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Christopher Levesque is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law & Society at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. He is a consultant and former intern with MPI’s U.S. Immigration Policy Program. His research covers the U.S. immigration courts, migratory and demographic trends, and immigrant health. Previously, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Minnesota Population Center and as an immigration paralegal at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, and Loewy.
Dr. Levesque obtained his PhD in sociology from the University of Minnesota. He also holds an MA in sociology from the University of Minnesota and a BA in government and German studies from Cornell University.
With a backlog of nearly 2 million cases, years-long wait times for decisions, and overwhelmed judges whose productivity has declined, the U.S. immigration court system is in urgent need of repair. This report examines the factors that have driven the courts to crisis. It then outlines recommendations that promise to advance the goal of delivering timely and fair decisions, and to support the health of the U.S. immigration system more broadly.
Immigrant workers have been hit hard by the pandemic-related economic crisis across the United States and in many states with the largest immigrant populations. This issue brief examines how workers in different states and different industries have fared, looking at how employment trends have been shaped by state-level factors such as the length and timing of stay-at-home orders and definitions of who is an “essential” worker.