Testimony: Oversight of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Jessica Vaughan, the Center's Director of Policy Studies, testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship hearing on the oversight and funding of USCIS, the DHS agency which administers the nation's lawful immigration system. A furlough of 13,400 USCIS employees was recently postponed while the fee-funded agency struggles with a funding shortage.

Unemployment of Immigrants & Natives June 2020

Slightly more improvement for immigrants, but still dismal for both groups

A new analysis by the Center for Immigration shows that while there was some improvement in the number and share of native-born Americans and immigrants (legal and illegal) out of work, unemployment remains extraordinarily high.

Resettlement Agencies Decide Where Refugees Are Initially Placed in the United States

Not refugees (or state and local officials)

Nine religious or community-based organizations, called resettlement agencies, have contracts with the Department of State to resettle refugees inside the US.

Representatives from these agencies determine where refugees are placed.

Read also: Refugee Placement and Medical Concerns Amid a Covid-19 Pandemic and an Economic Crisis

New Book: Losing Control

How a Left-Right Coalition Blocked Immigration Reform and Provoked the Backlash That Elected Trump

Losing Control is the story of how a left-right coalition of immigrant-rights groups, activists, and business interests thwarted the 1986 immigration reform law.

Written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, it combines reporting and historical narrative to show how Washington's failure provoked the backlash that led Donald Trump to victory.

Panel: President Trump Extends and Broadens Protections for American Workers

The Center hosted a livestream panel discussing the presidential proclamation suspending entry of immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Printable Scorecard: Rate Trump's Upcoming Immigration Proclamation

Blog: Trump Expands the Foreign-Worker Ban

Congressional Oversight of USCIS
Congressional Oversight of USCIS
May 2020 Employment Situation
May 2020 Employment Situation
Who Decides Where Refugees are Placed?
Who Decides Where Refugees are Placed?
New Book: Losing Control
New Book: Losing Control
Presidential Proclamation
Presidential Proclamation

Jessica Vaughan, the Center's Director of Policy Studies, testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship hearing on the oversight and funding of USCIS, the DHS agency which administers the nation's lawful immigration system. A furlough of 13,400 USCIS employees was recently postponed while the fee-funded agency struggles with a funding shortage.

Slightly more improvement for immigrants, but still dismal for both groups

A new analysis by the Center for Immigration shows that while there was some improvement in the number and share of native-born Americans and immigrants (legal and illegal) out of work, unemployment remains extraordinarily high.

Not refugees (or state and local officials)

Nine religious or community-based organizations, called resettlement agencies, have contracts with the Department of State to resettle refugees inside the US.

Representatives from these agencies determine where refugees are placed.

Read also: Refugee Placement and Medical Concerns Amid a Covid-19 Pandemic and an Economic Crisis

How a Left-Right Coalition Blocked Immigration Reform and Provoked the Backlash That Elected Trump

Losing Control is the story of how a left-right coalition of immigrant-rights groups, activists, and business interests thwarted the 1986 immigration reform law.

Written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, it combines reporting and historical narrative to show how Washington's failure provoked the backlash that led Donald Trump to victory.

The Center hosted a livestream panel discussing the presidential proclamation suspending entry of immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Printable Scorecard: Rate Trump's Upcoming Immigration Proclamation

Blog: Trump Expands the Foreign-Worker Ban

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AOC Attacks Immigrant's Statue

Father Damien — a model for all immigrants, and Americans, too

Does AOC have a point about statues in the Capitol? I don't know; it is up to each state to decide. But if you are looking for a poster boy, make sure he is one who represents the point you are trying to make. Not the opposite.
Topics: Politics

SCOTUS to Allow Border Construction to Continue

A hot-button issue that is getting hotter

On Friday, the Supreme Court denied a motion to lift a stay it had issued last year in Trump v. Sierra Club, a case involving the use of funds by the Department of Defense to erect border barriers to staunch the flow of drugs into the U.S. The upshot of the Court's Friday order is that wall construction will likely continue past the November elections, but the whole case shows that tempers are flaring in the summer heat as wall construction nears completion.