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Audio October 1, 2012

The 9th Annual Law and Policy Conference offers thoughtful, evidence-based law and policy analysis and discussion of cutting-edge immigration issues. Featured panelists include high-ranking government officials, academics, advocates, and other immigration experts.

Topics include an analysis of the role of states and the federal government in immigration enforcement, as well as the effects of litigation; immigration policy and the 2012 presidential campaigns; the implementation of the Administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program and other hot topics in legal service provision; and issues in protection for refugees, asylees and immigrant children.

Video February 7, 2012

The line between what is domestic and what is foreign is becoming increasingly blurred. MPI Senior Fellow, Doris Meissner, discusses U.S. immigration policy during the Fireside Forum on Foreign Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, by laying out seven groups of essential facts that are needed to inform any real debate and U.S. policy. The other participants are Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera and Douglas Savage, Assistant Director of the Institute of World Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Video, Audio March 22, 2010

In this MPI Leadership Vision speaker series event, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas discusses the transformation initiative E-Verify, improving the customer experience, processing Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, and other top issues facing USCIS. The discussion was moderated by Migration Policy Institute Senior Fellow Doris Meissner,  Director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program.

To hear the first speaker in the Leadership Vision series – Homeland Security Assistant Secretary John Morton discussing his vision for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, click here.

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Video, Audio, Webinars March 31, 2015

A webinar examining the shifting pattern of Central American child and family migration between 2011 and 2014 and expectations for 2015, the policy challenges presented by the rising inflow, and how states, localities, the U.S. government, and other countries in the region are responding to this recent trend.

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Video, Audio, Webinars March 12, 2015

Part of a series exploring recommendations likely to be addressed by the new National Integration Plan, this webinar, with perspectives from MPI, the WE Global Network, and Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Service, examines the role of economic development initiatives and refugee resettlement programs/infrastructure in immigrant integration. 

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Video, Audio October 14, 2010

The mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is to protect the U.S. borders while facilitating legitimate trade and travel. During this conversation CBP commissioner, Alan Bersin, details his agenda for his agency.

During this wide-ranging conversation with MPI Senior Fellow, Doris Meissner, Commissioner Bersin discusses illegal immigration, border enforcement, the impact to the economy on migration flows, the future of the Secure Border Initiative, drug trafficking, and other topics.

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Video, Audio, Webinars March 5, 2015

Part of a series exploring issues likely to be addressed by the new National Integration Plan, this webinar, with perspectives from MPI, the National Partnership for New Americans, and the National Skills Coalition, looks at the role of adult education and English language and skills training in the immigrant integration process.

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Audio April 17, 2015

A discussion with the Director of The White House Domestic Policy Council on the content of the new National Integration Plan delivered to the President by the recently created White House Task Force on New Americans, along with the plan for implementation.

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Video, Audio February 12, 2015

This event marks the launch of the report Through an Immigrant Lens: PIAAC Assessment of the Competencies of Adults in the United States, which uses data from the 2012 Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to describe the literacy, numeracy, and computer skills of adults in the United States, immigrant and native born. Report authors present their findings and discuss what their analysis reveals about the literacy of the first- and second-generation immigrant population in the United States, the U.S. education and workforce training system, and the implications for the future of the U.S. labor market and its role in the global economy. Panelists from the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Skills Coalition comment on the results in the context of the U.S. workforce and education policies and global context.

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Video, Audio, Webinars January 15, 2015

MPI released detailed data profiles of unauthorized immigrants for counties in the United States with the largest such populations. The profiles, for 94 counties in 24 states, include population size, countries and regions of origin, recency of arrival, educational enrollment and attainment, English proficiency, industries of employment, health insurance coverage, and much more. Importantly, they also include estimates of the size and share of unauthorized populations potentially eligible for the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs. The county profiles are the latest additions to an MPI online data tool that has national and state-level profiles of the unauthorized. Experts from MPI discuss interesting county-level findings, and top officials from Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. and the National Council of La Raza talk about the implications of the data for implementation of deferred action. 

Video March 30, 2011

What is border security, and how can the U.S. effectively and accurately measure border security?

Doris Meissner, Director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute, offers her knowledge and expertise regarding border security in this testimony  before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.  

