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Delegation and Divergence: A Study of 287(g) State and Local Immigration Enforcement

Posted in US Immigration Policy, Immigrant Integration, Mobility and Security by migrationpolicy on January 31st, 2011

287g Event at MPIThis event discusses the release of the MPI report, Delegation and Divergence: A Study of 287(g) State and Local Immigration Enforcement. The report, and the discussion, assessed implementation and U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) oversight of the nation’s 72 active 287(g) programs, examining whether local enforcement matches up with ICE’s articulated priorities. The study provides ICE data nationally and by jurisdiction on non-citizens referred for removal through 287(g) as well as the criminal offenses for which they were detained, and assesses the impact of enforcement on local communities. The discussion was opened by Muzaffar Chishti, Director, MPI office at NYU School of Law, then followed by report author Randy Capps, MPI Demographer and Senior Policy Analyst. Also commenting was LeRoy Kirkegard, Captain of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO).

Download the report here. Watch event audio here.

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Using Translation and Interpretation Technology to Serve Limited English Proficient Individuals

Posted in US Immigration Policy by migrationpolicy on January 25th, 2011

Language Access technology This webinar held on January 25, 2011 focused on MPI’s report entitled Communicating More for Less: Using Translation and Interpretation Technology to Serve Limited English Proficient Individuals. The discussion was moderated by Margie McHugh, Co-Director of MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. The speaker for the webinar was Jessica Sperling the report author and a researcher on language access issues.

For more information on MPI’s language access work, visit www.migrationpolicy.org/integration.

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Does Low-Skilled Immigration Hurt the US Economy? Assessing the Evidence

Posted in US Immigration Policy, Immigrant Integration, Labor Migration by migrationpolicy on January 13th, 2011

Holzer event This Migration Policy Institute event discusses the release of the MPI report, Immigration Policy and Less-skilled Workers in the United States: Reflections on Future Directions for Reform. The report, and the discussion, examine economists’ views on the costs and benefits of low-skilled immigration, and some policy options to reform the U.S. immigration system to make it more economically beneficial. Among the options discussed: Providing legal pathways for low-skilled workers, allowing less-skilled workers on employment-based visas to switch employers more easily and gain a path to citizenship, and setting employer visa fees at a level sufficient to offset some of the costs that low-skilled immigration imposes. The discussion is opened by MPI Senior Vice President, Michael Fix, followed by the report author, Harry Holzer, a professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. Commenting on the report findings are Demetrios G. Papademetriou, President, MPI; Darrell M. West, Vice President and Director of Governance Studies, Brookings Institution; and Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director of MPI’s US Immigration Policy Program.

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