Education

Why Immigrants Can Drive the Green Economy

Report Author: 
Richard T. Herman and Robert L. Smith
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Jun

The 2000 US Census found that immigrants, while accounting for 12 percent of the population, made up nearly half of the all scientists and engineers with doctorate degrees. Nearly 70 percent of the men and women who entered the fields of science and engineering from 1995 to 2006 were immigrants. Yet, the connection between immigration and the development and commercialization of alternative energy technology is rarely discussed.

Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

Immigration Policy and Less-Skilled Workers in the United States: Reflections on Future Directions for Reform

Report Author: 
Harry J. Holzer
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Jan

While broad consensus exists regarding the benefits of highly skilled immigration, the economic role of low-skilled immigrants remains in dispute. In this assessment of the research literature, the author makes an economics-based case for significant reform of the US immigration system.

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Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Earned Legalization: Effects of Proposed Requirements on Unauthorized Men, Women and Children

Report Author: 
Marc R. Rosenblum, Randy Capps and Serena Yi-Ying Lin
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Jan

Requirements for earned legalization (such as English proficiency, employment, continuous presence and monetary fines) could have different effects on the ability of unauthorized men, women and children to gain legal status. This Policy Brief examines requirements proposed in the five major legalization bills proposed by Congress since 2006.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Communicating More for Less: Using Translation and Interpretation Technology to Serve Limited English Proficient Individuals

Report Author: 
Jessica Sperling
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Jan

Advances in translation and interpretation technology have given language access professionals a multitude of options for breaking down language barriers. However, with different and seemingly complex types of technologies now available, selecting the right technology system can be a challenge. And because language access needs vary immensely, rarely do agencies or service organizations have translation and interpretation needs that can be met the same way.

This report provides an overview of available technologies, discussing their purposes, costs and benefits.

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

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

DREAM vs. Reality: An Analysis of Potential DREAM Act Beneficiaries

Report Author: 
Jeanne Batalova and Margie McHugh
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Jul

from Migration Policy Institute and its U.S. immigration policy program

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

English Learners in Boston Public Schools: Enrollment, Engagement and Academic Outcomes, AY2003-AY2006

Report Author: 
Rosann Tung, Miren Uriate et al
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Apr

In 2002, Massachusetts voters approved a referendum against the continuance of Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) as a method of instruction for English language learners.

Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts

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