Research

Ideas that Innovate: State and Local Policies

Report Author: 
WE Global Network
Original Date of Publication: 
2015 Apr

Ideas that Innovate: State and Local Policies

An increasing number of Rust Belt communities are introducing new initiatives to capitalize on the immigrant contributions to local economic growth and prosperity.

High-Skilled Workers and Twentieth-First Century Innovation: The H-1B Program's Impact on Wages, Jobs, and the Economy

Report Author: 
Immigration Policy Center
Original Date of Publication: 
2014 Apr

High-Skilled Workers and Twentieth-First Century Innovation: The H-1B Program's Impact on Wages, Jobs, and the Economy

This paper serves as a short primer on the H-1B visa program and relies on data and analyses from sources such as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and The Brookings Institution to "debunk the most prevalent myths" about the program.  

Identifying And Measuring the Lifelong Human Capital of "Unskilled" Migrants in the Mexico-US Migratory Circuit

Report Author: 
Jacqueline Hagan & Jean Luc Demonsant
Original Date of Publication: 
2014 Oct

Identifying And Measuring the Lifelong Human Capital of "Unskilled" Migrants in the Mexico-US Migratory Circuit

In this article, the authors argue that "unskilled" migrants develop skills over time and can be valuable assets to the receiving country should immigration policies take these "informal skills"  into greater account.

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Migrant Labour in the United States: Working Beneath the Floor for Free Labour?

Report Author: 
Maria Linda Ontiveros
Original Date of Publication: 
2014 Oct

Migrant Labour in the United States: Working Beneath the Floor for Free Labour?

Migrant Labour in the United States: Working Beneath the Floor for Free Labour argues that the treatment of migrant labor in the United States violates prohibitions against slavery and involuntary servitude found in the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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Policing Wage Theft in the Day Labor Market

Report Author: 
Stephen Lee
Original Date of Publication: 
2014 Nov

Policing Wage Theft in the Day Labor Market

In recent years, workers' right advocates have pushed for the criminalization of wage theft, i.e. the nonpayment of wages for work already performed. They have convinced a number of state and local governments to pass laws imposing hefty fines and the possibility of imprisonment for engaging in it.

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Protecting Minority Voters: Our Work is Not Done

Report Author: 
Tova Wang
Original Date of Publication: 
2014 Oct

Protecting Minority Voters: Our Work is Not Done

After conducting 25 regional or state-based hearings to gauge the extent of voting rights violations in states and communities, the NCVR compiled Protecting Minority Voters: Our work is not done to share its findings.

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Citizenship: A Wise Investment for Cities

Report Author: 
USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, The Center for Popular Democracy, and The National Partnership for New Americans
Original Date of Publication: 
2014 Sep

Citizenship: A Wise Investment for Cities

Citizenship: A wise investment for cities represents the first stage in what will be an ongoing research effort by Cities for Citizenship (C4C), a collaborative project co-chaired by the mayors of Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, to promote the naturalization of recent immigrants.

Funded by Citi Community Dev

The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations

Report Author: 
Neil G. Ruiz
Original Date of Publication: 
2014 Aug

The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations

The number of foreign students at U.S. universities has increased almost five-fold over the past decade and has simultaneously pumped billions of dollars into local economies.

Children Fleeing Central America: Stories from the Front Lines in Florida

Report Author: 
Cheryl Little
Original Date of Publication: 
2014 Aug

Children Fleeing Central America: Stories from the Front Lines in Florida

Since 2009, thousands of unaccompanied children in the "Northern Triangle" - Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador - have fled their homes in search of a better life in the United States.

"You Don't Have Rights Here" US Border Screening and Returns of Central Americans to Risk of Serious Harm

Report Author: 
Clara Long
Original Date of Publication: 
2014 Oct

"You Don't Have Rights Here" US Border Screening and Returns of Central Americans to Risk of Serious Harm

For this report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) collected data from more than 683,000 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehensions between 2011 and 2012 and interviewed 35 Central American migrants in 2014 who had recently been deported to Honduras or who were in US detention.