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Audio, Webinars October 6, 2011

Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, schools are required to provide information to parents in a “language they can understand.” Additionally, 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. This webinar from MPI and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services program explores federal requirements for providing interpretation and translation in schools and how select school districts in Minnesota and Colorado have managed requirements.

This webinar is part of an NCIIP language access series exploring policy and program implementation imperatives for government agencies and NGOs serving Limited English Proficient populations. For a BRYCS toolkit for teachers and school personnel on translation and interpretation requirements, click here.

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Georgia Gwinnett College
Audio, Webinars March 20, 2014

MPI experts, along with representatives from Gwinnett County Public Schools and the University of Georgia's Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education, discuss the educational experiences of Georgia’s first- and second-generation immigrant youth and where Georgia’s ambitious education reforms have met—or failed to meet—the needs of this growing population. 

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Video, Audio, Webinars March 23, 2016

MPI analysts discuss the findings of a report comparing young children of refugees to other U.S. children on several key indicators of well-being. 

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Video, Audio, Webinars January 21, 2016

Experts Delia Pompa and Margie McHugh examine provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) related to the success of immigrant and English-learner students during this webinar, answering questions about the new law's implementation and possible impacts.

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Video, Audio December 14, 2012

In 2010, nearly one in four U.S. children under 18 was the child of an immigrant. Latino, Black, Asian, and multiracial children together are nearing a majority of the nation’s children. Not surprisingly, scholarship has focused on the largest immigrant groups: the children of Latinos and Asians. Far less academic attention has been paid to the rapidly diversifying Black immigrant child population.

To examine this population, MPI has released a major volume, Young Children of Black Immigrants in America: Changing Flows, Changing Faces, which provides demographic overviews of Black immigrants in the U.S. and their children. The event discussion will touch on the intersection of race and immigration, will focus on the demographics of this population, their educational success, and implications of the volume’s findings.

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Video, Audio, Webinars January 13, 2016

This webinar offers a discussion of the economic, linguistic and educational disadvantage experienced by U.S. children with unauthorized immigrant parents. The MPI researchers discuss their finding that 86 percent of the 5.1 million such children in the United States have a parent who could potentially benefit from the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program.

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Video, Audio, Webinars June 23, 2016

Report authors and an ELL professional discuss the mechanics of school funding and the specialized services provided for migrant-background students in the United States, Canada, France, and Germany. Speakers also highlight the choices facing policymakers who seek to use supplementary funding to better support effective, high-quality education for children from immigrant and refugee families.

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Video, Audio, Webinars December 17, 2015

A webinar discussing fact sheets that compare the characteristics of immigrant and native-born residents that are relevant to understanding needs for adult education and workforce training services in the United States and the ten states with the largest immigrant populations.

Video September 24, 2013

The Mexican-origin population in Hawai’i represents a small, but fast-growing group, that is little examined. This briefing at the State Capitol in Honolulu, organized in conjunction with the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, marked the formal release of an MPI report that presents key demographic and socioeconomic information about this population in Hawai’i.

The briefing to discuss the report, Newcomers to the Aloha State: A Portrait of Mexicans in Hawaii, featured researchers Jeanne Batalova of MPI and the University of Hawaii's Monisha Das Gupta and Sue Haglund. The speakers discuss demographic characteristics and experiences of this population and the immigration enforcement and other policies affecting them. 

Video May 18, 2011

The successful integration of immigrants and their children is an issue in which all levels of government, the general public, and, of course, immigrants themselves have an enormous stake. Twenty-seven million immigrants and their children have joined communities across the United States since 1990. During that time thousands of institutions — government, community, and business — have created an array of initiatives to assist this generation of immigrants in their journey to become Americans.

On May 18th, MPI hosted a timely conversation about how U.S. immigrant integration efforts are faring, and a reception honoring this year's recipients of the E Pluribus Unum Prizes, our national awards program for exceptional immigrant integration initiatives. This ceremony, honoring the 2011 recipients of the E Pluribus Unum Prizes, featured panel discussions and remarks by White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muñoz and Assistant Secretary of Education Brenda Dann-Messier. 

