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Staten Island: Then and Now

Report Author: 
Laurel Tumarkin and Jonathan Bowles
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 May

Between 1990 and 2010, no other New York state borough changed as much as Staten Island. This report shows just how the borough has been transformed, partly by the influx of foreign-born persons, with more than 80 graphs and charts detailing trends in demographics, the economy, development, commuting and education.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Deeper into the Shadows: The Unintended Consequences of Immigration Worksite Enforcement

Report Author: 
Jeffrey Kaye
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Feb

 

Before the onset of the Great Recession, immigrant labor was cited as a boon to the US economy. Since the economic downturn in 2008 and the rise in US unemployment, some analysts and politicians have turned on that immigrant workforce and their employers, arguing that deporting eight million undocumented immigrant workers would create eight million new jobs for the native-born.

Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

A Rising Tide or a Shrinking Pie: The Economic Impact of Legalization Versus Deportation in Arizona

Report Author: 
Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda and Marshall Fitz
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Mar

Our national debate over urgently needed immigration reform is now careening through the USA, and nowhere is that debate more contentious than in Arizona, where the state's legislature sought to rid the state of undocumented immigrants with passage of S.B. 1070.

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Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

Structuring and Implementing an Immigrant Legalization Program: Registration as the First Step

Report Author: 
Donald M. Kerwin and Laureen Laglagaron
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Nov

While comprehensive immigration reform may have moved to the back burner, the US Congress and ruling administration eventually are likely to revisit legalization as a serious policy option.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Immigrant Legalization in the United States and European Union: Policy Goals and Program Design

Report Author: 
Marc R. Rosenblum
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Dec

Immigrant legalization, while highly controversial on both sides of the Atlantic, is a critical and widely used tool for managing illegal immigration. Lawmakers seeking to design effective legalization regimes must balance competing goals: inclusiveness versus avoidance of rewarding illegal behavior, and assuring a high rate of participation without admitting ineligible migrants or encouraging future illegal migration.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

E-Verify: Strengths, Weaknesses and Proposals for Reform

Report Author: 
Marc R. Rosenblum
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Feb

With Congress likely to consider new mandates involving E-Verify, the currently voluntary employment eligibility verification system, this article examines the strengths and weaknesses of E-Verify, which has grown dramatically in recent years.

It also discusses proposals for reform, including adding biometric screening to the system.

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Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Transatlantic Cooperation on Travelers' Data Processing: From Sorting Countries to Sorting Individuals

Report Author: 
Paul De Hert and Rocco Bellanova
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Mar

This report, the second in a joint project of MPI and the European University Institute examining US and European immigration systems, details the post-9/11 programs and agreements implemented by US and European governments to identify terrorists and serious transnational criminals through the collection and processing of increasing quantities of traveler data.

The report analyzes how governments, which once focused their screening primarily on a traveler's nationality ("sorting countries"), increasingly are examining personal characteristics ("sorting individuals").

Source Organization: 
U.S. Census, Department of Commerce

Obstacles and Opportunities for Regional Cooperation: The US-Mexico Case

Report Author: 
Marc R. Rosenblum
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Apr

 

US-Mexico relations on migration, dating back to the 1890s, have gone through several distinct phases: from an era of laissez faire policies to the Bracero Program, from a more unilateral US policy approach to Mexico's "policy of no policy" stance, and to the current post-9/11 enforcement focus.

This report traces the evolution of bilateral migration relations and offers some lessons for the US-Mexico relationship going forward. The history suggests that cooperation, while difficult, is not impossible and can offer benefits for both countries.

 

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Pay-to-Go Schemes and Other Noncoercive Return Programs: Is Scale Possible?

Report Author: 
Richard Black, Michael Collyer, Will Somerville
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Apr

For decades, some immigrant-receiving countries have experimented with policies designed to encourage unauthorized immigrants to leave without the cost, legal barriers and political obstacles that result from removals or forced returns. These initiatives–known as pay-to-go, noncoercive, voluntary, assisted voluntary or nonforced returns—offer paid travel and/or a financial incentive to persuade target populations to cooperate with immigration authorities. 

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Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Immigrants in the United States: How Well Are they Integrating into Society?

Report Author: 
Tomas R. Jimenez
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 May

Sociologist Tomás Jiménez examines the integration of immigrants in the USA across five indicators: language proficiency, socioeconomic attainment, political participation, residential locale and social interaction with host communities. Jiménez finds the recent inflow of immigrants is integrating reasonably well—and learning English faster than ever before—almost entirely without the help of policy intervention.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

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