Research and Writing

Below is a sampling of research and writing covering a range of topics related to immigration. Most of this work was done on behalf of the National Immigration Forum and other clients.

2019

Topic: Immigration and Public Opinion. American Attitudes on Immigration Steady, but Showing More Partisan Divides, (researcher/author). Published by the National Immigration Forum, April 17, 2019. An update into public opinion polling two years in to the Trump administration, showing that Americans as a whole have become more pro immigrant, but with a wider partisan divide between Republicans on one side and Democrats and independents on the other.

Topic: Immigrants and the EconomyImmigrants as Economic Contributors: Immigrants Fill the Temporary Needs of American Employers, (researcher/author). Published by: National Immigration Forum, January 2019. This paper looks at immigrants who come to the U.S. on some of the key temporary work visas — H-2A, H-2B, H-1B, and the J-1 cultural exchange visa — and discuses how important these workers are to U.S. employers, especially in industries with seasonal demand for workers. Fifth in a series of papers on immigrants as economic contributors.

2018

Topic: Public BenefitsComments on Proposed Rule on Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds, Docket No. USCIS-2010-0012. Submitted December 7, 2018. Written for the National Immigration Forum, commenting on a proposed rule by the Department of Homeland Security that would expand the list of public benefits, the receipt of which would make immigrants ineligible for admission to the U.S. or for adjustment of status. The rule would essentially punish low-income immigrants for their low pay.

Topic: Public BenefitsProposed Public Charge Regulation Summary (Researcher, writer), Published by: National Immigration Forum, October 10, 2018. A summary of the proposed rule, published on October 10, 2018, to broaden the grounds of inadmissibility by expanding the list of public benefits for which immigrants would be considered “likely to become a public charge” if they were to receive more than a minimal amount.

Topic: Immigrants and the EconomyImmigrants as Economic Contributors: Immigrant Tax Contributions and Spending Power (researcher/author). Published by: National Immigration Forum, September 6, 2018. This paper highlights research on the spending power and federal, state, and local tax contributions of immigrants. Fourth in a series of papers on immigrants as economic contributors.

Topic: Immigrants and the EconomyImmigrants as Economic Contributors: Immigrant Entrepreneurs (researcher/author). Published by: National Immigration Forum, July 11, 2018. This paper discusses entrepreneurship among immigrants and refugees, and the contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs to our economy in general, and to the revitalization of local and regional economies in the U.S. Third in a series of papers on immigrants as economic contributors.

Topic: Immigrants and CrimeFact Sheet: Immigrants and Crime (researcher/ writer). Published by: Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force, June 26, 2018. Key facts to dispel persistent myths regarding immigrants and crime.

Topic: Immigrants and the EconomyImmigrants as Economic Contributors: They Are the New American Workforce, (researcher/author). Published by: National Immigration Forum, June 5, 2018. Facts and figures on the role of immigrants — including undocumented immigrants — in the American workforce of today, and the increasingly important role they will play in our future workforce. Second in a series of papers on immigrants as economic contributors.

Topic: Public Opinion. “Polling Update: Heated Immigration Debates, Public Opinion Still Supports Immigrants,” (researcher/author). Published by: National Immigration Forum, April 26, 2018. A roundup of mainstream public opinion polling on immigration from the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018.

Topic: Immigrants and the EconomyImmigrants As Economic Contributors: Complementing Not Competing, (researcher/author). Published by: National Immigration Forum, April 17, 2018. This paper highlights research showing that immigrant and native-born workers occupy different niches in our economy. First in a series of papers on immigrants as economic contributors.

2017

Topic: Public Opinion. “Polling Update: Public Support Grows for Providing Legal Status for Undocumented Immigrants,” (researcher/author). Published by: National Immigration Forum, December 21, 2017. A roundup of mainstream public opinion polling on attitudes towards Dreamers, on legal status for undocumented immigrants, on reform of the immigration system, and on immigration and diversity in general.

