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This section of the website contains local, national, and international reports related to immigration. Please note that unless indicated, the views expressed in these reports are not necessarily those of The Advocates for Human Rights. Please select from the categories above to search by topic, or browse the entire collection below by date of publication.

Why Immigrants Can Drive the Green Economy (June 2010). Immigration Policy Center. This report explains how policymakers envision millions of new jobs as the nation pursues renewable energy sources, like wind and solar power, and discusses the connection between immigration and the development and commercialization of alternative energy technology.

Made in America: Myths and Facts about Birthright Citizenship (Septmeber 2009). Immigration Policy Center. This report examines the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution and myths and facts about birthright citizenship.

DHS Progress Report: The Challenge of Reform (May 2010). Immigration Policy Center. This report is an analysis of immigration policy in the first year of the Obama Administration. It finds a department caught between the competing priorities of old broken policy and new reforms. While DHS has failed to meet key expectations in some areas, it has engaged thoughtfully and strategically in others, and has made some fundamental changes in how it conducts its immigration business.

The Criminal Alien Program: Immigration Enforcement in Travis County, Texas (February 2010). The Immigration Policy Center's report by Andrea Guttin, Esq. provides a history and analysis of ICE's problematic enforcement program, as well as a case study of the Criminal Alien Program (CAP) implementation in Travis County, Texas. CAP--a program administered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)--is designed to screen inmates in prisons and jails, identify deportable non-citizens, and place them into deportation proceedings. However, in the years since CAP was initiated, there have been concerns about whether or not ICE is actually targeting immigrants with serious criminal records.

Up Against the Clock: Fixing the Broken Employment Authorization Asylum Clock (February 2010). Penn State Law's Center for Immigrants' Rights and the American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center released this report examining the laws, policy, and practice of the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) "asylum clock," which measures the number of days after an applicant files an asylum application before the applicant is eligible for work authorization.

Many Happy Returns: Remittances and Their Impact (February 2010). The Immigration Policy Center released this report by Kristin Johnson, Ph.D. which analyzes remittances and their effect on the economies of both the U.S. and receiving countries.

Immigration and Wages: Methodological Advancements Confirm Modest Gains for Native Workers (February 2010). The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) report shows that in the ongoing debate on immigration, there is broad agreement among academic economists that it has a small but positive impact on the wages of native-born workers overall: although new immigrant workers add to the labor supply, they also consume goods and services, which creates more jobs.

Protection Through Integration: The Mexican Government's Efforts to Aid Migrants in the United States (January 2010). By the Migration Policy Institute. The report details the activities of Mexico's Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) in a first-ever attempt to map the expanding range of IME programs. This review makes clear that Mexico has moved beyond traditional consular protections to deliver an array of civic, health, education, and financial services to its migrants, 96 percent of whom live in the United States. These tasks have traditionally been carried out by migrant-receiving countries.

What the Bible Really Says about Immigration (2010). By Bruce and Judy Hake. Comprehensive immigration reform is one of the most pressing problems for the United States. This article explores what the Bible has to say regarding immigration.

Summary of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP). This summary by the Immigration Policy Center highlights key provisions of the CIR ASAP Act.

The Minnesota Immigrant College Access Movement: History, Policy, and Recommendations to Admissions Councelors (2010). This article from the Journal of College Admissions is an update on the social movement that has transpired in Minnesota for greater access to higher education for more immigrant youth.

Family Immigration: Repairing Our Broken Immigration System (January 2010). Paper by the Immigration Policy Center. Reforming our broken immigration system will require us to transform our family-based immigration system, clear out the backlogs, recapture unclaimed family-based visas, reset numerical caps and allow law-abiding families to reunite with loved ones in a humane and reasonable timeline. This paper lays out the key principles for family immigration within the context of comprehensive immigration reform.

Information Sharing in an Age of Terrorism: MPI Report Highlights Challenges and Proposes Way Forward for United States and Europe (January 2010). The report describes and analyzes the legal, privacy and data protection frameworks for information-sharing agreements relating to human mobility that enable the United States and the European Union to share such information for law enforcement purposes. It also examines the various informal and formal channels through which the United States and the European Union have discussed their privacy and personal data protection concerns.

Raising the Floor for American Workers (January 2010). According to a new study by UCLA’s Dr. Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda, Raising the Floor for American Workers: The Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, legalizing undocumented workers through comprehensive immigration reform would yield $1.5 trillion to the U.S. GDP over a ten year period, generate billions in additional tax revenue and consumer spending and support hundreds of thousands of jobs. The report, which runs several different economic scenarios, finds that enacting a comprehensive immigration reform plan which creates a legalization process for undocumented workers and sets a flexible visa program dependent on U.S. labor demands not only raises the floor for all American workers, but is an economic necessity.

Hmong in Minnesota (2009) Minnesota has always been a land of immigrants. Successive waves have each made their own way, found their place, and made it their home. The Hmong are one of the most recent immigrant groups, and their remarkable and moving story is told in Hmong in Minnesota. The book's author, Chia Youyee Vang, was born in Laos and as a child escaped with her family to the United States. An assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, she specializes in the study of Hmong community-building efforts.

