The Fundamentals of Immigration Reform
MPI's President, Demetrios Papademetriou, and the Editor-in-Chief of The American Prospect, Kit Rachlis, discuss the policies and politics that have created the United States' immigration system and how to create a modern-day, flexible immigration system suited for 21st century competitiveness. Watch Video | Read Related Article
Young Children of Black Immigrants in America: Changing Flows, Changing Faces
Book release event with US Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy Ajay Chaudry; Gerald D. Jaynes, Yale University Departments of Economics and African-American Studies; and chapter authors Dylan Patricia Conger, from the George Washington University School of Public Policy and Public Administration, and Kevin Thomas of Pennsylvania State University ; with volume editors Randy Capps and Michael Fix, both of MPI.
December 14, 2012 Listen to Audio |
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Rethinking National Identity in the Age of Migration A discussion on the anti-immigrant political movement in both Europe and the United States and its implications for community cohesion and national identity, with Patrick Simon, Institut national d’études démographiques, Cas Mudde, University of Georgia; Charles Kamasaki, National Council of La Raza; Frank Sharry, America’s Voice; and moderated by MPI President Demetrios G. Papademetriou.
October 24, 2012 Listen to Audio |
9th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference The conference features discussion on current immigration policy issues by senior officials from US Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, immigration law experts, state officials, and immigration advocates. Topics covered include: analysis of the role of states and the federal government in immigration law; immigration policy and the 2012 campaigns; the implementation of the Administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and other legal service provision issues; and US policy on protection for refugees and asylees.
October 1, 2012
2012 E Pluribus Unum Prizes The winners of the Migration Policy Institute's 2012 E Pluribus Unum Prizes, honoring exceptional immigrant integration initiatives in the United States, discussed their work during a plenary luncheon on September 24, 2012 at the National Immigrant Integration Conference held in Baltimore, MD. During a Q&A with MPI’s Michael Fix, leaders with ACCESS (the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services), Building Skills Partnership, Californians Together, and Citi Community Development discussed key aspects of their work. At discussion's end, the winners received their E Pluribus Unum Prizes from Brad Davidson, a trustee of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, which generously funds the prizes program. Listen to Audio |
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Making It Work: Lessons in Collaboration on Language Access Contracting A webinar on language access contracting for federal, state, and local officials, agency administrators, and community stakeholders concerned with the oversight and implementation of language access provision. Presenters include Neel Saxena, Grant Manager and Program Coordinator in the Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs within the District of Columbia's Executive Office of the Mayor, and Simone Richardson, Contracting Officer in the District of Columbia’s Office of Contracting and Procurement. The webinar was moderated by MPI Policy Analyst Chhandasi Pandya.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 2 pm ET Listen to Audio | View the PowerPoint slides | Read DC’s citywide translation and interpretation contract and DC government’s quality assurance standards.
Federal Update: A Conversation on Language Access with the US Department of Justice
This MPI webinar features US Department of Justice (DOJ) officials discussing the department’s efforts to improve communications with Limited English Proficient (LEP) communities in federal and federally-funded programs and activities. Laureen Laglagaron, an Attorney-Advisor in the department’s Federal Coordination and Compliance Section of the Civil Rights Division, Christine Stoneman, Special Counsel in the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section, and Emily McCarthy, Deputy Chief of the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division, provide an update on the progress of language access compliance at the federal level and discuss how the agency is continuing to provide oversight and technical assistance to states and localities as they too attempt to meet their language access responsibilities. This webinar is moderated by Chhandasi Pandya, a policy analyst at MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy.
May 8, 2012
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Language Access and Schools: Federal Requirements and School Experiences
This webinar from the Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy (NCIIP) and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services (BRYCS) program explores federal requirements for providing interpretation and translation in schools and how select school districts in Minnesota and Colorado have managed these requirements. Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, schools are required to provide information to parents in a “language they can understand.” In addition to this requirement, Executive Order 13166 makes clear the responsibility of all federally funded programs to uphold Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by ensuring meaningful access to programs and services for individuals regardless of their English proficiency. School districts across the country have implemented these federal requirements in a variety of ways. Speakers include: Laura Gardner and Lyn Morland from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services; Alejandra Bosch from Saint Paul Public Schools; and Salvador Carrera from Denver Public Schools. Chhandasi Pandya from MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy moderates the call and question and answer period.
