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Meghan Benton: Can Omicron Finally Get the World to Cooperate on Pandemic Mobility Management?

The world is once again engaging in a mad scramble to close borders after news of the transmissibility of the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the concern with which the World Health Organization (WHO) and other public-health experts are taking this latest pandemic development. But just as with the initial response to COVID-19 […]

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In His First 100 Days, President Biden Has Advanced 3 Times as Many Executive Actions on Immigration as Donald Trump Did

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2021 — In his first 100 days in office, President Joe Biden has made immigration one of his primary policy priorities. The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) calculates that the administration has taken 94 executive actions on immigration to date, compared with fewer than 30 advanced during the same timeframe by Donald Trump, […]

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MPI Brief: What Incoming Biden Administration’s Actions on Immigration Might Be

WASHINGTON, November 9, 2020 — President-elect Joe Biden pledged in his campaign to reverse some of the most restrictive immigration actions undertaken during Donald Trump’s four years in office, including family separation and a travel ban on nationals from majority-Muslim countries. He and running mate Kamala Harris also vowed to temporarily halt deportations, reinstate the […]

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COVID-19’s Disruptions to In-Person Instruction Deal a Particularly Harsh Blow to English Learners

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2020 — The COVID-19 pandemic has hit schools, students and families across the United States hard as a result of the shift to remote learning in March 2020. Yet its effects have been particularly pronounced on English Learners (ELs) and children from immigrant families, given that many of these households are lower-income […]

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Randy Capps, Jennifer Van Hook, and Julia Gelatt: Millions of U.S. Citizens Could Be Excluded under Trump Plan to Remove Unauthorized Immigrants from Census Data

July 24, 2020 – The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will exclude unauthorized immigrants from the 2020 Census data used to reapportion the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives among the 50 states, by matching Census data with administrative records. Without commenting on its constitutionality or legality, this plan seems likely to […]

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Amid the Pandemic’s Massive Job Dislocation in the U.S., Female Immigrants and Latinos Are Among the Hardest Hit

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2020 — Even as the pandemic-induced loss of more than 40 million jobs between mid-March and late May has dealt a devastating blow across the United States, its effects have been most pronounced on certain demographic groups. Those experiencing the highest unemployment rates: Immigrant women and, regardless whether they were born in […]

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Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan, Meghan Benton, and Susan Fratzke: Coronavirus Is Spreading across Borders, But It Is Not a Migration Problem

March 4, 2020 – As public-health officials race to keep the coronavirus (COVID-19) from becoming a full-blown global pandemic, governments around the world have been dipping into the migration management toolbox to demonstrate decisive action. Border closures, travel restrictions, and prohibitions on arrivals from certain areas are among the leading policy responses. The United States, for example, […]

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Nearly 100,000 DREAMers Graduate from High School Every Year, New MPI Analysis Finds

WASHINGTON April 24, 2019 – With the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program before the courts and renewed efforts in Congress to pass DREAM Act-type legislation, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) today released new estimates of the number of unauthorized immigrants who graduate from high school, finding nearly 98,000 do so […]

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Trump “public charge rule” to impose a financial test for immigrants that 40 percent of U.S. born would fail

WASHINGTON August 23, 2018 – A Trump administration “public charge” rule expected to be unveiled soon could create the potential to significantly reshape family-based legal immigration to the United States—and reduce arrivals from Asia, Latin America and Africa—by imposing a de facto financial test that 40 percent of the U.S. born themselves would fail, the […]

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Radical-Right, Anti-Immigration Party in the Netherlands is Reshaping Dutch Immigration Policy

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2018 — While Geert Wilders and his radical-right, anti-immigration Party for Freedom (PVV) failed to secure a victory in the 2017 Dutch parliamentary elections, the country’s experience shows that electoral success and government office are not the only ways to shape policy outcomes. The PVV has had a significant influence in setting […]

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Half of All Noncitizens in U.S. Could Be Affected by Trump Administration Public Charge Rule, Up from Current 3 Percent

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2018 — A Trump administration draft proposed rule affecting lawfully present immigrants who use public benefits or tax credits for which they or their dependents are eligible would sharply expand the number who could find it more difficult to get a green card or renew a visa, the Migration Policy Institute concludes […]

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ICE Arrests Are Up Under Trump but Pushback by ‘Sanctuary’ Locations Means Record Peaks Unlikely to Be Reached Again

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2018 – The Trump administration has significantly revved up the immigration enforcement machinery in the U.S. interior, with arrests and deportations up about 40 percent in its first eight months over a year earlier. Yet pushback from California and cities such as Chicago, New York, Boston and Seattle makes it quite unlikely […]

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Kathleen Newland and T. Alexander Aleinikoff: Refugee Resettlement Program Is an Unsuitable Target for “Protecting the Nation”

Jan. 31, 2017 – Kathleen Newland is a Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute; T. Alexander Aleinikoff, the former United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, is a Senior Fellow at MPI, where he works with the U.S. and International programs on asylum and migration and development topics. The  executive order signed last […]

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