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Audio, Webinars January 7, 2015

Given the unique position of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program at the convergence of the immigration and education fields, MPI has sought to capture the ways in which local educational institutions, legal service providers, and youth advocates have responded to DACA’s first phase. Conducting interviews with stakeholders in states with large immigrant populations—California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New York, and Texas—MPI examined initiatives by educational institutions and other community stakeholders to support DACA youth’s education and training success. Those findings are offered in a report, Lessons from the Local Level: DACA’s Implementation and Impact on Education and Training Success. Report authors discuss key challenges facing legal service providers and educators serving DACA youth, along with lessons for new and ongoing efforts seeking to support the implementation of the DACA and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability programs. 

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Video, Audio June 7, 2010

A broad consensus has developed that the long-term impact of immigration on the average income of Americans is small but positive, improving employment, productivity, and income. In the short term, however, immigration may slightly reduce native employment and average income. This briefing and discussion explores the findings of this report by MPI's Labor Markets Initiative: The Impact of Immigrants in Recession and Economic Expansion, which provides an analysis of both short- and long-run impacts of immigration on average and over the business cycle.

Speakers: Report author Giovanni Peri, UC  Davis Professor of Economics; Ross Eisenbrey, Vice President, Economic Policy Institute; and Demetrios G. Papademetriou, MPI President.

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Video, Audio, Webinars December 3, 2014

A discussion with MPI experts of the less-examined aspects of President Obama's executive actions on immigration, with respect to immigration enforcement, legal immigration, and immigrant integration. The webinar also examines aspects of the deferred action program for unauthorized immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, as well as expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Video September 10, 2009

Is ICE is capable of fully complying with the law and managing its sprawling detention system? This panel discussion to mark the release of MPI’s report, Immigrant Detention: Can ICE Meet its Legal Imperatives and Case Management Responsibilities? ,  explores whether ICE can in fact meet its legal imperatives.

The panel features  Dora Schriro, Director, ICE Office of Detention Policy and Planning , Andrea Black, Detention Watch Network Coordinator, and MPI experts Donald Kerwin, Doris Meissner, and Serena Lin.

Video October 28, 2014

A discussion on the extraordinary boom in investor immigration. From the rapidly expanding EB-5 visa in the United States to Malta’s controversial “cash for citizenship” policy and a host of programs across Europe and the Caribbean, governments are increasingly offering residence rights or citizenship to wealthy individuals in return for a significant economic investment. These trends raise a host of policy questions. Which programs are most attractive for investors? Are destination countries getting a good deal? How can governments prevent the security lapses and corruption scandals that some investor programs have suffered? The webchat addresses these questions and discusses MPI's report Selling Visas and Citizenship: Policy Questions from the Global Boom in Investor Immigration.

Video March 14, 2013

Is U.S. immigration policy “friendly” to immigrant families, or do current policies in part contribute to the separation of families? MPI President Demetrios G. Papademetriou offers his knowledge and expertise as he testifies during this hearing on the separation of nuclear families under U.S. immigration law before the Subcommittee  on Immigration and Border Security, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives.

Video, Audio October 21, 2014

The 11th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference, keynoted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez, featured panels on how states and cities are pursuing immigrant inclusion and integration policies; expected executive action on immigration by the Obama administration; the treatment of unaccompanied children from Central America; and innovations in government-funded legal counsel and accelerated court cases. Speakers include federal, state, and local officials, as well as attorneys, political prognosticators, the ambassador of El Salvador to the United States, advocates, attorneys, and academics.

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Video, Audio July 30, 2012

Recent reports from the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show increases in the numbers of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, being picked up, and placed in their care. Representatives from the Women's Refugee Commission recently conducted a fact-finding mission at the border to discover more about this trend and resulting impacts; KIND serves unaccompanied children who enter the U.S. immigration system alone.

MPI hosts a discussion with experts from KIND and the Women’s Refugee Commission, focusing on causes of the increase in unaccompanied minor migrants, the situation they face once detained, and challenges confronting NGOs trying to provide aid and the U.S. government agencies responsible for processing minors through the system.

