Read the research and data on immigrants and immigration from respected sources that can inform policies and practices.

In 2016, nearly 1.2 million immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region lived in the United States.This article offers the latest data on the MENA population in the United States, which is more likely to come via humanitarian routes and less likely via family reunification than the foreign-born population overall.

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How does perceived racism vary across salient marginalized groups in the U.S.? To answer this question, ISPU’s 2017 poll asked a sample of the general population and a sample of American Muslims to report how often they faced racial discrimination over the previous 12 months both within and outside their faith communities.

This analysis is Part 1 in a two-part series on intersectionality. 

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How do marginalized communities compare in their responses to racism and the increasingly hostile environment for minorities since the 2016 election?

This analysis is Part 2 in a two-part series on intersectionality. 

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A tool which allows users to generate charts on the characteristics of children, age 0 to 17, in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data drawn from the American Community Survey. Users can compare populations of children defined by the nativity and citizenship of the child or their parents.

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This New American Economy report suggests that African immigrants punch well above their weight in many respects. These immigrants naturalize at high rates, they attain higher levels of education than the overall U.S. population as a whole, and are more likely to have earned their degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, or STEM, field. 

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Learn about participation in the DACA program nationally and by state, as well as by top countries of origin. The data tools offered here provide the numbers of DACA recipients at U.S. and state levels and offer an estimate of participation rates as of 2017, by geography as well as by country of origin.

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On the campaign trail, Donald Trump made immigration the centerpiece of his campaign, offering a more detailed policy agenda than on any other issue. In the year since the election that propelled the Republican into the White House, how has the Trump administration’s record matched up with the rhetoric? This policy brief examines the executive orders and other changes to existing policy and practice made during 2017.

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The migration world in 2017 was marked by large-scale displacement in Southeast Asia and Africa, rightward political shifts in the United States and parts of Europe, and varied approaches to migration management across the world. MPI experts highlight the biggest migration developments of the year in this countdown of the Top 10 Migration Issues of 2017.

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In the current political climate, local advocacy represents the frontlines in the fight for immigrant rights. Even in a state like California, there are cities and counties that continue to lag behind on protecting immigrants from mass deportation and, even in the most progressive localities, there is an opportunity to advance policies that go beyond mere protectionism and pave the way for true immigrant equity and inclusion.

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The number of immigrants in the United States from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras rose by 25% from 2007 to 2015, in contrast to more modest growth of the country’s overall foreign-born population and a decline from neighboring Mexico.

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Amid growing calls for Congress to pass DREAM Act-type legislation, critics are arguing that legalization would spur vast new 'chain migration' because DREAMers could eventually sponsor their relatives for green cards. MPI estimates the numbers who could receive legal permanent residence as a result of sponsorship by DREAMers would be far lower, for a range of reasons explained in this commentary.

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The Trump administration’s announcement that it will end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan has brought unprecedented attention to the program and its future. Established in 1990, TPS offers work authorization and deportation relief to foreign nationals already in the United States unable to return to countries embroiled in conflict or the effects of a natural disaster. This Policy Beat explores past and current TPS designations and debates surrounding the program.

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This second report in ISPU's 'Reimagining Muslim Spaces' series presents a case study of the Muslim Community Association (MCA) located in Santa Clara, one of the largest mosques in the U.S.

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October 2017 report by the ILRC and Professor Tom K. Wong estimating the cost that ending DACA would lead to $39.3 billion in losses to Social Security and Medicare contributions over ten years.

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For more than a century, innumerable studies have confirmed two simple yet powerful truths about the relationship between immigration and crime: immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are associated with lower rates of violent crime and property crime.

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The Caribbean is both a region of origin, transit, and destination of extra-regional and intraregional migration flows, and experiences considerable return migration. Migration in the region is anything but linear, rather characterized by complex, reciprocal flows.

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CIPC resource guide spanning legal assistance to mental health services for individuals with current DACA status or undocumented status. 

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A new tool, Mapping Hard to Count 2020 is hoped to avoid undercounts that can leave some regions at risk of political and financial misrepresentation.