Critical Care: The Role of Immigrant Workers in U.S. Health Care (December 2009). The Immigration Policy Center reports that lost in the health care debate is the simple demographic fact that immigrants are a critical component of the health care workforce at both the high-skilled and less-skilled ends of the occupational spectrum. Most notably, immigrants comprise more than one-quarter of all Physicians and Surgeons in the United States, and roughly one-fifth of all Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides.

Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in America (December 2009). This publication is part of a Pew Research Center report series that looks at the values, attitudes, and experiences of America’s next generation. This report takes an in-depth look at Hispanics who are ages 16 to 25.

The Economics and Policy of Illegal Immigration in the United States (December 2009). This Migration Policy Institute report by Gordon H. Hanson, a professor of economics at UC-San Diego, analyzes the economic impact of illegal immigration and immigration policies in the U.S.

Naturalization and Integration: Repairing our Broken Immigration System (December 2009). Immigrant integration benefits everyone because it enables immigrants to realize their full potential, contribute more to the U.S. economy, and develop deeper community ties. This report examines the benefits of a comprehensive integration strategy as well as key principles for naturalization and integration within the context of comprehensive immigration reform.

Immigrants and the Economy: Contribution of Immigrant Workers to the Country's 25 Largest Metropolitan Areas, with a focus on the five largest metro areas in the East (December 2009). In the 25 largest metropolitan areas of the United States, immigrants are contributing to the economy in very close proportion to their share of the population, according to a report released today by the Fiscal Policy Institute. The report looks at all immigrants - documented and undocumented, across the economic spectrum.

The Secure Communities Program: Unanswered Questions and Continuing Concerns (November 2009). As the Department of Homeland Security marks the one-year anniversary of its Secure Communities Program - the latest partnership between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local jails to identify and deport "criminal aliens"- the Immigration Policy Center is releasing this special report. The report asks key questions, raises serious concerns about the program, and provides recommendations for its improvement.

African Born Women's and Children's Exposure to Secondhand Smoke (August 2009) The Minnesota African Women's Association, in collaboration with Wilder Research and funded by ClearWay MN, carried out an African Born Women's and Children's Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Study over an 18-month period.

Attorneys’ Perspectives on the Rights of Detained Immigrants in Minnesota (November 2009). This study sampled attorneys who represent detained immigrants and public defenders who are appointed to represent detained immigrants for criminal violations. The study collected reports of violations of clients’ rights and includes results on barriers to representation and medical care.

Tied to the Business Cycle: How Immigrants Fare in Good and Bad Economic Times (November 2009). Migration Policy Institute, By Pia M. Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny. The report, which analyzes employment and unemployment patterns over the past 15 years and two recessions, shows that immigrant economic outcomes began deteriorating before the current recession officially began in December 2007, tracing immigrants' declining fortunes largely to the housing bust which began in spring 2006. 

The Economic Blame Game: U.S. Unemployment is Not Caused by Immigration (November 2009) Immigration Policy Center.

Economic Progress via Legalization: Lessons from the Last Legalization Program (November 2009). Immigration Policy Center. The report examines previous legalization programs, their effectiveness, and the lessons learned from these programs as the U.S. moves toward Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Back to the Future: The Impact of Legalization Then and Now (November 2009). In this new IPC Perspectives Piece, Back to the Future: The Impact of Legalization Then and Now, Dr. Sherrie A. Kossoudji examines three areas of concern—work, family, and community—to explain what economic and social benefits would be derived from a legalization program in 2010.

Focusing on the Solutions: Key Principles of Comprehensive Immigration Reform (November 2009). Immigration Policy Center.

Immigrants and Health Care Reform: What's Really at Stake? (October 2009). Migration Policy Institute. Randy Capps, Marc R. Rosenblum, and Michael Fix. MPI's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy offers the first estimates of the size of uninsured immigrant populations in major immigrant-destination states, the number of immigrant workers covered by employer-provided plans, and the share of immigrants employed by small firms likely to be exempted from employer coverage mandates.

Breaking Down the Problems: What's Wrong With our Immigration System (October 2009). This special report by the Immigration Policy Center looks at the impact our outdated and inefficient immigration system has on our nation and discusses the failures of the system under two broad categories: structural failure and inadequate responses.

New Americans in the North Star State: The Political and Economic Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in Minnesota  (2009)

Report by the Immigrant Policy Center

The Economic Impact of Immigrants in Minnesota (October, 2009)

Report by Katherine Fennelly and Anne Huart

Sharing the Costs, Sharing the Benefits: Inclusion is the Best Medicine  (July, 2009) As Congress debates health care, and decides who to include in their sweeping reform package, it is important to review the basic facts about immigrant participation in health care.

Severing a Lifeline: The Neglect of Citizen Children in America’s Immigration Enforcement Policy (2009)
Dorsey & Whitney LLP and the Urban Institue examine the events surrounding, and impact of, recent worksite and home raids conducted by ICE across the nation, and how immigration raids impact families- especially citizen children.

The Unraveling of the American Dream: Foreclosures in the Immigrant Community of Minneapolis (March 2009) Ryan Allen an Assistant Professor, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota reports on the recent increase in foreclosures and the impact on Minnesota's immigrant communities.

A New Path: Toward Humane Immigration Policy (February 2009) American Friends Service Committee. This report lays out AFSC's seven principles for immigration reform.