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Video, Audio October 16, 2014

The United States has formally removed 3.7 million noncitizens since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was established in 2003, a record pace of deportations. An examination of the dataset of all removals effectuated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) between fiscal 2003-13 offers unique insights and lessons. MPI analysis of the DHS data and what it says about major changes to the U.S. deportation system are discussed at this event. The discussion includes a detailed description of formal removals from the United States, including the previous immigration and criminal records of deportees, as well as their country of origin, gender, length of residence in the United States, and other demographic characteristics. Panelists also discuss where noncitizens are being apprehended, how they are being removed, and how DHS’s current enforcement priorities are reflected in enforcement outcomes. The Powerpoint from the event is available here.

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Audio, Webinars July 14, 2011

This Migration Policy Institute webinar discusses labor enforcement laws during the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations and chronicles gaps in labor protection. Donald M. Kerwin, MPI Vice President for Programs and author of MPI’s report, Labor Standards Enforcement and Low-Wage Immigrants: Creating an Effective Enforcement System, argues that enforcement of labor laws should become a higher priority, particularly amid high rates of unemployment and underemployment.

Kerwin also discusses the view that labor standards enforcement should become a pillar of immigration policymaking and sketches the elements necessary for an effective labor standards enforcement system.

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Video, Audio September 22, 2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, who assumed his duties in 2014, lays out his vision and discusses his priorities for the agency as part of MPI's Leadership Visions series. During his remarks, Commissioner Kerlikowske discussed the surge in child migrants, border security, internal investigations, the possible threat posed by ISIL fighters returning to the West, and more.

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Video, Audio January 31, 2011

Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act permits the federal government to delegate certain immigration enforcement powers to state and local jurisdictions. 287(g) programs have surged into the public consciousness in recent years. Now operating in 72 jurisdictions, the 287(g) program authorizes state and local law enforcement officers to screen people for immigration status, issue detainers to hold unauthorized immigrants on immigration violations, and begin the process of their removal from the United States.

This briefing marks the release of MPI’s report, Delegation and Divergence: 287(g) State and Local Immigration Enforcement, which finds that the Section 287(g) program is not targeted primarily at serious offenders, despite statements by administration officials.

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Audio, Webinars September 16, 2014

A discussion on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, how its educational requirements may be impacting application rates, and recommendations for overcoming the education-success challenges that key subgroups of DACA-DREAM youth face. Webinar participants discuss findings of the report, Diploma, Please: Promoting Educational Attainment for DACA- and Potential DREAM Act-Eligible Youth, which offers a sociodemographic profile of DACA youth and highlights some promising programs, emerging models, and policy contexts in states such as California, Texas, New York, Illinois, Georgia, and Washington State.

Video June 30, 2010

Testimony of Marc Rosenblum, MPI Senior Policy Analyst, before the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, during which he discusses the effects of immigration on the U.S. budget and the goals of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

Rosenblum states that immigration generally reduces the U.S. deficit as immigrants tend to pay more in taxes than they receive in services. Additionally he offers policy options to maximize the beneficial effects from immigration.

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Audio, Webinars September 4, 2014

This event marks the release of the MPI brief Executive Action for Unauthorized Immigrants: Estimates of the Populations that Could Receive ReliefWith the Obama administration contemplating executive action in the immigration arena, immigrant-rights leaders, members of Congress, and others have proposed a number of options for executive action that President Obama could take to provide relief from deportation to more of the nation’s estimated 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants. Among the options are extending deferred action to populations beyond those eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and further refining the enforcement priorities that guide deportations. In this briefing, MPI experts unveil their findings, providing estimates of the numbers who may benefit from potential approaches to administrative relief.

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Video, Audio April 22, 2010

With nearly 500 million U.S. border crossings a year and over one-quarter of Americans possessing passports, the U.S. government faces a daunting challenge in protecting people on the move from the risks of direct attack.

This discussion follows the book release of Securing Human Mobility in the Age of Risk: New Challenges for Travel, Migration, and Borders, in which author Susan Ginsburg, MPI Nonresident Fellow and former Senior Counsel, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (9/11 Commission), argues that the nation’s approach to immigration and border security is off-kilter and not keeping pace with the scope and complexity of people’s movement around the world, nor with expectations regarding freedom of movement.

Video August 13, 2014

MPI analysts and representatives from London and Detroit discuss the policies and strategies—at national and local levels—to attract immigrants into local economies and the challenges faced in doing so. The discussion focuses on two Transatlantic Council on Migration case studiesDetroit and London—as well as a report on giving cities and regions a voice in immigration policy, and the related Transatlantic Council statementPresenters address questions such as: How can national immigration policies be designed to be responsive to local human capital needs? What are the risks and opportunities associated with recruiting immigrants as a tool to reverse depopulation? How might “city visas” actually work in practice?

