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Building Meaningful Contact: A How-To Guide

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Welcoming Refugees
Original Date of Publication: 
2018 Sep

This how-to guide explores lessons learned from promising models for contact building from across the United States, and delves deeper into a series of activities that the nonprofit Welcoming Michigan conducted in Macomb County, Michigan. By focusing on one example in particular, readers are able to learn step-by-step how to plan, implement, and follow-up on a contact building event.  Personal experiences and relationships help shape our beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors.

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What DACA Recipients Stand to Lose—and What States Can Do About It

Report Author: 
Silva Mathema
Original Date of Publication: 
2018 Sep

Although the burden is on Congress to pass legislation that provides Dreamers a pathway to citizenship, states can take action in the meantime to protect them and help ensure that once Congress does its job, these young people will have everything they need to realize their full potential.

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Source Organization: 
Center for American Progress

America is Home: How Individuals, Families, Cities & Countries Benefit by Investing in Citizenship

Report Author: 
Cities for Citizenship
Original Date of Publication: 
2018 Mar

When someone becomes a U.S. citizen, she is more likely to secure employment. Naturalized citizens also access higher paying jobs, earning 8-11 percent more than individuals who are eligible to naturalize but haven’t yet done so. In fact, if every working age person who is eligible to naturalize became a U.S. citizen, by some estimates, this would result in $9 billion in total additional income at their current jobs. 

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At the Intersection of Immigration and Skills Policy: A Roadmap to Smart Policies for State and Local Leaders

Report Author: 
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock
Original Date of Publication: 
2018 Sep

As Welcoming Week (September 14-23) prepares to kick off, with hundreds of events scheduled around the country, National Skills Coalition is releasing a new report that gives state and local advocates fresh ideas for advancing policies to improve immigrant access to workforce and adult education services. 

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The Resilience of Students with an Immigrant Background: Factors that Shape Well-being

Report Author: 
OECD
Original Date of Publication: 
2018 Mar

Migration flows are profoundly changing the composition of classrooms. Results from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) reveal that in 2015, almost one in four 15-year-old students in OECD countries reported that they were either foreign-born or had at least one foreign-born parent. Between 2003 and 2015, the share of students who had either migrated or who had a parent who had migrated across international borders grew by six percentage points, on average across OECD countries.

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Immigrants or children of immigrants make up at least 12% of Congress

Report Author: 
Katherine Schaeffer & Drew DeSilver
Original Date of Publication: 
2018 Aug

As the debate over the nation’s immigration laws continues on Capitol Hill, Congress has its own share of lawmakers for whom the immigrant experience is a personal one: At least 65 of the current 529 voting members of Congress (or 12%) are immigrants or the children of immigrants.

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Pew Research Center

The US Refugee Resettlement Program — A Return to First Principles: How Refugees Help to Define, Strengthen, and Revitalize the United States

Report Author: 
Donald Kerwin
Original Date of Publication: 
2018 Aug

The US refugee resettlement program should be a source of immense national pride. The program has saved countless lives, put millions of impoverished persons on a path to work, self-sufficiency, and integration, and advanced US standing in the world. Its beneficiaries have included US leaders in science, medicine, business, the law, government, education, and the arts, as well as countless others who have strengthened the nation’s social fabric through their work, family, faith, and community commitments.

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Center for Migration Studies

Revival and Opportunity: Immigrants in Rural America

Report Author: 
Silva Mathema, Nicole Prchal Svajlenka & Anneliese Hermann
Original Date of Publication: 
2018 Sep

Rural communities are a microcosm of the entire country: A number of them have had trouble adjusting to their immigrant neighbors, which is reflective of a national undercurrent of anti-immigrant sentiment that has reared its ugly head of late. Understanding lessons learned from the rural experience with immigration during these polarized times is critical. Revival and Opportunity: Immigrants in Rural America illustrates the geography of population growth or decline in rural communities, with a particular attention to changes in the immigrant population.

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Center for American Progress

Detaining Families: A Study of Asylum Adjudication in Family Detention

Report Author: 
Ingrid Eagly, Esq., Steven Shafer, Esq. & Jana Whalley, Esq.
Original Date of Publication: 
2018 Aug

The United States currently detains more protection-seeking families than any nation in the world. Since 2001, parents and their children have been held at various times in five different detention facilities in New Mexico, Texas, and Pennsylvania, as they seek asylum in the United States. The number of detention beds reserved exclusively for families has ballooned since the first facility opened in 2001. Between 2001 and 2016, capacity reserved exclusively for detaining families increased by an astronomical 3,400 percent.

Source Organization: 
American Immigration Council

Tearing Down the Second Wall: Ending USCIS’s Backlog of Citizenship Applications and Expanding Access to Naturalization for Immigrants: Third Addendum to Second Wall Report

Report Author: 
Diego Iñiguez-López
Original Date of Publication: 
2018 Jul

The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) released a third addendum to its Building a Second Wall report, which documents the growing backlog of naturalization applications since the start of the Trump presidency. The author suggests this backlog may be a “critical tool in the Trump administration’s attacks on immigrant communities” -- a tool designed to delay or deny citizenship to eligible immigrants.

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