Topic: Immigrants in the MilitaryFor the Love of Country: New Americans in Our Armed Forces, (researcher/principal writer). Published by: National Immigration Forum, November 7, 2017. This paper focuses on the role of immigrants in our armed forces throughout our history, discusses current efforts by the military to maintain an all-volunteer force and how immigrants — including Dreamers — serve as a vital pool of potential recruits, and shines a light on how the broken immigration system prevents some from serving their country in the way they want, or from being honored for their service. Recommendations for reform are made by Veterans for New Americans.

Topic: Public Opinion. “Polling Update: Public Attitudes on Immigration and Trump Administration Immigration Initiatives,” (researcher/author). Published by: National Immigration Forum, July 3, 2017. A roundup of mainstream public opinion polling on the treatment of undocumented immigrants, earned legal status, mass deportation, and general views on immigration and illegal immigration. In the first months of the Trump presidency, public opinion remains favorable towards immigration reform with a path to legal status, but a partisan divide is becoming more pronounced.

Topic: Immigration EnforcementA Primer on Expedited Removal (researcher/writer). Published by: American Immigration Council, February 3, 2017. This brief paper provides explanation of expedited removal and reviews how it has been used up to the beginning of the Trump administration. It also highlights concerns with possible expansion of its use.

Short Articles

“In California Cities, Rising Housing Costs Force Immigrants Out,” Immigration Impact, American Immigration Council, January 24, 2017, http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/01/24/california-cities-rising-housing-costs-force-immigrants/. 

“President Obama’s Change to Cuban Migration Policy, Explained,” Immigration Impact, American Immigration Council, January 13, 2017, http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/01/13/obama-cuba-immigration-policy/. 

“What John Kelly Said About Immigration Policy at His Confirmation Hearing for DHS Secretary,” Immigration Impact, American Immigration Council, January 11, 2017, http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/01/11/john-kelly-said-immigration-policy-confirmation-hearing-dhs-secretary/ 

2016

Topic: Public Opinion. “Polling Update: Post-Election, Still Little Support for Mass Deportation,” (researcher/author). Published by: National Immigration Forum, November 22, 2016. A roundup of mainstream public opinion polling covering the period up to and through the 2016 presidential election.

Topic: Language Learning and Workplace Training. Immigrants and the Importance of Language Learning for a Global Society, (researcher/author). Published by: National Immigration Forum, October 17, 2016. This paper examines language learning and workforce training. It takes a look at promising practices using English contextualized for the workplace and English combined with technical skills training. It also looks at the growing interest in foreign language learning by native-born Americans and the benefits of dual or multiple language learning in a globalized society. It makes a series of recommendations to address barriers that adult language learners face and to increased language learning in the U.S.

Topic: Public Opinion. “Polling Update: Heated Political Rhetoric on Immigration Has Not Changed Decade-Long Public Opinion,” (researcher/author). Published by: National Immigration Forum, August 31, 2016. A roundup of mainstream public opinion polling, showing unwavering public support for the idea of allowing undocumented immigrants to gain legal status and citizenship under certain conditions — despite vitriolic rhetoric in the presidential election cycle.

Topic: Immigration and Politics. “Latino and Immigrant Voters in the 2016 Election,” (researcher/writer – Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio). Published by: America’s Voice. A series of state profiles looking at the Latino vote and how the issue of immigration was playing out in those states leading up to the 2016 election.

Short Articles

“Ending DACA Comes With Costs to Business and Government,” Immigration Impact, American Immigration Council, December 19, 2016, http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/12/19/what-is-the-cost-of-ending-deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals/. 

“DHS Secretary Nominee John Kelly’s Resume is Thin on Immigration,” Immigration Impact, American Immigration Council, December 16, 2016, http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/12/16/john-kelly-immigration-homeland-security/. 

“Immigrant Potential Is an Expensive Thing to Waste,” Immigration Impact, American Immigration Council, December 8, 2016, http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/12/08/immigrant-potential-expensive-thing-waste/. 

“What the Immigration Restrictionists’ Agenda Will Look Like for the Next Four Years,” Immigration Impact, American Immigration Council, December 2, 2016, http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/12/02/immigration-restrictionists-agenda-will-look-like-next-four-years/. 

