.” In order to secure […]

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Report Highlights Uncertain Futures of Unaccompanied Child Migrants

Written by on October 16, 2015 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Report Highlights Uncertain Futures of Unaccompanied Child Migrants

Although their numbers have declined this year, unaccompanied children (UACs) from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico continue to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border by the thousands. Many—particularly those from Central America—are refugees fleeing horrific levels of violence in their home countries. Others might more properly be termed “economic migrants” trying to escape severe poverty. […]

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