Video January 25, 2010

For MPI's Leadership Visions Speakers Series, John Morton, DHS Assistant Secretary, candidly spoke about his pespective on ICE, its mission, and its future. Morton speaks about the U.S.' identity as a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws. He argues that ICE's responsibility is to find a balance between the law, resources, discretion, and common sense to serve effectively as one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the federal government. 

The event, which took place in the National Press Club on January 25, 2010, was moderated by MPI's Doris Meissner.

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Deferred Action Workshop/Korean Resource Center 민족학교
Audio, Webinars August 6, 2014

This webinar covers the findings from MPI's report about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative and eligible populations two years after its implementation. In this briefing, MPI researchers present their analysis of the immediately and potentially eligible DACA populations nationally and for leading states, as well as broader sociodemographic findings, including English proficiency, educational attainment, poverty level, and more. They also discuss the broader implications of DACA for U.S. immigration and integration policy, as well as lessons that can be applied to the program’s next phase or possible executive action that might expand deferred action to other unauthorized immigrant populations. The webinar also introduces MPI's latest data tool, which provides estimates for the U.S. and 41 states of the current and potentially eligible DACA populations, as well as detailed profiles for the U.S. and 25 states.

Video July 20, 2009

This discussion focuses on E-Verify, the federal government's electronic employment verification system, and the release of the MPI report, E-Verify: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Proposals for Reform. During this briefing, MPI Senior Fellow, Doris Meissner, moderates a discussion with Gerri Ratliff, head of the verification division at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, former Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner James W. Ziglar, and MPI Senior Fellow Marc Rosenblum regarding the status of E-Verify, whether the system is robust enough in the event mandatory verification is required, and improvements that have been made over time.

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Audio June 25, 2014

The flow of unaccompanied children from Central America and Mexico to the United States has surged 90 percent since last year, with government officials predicting that it might reach 90,000 by the end of the fiscal year—and perhaps 130,000 next year.

MPI experts in U.S. immigration and humanitarian policy, trends in Central America and Mexico, and past migration emergencies discuss the factors behind the flows, the sometimes unintended consequences of U.S. policy, and how the U.S. immigration system deals with these children. They also discuss short- and longer-term policy options for improving how the U.S. immigration system interacts with this population with distinct needs, and offer policy recommendations for ways in which the incentives that have been partially responsible for motivating this child migration can be reversed.

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Video, Audio March 19, 2013

While the immigration reform frameworks released by a bipartisan group of senators and the White House are largely in agreement on topline issues such as conferring legal status on most of the nation’s 11 million unauthorized immigrants and increasing immigration enforcement, many details on such complex issues such as how to shape a legalization program and how to reconcile business and labor differences over future flows of workers needed by the U.S. economy are yet to be finalized.

This MPI discussion will examine some of the matters at the heart of immigration reform.

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Video, Audio June 24, 2014

This panel discussion, in partnership with the Women's Refugee Commission, focuses on a toolkit by the Women's Refugee Commission to provide detained and deported immigrants as well as unauthorized immigrant mothers and fathers with crucial information to protect and maintain their parental rights and make well-informed decisions regarding the care and welfare of their children. In addition, speakers discuss the broader policy points surrounding detention and child protection issues and the implications for the immigration enforcement and child welfare systems. Speakers include U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Assistant Director of Custody Programs Andrew Lorenzen-Strait.

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Video, Audio January 7, 2013

Beginning with the passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), Congress has attempted to deal with historically high levels of illegal immigration that started in the early 1970s and continued until the Great Recession in 2008. MPI has released a major study, Immigration Enforcement in the United States: The Rise of a Formidable Machinery, that describes and analyzes today’s immigration enforcement programs, as they have developed and grown in the 25 years since IRCA launched the current enforcement era.

The report lays out, for the first time, the totality of immigration enforcement that is in place, and identifies and describes the six pillars that comprise the complex, cross-agency immigration enforcement system that has been built. This discussion here examines some of the topline finds in the report.