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Video, Audio May 23, 2012

During this MPI event on the role of national governments in immigrant integration, MPI President Demetrios G. Papademetriou leads a discussion on the complexities of managing effective immigrant immigration systems.

The discussion includes remarks and discussion from Rosario Farmhouse, High Commissioner for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue in Portugal; Alejandro Mayorkas, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Jasenko Selimovic, State Secretary to the Minister for Integration in Sweden; Peter Sylvester, Associate Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

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Video, Audio, Webinars October 27, 2015

During this webinar, which discusses findings from a trio of papers examining the experiences of refugee children pre- and post-resettlement, researchers discuss the effects of their experiences on their mental health and education. The discussion focuses on pre-resettlement schooling gaps, the educational and mental health needs of Syrian refugee children, and the post-resettlement schooling experiences of Somali Bantu children once enrolled in a Chicago elementary school.

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Video, Audio, Webinars October 22, 2015

This webinar examines the challenges facing educators and policymakers in Europe and the United States as they attempt to meet the needs of immigrant and refugee students who arrive during their middle and high school years.

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Audio June 14, 2010

This briefing focuses on migrants' higher rates of on-the-job injuries. Discussion panelists include: Deborah Berkowitz, Chief of Staff, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. 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 at MPI.

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Video, Audio, Webinars October 15, 2015

Marking the release of an MPI brief, this webinar examines data on where unaccompanied child migrants are being placed in the United States, how they are faring in immigration courts, what services are available to them, and how U.S. communities are adapting to their arrival.

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Audio, Webinars June 2, 2014
This webinar discusses the report Immigrant Parents and Early Childhood Programs: Addressing Barriers of Literacy, Culture, and Systems Knowledge, which examines the growing population of young children ages 8 and under with an immigrant parent, and the parents' engagement with early childhood care and education programs. Presenters include the report's authors as well as Miriam Calderon, former Senior Policy Advisor for Early Learning with the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Eliza Leighton, Director of Promise Neighborhood Langley Park Program with CASA de Maryland.
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Video, Audio, Webinars October 8, 2015

This webinar discusses the different policies that states have on unauthorized immigrants and in-state tuition, financial aid and other benefits, and the implications for unauthorized immigrant youth seeking two- and four-year college degrees.

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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.

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Video, Audio, Webinars September 28, 2015

This webinar examines the implementation at state and local levels of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and how it may limit immigrant integration, along with a discussion on strategies that may help ensure more equitable access to services.  

Video July 23, 2013

The testimony of Margie McHugh, Co-Director of MPI's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, U.S. House of Representatives.

McHugh's testimony pertains to the broad demographics of the population of young unauthorized immigrants brought to the United States as children and who have since established deep roots in the United States.

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Video, Audio September 21, 2015

A report release where authors discuss the effects of parental deportation on the children of immigrants, the related needs for health and social services, and U.S. policy responses to protect these children.

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Audio, Webinars September 19, 2012

This webinar on language access contracting for federal, state, and local officials, agency administrators, and community stakeholders examines issues concerning 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.

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Video, Audio September 16, 2015

An expert discussion on the findings of the National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) related to immigrants, along with an overview of farm labor in 2015 and discussion on how current and possible future immigration policies might impact immigrant workers in the agricultural sector.

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, Webinars September 11, 2015

On this webinar, researchers explore the types of discrimination that young children of immigrants may experience, the related educational, psychological, and social impacts, and recommendations for addressing discrimination.

Video August 12, 2011

Over the past several decades the number of children from immigrant families who attend U.S. schools has grown dramatically. Children who enter U.S. schools speaking a language other than English are called English Language Learners (ELLs).