Opportunity and Exclusion: A Brief History of U.S. Immigration Policy (November, 2008). Immigration Policy Center. Examines how the laws governing immigration have changed constantly--and often arbitrarily--throughout U.S. history.

Extremists Hijack Immigration Debate: Increased Reports of Hate Crimes and Discrimination (March, 2008). Information and examples on how the immigration debate has spurred discrimination, hate, and violence.

 

Immigration Enforcement and Its Unintended Consequences: The Impact on America's Children (March, 2008). Immigration Policy Center. Drawing from a longer, more in-depth study, this document covers immigration raids’ effects on children and short-term recommendations on how to minimize their impact.

Observations of United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants (March, 2008). Special Rapporteur Jorge Bustamante's report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on the status of migrant rights in the U.S. To read this report, please refer to page 44 in this PDF document.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March, 2008). United Nations' response to the U.S. on its efforts to eliminate racial discrimination.

Ethnic Capital and Minnesota's Future (March, 2008). Bruce P. Corrie. Concorida University - St. Paul, Minnesota.

Asylee Eligibility for Resettlement Assistance: A Short Guide (February, 2008). Gives service providers the information needed to address the resettlement needs of asylees. The guide contains crucial and timely information about the benefits and services for which asylees are eligible, including job placement assistance, English language classes, health screening cash assistance, social security cards, adjustment of status, travel authorization, petitioning for immediate relatives and federal student financial aid.

It's Tax Time! Immigrants and Taxes: Contributions to State and Federal Coffers (2008) This IPC report finds that immigrants not only pay their own way in taxes, but play a hefty role in shoring up the teetering Social Security system, and provide a fiscal windfall to U.S. taxpayers by tending to come to the United States during their prime working years—after the costs of their education and upbringing have been borne by their home countries.

Over-Raided, Under Siege (January, 2008). The Human Rights Immigrant Community Action Network (HURRICANE). A report on human rights violations perpatrated against immigrant and refugee families, workers, and communities in the U.S.

Thinking Ahead About Our Immigrant Future: New Trends and Mutual Benefits in Our Aging Society (January, 2008). Dowell Meyers. A report drawn from the book "Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America". Findings include immigration is slowing down, not speeding up; meaningful assessments of assimilation must observe changes over time; and immigrants' contributions make a difference.    

Protecting Refugees and the Role of UNHCR (2007/2008). United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

A More Perfect Union: A National Citizenship Plan (January, 2007). Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Incorporated (CLINIC). Presents a plan to foster citizenship and integration of newcomers, including citizenship application assistance; expanded English language, American history, and civics instruction; improvements to make the naturalization process a more timely and affordable one; and efforts to engage new citizens in civic activities and volunteerism once they have taken the oath of allegiance. 

Report on Somali Youth Issues (January, 2007). Shukri Adan and Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights.

Diversity Coalitions in Rural Minnesota Communities (Winter, 2007). Tamara Downs Schwei and Katherine Fennelly. Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA).

Voices from Silence: Personal Accounts of the Long-Term Impact of 9/11 (February, 2007). The Advocates for Human Rights. A report detailing the impact of 9/11 on the lives of immigrants, refugees, and religious minorities in Minnesota documents personal stories of fear and discrimination in a post-9/11 environment and contextualizes them with an overview of laws and policies that have affected these communities.

Information from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (Updated Regularly). Information about naturalization ceremonies, delays, and more.

State Immigration Project: Policy Options for 2008 (December, 2007). Progressive States Network. This report focuses on using smart state policy to challenge the anti-immigrant movement.

Immigrants Targeted: Extremist Rhetoric Moves into the Mainstream (October, 2007).  Anti Defamation League. In this report, part of a series of reports on immigration and extremism, ADL exposes those individuals and groups who are playing a key a role in mainstreaming extremist rhetoric in the immigration debate in various aspects of American life.

Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants (September, 2007). U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. A guide for new permanent residents (i.e. Green Card holders) which includes information on topics such as one's rights, looking for a job, and education and childcare.

More Harm Than Good (September, 2007). National Employment Law Project.  This guide describes some of the anti-immigrant provisions currently pending in state legislatures including local enforcement of federal immigration laws.  Included as well are talking points explaining why these provisions will be bad for workers, bad for communities and bad for states.

America's Children: Protecting the Rights of Those Born on U.S. Soil (September, 2007).  Donald Kerwin America Magazine

Division and Dislocation: Regulating Immigration Through Local Housing Ordinances  (Summer, 2007).  Immigration Policy Center.

Deadly Consequences: The Hidden Impact of America's Nursing Shortage (September, 2007). Stuart Anderson. National Foundation for American Policy.  NFAP Policy Brief.

Early Education for Immigrant Children (September, 2007). Paul Leseman. The Transatlantic Task Force on Immigration and Integration.

Gaining from Migration: Towards a New Mobility System (September, 2007). Jeff Dayton-Johnson, Louka T. Katseli, Gregory Maniatis, Rainer Munz, Demetrios Papademetriou. Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development.

Language Policies and Practices for Helping Immigrants and Second-Generation Students Succeed (September, 2007). Gayle Christensen and Petra Stanat. The Transatlantic Task Force on Immigration and Integration.

Pathways to Success for the Children of Immigrants (September, 2007). Maurice Crul. The Transatlantic Task Force on Immigration and Integration.

