Immigration Policy

Coronavirus’ Disproportionate Economic Impacts on Immigrants

By , and ·June 17, 2020
University of Colorado Denver, University of California, Berkeley and Williams College

The Issue:

Unemployment has risen dramatically in the wake of COVID-19. The adverse labor market effects of the virus are disproportionately experienced by minority groups including Hispanics and Blacks. Immigrants (people born outside of the United States) may face particular hardship because they are more likely

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Will the Public Charge Rule Reduce Safety Net Expenditures? (UPDATE)

By ·January 27, 2020
Williams College

The Issue:

Policy-makers worry about the financial burden of immigrants on the taxpayer funded safety net. The Trump administration’s August 2019 “public charge” guidance aims to discourage non-citizen participation in federal safety net programs and to deny admission to the country to those deemed likely

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Secure Communities: Broad Impacts of Increased Immigration Enforcement

By ·January 13, 2020
University of Colorado Denver

The Issue:

The establishment of the Secure Communities program led to a notable increase in immigration enforcement throughout the United States, as the program spread from border counties to the interior of the nation. The program, which began in 2008, had the goal of increasing information sharing between local

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What Explains the Wages of Undocumented Workers?

By and ·July 24, 2019
Queens College, City University of New York

The Issue:

Undocumented foreign workers earn lower wages than legal immigrants and native workers with similar skills. What are the reasons for this wage gap? The answer is important for understanding the economic effects of a range of policies, including providing driver’s licenses to undocumented workers (as

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Immigrants and Public Benefits (VIDEO)

By ·June 11, 2019
 

This video was produced by Charlie Bentley, a recent graduate of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

 
The Public Charge rule is a proposal that would change the way immigrants access U.S. public benefits. An underlying assumption to this rule is that immigrants are a burden on native-born
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Immigrant Earnings and Out-Migration from the United States

By ·May 8, 2019
University of California, Los Angeles

The Issue:

Immigrants currently make up about one out of every six workers in the U.S. civilian labor force. While the share of immigrants in the labor force has grown over the past few decades, immigration is not a one-way flow into the United States: There is significant turnover, with many of the foreign-born

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