MPI: A Demographic, Socioeconomic, and Health Coverage Profile of Unauthorized Immigrants in the U.S.

mpi logoMigration Policy Institute, 5/30/2013

A new Migration Policy Institute issue brief, A Demographic, Socioeconomic, and Health Coverage Profile of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States, provides data about unauthorized immigrants in the United States. The brief draws on an innovative new methodology developed by demographers at The Pennsylvania State University’s Population Research Institute and their analysis of the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). The SIPP national survey allows for a more complete overview of the noncitizen population, since it asks whether noncitizens are legal permanent residents. The analysis marks the first time that these self-reported data on legal status have been used to generate a national profile of unauthorized immigrants.

View the full brief here…


Immigration reform a regional matter – #MexFacts

MexFact - Migration Numbers

“While US immigration policy is a sovereign concern, the country does not function in a void. Major demographic, economic, and social changes are sweeping across Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras that are altering the dynamics of the regional migration system and challenging the status quo.”

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MAY 6 EVENT: Thinking Regionally to Compete Globally

May 6 - Regional Migration Event

On May 6 — just days after President Obama sits down with Mexican and Central American leaders to discuss economic growth, citizen security, and migration — the Regional Migration Study Group will issue a final report outlining its findings and offering recommendations to policymakers and civil society in the region. Please join us for an event in Washington where the Co-Chairs will present the Study Group’s principal findings and consider the implications for the future of the region. Copies of the final report will be available at the event.

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MPI: Side-by-Side Comparison of 2013 Immigration Reform Framework with 2006, 2007 Senate bills

MPI_Logo_webreadyMigration Policy Institute, 4/17/13

The Migration Policy Institute has completed an analysis of the major provisions in the bipartisan group of senators’ 2013 immigration reform framework, comparing them to provisions in the earlier 2006 and 2007 Senate legislation.

The side-by-side comparison’s topics include border security and enforcement; visa reforms; earned legalization of unauthorized immigrants; strengthening of the US economy and workforce; and immigrant integration. As this Issue Brief was completed in advance of today’s release of the Senate immigration bill, the side-by-side will be updated in the coming days, as our experts comb through further details of the 844-page bill.

Please find the side-by-side comparison here…

Mexico now a farm labor exporter AND importer – #MexFacts

MexFact - Farm Labor

Mexico is the major supplier of hired labor to US farms, and Guatemala has now become a supplier of farm labor to Mexico. Click here to learn more…

Issue Brief: Legal Immigration Policies For Low-Skilled Foreign Workers

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants 2 participate in march for Immigrants and Mexicans protesting against Illegal Immigration reform by U.S. Congress, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 2006Migration Policy Institute, April 2013

The current US legal immigration system includes few visas for low-skilled workers, and employers have relied heavily on an unauthorized workforce in many low-skilled occupations. The issue of “future flow” of legal workers at the low-skilled level — its size, wage and labor protections, and conditions for temporary or permanent residency has been a major point of debate as bipartisan Senate and House groups craft separate immigration reform proposals. In particular, it has been the focus of lengthy talks between labor unions and the US Chamber of Commerce, resulting initially in a shared statement of principles and later an accord for a new visa category (named the W visa). This issue brief explains the questions that policymakers must grapple with when designing programs for admission of low-skill workers, for temporary as well as permanent entry. It focuses on visas for nonagricultural work; agricultural employment is the subject of a separate issue brief.