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Isabel Ball is a Research Assistant at MPI, providing program support to the U.S. Immigration Policy Program and the Regional Migration Study Group.
Prior to joining MPI as an intern, Ms. Ball interned at La Coalición de Derechos Humanos in Tucson, Arizona, where she worked on the Missing Migrants Project—an initiative helping families in Mexico and Central America locate their missing migrant relatives.
She has a bachelor’s degree from Lewis & Clark College, where she majored in psychology, with minors in ethnic and Latin American studies.
The fate of the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program could hinge on narrow legal grounds, as became clear when the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the DAPA challenge. This Policy Beat examines the DAPA case and developments regarding the H-1B and EB-5 visa programs, a Department of Homeland Security crackdown on student visa fraud, and more.
The Brussels terrorist attacks have renewed national debate in the United States over whether the U.S. refugee admissions program could be a gateway for terrorists to enter the country. Meanwhile, federal courts have frustrated state efforts to block resettlement of Syrian refugees even as some members of Congress have sought to reform the refugee admissions process through new legislation, as this article explores.
This fact sheet uses U.S. and Mexican apprehensions data to trace the evolving trends in unaccompanied child and family migration from Central America through Mexico and to the United States, and discusses the push factors and pull factors responsible for the increase in flows seen in recent years, as well as the growing role of smuggling organizations.