October 6, 2011 Listen to the Webinar | View PowerPoint
LEP Workers & Access to Workforce Services: Perspectives on Current Barriers to Access and Prospects for Improvements Under WIA Reauthorization
This webinar presented by MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy examines the current Workforce Investment Act (WIA) system, and the extent to which changes to the WIA system take account of important demographic and economic trends and address the needs of immigrant-origin and Limited English Proficient (LEP) workers. On this webinar, experts discuss barriers immigrant and LEP individuals face in accessing the WIA system and how a revitalized WIA could address these barriers. Amanda Bergson-Shilcock from the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians discussed barriers in the WIA system that affect the ability of LEP workers to access meaningful workforce services through the One Stop system; Emma Oppenheim of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) discussed how the WIA system could be redesigned to improve service for LEP and immigrant workers and the extent to which the Senate’s reauthorization proposal addresses their needs; and Dr. Gabriela Lemus, Director of the US Department of Labor’s Office of Public Engagement, discussed Department of Labor efforts to broaden immigrant and LEP workers’ access to workforce services. September 21, 2011 Listen to the Webinar | View PowerPoint
Proactive Engagement: Two Strategies for Providing Language Access in Workforce Development Services Part of a series offered by the Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, this interactive language access webinar examines how New York and Illinois have proactively engaged Limited English Proficient ( LEP ) communities to obtain workforce services. The s peakers : Julio Rodriguez, Director of Program Services, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; Haeya Yim, Counsel, Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs, New York Department of Labor; Kerry Douglas-Duffy, Workforce Development Program Specialist, Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions, New York Department of Labor; and Chhandasi Pandya, Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute . They discussed W orkforce Investment Act (W IA ) -funded employment and training services, federal compliance, and the policy and programmatic fixes implemented to meet the workforce needs of their state’s LEP populations.
August 3, 2011
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Immigration and Competitiveness: Responding to Global Challenges in the EU and US
Showcasing joint research by MPI and the European University Institute and funded by the European Commission, this event featured discussion on some of the most promising reform proposals on both sides of the Atlantic. Speakers were: Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and former Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden; Antonio de Lecea, Principal Advisor for Economic and Financial Affairs, Delegation of the European Union to the United States; Pia Orrenius, Senior Economist, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; and Demetrios Papademetriou, MPI’s President and convener of the Transatlantic Council on Migration.
June 7, 2011 View the Powerpoint | Learn about the Project
E Pluribus Unum Prizes Panel Discussions and Awards Ceremony This awards ceremony, honoring the 2011 recipients of the E Pluribus Unum Prizes -- a national awards program for exceptional immigrant integration initiatives -- featured panel discussions with the awardees and federal officials and remarks by White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muñoz and Assistant Secretary of Education Brenda Dann-Messier. View Awardees
May 18, 2011
8th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
This conference featured immigration law and policy analysis by representatives from states and localities such as Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and Prince William County (VA) Police Chief Charlie Deane, and a range of other government officials, practitioners, and immigration law experts.
April 26, 2011
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Steps to Fix the US Immigration System: What Can the Administration Do?
MPI report release with Donald Kerwin, Vice President for Programs, MPI; Margie McHugh, Co-Director, MPI National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy; Doris Meissner, Director of US Immigration Policy Program and Senior Fellow, MPI; Eva Millona, Executive Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition; and Juan P. Osuna, Acting Director, Executive Office for Immigration Review, US Department of Justice.
Monday, March 14, 2011 Read Report | Listen to Audio | Watch Video
Still an Hourglass?: Immigrant Workers in Middle-Skilled Jobs
Report release with Eduardo Martín Ochoa, Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, US Department of Education; Anthony P. Carnevale, Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce; report co-author Michael Fix, MPI Senior Vice President and Director of Studies; Margie McHugh, Co-Director of MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy; and Demetrios G. Papademetriou, MPI President.
September 20, 2010
Potential Reforms to the US Refugee Resettlement Program
Breakfast briefing with Kate Brick, MPI Associate Policy Analyst; Robert Carey, Vice President of Resettlement and Migration Policy, International Rescue Committee; and Kathleen Newland, MPI Director of Refugee Policy and Migrants, Migration, and Development Programs.