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Video, Audio April 29, 2014

This MPI panel discussion examines the U.S. deportation system with analysis on migrant apprehensions, removals, returns, and criminal prosecutions, and launches the report, The Deportation Dilemma: Reconciling Tough and Humane Enforcement. Report authors Doris Meissner, MPI Director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program, and Marc Rosenblum, MPI Deputy Director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program, as well as commentators David V. Aguilar and Hiroshi Motomura and moderator Muzaffar Chishti, discuss the findings of the report, including the main drivers of deportation policy and how the system has changed over the past two decades.  

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Video, Audio August 7, 2012

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is potentially one of the biggest initiatives U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will have undertaken. With this development, MPI has released an updated fact sheet, Relief from Deportation: Demographic Profile of the DREAMers Potentially Eligible under the Deferred Action Policy, estimating that there are approximately 1.76 million unauthorized immigrants who could potentially benefit from the initiative that has been issued.

MPI hosts this discussion with USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas talking about the application process and policies that the agency has announced to implement the administration’s deferred action program. Director Mayorkas’ presentation is followed by a panel discussion on additional questions and challenges of implementing the new program.

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Video, Audio March 12, 2014

This event with UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres features findings from UNHCR’s report, Children on the Run, which examines the increasing numbers of children from Central America and Mexico who head off alone to find refuge in the United States, fleeing violence, insecurity, and abuse. The discussion provides analysis on the reasons behind the growing migration of this vulnerable population and offers recommendations. Read the report here.

Video, Audio April 19, 2012

The Migration Policy Institute celebrated its first decade as the authoritative, unimpeachable resource on immigration and immigrant integration analysis and policy design in the United States and internationally. From its humble beginnings, the Institute has grown both in size and influence as it strives to engage and help set smart policy that both benefits immigrants and their families, and the countries in which they settle.

You can read about the Institute’s accomplishments here.

In this video, MPI President Demetrios G. Papademetriou discusses the past decade and next decade of MPI's work, engaging in thoughtful, fact-based research and analysis of migration and refugee policies in the United States and internationally, followed by comments from award recipients The Honorable Romano “Ron” Mazzoli, U.S. House of Representatives (D-KY, 1971-95); Aryeh Neier, President, Open Society Foundations; and Uyen Nguyen and James Huy Bao, Co-Founders of the OneVietnam Network. MPI's Kathleen Newland and Doris Meissner also provide remarks.   

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Video, Audio February 27, 2014

This panel discussion on unaccompanied minors focuses on a report by Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) at UC Hastings College of the Law, A Treacherous Journey: Child Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System. The panel moderated by Kathleen Newland, Director of the Refugee Protection Program at MPI, includes speakers Elizabeth Dallam, KIND National Legal Services Director; Lisa Frydman, CGRS Associate Director and Managing Attorney; Karen Musalo, GGRS Director; and KIND Executive Director Wendy Young. The discussion focuses on the conclusion that children face a U.S. immigration system created for adults that is not required to consider the child’s best interests. Unaccompanied children are not provided lawyers to help them navigate the complex requirements of immigration proceedings. The report is available at www.supportkind.org and www.cgrs.uchastings.edu.

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Audio, Webinars August 26, 2011

On the eve of the ten year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, MPI held a conference call to discuss the most significant changes that have occurred in the immigration arena in the decade since the attacks. MPI Senior Fellow Doris Meissner, commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service during the 1990s, and Muzaffar Chishti, director of MPI’s office at NYU School of Law, provided analysis on the realignment of the U.S. immigration system – ranging from new enforcement programs and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security to changed visa policies and the rise of state and local actors. Both are co-authors of MPI’s Through the Prism of National Security: Major Immigration Policy and Program Changes in the Decade since 9/11, which details the major immigration policy, budget and organizational changes that have occurred as an outgrowth of 9/11.

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Video, Audio February 19, 2014

This panel discussion, presented in cooperation with the Greek Embassy, explores how the 2014 Greek Presidency of the European Union and the United States can work to address the challenges of managing migration while meeting humanitarian obligations and nurturing economic growth. Speakers are: Ambassador of Greece to the United States Christos P. Panagopoulos; U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne Richard; MPI CEO Michael Fix; and moderator Demetrios G. Papademetriou, the President of MPI. As the 2014 Greek Presidency works to formulate the European Union’s next five-year program, two interconnected challenges have come to the fore: building a comprehensive migration system whose parts work harmoniously to meet humanitarian obligations and nurture economic growth and social cohesion, and doing so with very limited resources.

