Archive | General Research

The Coalition has collected on these pages summaries of major research on immigration policy issues. All summaries contain links to the original research. Our goal in gathering this information is to create a solid foundation for policy development in the immigration field.

Should the U.S. Move in the Direction of a Point-Based Immigration System?

  This timely paper examines the two models for the administration of employment-stream immigration: demand-driven and point system. In demand-driven systems, immigrants are admitted, subject to government regulation, based on an offer from employers. In a point-based immigration system, governments devise a preference system based on a number of factors, including labor-market needs, education and […]

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IZA study based on the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, a new database of 7,400 high-tech firms, shows that immigrant-owned businesses – in 15 of 16 measures – are more innovative than native-owned businesses

Much of the economic literature on immigration assumes that immigrants and native-born people are similar “factors of production” — theoretically interchangeable with one another. This study suggests that immigrants, at least in their entrepreneurial activity, have advantages over natives, rather than being similar to them or disadvantaged in any way.  Using the Annual Survey of […]

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What Are the Main Features and Limitations of the Current Family-Based Immigration System? AILA Paper Gives Some Answers.

  The Trump administration seeks to make drastic cuts to America’s family-based immigration system and uses the pejorative term “chain migration” to refer to the immigration of close family members. This paper by the American  Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) describes the categories of relatives who are eligible to come to the U.S. through the family […]

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Seeking to ‘Drain the Poison’ from the Immigration Debate, the New Center Releases a Bipartisan Proposal for Immigration Reform

Launched in 2017, the New Center is focused on creating the political space and intellectual basis for a viable political center in today’s America. The project is co-chaired by Bill Galston, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution and former Democratic Party operative, and Bill Kristol, the founder and former editor of the conservative Weekly Standard. This publication […]

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Is Immigration Governance in the U.S. “Fragmented” and “Diffuse?” Legal Scholar Says Yes.

  Arguing that “immigration is not a program to be administered” but rather “a phenomenon to be managed,” Ruth Ellen Wasem, former immigration specialist for the Congressional Research Service and now a Professor of Public Policy at the University of Texas, reviews the “checkered past” of immigration policy over the last century and, despite numerous […]

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Scholar Laments the Fact that Many Policy Makers Disregard Social Science Expertise in Developing Immigration Policy

Why is social science expertise important in policymaking, and why is such expertise noticeably shunned in immigration policymaking, an area of governance often swirling in a sea of misinformation, prejudice, and political posturing?  These are two questions that the author of this paper seeks to answer. She begins by reviewing the history of the “administrative […]

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Easily Accessible Online Data Sources Providing a Broad Range of Information on the Foreign-born and Immigration

This report contains a long list of easily accessible online data sources providing a broad range of information on the foreign-born and immigration, including demographic characteristics, English proficiency, health and health care access, labor force characteristics, annual immigration admissions, undocumented immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, temporary humanitarian statuses, immigration enforcement, state-based policies, public opinion about […]

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