MPI researchers and representatives from London and Detroit discuss the policies and strategies used—both at national and local levels—to attract immigrants into local economies and the challenges faced in doing so.
This telebriefing by Doris Meissner and Marc Rosenblum of MPI examines factors behind the flow of unaccompanied children from Central America and Mexico to the United States, which has surged 90 percent since last year. The talk also previews a policy brief on unaccompanied minors that MPI will release in July.
A discussion on policies regarding immigrant parent detentions and deportations, related child protection issues, and the implications for the immigration enforcement and child welfare systems. This event is also the release of a related Women's Refugee Commission toolkit for detained or deported parents and those who work on the issue.
Winners of the 2nd annual E Pluribus Unum Prizes awarded to exceptional immigrant integration initiatives by MPI's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy 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. The Prizes seek to reward exemplary efforts that uphold and update the ideal of "out of many, one" and inspire 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. Award winners were honored at the second annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC, on May 18, 2010. Watch highlights of the ceremony here.
Book release with Susan Ginsburg, MPI Nonresident Fellow and former Senior Counsel, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (9/11 Commission); Michael German, Policy Counsel on National Security, Immigration and Privacy, American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office; Luis Rubio, President, CIDAC (Center of Research for Development) and instructor at Mexico's intelligence agency school; and Donald M. Kerwin, Jr., MPI Vice President for Programs.
A briefing by Stefano Severe, the UNHCR Representative in Chad, and Peter de Clercq, the UNHCR Representative in Sudan, on the latest developments and challenges concerning refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the region. Moderated by Kathleen Newland, Director of MPI's Refugee Policy Program.
The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, the Center for Applied Linguistics, and the Migration Policy Institute hosted a discussion on the effects of English-only policies on English language learners, with book author Patricia Gándara, Megan Hopkins, UCLA; Diane August, Center for Applied Linguistics; Daniel Losen, UCLA Civil Rights Project; Roberto J. Rodríguez, The White House Domestic Policy Council; and Michael Fix, MPI.
Public Policy Institute of California researchers Magnus Lofstrom and Laura Hill discuss their research examining the potential labor market outcomes and other possible economic effects of a legalization program. The discussion was moderated by Doris Meissner, MPI Senior Fellow and Director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program, with comments from MPI Senior Policy Analyst Randy Capps and Sherrie A. Kossoudji, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, University of Michigan.