Video April 26, 2011

The 8th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference offered law and policy analysis and discussion on cutting-edge immigration issues. Discussions at the 8th annual Immigration Law and Policy conference included: Devolution of Immigration Authority: The Role of States in Immigration Enforcement and Policymaking; The Final Arbiters: When Immigration Policies Come Before the Courts; State and Local Agencies & Immigration Enforcement: Growing Role, Growing Questions; Detention Reform: Standards, Alternatives, and Vulnerable Populations; and Right to Counsel: New Ideas and Opportunities for Indigent Defense.

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Video, Audio February 7, 2014

This panel discussion offered perspectives on border policy management from leading officials in the Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. governments, and showcased MPI’s publication, Managing Borders in an Increasingly Borderless World. Book co-editors Randall Hansen and Demetrios G. Papademetriou covered the volume’s findings on the continuing and evolving challenges in border management and security—terrorism, organized crime, illegal migration, smuggling, trafficking, human rights, infrastructure, corruption, and economic and political factors—and offered an analysis of effective and ineffective policies and programs. The discussion focused on North American experiences with the challenges and successes these governments have had in pursuing better, more effective, and smarter border controls and on deepening regional cooperation.

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Video, Audio March 14, 2011

The MPI report, Executive Action on Immigration: Six Ways to Make the System Work Better, outlines recommendations for executive actions that the administration can implement to improve the immigration system even without legislative change. This discussion, to mark the release of the report, includes speakers Juan Osuna of the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review and Eva Millona of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Among the recommendations discussed: defining what constitutes effective border control, strengthening immigrant integration policy creation and implementation, and making use of prosecutorial discretion in removal proceeding filings.

Video, Audio October 31, 2013

The 10th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference featured keynotes by U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, as well as panel discussions covering a range of key immigration topics. Among them: Prospects for legislative action, policy options, and political mobilization; opportunities for action on immigration issues absent legislative movement; lessons learned from past immigration legislation and programs, including the Immigration Reform and Control Act and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program; and an assessment of current conditions at the U.S. border and considerations for future border and immigration policy.

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Video, Audio January 13, 2011

There is little debate over the contribution of highly skilled immigration to U.S. economic innovation and national competitiveness. However, there is far less consensus on the effects – positive and negative – of less-skilled immigration on the U.S. economy and American workers. Do other Americans, particularly the economically disadvantaged, suffer? Do these immigrants take American jobs or contribute net benefits and expand the economy?

In this briefing on the report by the MPI’s Labor Markets Initiative, Immigration Policy and Less-Skilled Workers in the United States: Reflections on Future Directions for Reform, noted economist and Georgetown University Public Policy Institute Professor Harry J. Holzer examines the economic reasoning and research on these questions and looks at the policy options that shape the impact of less-skilled immigration on the economy.

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Video, Audio August 14, 2013

August 15, 2013 marked the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which offers a two-year reprieve from deportation as well as work authorization for eligible unauthorized immigrants under 31 who entered the U.S. before the age of 16 and meet a number of other requirements.

During this chat, MPI researchers discuss their findings in a brief, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals at the One-Year Mark: A Profile of Currently Eligible Youth and Applicants, that provides the most up-to-date estimates of the current and prospective DACA population by educational attainment, English proficiency, state of residence, country of origin, age, gender, labor force participation, poverty, and parental status.

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Video, Audio July 16, 2010

This discussion is an overview of a report undertaken by a team at the Columbia University School of International Public Affairs which examines the U.S. refugee resettlement Program and offers a strong set of recommendations and observations about the program. The report, Refugee Resettlement in the United States: An Examination of Challenges and Proposed Solutions, offers a set of macro system-wide set of recommendations and recognizes that the recommendations would best be implemented by the agencies themselves. The briefing includes speakers 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.

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Video, Audio, Webinars August 7, 2013

Senate passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation in June 2013 stood as a major accomplishment on the road to restructuring the U.S. immigration system. Yet, the big question remains of whether compromises reconciling approaches by both chambers can be found to produce legislation that improves the U.S. immigration system.

