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Assistant Professor of Sociology, Temple University
James D. Bachmeier is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Temple University. His research is focused on patterns of immigrant incorporation in the United States, illegal migration, and the measurement of immigrant legal status. He is an MPI Nonresident Fellow.
Dr. Bachmeier’s research has been published in leading social science journals, including Social Forces, Demography, International Migration Review, and Social Science Research. Along with Frank D. Bean and Susan K. Brown, he is also the author of Parents Without Papers: The Progress and Pitfalls of Mexican American Integration (Russell Sage Foundation, 2015). He is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Population Association of America.
Prior to joining the Sociology Department at Temple in 2013, Dr. Bachmeier was a postdoctoral researcher in the Population Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. in sociology in 2010 from the University of California, Irvine.
Nearly 2 million immigrants with college degrees in the United States—one out of every four—are employed in low-skilled jobs or unable to find work. This report explores this skill underutilization, often referred to as brain waste, and offers the first-ever economic costs of underemployment for immigrants in the United States: More than $39 billion in forgone wages and a resulting $10 billion in unrealized tax receipts.
This MPI-Urban Institute report examines the population of 3.6 million unauthorized immigrants potentially eligible for the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program, finding that work authorization and relief from deportation could boost their incomes, decrease poverty, and mitigate harms of parental unauthorized status for the 4.3 million minor children living in these families.