Protecting Oversees Workers: Lessons and Cautions from the Philippines (September, 2007). Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias of the Migration Policy Institute and Neil G. Ruiz of The Brookings Institution.

Intellectual Property, the Immigration Backlog, and a Reverse Brain-Drain: America's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Part III (August, 2007). This final report of the "America's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs" three-part series analyzes the immigrant-visa backlog for skilled workers and finds that the number of skilled workers waiting for visas is significantly larger than the number that can be admitted to the United States.

NCSL Reports Increase in State Immigration Legislation (August, 2007). With Congress failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation, state legislatures have began to introduce and enact their own laws. This report provides an overview of the introduced legislation and analyzes the enacted laws relating to immigrants and refugees.

SAALT: Building Community Strength (August, 2007). South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow (SAALT) have released a report that examines and identifies the needs and opportunities that South Asian community-based organizations are facing today.  

Missing the Target: Anti-Immigrant Ordinances Backfire (August, 2007). Walter Ewing of the Immigration Policy Center reports on the "English only" legislative proposals  that are spreading across the country and argues against the claim that Latino immigrants are reluctant to assimilate into U.S. society. Rather, Ewing has found that today's Latino immigrants are showing similar assimilation patterns as the European immigrants who came here a century or more ago.

Immigration Detention Centers under the Microscope: Recent Reports Reveal Widespread Violations of the National Detention Standards (July, 2007). This report by the National Immigration Law Center references smaller recent reports and looks at the conditions of detention centers.  Problems and potential solutions. are identified and discussed.

A Police Chief's Guide To Immigration Issues, (July, 2007). The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has created a report that covers immigration issues, the challenges they present to law enforcement, and ways that law enforcement officials can respond to these issues.  The report contains a summary of immigration information and provides tools to help police chiefs. 

Immigration's Economic Impact (June 20, 2007). A study and report done by the President's Council of Economic Advisors concludes that immigration is largely beneficial to the United States.  The statement prefacing the report summarizes, "Our review of economic research finds immigrants not only help fuel the Nation's economicgrowth, but also have an overall positive effect on the income of native-born workers." -Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Edward P. Lazear

Actual Immigration to the United States: The Real Numbers (May, 2007). The Migration Policy Institute has created a report that explains that while official figures show annual permanent immigration to the United States averaging about 1 million a year, in reality, actual annual immigration to the United States is about 1.8 million people.

Immigration Reform and the Current Debate (May, 2007). Judith Golub. Immigration Legal Resource Center.  ILRC provides a summary of suggestions for comprehensive immigration reform and explains issues rising in the Senate negotiations in May of 2007.

Selecting Economic Stream Immigrants Through Points System (May, 2007). Demetrios G. Papademetriou of the Migration Policy Institute discusses the points system.

Dollars without Sense: Underestimating the Value of Less-Educated Workers (May, 2007). Walter A. Ewing and Benjamin Johnson of the Immigration Policy Center address the inaccuracy of economic analyses done on the fiscal contributions of immigrant workers and reports on the actual benefits that occur.

Divided Families: New Legislation Proposals Would Needlessly Restrict Family-Based Immigration (May, 2007). Stewart J. Lawrence of the Immigration Policy Center addresses how the new legislative proposals ignore the social and economic benefits of the family-based admissions system for both immigrants and the native-born.

Overview of State Legislation Related to Immigration and Immigrants in 2007 (April 18, 2007). National Conference of State Legislatures. 

From Newcomers to Americans: A New Integration Policy for a Nation of Immigrants (April, 2007). Tomas R. Jimenez.

The Economic Logic of Illegal Immigration (April, 2007). Gordon H. Hanson of the Council of Foreign Relations discusses the economic costs and benefits of illegal immigration.

Klu Klux Klan Rebounds with New Focus on Immigration (February, 2007). Anti-Defamation League. The League, which monitors the activities of racist hate groups and reports its findings to law enforcement and policymakers, has documented a noticeable spike in activity by Klan chapters across the country. The KKK believes that the U.S. is "drowning" in a tide of non-white immigration, controlled and orchestrated by Jews, and is vigorously trying to bring this message to Americans concerned or fearful about immigration. The full ADL report includes a slide show of recent Klan meetings and rallies and a state-by-state listing of active Klan chapters, or "Klaverns," across the country.

English as the Official Language of the United States: Legal Background and Analysis of Legislation in the 110th Congress (January, 2007). Jody Feder. CRS Report for Congress.

Unauthorized Aliens in the United States:  Estimates Since 1986 (Updated January, 2007). Ruth Ellen Wasem. Congressional Research Service.  The report highlights push and pull factors contributing to the increase in the undocumented population, border control policies that have impacted the flow of migrant workers, and backlogs in the petition process.

U.S. Immigration Policy in Global Perspective: International Migration in OECD Countries (January, 2007). Immigration Policy Center. The United States faces growing competition in the global labor market from other countries within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as from the expanding economic opportunities available in the home countries of Indian and Chinese professionals.  The report highlights these trends which underscore the need to revamp U.S. immigration policies to make them more responsive to the demands of an increasingly competitive global economy.

America's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs (January, 2007). A team of researchers from Duke University and University of California, Berkeley have created this report, which is the first of a three part series. By looking at a large sample of all engineering and technology companies founded in the last ten years, the researchers examined the economic and intellectual contributions of immigrant technologists and engineers at a national level.