In this video, Michael Fix and Margie McHugh, Co-Directors of the MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, examine the distribution of ELLs in schools across the United States and key indicators of  their performance on standardized tests n hopes of informing the public discussion on ELL students.

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Video, Audio, Webinars August 19, 2015

Marking the release of a report examining recent trends regarding the origins of the unauthorized immigrant population in the United States at national, state, and county levels, this webinar answers the questions of which countries and regions the unauthorized are from, where they have settled in the United States, and how these patterns have changed over the last two decades.

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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.

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Video, Audio, Webinars August 11, 2015

On this webinar, MPI experts provide data on characteristics of the potential applicant pool for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and examine the rates of DACA renewals and adjudications. The webinar also focuses on some of the issues impacting the rate of renewals.

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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 June 26, 2015

A discussion of the findings of a new MPI report examining refugee characteristics at arrival for the ten largest national-origin groups resettled between 2002-2013, as well as their integration outcomes with respect to employment and incomes, English proficiency and education levels, and public benefit use. Bob Carey, the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and Ngoan Le, Chief of the Illinois Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Services, join report author Randy Capps and moderator Kathleen Newland to offer insights about the successes, challenges, and opportunities that exist in an era of increased diversity.

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Audio, Webinars June 18, 2014

This webinar exploring findings from MPI's report, Critical Choices in Post-Recession California: Investing in the Educational and Career Success of Immigrant Youth, which focuses on the implications of California's public education system reforms for the state's 3.3 million first- and second-generation immigrant young adults and their families. The report's authors, joined by Christopher Edley, Jr., and Shelly Spiegel-Coleman, discuss the critical choices California policymakers make as the state emerges from a deep budget crisis and decides where to make new investments in education.

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Video, Audio, Webinars April 28, 2015

On this webinar, MPI analysts present the findings from their report Immigrant and Refugee Workers in the Early Childhood Field: Taking a Closer Look, and discuss the issue with a leading expert in the field of child-care worker employment.

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Audio, Webinars May 14, 2014

This webinar offers a discussion of recent estimates compiled by MPI on "brain waste" (unemployment or employment in jobs significantly below education and skill levels) among foreign-born nurses, engineers, and teachers. The discussion also focused on three state-level initiatives—in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington State—that are working to address challenges faced by immigrants and refugees with degrees and training in these fields. Representatives from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, OneAmerica, and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition discuss their analysis and efforts on these issues. Read the fact sheets for the U.S. and a dozen key states here.

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Video, 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 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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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.

Video, Audio December 4, 2013

The Migration Policy Institute’s 2013 E Pluribus Unum Prizes awards ceremony held in Washington, DC in December 2013 included a panel discussion with the winners of the prizes, which honor exceptional immigrant integration initiatives in the United States. Moderator Margie McHugh, who co-directs MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, discussed immigrant integration practice and policy with the winners: Allison Kokkoros of the adult-focused Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Washington, DC; Eva Millona of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition; Mihailo Temali of the Twin Cities-based Neighborhood Development Center; and Gayle Tang of Kaiser Permanente. The discussion also featured Felicia Escobar, Senior Policy Director for Immigration at the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Ronald G. Marlow, Assistant Secretary for Access and Opportunity, state of Massachusetts Executive Office of the Governor. For more on the E Pluribus Unum Prizes and the 2013 winners, visit integrationawards.org.

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Video, Audio, Webinars March 18, 2015

Part of a series exploring issues likely to be addressed by the new National Integration Plan, this webinar, with perspectives from the cities of New York and Seattle and others examines possible recommendations on federal coordination of local government immigrant integration initiatives, including language access. 

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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, 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 January 17, 2013

Consider this fact: One in four children in the United States is the child of an immigrant. The well-being of these children does and continues to have a profound impact on the social and economic strength of this country. With that in mind, the Migration Policy Institute's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy convened a major public policy research symposium focused on young children of immigrants in the United States.

