Young People and the Immigration Issue

Parsing Immigration Policy, Episode 40

By Mark Krikorian, Jackson Koonce, and Marguerite Telford on February 10, 2022

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Polls show that immigration is a top concern for voters going into the midterm elections. Young people comprise a large percentage of those who will going to the polls – how interested are they in immigration? In this week’s Center for Immigration Studies podcast, Parsing Immigration Policy, a former Center intern and third year law student, Jackson Koonce, talks about how he became interested in the immigration, why it is an important issue, and what he learned about the topic while interning at the Center.

Koonce grew up in San Diego, and now attends law school in a border state. In both cases, immigration – both legal and illegal – are common topics of conversation and news stories. When looking for a summer internship, he prioritized think tanks and immigration. During his time at Center, he worked with analysts covering many different immigration issues, whose beliefs fall across the political spectrum. His time at CIS taught him how laws are passed, policies are implemented, and more importantly, his research and access to experts showed him how immigration impacts a vast number of issues and the complexity of the topic.

CIS internships offer a great opportunity for professional development growth. The program benefits those planning to pursue various career paths, including public policy, public relations, law, law enforcement, and international work. For many interns, this D.C. internship is a strategic step prior to attending graduate school or beginning a career.

The internship program, designed to be either in-person or remote, is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and recent college graduates. Applicants interested in an internship with the Center should send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].


Mark Krikorian is the Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies.


Jackson Koonce is currently a law student at the University of Arizona.

Marguerite Telford is the Center's Communications Director.


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Intro Montage

Voices in the opening montage:

  • Sen. Barack Obama at a 2005 press conference.
  • Sen. John McCain in a 2010 election ad.
  • President Lyndon Johnson, upon signing the 1965 Immigration Act.
  • Booker T. Washington, reading in 1908 from his 1895 Atlanta Exposition speech.
  • Laraine Newman as a "Conehead" on SNL in 1977.
  • Hillary Clinton in a 2003 radio interview.
  • Cesar Chavez in a 1974 interview.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking to reporters in 2019.
  • Prof. George Borjas in a 2016 C-SPAN appearance.
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions in 2008 comments on the Senate floor.
  • Charlton Heston in "Planet of the Apes".