The Myth of Immigrant Criminality and the Paradox of Assimilation: Incarceration Rates among Citizen and Foreign Born Men. (Spring, 2007). Ruben Rumbaut and Walter Ewing. The report shows that for every ethnic group without exception, incarceration rates among young men are lowest for immigrants, even those who are the least educated, contrary to the opinions held by the public and even policy-makers.

2005 American Community Survey and Census Data on the Foreign Born By State. (2007). Migration Policy Institute

Immigration: Changing the Face of America (Routinely Updated). Library of Congress. The Library of Congress examines the history of American Immigration. Includes links to resources, an immigration timeline, and other useful tools.

Immigrant Driver License Requirements (Routinely Upated). A state by state overview of driver license requirements for immigrants.

Border Security: Barriers Along the U.S. International Border (December, 2006). CRS Report for Congress

Attracting the Best and the Brightest: The Promise and Pitfalls of a Skill-Based Immigration Policy (December, 2006). Kara Murphy of the Immigration Policy Center discusses the impact of a skill-based immigration policy.

Immigration Nation (Nov/Dec, 2006). Tamar Jacoby. Foreign Affairs. The article discusses how an overwhelming majority of Americans want a combination of tougher enforcement and earned citizenship for the 12 million illegal immigrants in the country. Washington's challenge is to translate this consensus into sound legislation that will start to repair the nation's broken immigration system.

Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (November, 2006). U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons Report. 

Undocumented Immigration by Congressional District (October 23, 2006).
The American Immigration Law Foundation.

Coming to America:  Immigrants, Baseball and the Contributions of Foreign-Born Players to America's Pastime (October, 2006). Stuart Anderson and L.Brian Andrew of the National Foundation for American Policy.

The Second Generation in Early Adulthood: New Findings from the Children of Immigrants Logitudinal Study (October, 2006). Migration Information Source.

Intermarriage in the Second Generation: Choosing Between Newcomers and Natives (October, 2006). Migration Information Source.

Hispanics and the 2006 Election (October, 2006). Pew Hispanic Center. Fact sheet with estimates of the number of Hispanics who will be eligible to vote as of Nov. 2006, as well as related participation estimates.

Studying Second-Generation Immigrants: Methodological Challenges and Innovative Solutions (October, 2006). Migration Information Source.

The Second Generation and Self-Employment (October, 2006). Migration Information Source.

The Second Generation in the United States (October, 2006). Migration Information Source.

New Estimates of Unauthorized Youth Eligible for Legal Status Under the DREAM Act. (October, 2006). Migration Policy Institute Backgrounder.

The Economic and Fiscal Effects of the Senate's Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (September, 2006) National Immigration Law Center.

Bipartisan Panel Calls for "New Chapter in U.S. Immigration Policy:  Current Impass Highlights Need for Forward-Looking Policies (September, 2006). The Independent Task Force on Immigration and America's Future has produced a report.  A summary, link to the 16 recommendations, and the statement of the task force are available.

Facts about Immigrants' Low Use of Health Services and Public Benefits (September, 2006). National Immigration Law Center.

Immigrants: The Last Time America Sent Her Own Packing (September, 2006). Steve Boisson.  Fueled by the Great Depression, anti-immigrant sentiment led to the repatriation of American citizens to Mexico.

Immigration Related Border Security Legislation in the 109th Congress (Updated September 19, 2006). CRS Report for Congress. The report focuses on the main legislative issues facing the 109th Congress related to the movement of people across the border.

Paying Their Way and Then Some: Facts about the Contributions of Immigrants to Economic Growth and Public Investment (September, 2006). National Immigration Law Center.

Federalism, Deportation and Crime Victims Afraid to Call the Police (September, 2006). Orde Kittrie. Iowa Law Review. This report discusses the current laws and policies addressing deportation as a barrier to crime reporting by unauthorized aliens, explores the conflicts between separation ordinances and offers a modest proposal for encouraging unauthorized aliens to report crime while reducing the conflicts over immigration law enforcement.

Growth in the Foreign-Born Workforce and Employment of the Native Born (August 10, 2006). Rakesh Kochar of the Pew Hispanic Center. This report examining the boom years of the 1990s and the economic downturn and recovery since 2000, finds that rapid increases in foreign-born population at a state level are not associated with negative effects on employment of the native-born population.

Termination of Temporary Protected Status for Nationals of Liberia (September 21, 2006). Report from U.S. Customs and Immigration Service.

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzalez Outlines Reforms for Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals (August 9, 2006). Department of Justice. Annual evaluations, an immigration law exam, and additional resources will be a part of system improvements and the increased scrutiny of immigration judges, several who have been criticized for inappropriate treatment of asylum seekers.

Impacts of Border Enforcement on Unauthorized Mexican Migration to the US (August 2, 2006). Testimony Prepared for the House Judiciary Committee Filed Hearing on Immigration.  San Diego, CA.  Wayne A. Cornelius Center for Comparative Immigration Studies.

The Growth and Reach of Immigration (August, 2006). Rob Paral Immigration Policy Institute. New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on August 15th underscore the extent to which immigration continues to fuel the expansion of the U.S. labor force.