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The number of persons who may be admitted to the United States as refugees each year is established by the President in consultation with Congress. This data tool shows refugee admissions and annual resettlement ceilings from the U.S. refugee resettlement program's inception in 1980 through fiscal 2017. 

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Read key facts presented by Pew Research Center about the nearly 690,000 unauthorized immigrants in America who currently have work permits and are protected from deportation under DACA.

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Immigrants are caught in a complex and opaque web of databases, related systems, and information-sharing mechanisms that make it easier for immigration enforcement to disrupt their lives and prevent them from fully participating in economic and social life in the United States. This report describes how some of these databases and information-sharing networks work but also outlines actions local advocates can take to minimize these entanglements.

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Mission Asset Fund is offering $495 scholarships for DACA renewal.

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With a 0.0% interest rate, and no application fee, Self-Help Federal Credit Union's DACA loan is an easy and affordable way to cover the cost of the renewal application. Applications will be taken up through October 4th 2017.

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DACA-related infographics in Spanish from the Centro de Información y Asistencia a Mexicanos. 

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Haas Institute report on the anti-Sharia movement in the United States addresses the legalized othering of Muslim communities across the nation through anti-Muslim legislation and bills between the years 2000 and 2016.

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These three charts outline the different requirements for acquiring and deriving citizenship. Because the law governing acquisition and derivation has changed many times and is generally not retroactive, these charts detail what the eligibility requirements are depending on the time period in question.

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Citizen Lab, Open Effect, University of New Mexico and artist Jason Li have launched Secure Accounts to teach anyone to secure themselves online (in multiple languages). 

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This issue brief presents a profile of young adults eligible for DACA in terms of their educational attainment and labor force participation, as well as what is at stake should the program be terminated.

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Following the 2015­–16 crisis that saw record numbers of refugees arrive in Europe, policymakers have shown interest in creating managed, legal alternatives to the dangerous, unauthorized journeys many asylum seekers make. While these discussions should be informed by an understanding of current pathways and protection channels, it is 'nearly impossible' to know how protection seekers enter and what legal channels are available to them, as this MPI Europe report explains.

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Threat of mom’s deportation drives anxiety, behavioral disorders in children.

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This fact sheet examines pending DREAM Act bills in the House and Senate, offering estimates of who might earn conditional legal status—and ultimately legal permanent residence—based of educational, professional, and other requirements in the legislation.

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For children in U.S. homes where a language other than English is spoken, early childhood programs that are responsive to their needs can be key to later academic success. But as states refine their Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) to assess such programs, immigrant early childhood workers with in-demand language and cultural skills may be left behind. This report examines the challenges these workers face and promising practices to serve diverse communities.

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ISPU American Muslim Poll 2017: Muslims at the Crossroads, a poll which offers a timely and groundbreaking look into the American Muslim community.

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While the DACA program remains in effect at this time, this ILRC community advisory contains some things to keep in mind should the program end.

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In this practice advisory, ILRC focuses specifically on how absences of varying lengths of time affect the continuous residence requirement.

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The fiscal cost of immediately deporting the approximately 750,000 people currently in the DACA program would be over $60 billion to the federal government along with a $280 billion reduction in economic growth over the next decade.

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Following the recent introduction of a bipartisan DREAM Act in the Senate, National Skills Coalition is releasing a new fact sheet on the role immigrant Dreamers can play in meeting business needs for middle-skill workers.

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This new report finds that undocumented Californians pay hundreds of millions of dollars each year in local taxes to the counties where they live (more than $1.5 billion) and collectively $3 billion combined in state and local taxes.

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US: Immigrant arrests soar under Trump, fewer deported Associated Press Wednesday, May 17, 2017 comments SANTA ANA, Calif. — U.S. immigration arrests increased nearly 40 percent in early 2017 as newly emboldened agents under President Donald Trump detained more than 40,000 people suspected of being in the country illegally — with a renewed focus on immigrants without criminal convictions.

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The Adelanto Detention Facility, which houses immigrants from across Southern California, is among such facilities with the highest number of sexual assault complaints, an advocacy group alleges. The facility, located in San Bernardino County’s High Desert, ranked third on a list of the five detention centers with the most such complaints, the nonprofit group Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement alleges.

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