July 16, 2010
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7th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
The conference, co-sponsored by Georgetown Law, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and the Migration Policy Institute, focused immigration and refugee law and policy. Panels included: Current Topics in Immigration Law and Policy; Reforming the U.S. Immigration Court System; Humanitarian Relief, Access to Protection, and U.S. Asylum Policies; and Enforcement of Immigration Law. Eric P. Schwartz, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State spoke on US policy on international migration.
June 24, 2010
Georgetown University Law Center View Video | Read Assistant Secretary Schwartz's remarks
Migration and Occupational Health: Shining a Light on the Problem
Discussion with Deborah Berkowitz, Chief of Staff, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, US Department of Labor; John Howard, Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; Marc Schenker, Director, Migration and Health Research Center, University of California, Davis; Bruce Goldstein, Executive Director, Farmworker Justice; and Xochitl Castañeda, Director, Health Initiative of the Americas, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. Moderated by Michael Fix, Senior Vice President and Director of Studies.
June 14, 2010 View Powerpoint | Listen/Download Event Audio
Immigrants: Contributors to the Economy or Competitors for American Jobs?
Briefing and discussion of the release of the latest paper by MPI's Labor Markets Initiative: The Impact of Immigrants in Recession and Economic Expansion. Speakers are report author Giovanni Peri, UC Davis Professor of Economics; Ross Eisenbrey, Vice President, Economic Policy Institute; and Demetrios G. Papademetriou, MPI President.
June 7, 2010 Listen/Download Event Audio | View Powerpoint | Read Report
A Book Discussion - Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies
The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, the Center for Applied Linguistics, and the Migration Policy Institute hosted a discussion on the effects of English-only policies on English language learners, with book author Patricia Gándara, Megan Hopkins, UCLA; Diane August, Center for Applied Linguistics; Daniel Losen, UCLA Civil Rights Project; Roberto J. Rodríguez, The White House Domestic Policy Council; and Michael Fix, MPI.
April 14, 2010
Immigrant Legalization: Assessing Labor Market Effects
Public Policy Institute of California researchers Magnus Lofstrom and Laura Hill discuss their research examining the potential labor market outcomes and other possible economic effects of a legalization program. The discussion was moderated by Doris Meissner, MPI Senior Fellow and Director of the US Immigration Policy Program, with comments from MPI Senior Policy Analyst Randy Capps and Sherrie A. Kossoudji, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, University of Michigan.
April 12, 2010 Watch Video | Listen/Download Event Audio | View Powerpoint
USCIS Director Mayorkas Offers Vision for His Agency
US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas details his agenda for his agency, and discusses E-Verify, fees, the transformation initiative, processing of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, and other top priorities for USCIS.
March 22, 2010 Watch Video | Listen/Download Event Audio
Promoting Success on Both Sides of the Border: Binational Approaches to US Immigrant Integration
A discussion and report release with Ambassador Carlos García de Alba, Executive Director, Institute for Mexicans Abroad; and MPI's Laureen Laglagaron, Kathleen Newland, Aaron Terrazas, and Michael Fix.
January 28, 2010 Read Report | Listen/Download Event Audio
Powerpoints: Laglagaron/Terrazas | García de Alba
The Politics of Citizenship in Europe in an Era of Integration Challenges
A book discussion with Marc Morjé Howard, Associate Professor of Government, Georgetown University, and Demetrios G. Papademetriou, MPI President.
January 12, 2010 Listen/Download Event Audio | View Powerpoint
Illegal Immigration's Effects on the US Economy and Policy
Paper release with Gordon Hanson, University of California,
San Diego Economics Professor; Jeanne Butterfield, National
Immigration Forum Senior Advisor; Marc Rosenblum, MPI Senior
Policy Analyst; and Michael Fix, MPI Senior Vice President and
Director of Studies.
