Tag: Migration Policy Institute

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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Many States Recognize Benefit of Tuition Equity for Undocumented Students

Written by on October 9, 2015 in State and Local with 1 Comment
Many States Recognize Benefit of Tuition Equity for Undocumented Students

This week, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released new information about how the top 15 states of residence for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)-eligible youth are either supporting or impeding access to college-level education. Given that federal immigration policies affecting undocumented immigrants remain stagnant, it is not surprising that many states are enacting laws […]

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New Deportation Numbers May Signal More Targeted Enforcement

Written by on October 6, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
New Deportation Numbers May Signal More Targeted Enforcement

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may finally be devoting more of its immigration enforcement resources to deporting people who represent a real threat to public safety. According to a recent media report, DHS deported 231,000 people over the past 12 months, which is the lowest number since 2006. Moreover, the share of individuals deported […]

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New Report Evaluates Scale of the Central American Refugee Influx

Written by on September 4, 2015 in Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
New Report Evaluates Scale of the Central American Refugee Influx

The Central American refugee influx along the U.S.-Mexico border, which generated so much press attention in 2014, is not going away anytime soon. The conditions which spur Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Hondurans to flee their countries in large numbers—namely, widespread violence and grinding poverty—have not changed. Nor has the fact that so many unaccompanied children are […]

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