While policies that crucially influence the development of young children (birth through age 10) of immigrants are typically examined through a specific policy lens, this conference lies uniquely at the intersection of not just early education and health but immigration policy. 

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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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Video, Audio September 24, 2012

The winners of the Migration Policy Institute's 2012 E Pluribus Unum Prizes, honoring exceptional immigrant integration initiatives in the United States, discuss their work during a plenary luncheon on September 24, 2012 at the National Immigrant Integration Conference. The conference was held in Baltimore, MD.

During a Q&A with MPI Senior Vice President Michael Fix, Hassan Jaber, Executive Director of ACCESS (the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services); Aida Cardenas, Executive Director of Building Skills Partnership; Shelly Spiegel-Coleman, Executive Director of Californians Together; and Sheldon Caplis, South Atlantic Region Director of 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.

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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 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, 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. 

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Audio, Webinars May 8, 2012

This MPI webinar features U.S. 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 and Christine Stoneman, Special Counsel in the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section will 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.

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Video, 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 December 7, 2011

This discussion based on the MPI report, Up for Grabs: The Gains and Prospects of First- and Second-Generation Young Adults, explores the gains that young adult immigrants or the U.S.-born children of immigrants have made in education and employment.Speakers include: Michael Fix, MPI Senior Vice President; Jeanne Batalova, MPI Policy Analyst; Andrew P. Kelly, Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Raul Gonzalez, Director of Legislative Affairs, National Council of La Raza; and Margie McHugh, Co-Director, MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. 

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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.

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Audio, Webinars September 21, 2011

Negotiations over reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) come at a critical moment for immigrant and Limited English Proficient (LEP) workers. There is broad consensus that LEP workers of varying educational backgrounds and levels of English proficiency and vocational skills are underserved by WIA's training services. The reauthorization debate presents an opportunity for analysts, workforce services professionals, and community stakeholders to consider how to redesign the WIA system and its investments in these important segments of the U.S. workforce. 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 Committee's WIA reauthorization proposal addresses these barriers.

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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Audio, Webinars August 3, 2011

Inadequate interpretation services, a lack of relevant translated materials and customer service that is not culturally competent often deter limited English proficient (LEP) individuals from accessing workforce services through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)-funded One Stop system. This interactive webinar offered by the MPI'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.

The need to ensure meaningful access to WIA-funded employment and training services for the large share of U.S. low- and middle-skilled LEP workers is urgent, particularly in light of the tough job market and gloomy projections for the speed of recovery from the Great Recession. These featured approaches can serve as models as states attempt to meet workforce needs of LEP populations and comply with federal requirements.

Video, Webinars September 18, 2014

In this webinar, experts and policymakers from Europe and the United States discuss the relationship between immigration, residential segregation, community relations, and economic opportunities. This event concludes a Transatlantic Council on Migration series of papers on how cities and regions in North America and Europe can make the most out of immigration. 

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Video, Audio March 18, 2011

In response to growing political pressure and a lack of action at the federal level, states increasingly are taking steps to combat illegal immigration. One of the most comprehensive and restrictive of these efforts is Arizona’s 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA), which attempts to reduce unauthorized workers by mandating the use of E-Verify, a national identity and work authorization verification system, and by imposing sanctions on employers who continue to hire unauthorized workers. Public Policy Institute of California research fellows Magnus Lofstrom and Sarah Bohn, and UC Berkeley professor of public policy Steven Raphael are issuing a new report that examines whether LAWA achieved its primary aims: reducing the unauthorized population, deterring their employment opportunities and improving employment outcomes of competing authorized workers. Their analysis also investigates whether Arizona’s legislation induced a shift away from formal employment.

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U.S. Department of Education
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.

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Video, Audio September 20, 2010

The MPI report, Still an Hourglass? Immigrant Workers in Middle-Skilled Jobs, challenges 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, skill level of their jobs, and educational attainment. The report offers detailed findings for the economy as a whole and within key sectors, tracing workers’ progress in the labor market into the recession.

