Tag: Migration Policy Institute

Asian Immigration and the Myth of the ‘Model Minority’

Almost a third of all immigrants living in the United States hail from Asia, but their voices are often left out of the immigration debate.

Report: U.S. Immigration Enforcement Program Leading to Deportation of Low Level Offenders

A new report shows wide differences across the country in a program allowing local authorities to enforce federal immigration laws. In some places 287(g) is leading to the deportation of undocumented immigrants accused of serious crimes, but in other areas immigrants arrested for traffic violations are being deported.

Immigration Questions? MPI Has Answers.

The Migration Policy Institute has just released a remarkably useful set of graphs and data sets for visualizing U.S. immigration trends.

With U.S. Borders More Secure, An Emphasis on Enforcing Immigration Laws

U.S. Customs and Border Protection chief Alan Bersin says border security is not enough. He wants tougher enforcement of laws designed to weed out immigrants who have committed serious crimes and target employers who exploit undocumented workers.


NY Plan to Consider Pardons for Immigrants Facing Deportation May Shift Immigration Debate

FI2W interviews Muzaffar Chishti of the Migration Policy Institute about the impact of NY Gov. David Paterson’s plan to accelerate the granting of pardons for legal immigrants with old or minor criminal convictions.

Study: A Lot Fewer Mexican Migrants Left Their Country in the Last Two Years

Fewer and fewer Mexican migrants have left their country in the last couple of years to move to the United States, a study says.

Salvadorans Become Sixth Largest Immigrant Group in the U.S., Says New Report

After two decades of growth spurred by a civil war, natural disasters and rural poverty, the Salvadorn-born population in the United States has reached about 1.1 million people, making it the sixth largest immigrant community in the nation.

Americans Favor Legalization of the Undocumented, Says Book on Immigration to U.S. and Europe

“A clear majority of the American public favors legalization as the best approach to the current population of unauthorized migrants,” according to a new book on immigration on both sides of the North Atlantic.

Recession Reverses Jobs Trend: Immigrants Hit Harder By Downturn Than Native-Born Americans

The Migration Policy Institute released a report saying that in the current economic crisis immigrants are being hit harder in the job market than native-born Americans.

Studies: Immigrants Worldwide Staying Put, Those in U.S. Still "Buying Into the American Dream"

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Immigrants worldwide “are overwhelmingly choosing to stay put in their adopted countries, rather than return home,” in the face of the economic crisis, and those in the U.S. continue to “strongly buy into the American Dream,” said a couple of reports released this week.

Migration and the Global Recession, published Tuesday, done by the Migration Policy Institute for the BBC World Service, reported that “some migration flows, particularly illegal migration, are … down as would-be migrants are being deterred by reduced job prospects in countries that would previously have offered them better opportunities.”

At the same time, A Place to Call Home, released Wednesday by the non-profit group Public Agenda, said that “despite the worst economic crisis in decades, renewed national security concerns in a post-9/11 world and an immigration policy many consider to be broken, …immigrants themselves hold fast to their belief that America remains the land of opportunity and remain committed to becoming U.S. citizens.”

“Seven in ten immigrants say they would do it all over again,” said Scott Bittle, Public Agenda’s executive vice president in a conference call with reporters. “Most say they made the right choice (in migrating.)”