This online discussion with MPI policy experts Doris Meissner and Muzaffar Chishti held shortly after MPI released an analysis —Side-by-Side Comparison of 2013 Senate Immigration Bill with Individual 2013 House Bills — compares major provisions of the Senate bill against those of the individual House bills, their likely implications for the U.S. immigration system, and offers a look to where the debate may be headed.

Video June 24, 2010

The 7th Annual Law and Policy Conference, co-sponsored by Georgetown Law, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and the Migration Policy Institute, focused immigration and refugee law and policy.

Topics include: 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 U.S. policy on international migration. 

Video August 2, 2013

The U.S. government spends more on federal immigration enforcement than on all other principal federal criminal law enforcement agencies combined, and has allocated nearly $187 billion for immigration enforcement since 1986. MPI Senior Fellow Doris Meissner, who served as Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, testifies before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs with regards to federal immigration enforcement.

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Video, Audio May 25, 2010

This event rolls out a discussion on possible reforms to the immigration adjudication system and the recent report on the topic by the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration.

The event was moderated by MPI Vice President for Programs Donald Kerwin, and the panelists were: Robert A. Katzmann, U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; Karen T. Grisez, Chair, ABA Commission on Immigration; and Lawrence A. Schneider, Senior Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP, who led the ABA report research team.

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Audio July 16, 2013

At this release event in Washington, DC, co-sponsored by MPI, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and ImmigrationWorks USA, the Chicago Council's independent task force on immigration released its report, U.S. Economic Competitiveness at Risk: A Midwest Call to Action on Immigration Reform.

The report illustrates how states, municipalities, educators, employers, faith leaders, and others across the Midwest are stepping up with local solutions to help newcomers thrive in communities. This summit featured the high-level task force's co-chairs discussing the importance of immigration reform to promotion of the region’s economic competitiveness.

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Video, Audio April 12, 2010

In this briefing at the Migration Policy Institute, 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 researchers wanted to determine whether a new legalization program would have similar economic impacts as IRCA did in 1986. They determined that such a program would be unlikely to lead to significant changes in the labor market for unauthorized or native born workers. 

The discussion ismoderated by MPI's Doris Meissner, with comments from Randy Capps and Sherrie A. Kossoudji, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, University of Michigan.

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Video, Audio May 6, 2013

A panel discussion on the release of the Regional Migration Study Group's final report, Thinking Regionally to Compete Globally: Leveraging Migration & Human Capital in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America, outlining its findings and offering recommendations to policymakers in the region.

The discussion includes Co-Chairs Carlos Gutierrez, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and Eduardo Stein, former Vice President and Foreign Minister of Guatemala. Joined by MPI President Demetrios Papademetriou; Doris Meissner, Director of MPI's U.S. Immigration Policy Program; and Andrew Selee, Vice President for Programs, Wilson Center.

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Audio January 28, 2010

Mexico has made significant efforts to help its migrants succeed in the U.S., including delivering an array of civic, health, education, and financial services to migrants through the government's Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME). This panel discussion provided a brief overview of Mexican immigrants in the U.S., the role and function of Mexican consular officials concerned with this group, and reviewed the structure and foci of IME programs.

MPI experts were joined by Ambassador Carlos García de Alba, Executive Director, Institute for Mexicans Abroad discussed various goals, successes, and remaining challenges facing IME. Mexico's approach to its migrants is detailed further in Protection through Integration: The Mexican Government's Efforts to Aid Migrants in the United States, an MPI report released prior to this event.

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Video, Audio April 5, 2013

The Mexican story on migration is changing – with net unauthorized migration from Mexico to the United States at a standstill. Additionally, the Mexican economy continues to grow and key “push” factors in Mexico, such as demographics and lack of job opportunity, are weakening. Mexico’s transition and growing role in the global economy will continue to evolve, reshaping its role as a country of large-scale emigration.

This discussion with Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Eduardo Medina Mora, focused on these changing dynamics in Mexico, and their implications for both Mexico and the United States.

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Video, Audio December 2, 2009

Illegal immigration's overall impact on the U.S. economy is negligible despite clear benefits for employers and unauthorized immigrants and slightly depressed wages for low-skilled native workers, according to UCSD Professor Gordon Hanson.