Border-Crossing Deaths Have Doubled Since 1995; Border Patrol's Efforts to Prevent Deaths Have Not Been Fully Evaluated (August, 2006). United States Government Accountability Office

2006 National Survey of Latinos: The Immigration Debate (July 13, 2006). Roberto Suro and Gabriel Secobar of the Pew Hispanic Research Center. Latinos polled report experiencing more discrimination and feeling more unified and politically energized as a result of the immigration debate and related rallies and marches.

Rethinking the Effects of Immigration on Wages (July, 2006). Gianmarco Ottaviano and Giovanni Peri. This report discusses the impact immigrant workers have on average and individual wages for the U.S. born.  The findings imply a small negative effect on the uneducated U.S. born and a positive wage effect on all other U.S. born workers.

Managing Immigration as a Resource. (July, 2006).  Benjamin Johnson in Immigration Monthly.  This report stresses the importance of considering immigration issues beyond enforcement, insisting that the nation must treat immigration as a valuable resource to our economy and labor force. 

Legal Analysis of Proposed City of Hazelton Immigration Legal Relief Act Ordinance. (July, 2006). Congressional Research Service. This report concludes that "there is reason to believe that state and federal courts would be precluded on preemption grounds from enforcing many aspects of the proposed ordinance, as such matters are already regulated under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). While the proposed ordinance does not facially violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act or the FHA, it might nonetheless give rise to legal challenges if it results in discrimination on the basis of national origin rather than citizenship."

State and Local Policy Responses to Immigration in Minnesota (July, 2006). Katherine Fennelly. Draft Report to the Century Foundation. The report examines phenomena such as rapid increases in immigration to Minnesota and political changes that have influenced policies and attitudes. The report includes demographic data, interviews with policymakers and immigrant leaders and highlights of surveys with native-born residents of the state.

Don't Get Immigration Wrong - Again (June 20, 2006). Michelle Wucker, opendemocracy.net. The United States would benefit itself and the world by learning from the errors of its past immigration policies

Open Letter on Immigration (June 19, 2006). Letter written by numerous economists to the Bush adminstration extolling the benefits of immigrants to the United States.

Summary of Senate Immigration Reform Legislation. (June 9, 2006). National Immigration Forum.

Diverse Commission Reaches Consensus (June 8, 2006). Commission On Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons. Entire report available for download.

Debunking the Myth of Immigrant Criminality: Imprisonment Among First- and Second-Generation Young Men  (June 1, 2006). Rubén G. Rumbaut, Roberto G. Gonzales, Golnaz Komaie, and Charlie V. Morgan, University of California, Irvine. Migration Information Source.

Law Enforcement and Arab American Community Relations After September 11, 2001: Engagement in a Time of Uncertainty (June, 2006). Nicole J. Henderson, Christopher W. Ortiz, Naomi F. Sugie, and Joel Miller.

Economic Impact of Immigrants (May 25, 2006). Office of the Legislative Auditor. Through gauging impact on wages, jobs, prices and businesses, this report indicates that undocumented immigrants may give more to Minnesota than they take. In addition it questions the Pawlenty report.

New CBO Report Shows The Heritage Foundation’s Report On The Impact Of Immigration Reform On Government Costs Is Exaggerated (May 24, 2006). Leighton Ku and Stacy Dean. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Bringing Immigrants Into The Federal Tax System: A Net Gain For The Treasury (May 23, 2006). Aviva Aron-Dine and Isaac Shapiro, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Poverty Drives Immigration (May 17, 2006). Labor Research Association.

Civics Contributions: Taxes Paid By Immigrants in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area (May, 2006). Jeffrey S. Passel (Pew Hispanic Center), Michael Fix (Migration Policy Institute) and Randy Capps and Everett Henderson (The Urban Institute).

Criminalizing Unlawful Presence (May, 2006). CRS Report for Congress provided by ilw.com and written by Michael John Garcia.  The Report discusses some of the issues raised by criminalizing undocumented presence. 

Learning from IRCA: Lessons for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (May, 2006). Jimmy Gomez and Walter A. Ewing of the Immigration Policy Center look at the problems of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) and discuss the lessons that current lawmakers can learn.

Immigration in Minnesota: Challenges and Opportunities (Revised May, 2006). League of Women Voters of Minnesota Education Fund. The study includes information about the history of immigration to Minnesota, the major groups arriving recently, the education of adult immigrants and legal issues faced by immigrants.

Immigration Enforcement in the U.S. (April 27, 2006). CRS Presentation for the House Committee on the Judiciary. Slides with a graphs and charts to illustrate who has been removed.

America's Immigration Quandary: No Consensus on Immigration Problem or Proposed Fixes (March 30, 2006). Pew Research Center Survey Results.    

The Effects on US Farm Workers of an Agricultural Guest Worker Program (March 9, 2006). Linda Levine.  Congressional Research Service. As amendment of the H-2A program or the initiation of a new agricultural guest worker program is considered, analysis of the Bracero Program can inform the debate.

More than a Temporary Fix: The Role of Permanent Immigration in Comprehensive Reform (January, 2006). Walter A. Ewing of the Immigration Policy Center reports that the immigration debate is being dominated by narrow-thinking and the search for simplistic solutions to complex problems.