The findings hold significant policy implications for the nation’s work-preparing institutions and for how they can provide workers with credentials and language skills necessary to obtain jobs that pay family-sustaining wages. This panel discussion for the release of the report reflects on findings and possible policy implications.

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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.

Video May 18, 2010

The 2010 E Pluribus Unum Prizes award winners were honored at the second annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC, on May 18, 2010. The winners were given the Prizes awards because of their exceptional immigrant integration initiatives. The Prizes seek to reward exemplary efforts that uphold and inspire the ideal of "out of many, one" and motivate others to take on the important work of helping immigrants and their children join the mainstream of U.S. society as well as build stronger ties between immigrants and the native-born.

Winners are the Illinois New Americans Integration Initiative; the Latino Community Credit Union in Durham, NC; Tacoma Community House in Tacoma, WA; and Upwardly Global in San Francisco, CA. McDonald's Corp. of Oak Brook, IL, received the sole honorable mention.

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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.

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Video, Audio May 20, 2009

The E Pluribus Unum Prizes awards recognize outstanding immigrant integration initiatives of all types, whether led by nonprofit or community organizations, businesses, public agencies, religious groups, or individuals.

Award winners in 2009, the inaugural year of the E Pluribus Unum Prizes program: AVANCE-El Paso, City of Littleton, CO Immigrant Integration Initiative, Internationals Network for Public Schools, and Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. The awardees were honored at a reception at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC on May 20.

At the reception, representatives from each organization were given the opportunity to discuss current impact and future goals of their initiatives. 

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Language Access and Schools: Federal Requirements and School Experiences

Language Access and Schools: Federal Requirements and School Experiences

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This discussion covers some of the most difficult issues that must be addressed if the United States is to reform its immigration system in ways that work not only for today’s reality but tomorrow’s future.

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Testimony of Demetrios G. Papademetriou, MPI President, before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives.
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MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy convened a major public policy research symposium focused on young children of immigrants in the U.S.
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January 14, 2013
A delegation of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) visited Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq in late November to discuss the humanitarian crisis with refugees, officials from host and donor governments, representatives of international humanitarian organizations and local nongovernmental agencies; and to get a firsthand look at the work of IRC partners and staff who are directly involved in providing assistance to the refugees and to Syrians trapped inside the country.
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January 7, 2013
MPI has released a major study 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.
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December 14, 2012
The event discussion, which touched on the intersection of race and immigration, focused on the demographics of Black immigrants (both African and Caribbean) in the United States and their children, their educational success, and the implications of the recently released volume’s findings for research and public policy.
October 24, 2012
How the anti-immigrant political movement and rancorous debates surrounding immigration will impact countries’ ability to build strong economies and vibrant, diverse societies is yet to be determined. This discussion focuses on the factors and players that contribute to this environment, an analysis on the current situation in both Europe and the United States, and a discussion on its implications for community cohesion and national identity in European countries and the United States.
October 1, 2012
The conference offers thoughtful, evidence-based law and policy analysis and discussion of cutting-edge immigration issues.


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October 14, 2010
Commissioner Bersin details his agenda for his agency and 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 in this wide-ranging conversation with MPI Senior Fellow Doris Meissner and the audience.
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September 20, 2010
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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July 16, 2010
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June 30, 2010
Testimony of Marc Rosenblum, MPI Senior Policy Analyst, before the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
June 24, 2010
The conference, co-sponsored by Georgetown Law, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and the Migration Policy Institute, focused immigration and refugee law and policy.
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June 9, 2010
Breakfast briefing with T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Demetrios G. Papademetriou, and Kathleen Newland.
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June 7, 2010
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.
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June 3, 2010
MPI report release with Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias, Luzviminda Padilla, Jeni Klugman, and Kathleen Newland, which examines the Philippines' large and sophisticated system of overseas labor deployment.


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