This panel discussion focuses on issues raised in Hanson's Labor Markets Initiative report, entitled The Economics and Policy of Illegal Immigration in the United States. The largest economic gains from illegal immigration flow to unauthorized workers, who see substantial income hikes after migrating, suggesting that policy changes could increase the positive contribution that low-skilled workers make to the U.S. economy by converting illegal flows to legal ones. Hanson is joined by National Immigration Forum's Jeanne Butterfield, and MPI's Michael Fix and Marc R. Rosenblum.

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Video, Audio March 27, 2013

With the prospects for immigration reform greater than they have been in more than a decade and the U.S. economy slowly shrugging off the effects of the recession, the U.S. may be on the cusp of historic changes that make the immigration system a more effective tool for innovation, economic growth, and competitiveness. How Congress handles the employment-based visa issues will likely have critical and lasting impacts for the U.S. economy.

This discussion is timed with the release of MPI’s book, Immigrants in a Changing Labor Market, a policy-focused review of the labor-market role of immigration in the context of the economic crisis and recovery.

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Audio, Webinars July 30, 2009

This webinar, led by MPI Senior Policy Analyst Marc R. Rosenblum, provides analysis of the E-Verify system in 2009, a legislative update, and offers short- and long-term recommendations for moving forward. The presentation, based on the MPI report, The Next Generation of E-Verify: Getting Employment Verification Right, highlights the inherent uncertainty in EEVS and describes how E-Verify's "employer-centric" design exacerbates existing problems. 

Suggested short-term improvements include focusing on preventing erroneous nonconfirmations, employer misuse, and providing better auditing and oversight for enforcement. Long-term reform recommendations include improving and increasing participation in the enrollment process and making the three implementation methods (card-based system, PIN self-verification system, and biometric scanning) non-exclusive.  

Video March 26, 2013

MPI's President, Demetrios G. Papademetriou, and the Editor-in-Chief of The American Prospect, Kit Rachlis, engage in a lively Google Hangout discussion about the policies and politics that have created the United States' antiquated, inflexible immigration system and how to create a modern-day, flexible immigration system suited for the competitiveness of the 21st century.

These experts discuss recommendations for reform, with a focus on issues that are getting less attention, including: the need for completion of a U.S. entry-exit system, what provisions are needed to assure the economic and social integration of newcomers and their children, and what flexible provisions should be included to guarantee the nation's strategic priorities.

Video June 24, 2009

The 6th Annual Law and Policy Conference includes discussion topics such as Bringing Immigration Policymaking into the 21st Century; Prospects for Immigration Reform: What to Expect from Washington?; Immigration and the Economy; Communities Laying the Groundwork for Immigration Reform; and Immigrant Integration: A Full Federal Policy Agenda.

Keynote speakers included U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security; Demetrios G. Papademetriou, President, MPI; John Morton, DHS Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement; as well as discussion from key Hill staffers, area experts, and advocates.

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In this webinar, experts discuss barriers immigrant and LEP individuals face in accessing the WIA system, how a revitalized WIA could address these barriers, and the extent to which the current Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee's WIA reauthorization proposal addresses these barriers.

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With the ten year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks approaching, the Migration Policy Institute held a conference call to discuss the most significant changes that have occurred in the immigration arena in the decade since the attacks.

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In this video, Michael Fix and Margie McHugh discuss the distribution of English Language Learners across the country, their growth in enrollment, and more.

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In this video, Michael Fix and Margie McHugh examine key indicators of ELL students' performance on standardized tests, among other topics.

August 3, 2011

This interactive language access webinar, one in a series offered by the Migration Policy Institute's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, examines how New York and Illinois have broken down some of these barriers to proactively engage LEP communities to obtain workforce services.

July 14, 2011

This Migration Policy Institute webinar discusses labor enforcement laws during the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations and chronicles gaps in labor protection.

June 13, 2011

This Migration Policy Institute event was held to discuss the release of MPI'sbook, Migration and the Great Recession: The Transatlantic Experience, which reviews how the financial and economic crisis of the late 2000s marked a sudden and dramatic interruption in international migration trends.

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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.


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MPI's symposium on citizenship examined immigrant civic and political participation, the notion of local voting rights for noncitizens, the concept and practice of dual citizenship, and the role of citizenship in immigrant integration.


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This important MPI report challenges the conventional wisdom about the immigrant workforce, using a sophisticated new method of analysis that permits deeper examination of how workers – immigrant and native-born – fare by economic sector, the skill level of their jobs, and educational attainment.

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