December 2, 2009 Download Report | Watch Video | Listen/Download Event Audio
Powerpoints: Hanson | Rosenblum
6th Annual Immigration Law & Policy Conference
This conference offered law and policy analysis and discussion on cutting-edge immigration issues. Panel discussion topics included Bringing Immigration
Policymaking into the 21st Century, Prospects for Immigration Reform: What to Expect from Washington?, and Communities Laying the Groundwork for Immigration
Reform and Beyond. Speakers included: Senate Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Charles Schumer and Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement
John Morton. Co-sponsored by MPI, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and Georgetown University Law Center.
June 24, 2009
9:00 am - 5:00 pm View Agenda | Watch Video | View Powerpoint
How Are Iraqi Refugees Faring in the United States?
Briefing with George Rupp, President, International Rescue Committee (IRC); Robert Carey, Vice President for Resettlement and Migration Policy, IRC; Robin Dunn-Marcos, Director of the IRC Phoenix office; and Alaa Naji, Iraqi refugee resettled by IRC. Moderated by Kathleen Newland, Director of the Migrants, Migration, and Development, and Refugee Policy Programs, MPI; Member of the Board of Overseers of the IRC; and member of the IRC Commission. Co-sponsored by the International Rescue Committee.
June 16, 2009 Read Report
MPI Symposium on Citizenship
Discussion on citizenship with leading citizenship experts and key policymakers, including top government officials from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
May 15, 2009 View Agenda | Watch Video
Labor Markets and Immigration
Briefing and policy paper release with Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director of the US Immigration Policy Program, MPI; Demetrios G. Papademetriou, President, MPI;
Tamar Jacoby, President of ImmigrationWorks USA; and Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director of America's Voice.
May 13, 2009 Download Report
Immigration and the Current Economic Crisis
Briefing and report release with Demetrios Papademetriou, MPI President; Michael Fix, Senior Vice President, MPI; Margie McHugh, Co-Director, MPI National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy; and Dilip Ratha, Senior Economist, World Bank.
January 14, 2009 Download Report
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Uneven Progress: The Employment Pathways of Skilled Immigrants in the United States
Report release with Jeanne Batalova, MPI Policy Analyst and Data Manager; Michael Fix, MPI Senior Vice President and Director of Studies; Jane Leu, Upwardly Global Executive Director and Founder; and Thomas E. Perez, Maryland Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.
October 22, 2008 Download Report
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Finding and Using the Best Immigration Data Resources: A Seminar on Immigration Statistics
Data seminar with Elizabeth Grieco, Chief, Immigration Statistics, US Census Bureau; Mark Mather, Associate Vice President, Domestic Programs, Population Reference Bureau; Jeffrey Passel, Senior Research Associate, Pew Hispanic Center; Audrey Singer, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; and moderated by Jeanne Batalova, MPI Policy Analyst and Data Manager.
October 16, 2008 Download Guide
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Migrants to the Metropolis: The Rise of Immigrant Gateway Cities
Book discussion with Marie Price and Lisa Benton-Short, book editors and Associate Professors at George Washington University, and Demetrios G. Papademetriou, MPI President.
July 15, 2008 View Powerpoint
Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age
Book discussion with Philip Kasinitz, Professor of Sociology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York; John H. Mollenkopf, Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Urban Research, The Graduate Center, City University of New York; Demetrios Papademetriou, President, MPI; and Tamar Jacoby, President, ImmigrationWorks USA.
June 24, 2008 Read Event Summary
5th Annual Immigration Law & Policy Conference
This conference offered law and policy analysis and discussion on cutting-edge immigration issues. Co-sponsored by MPI, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC),
and Georgetown University Law Center.
May 20, 2008 Watch Video
Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants
Book discussion with Jorge G. Castañeda, Mexico's Foreign Minister from 2000-2003 and author of Ex-Mex; Peter Hakim, Inter-American Dialogue; and Doris Meissner, MPI.
May 15, 2008
Part of Our Community: A Policy Discussion on Creating and Maintaining a Sense of Belonging
Briefing with Geoff Mulgan, Director of the Young Foundation, and Demetrios G. Papademetriou, MPI President.
May 5, 2008 Read Event Summary
Integration in Europe: Perspectives Shared from the Viewpoint of the "Integrated"
Discussion on the challenges and opportunities experienced by Europe's African-origin population. Speakers include Joe Frans, Vice Chairman of the United Nations Working Group on People of African
Descent; Dr. Philomena Essed, Professor at Antioch University; Gary Younge, Columnist for the Guardian; and moderated by Demetrios G. Papademetriou, President, MPI.
