The New Immigration Contestation: Social Movements and Local Immigration Policy Making in the United States, 2000-2011
In the 2008 Current Population Survey, immigrants represented 16 percent of the United States workforce with a bachelor's education. Moreover, immigrants accounted for 29 percent of the growth in this workforce during the 1995-2008 period. Exceeding these strong overall contributions, the role of immigrants within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields is even more pronounced. Even so, the importance of the global migration of STEM talent has been under-studied. In this paper, "U.S.
Immigrant Entrepreneurship: The Role of Formal Corporate Governance Arrangement and Social Capital in Community and Family
The authors of this paper empirically test the relation between immigrants' venture creation decisions and governance mechanism under a unified framework of governance in both sociology and finance. They find that corporate governance arrangements are more valued by entrepreneurs with better education attainment and higher household income such as immigrant entrepreneurs. This type of entrepreneur tends to be more reluctant to create a venture due to the high opportunity costs.
Young people in the U.S. — particularly young people of color — are supportive of comprehensive immigration reform according to this survey from the Chicago-based Black Youth Project. But while young people of color were generally supportive of immigration reform they often had varying ideas of how immigration is changing the country's landscape. In an online survey that was conducted in both English and Spanish among 1,500 respondents between 18 and 29, the possibilities and challenges of building Black-Brown political alliances were made clear. The study's key findings include:
This issue brief, "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Will Benefit American Workers," reviews the current state of the U.S. immigration system and explains how a "broken" system undermines immigrants' employment rights and subsequently harms American workers. Specifically, it looks at immigration enforcement in the workplace, how the system hurts immigrants' employment protections and how immigrants' lack of employment protections hurts all American workers.