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Sikhs in America: A History of Hate

Report Author: 
A.C. Thompson
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Aug

As monotheistic followers of a 15th century religion from South Asia, Sikh men refrain from shaving and wear turbans. In America, they are often victims of violence or abuse by those who confuse them for Muslims. Although there are an estimated 500,000 Sikhs currently living in the United States, they have long been the victims of xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment.

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The Immigrant Right to Work

Report Author: 
Geoffrey Heeren
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Sep

The author reviews over 100 years of political and legal history to make the case that unauthorized residents of the United States have a right work.  A key starting point is that there is currently no statute that actually prevents unauthorized immigrants from working (if they do not present false papers). Rather, through employer sanctions and related policies there is a putative illegality that forces undocumented workers into conditions that limit their choice of employment and reduces their labor rights, mainly through fears of deportation.

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H-1B visa needs reform to make it fairer to migrant and American workers

Report Author: 
Daniel Costa
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Apr

A more equitable job market for foreign- and U.S.-born workers alike is possible with reforms to the H-1B work visa program, asserts the Economic Policy Institute in this fact sheet. The publication outlines flaws in the H-1B program and suggests a series of reforms to protect both U.S. workers and "H-1B workers, who deserve fair pay for their work according to U.S. wage standards and who should not have to fear retaliation and exploitation by employers." The H-1B program provides non-immigrant U.S.

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From Struggle to Resilience: The Economic Impact of Refugees in America

Report Author: 
New American Economy
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Jun

Refugees living in the United States show a strong upward economic trajectory over time and make significant contributions to their new communities. This report uses data from the 2015 American Community Survey to examine 2.3 million likely refugees based on year of arrival in the U.S. and country of origin. The report finds that, although refugees in the U.S. for five years or less have a median household income of $22,000, that figure more than triples in subsequent decades, exceeding the median income of U.S. households overall.

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Unlocking Skills: Successful Initiatives for Integrating Foreign-Trained Immigrant Professionals

Report Author: 
Margie McHugh & Madeleine Morawski
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Feb

Nearly 2 million college-educated immigrants and refugees in the United States are not working in high-skill jobs despite years of education and work experience. This report examines program initiatives and policy reforms designed to reduce this waste of skill and economic potential. These innovations are drawn from the top finishers in the Migration Policy Institute's E Pluribus Unum Prize competition, which recognizes outstanding immigrant integration programs.

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Migration Policy Institute

Immigration a Demographic Lifeline in Midwestern Metros

Report Author: 
Rob Paral
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Mar

Immigration a Demographic Lifeline in Midwestern Metros

This paper, updating a 2014 report published by the Chicago Council, examines changing demographics in 46 metro areas in 12 Midwest states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. In these metro areas, population growth between 2000 and 2017 has been approximately half the national average.

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Baltimore Rise: A Case Study in Advancing Local Workforce Development Efforts for New Americans

Report Author: 
Daniel Wilkinson
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Mar

Baltimore Rise: A Case Study in Advancing Local Workforce Development Efforts for New Americans

"Higher" is a program of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services designed to provide technical assistance to refugee employment programs at all nine national resettlement agencies and their affiliates.

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Not Lost in Translation: The Growing Importance of Foreign Language Skills in the U.S. Job Market

Report Author: 
New American Economy
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Mar

Not Lost in Translation: The Growing Importance of Foreign Language Skills in the U.S. Job Market

The demand for bilingual workers in the U.S. increased dramatically from 2010 to 2015: online bilingual job postings increased from around 240,000 in 2010 to roughly 630,000 in 2015. This report from New American Economy investigates the growing demand for bilingual workers and what can be done to help both U.S.- and foreign-born workers access these high-demand jobs.

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Immigrants Assimilate into the Political Mainstream

Report Author: 
Alex Nowrasteh and Sam Wilson
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Jan

Immigrants Assimilate into the Political Mainstream

Using data from the biennial General Social Survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, CATO researchers find that immigrant political opinion, especially for naturalized immigrants and later generations of immigrants, does not differ substantially from native political opinion, both in terms of political party affiliation and views on contemporary political and social issues, such as government spending on welf

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Getting Opportunities in the Hands of New Americans Striving for the American Dream

Report Author: 
National Immigration Forum
Original Date of Publication: 
2016 Nov

Getting Opportunities in the Hands of New Americans Striving for the American Dream

Financial literacy and knowledge of basic legal rights could go a long way toward helping immigrants realize their full potential in the U.S for the benefit of all Americans.

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