Immigration Policy

Proposed Immigration Rules and the Safety Net

By ·April 3, 2018
Williams College

The Issue:

Current law prevents people who are deemed likely to become a "public charge," that is, dependent upon government support, from becoming legal permanent residents of the United States. The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly proposing to expand the definition and determination of who is a public ...
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Weak Links in the Chain Migration Argument

By and ·February 14, 2018
Mintz Levin, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC and Fletcher School, Tufts University

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The Issue:

The term "chain migration" is currently being used to describe a process in which one legal immigrant can generate many new admissions by sponsoring his or her relatives — each of whom, in turn, leads to even more immigrants. President Donald Trump called for an end ...
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The Economic Gains from Legalizing DREAMers

By ·January 23, 2018
Queens College, City University of New York

The Issue:

There are approximately 3 million residents of the United States who were brought here as children and whose parents do not have legal residence. These DREAMers account for 1.3 percent of the population. About 1.6 million of these individuals meet the eligibility requirements for DACA, the Deferred Action ...
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The Economic Cost of Repealing DACA

By ·September 11, 2017
University of California, Davis

The Issue:

On September 5th, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the plan to rescind the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which grants protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. The repeal was described by the attorney ...
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Do Immigrants Cost Native-Born Taxpayers Money?

By and ·July 26, 2017
Cornell University and University of California at Berkeley

The Issue:

Immigration was a key issue during last year's presidential election and debates regarding both the number and the types of immigrants that should be allowed to come to the United States continue. An important factor in this consideration is whether immigration places a burden on taxpayers. Those who ...
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Should Immigrants be Admitted to the United States Based on Merit?

By ·June 28, 2017
Rutgers University

The Issue:

President Trump has praised the immigration systems of Australia and Canada, which prioritize skilled immigrants through a system of points, referring to them as “merit”-based systems. According to President Trump, replacing the American system with a points system would increase wages of natives ...
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