Immigrants, Skills and Wages: Reassessing the Economic Gains from Immigration (2006). Giovanni Peri, Ph.D.  Immigration Policy Center.  The report discusses findings that immigration increases the wages of all native-born workers, except for those who do not have a high-school diploma, with that impact much smaller than previously anticpated.  The report recommends well-balanced immigration policy.

Reframing the Immigration Debate: The Actors and the Issues (2006).  The International Relations Center has compiled links to articles analyzing the immigration debate from in and outside of their organization.  They also offer useful profiles of organizations that have been working to limit immigration.

A Passage to Hope - Women and Internation Migration (2006). UN Population Fund. This extensive report includes chapters on migration in the 21st century, women and migration, trafficking and the exploitation of domestic workers, refugee and asylum seekers amd the safeguarding of human rights.

Immigrant Task Force of Immigration and America's Future (2006). Migration Policy Institute. The report articulates a vision that promotes US global competitiveness in the context of post-9/11 security imperatives, while grappling with many of the technical details that are frustrating reform efforts.

The Immigration Effect (2006). Doug Campbell. The report discusses the economic impact of undocumented immigrants.

Building A Competitive Workforce: Immigration And The US Manufacturing Sector (2006). David L. Bartlett, Immigration Weekly

Immigration: The Effects on Native-Born Workers (2006). Linda Levine, CRS Report for Congress. The large influx of immigrants in recent decades has led to an equally long, still unresolved debate over its effects on the ecnomic well-being of native-born workers. Specifically, does immigration impose costs on U.S. born workers by diminshing their labor market prospects?

Immigrant-Led Organizers in Their Own Voices: Local Realities and Shared Visions (2006). This report from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. documents the realities of organizing for systemic, community change within immigrant communities. Through extensive interviews of organizers, the report's authors provide insight into their successes, challenges and best practices.

Ethnic Trends Blogspot (2006). Bruce Corrie Ph.D. Economic statistics relevant to the immigration discussion in Minnesota.

The Impact of Illegal Immigration in Minnesota (December 8, 2005). Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty released a report prepared by the Office of Strategic Planning & Results Management which fails to address the benefits of immigration to Minnesota's economy and appears timed to coincide with state and national legislative initiatives. The Office of the State Demographer did not participate in the report and issued a statement directing any questions to the Department of Administration, which oversees the office preparing the report.  Experts estimate that undocumented immigrants contribute $1.56 billion to Minnesota's economy annually.

Global Return: U.S. Immigrants Give Back to their Homelands (December, 2005). National Public Radio broadcasted a series that featured stories of immigrants to the US whose earnings founded efforts in the Philippines, Ghana, Mexico and Afghanistan.

Undocumented Immigrants:  Myths and Realitity (October, 2005). Randy Capps of The Urban Institute and Michael Fix of Migration Policy Institute. Six myths regarding undocumented persons are dispelled with current statistics.

Migration in an Interconnected World:  New Directions for Action  (October, 2005). Global Commission on International Migration. In its 90 page report, the Global Commission on International Migration says the international community has failed to realize the full potential of migration and has not risen to the many opportunities and challenges it presents. The Commission stresses the need for greater coherence, cooperation and capacity to achieve a more effective governance of international migration. The report provides a comprehensive yet concise analysis of key global policy issues in the field of international migration, and presents six ‘Principles for Action’ and thirty-three related recommendations that can serve as a guide to the formulation of migration policies at the national, regional and global levels.

Cost Estimates of Unauthorized Immigration (August, 2005). Alison Siskin (CRS)

Where Migration Policy is Made: Starting to Expose the Labyrinth of National Institutional Settings for Migration Policy Making and Implementation (July, 2005). Joanne van Selm, Global Commission on International Migration.

Backfire at the Border: Why Enforcement without Legalization Cannot Stop Illegal Immigration (June 13, 2005). Doublas S. Massey. Cato Institute

The Multiplier Effect (Summer, 2005). National Foundation for American Policy. An analysis of the educational standing of immigrant children and their contributions to the United States' scientific, mathematical and technological base.

The Contribution of Legal Immigration To The Social Security System (February, 2005). Stuart Anderson, National foundation for American Policy

Estimates of the Size and Characteristics of the Undocumented Population (2005). Jeffrey S. Passel. Pew Hispanic Center. 

Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population Residing in the U.S. (January 2005). Office of Immigration Statistics - Homeland Security.  The report estimates the number of unauthorized immigrants residing in the US in January 2005 by period of entry, country of origin, and state of residence.

Economic Impacts of Immigration (2005). Harry J. Holzer. Urban Institute. This report analyzes the economic effects of over the over 40 million foreign-born residents of the United States on the US economy.

Is the New Immigration Really So Bad? (2005). David Card. This academic paper reviews the recent evidence on U.S. immigration, focusing on two key questions: (1) Does immigration reduce the labor market opportunities of less-skilled natives? (2) Have immigrants who arrived after the 1965 Immigration Reform Act successfully assimilated?

Restoring the Rule of Law: Reflections on Fixing the Immigration System and Exploring the Failed Policy Choices (2005). Katherine L. Vaughns.  University of Maryland Law School. This article discusses proposed reform measures while explaining certain policy choices that have led to a immigration system in disrepair.

Eligibility of Noncitizens for Health Care and Social Services Programs (December, 2004). Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department.