April 29, 2008
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa comes to MPI
Report release of Los Angeles on the Leading Edge: Immigrant Indicators and Their Policy Implications. Mayor Villaraigosa discusses his city's experience, and report authors Margie McHugh and Michael Fix provide an overview of their findings.
April 16, 2008 Download Report | View Powerpoint
The Migrant Project: Contemporary California Farm Workers and Celebration of César Chávez Day
Roundtable discussion with Irasema Garza, Working America, AFL-CIO; Bruce Goldstein, Farmworker Justice; Rick Nahmias, The Migrant Project; and Demetrios G. Papademetriou, MPI President. Followed by presentation of the photo exhibit and a reception.
Co-sponsored by MPI, Mexico Cultural Institute, Embassy of Mexico, Farmworker Justice, and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
March 31, 2008
State Legislation and Local Ordinances Targeting Unauthorized Immigrants
Brownbag Luncheon with Omar C. Jadwat, American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrants' Rights Project; Laureen D. Laglagaron, MPI; and Cristina Rodríguez, New York University School of Law. Co-sponsored by the Migration Policy Institute, DC Bar Association, and DC Chapter American Immigration Lawyers Association.
March 14, 2008
Beyond Citizenship: American Identity After Globalization
Briefing with Peter J. Spiro, Charles Weiner Professor of Law at Temple University; Donald Kerwin, Executive Director of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.; and Demetrios G. Papademetriou, MPI President.
March 5, 2008 View Powerpoint
Citizenship in Britain and the United States
Briefing with Lord Peter Goldsmith QC, the former Attorney General of Britain; T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Executive Vice President of Law Center Affairs and Dean of the Law Center, Georgetown University;
Alfonso Aguilar, Chief of the Office of Citizenship, US Citizenship and Immigration Services; Matthew Spalding, Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies, The Heritage Foundation; and Demetrios Papademetriou, MPI President.
February 4, 2008 Read Event Summary
A Framework for Assessing the Legality of State/Local Immigration Measures
Briefing and paper release with Muzaffar Chishti, Director, MPI's office at New York University School of Law; Laureen Laglagaron, Policy Analyst, MPI; Cristina Rodríguez, Associate Professor, New York University School of Law; and moderated by Michael Fix, Co-Director, MPI National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy.
December 13, 2007
Adult English Language Instruction in the US: Determining Need and Investing Wisely
Briefing with Brigitte Marshall, Oakland Unified School District; Israel Mendoza, Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Programs, State of Washington; Heide Spruck Wrigley, LiteracyWork International; Michael Fix, MPI; Margie McHugh, MPI; and Demetrios G. Papademetriou, MPI.
July 31, 2007 View Powerpoint | Read Report
The Fourth Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
Keynote by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, US House of Representatives. Co-sponsored by MPI, Georgetown University Law Center, and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC).
April 24, 2007 Read Event Summary
In-State College Tuition for Unauthorized Immigrants?: Leading Law Professors Debate at MPI
Debate between Kris W. Kobach, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Michael A. Olivas, University of Houston Law Center.
April 6, 2007
Responding to New Immigrants: What Structures are State and Local Governments Creating?
Briefing with Chung-Wha Hong, New York Immigration Coalition; Nick Johnson, Commission for Racial Equality; Charles Kamasaki, National Council of La Raza; and Demetrios Papademetriou, MPI President.
March 30, 2007
The New Age of Mobility: Managing Migration Locally, Nationally, and Internationally
MPI's Five-Year Anniversary Event.
March 21, 2007 View Agenda
For the Benefit of All: Strategic Recommendations to Enhance the State's Role in Immigrant Integration
Breakfast briefing with representatives from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the Office of Governor Rod Blagojevich.
February 15, 2007
MPI National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy Launch
Breakfast briefing with Michael Fix and Margie McHugh, Center Co-Directors; Jeanne Batalova, Data Manager, MPI Data Hub; Don Kerwin, Executive Director, CLINIC; Leighton Ku, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Delia Pompa, Vice President of Education, National Council of La Raza; and Ruby Takanishi, President, Foundation for Child Development.
February 6, 2007