“Colleges Rally to the Defense of Undocumented Students,” Immigration Impact, American Immigration Council, November 30, 2016, http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/11/30/colleges-rally-defense-undocumented-students/. 

“Support for Naturalization in the States,” New Americans Campaign, August 9, 2016, http://newamericanscampaign.org/support-for-naturalization-in-the-states-2/. 

“Could You Be a Citizen and Not Even Know It?,” New Americans Campaign, May 10, 2016, http://newamericanscampaign.org/could-you-be-a-citizen-and-not-even-know-it/. 

“Proposed Naturalization Fee Changes Help Some Immigrants, Hurt Others,” New Americans Campaign, May 6, 2016, http://newamericanscampaign.org/proposed-naturalization-fee-changes-help-immigrants-hurt-others/. 

“Partnerships with Human Services Agencies Boost Interest in Naturalization,” New Americans Campaign, March 30, 2016, http://newamericanscampaign.org/from-new-americans/. 

“Task Force on New Americans Releases Progress Report,” New Americans Campaign, February 19, 2016 http://newamericanscampaign.org/task-force-on-new-americans-releases-progress-report/. 

“How Cities Benefit from Citizenship,” New Americans Campaign, January 26, 2016, http://newamericanscampaign.org/naturalization-is-good-for-cities/. 

2015

Topic: Immigration Reform. “Immigration Reform: Will New Political Calculations and New Actors Overcome Enforcement Inertia?” in The New Deportations Delirium: Interdisciplinary Responses, edited by Daniel Kanstroom and M. Brinton Lykes. (Principal researcher, writer), with Ali Noorani and Brittany Nystrom. Published by: New York University Press, December 2015. This chapter lays out the case for immigration reform, explains how the immigration system is broken (in large part due to a two-decade long exclusive focus on immigration enforcement). It explains how enforcement priorities in the absence of reform could make the immigration system more humane. There is a discussion of new actors in the immigration debate — including States that were enacting their own immigration legislation (both hostile and welcoming) and advocates such as the Dreamers. It speculates that, in the context of changing demographics and voting patterns, both parties would have to be more welcoming of immigrants to compete.

Topic: Public Opinion. “Polling Summary: Presidential Campaign Messaging Out of Step with General Electorate Attitudes on Immigration,” Published by: National Immigration Forum, July 31, 2015. A roundup of mainstream public opinion polls leading up to the start of the 2016 presidential election, showing that the rhetoric of some of the presidential candidates was out of step with the public on attitudes towards immigrants.

Short Articles

“Zoom In: Data on the Naturalization-eligible Could Help Providers Focus Resources,” New Americans Campaign, December 23, 2015, http://newamericanscampaign.org/zoom-in-data-on-the-naturalization-eligible-could-help-providers-focus-resources/. 

“New Report Offers Rich Detail on the Naturalization-Eligible,” New Americans Campaign, December 7, 2015, http://newamericanscampaign.org/new-report-offers-rich-detail-on-the-naturalization-eligible/. 

“African Immigrant Population on the Increase,” New Americans Campaign, November 9, 2015, http://newamericanscampaign.org/african-immigrant-population-on-the-increase/. 

“U.S. Lags in Naturalization Rates, Commitment to Promote Naturalization,” New Americans Campaign, October 16, 2015, http://newamericanscampaign.org/u-s-lags-in-naturalization-rates-commitment-to-promote-naturalization/. 

“Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month,” New Americans Campaign, September 21, 2015, http://newamericanscampaign.org/celebrating-hispanic-heritage-month/. 

“For American Samoans, Citizenship Not Guaranteed,” New Americans Campaign, June 17, 2015, http://newamericanscampaign.org/american-samoans-citizenship-guaranteed/. 

“Disability Waivers 101,” New Americans Campaign, May 4, 2015, http://newamericanscampaign.org/disability-waivers-101/. 

“White House Task Force Releases Recommendations,” New Americans Campaign, April 14, 2015, http://newamericanscampaign.org/white-house-task-force-releases-recommendations/. 

“Teaching Concepts on the Naturalization Application Form,” New Americans Campaign, March 20, 2015, http://newamericanscampaign.org/teaching-concepts-naturalization-application-form/