Immigrants in Minnesota:  Discovering Common Ground (October, 2004). The Minneapolis Foundation. The report promotes positive discussion about the contributions of Minnesota's immigrants and provides information on the immigrant groups that have significant representation in the state.

Efficient Practices for the Selection of Economic Migrants (July, 2004). Demetrios G. Papademetriou and Kevin O'Neil. Migration Policy Institute.

The Case for Legalization, Lessons from 1986, Recommendations for the Future (2004). Donald Kerwin and Charles Wheeler, CMS Issues in Immigration Series

From Denial to Acceptance:  Effectively Regulating Immigration to the United States (2004). Walter A Ewing.  Immigration Policy Center, American Immigration Law Foundation.  This report examines the rapid growth of the undocumented immigrant population in the US and proposes comprehensive immigration reform as the solution.

Faces of Change (2004). Phil Davies. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. In a flashback to the early 20th century, immigrants from all over the world are settling in the district, and not just in its inner cities.

The Government Response to Domestic Violence Against Refugee and Immigrant Women in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Neighborhoods (2004). The Advocates for Human Rights.  The report highlights the progams and initiatives that protect refugee and immigrant women from domestic abuse in Minnesota and examines the serious obstacles they face in accessing protection, government services, and accountablity for their abusers.

Estimates of Selected Immigrant Populations in Minnesota 2004 (2004). Barbara J. Ronningen. Minnesota State Demographic Center. 

Noncitizens and Minnesota Law: A Guide for Legislators (2004).  Research Department Minnesota House of Representatives. A comprehensive guide to data about Minnesota's immigrants.

Immigrants and Health (March, 2004). Kara Meade. Greater Twin Cities United Way. This report is the third in a series of reports that focuses on immigration. The first report includes brief descriptions of immigrant communities in the Twin Cities metro area and the second addresses many of the questions, perceptions, and misperceptions regarding the impact of immigration on the economy. For copies of these reports please contact Nancy Bolin at (612) 340-7560.

The Rise of New Immigrant Gateways (February, 2004). Audrey Singer. This report mentions how the Twin Cities is re-emerging as an important immigrant gateway, following a strong immigration tradition at the beginning of the 20th century which had waned until recently.

Undocumented Immigrants:  Facts and Figures (January, 2004). Jeffrey S. Passel, Randy Capps, and Michael Fix of the Urban Institute Immigration Studies Program.  This brief report includes basic descriptive data on the undocumented population.

Migrating to Recovery:  The Role of Immigration in Urban Renewal  (July, 2003). Immigration Policy Center and American Immigration Law Foundation.  The report stresses how immigration is a key source of long-term economic vitality, particularly in urban areas facing population loss, labor shortages and increases in retirees.

Profile of the Low-Wage Immigrant Workforce (2003). Randolph Capps, Michael E. Fix, Jeffrey S. Passel, Jason Ost, and Dan Pert. Urban Institute. This report documents the increasingly large share of the low-wage workforce filled by immigrant labor.

How the Food Processing Industry is Diversifying Rural Minnesota (December, 2002). Katherine Fennelly and Helga Leitner. Julian Samora Research Institute. This report anaylizes the location of food processing industries and the diversity of the population and discusses the benefits and challenges that "new diversity" poses for rural Minnesota.

Mexican Immigrant Workers and the U.S. Economy:  An Increasingly Vital Role (September, 2002). American Immigration Law Foundation.  This study found that Mexican workers are integral to U.S. economic growth.

Women Immigrants In The United States (September 9, 2002). Edited by Phillipa Strum and Danielle Tarantolo. A report focused on the often-ignored demographic of women relative to immigration.

Immigration in Minnesota:  Challenges and Opportunities (2002). League of Women Voters of Minnesota Education Fund. The study includes information about the history of immigration to Minnesota, the major groups arriving recently, the education of adult immigrants and legal issues faced by immigrants.

Immigrants and the Economy (2002). American Civil Liberties Union. The report addresses the myth that immigrants take jobs from Americans and are a drain on the economy.

Immigrants and Welfare Use (2002). Amanda Levinson. Migration Policy Institute. This report documents immigrant eligibility and use of welfare benefits.

U.S. Census (2001). U.S. Census Bureau. This report focuses on statistics on foreign-born residents from the 2000 census.

Immigrants in Minnesota: An Increaingly Diverse Population (December, 2000). Barbara Ronningen. State Demographic Center.

Speaking for Themselves: A Survey of Hispanic, Hmong, Russian, and Somali Immigrants in Minneapolis-Saint Paul (November, 2000). Paul Mattessich and Ginger Hope. Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. This survey explores similarities and differences among four major immigrant groups in the Twin Cities including the English language ability, employment trends, an reasons for emigration.         

Minnesota Census Data (2000). U.S. Census Bureau.

Immigration Timeline (No Date). Library of Congress. Timeline of immigration to the United States from the Library of Congress.

Hidden Victims:  Evaluating Protections for Undocumented Victims of Human Trafficking (No Date). Alexandra Webber amd David Shirk of the Immigration Policy Center explain the shift in immigration law providing protections to undocumented victims of trafficking.

Migration as International Trade: The Economic Gains from the Liberalized Movement of Labor (September, 1998). Howard Chang. This report explores the mutual benefits gained by the movement of labor from low wage countries to high wage countries.