Analysis

Analysis

The Growing Threat to the US Asylum System: An Analysis of the Trump Administration’s Expansion of Detention and Expedited Removal

Jeanne Atkinson writes on the planned expansion of detention and expedited removal, two of the most egregious measures in the administration’s executive orders and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memoranda....

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Citizenship after Trump

This essay examines citizenship policy under the Trump presidency....

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Pope Francis, Migration, and the Journey to Human Development and Peace

Donald Kerwin, CMS’s Executive Director, provides an overview of the VI International Forum on Migration and Peace, organized by the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) in late February 2017 in Rome, Italy....

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Our Religious Obligations to Refugees and Migrants

Donald Kerwin, CMS's Executive Director, presented this address at the Seminar on Migration and Religion at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands held on February 9 and 10, 2017....

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Address by Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, addressed the SIMN VI International Forum on Migration and Peace in Rome, Italy from February 20-22, 2017. Bishop DiMarzio spoke national engagement on the panel, “Mapping the Migration Activities of Catholic Organizations.”...

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European Courts and Citizens Struggle to do “What’s Right” Amidst Reactionary Migration Law and Policy

This essay examines four European cases highlighting how individual citizens and courts of European Union member states have dealt with situations involving a conflict between doing “what’s right” and “what’s legal.” ...

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National Identity and 3 of the Most Damaging Directives in President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration and Refugees

Donald Kerwin, CMS’ executive director, examines President Donald Trump’s “shock and awe” strategy in the forms of multiple executive orders on immigration and refugees. Kerwin argues that these executive orders create three major risks: (1) Many of the most damaging provisions will evade scrutiny in the glare of high profile issues such as building an unnecessary and unsustainable 2,000 mile border wall; (2) The cynical rationale for the orders (security and safety) will actually stick, if repeated enough times; and (3) Some portion of President Trump’s agenda may actually be implemented at permanent cost to our nation’s well-being, core values, and identity. ...

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Trump’s Executive Orders on Migration and Security: Policy Incompetence, Political Theater or Ideological Pivot?

This essay examines the possible motives behind Trump’s executive orders related to immigrants and refugees. The author considers whether the orders were issued to address policy gaps, whether they are merely political theater to appease Trump’s voter base, and/or whether they serve a broader anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ethno-nationalist agenda. ...

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The Catholic Church’s Commitment to Immigrants and Refugees at the Dawn of the Trump Era

Donald Kerwin, CMS' Executive Director, reflects on the 2016 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference and the Catholic Church's commitment to migrants and refugees as President Trump takes offices....

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“Make America Great Again”… Again?

In this essay, Alan M. Kraut, University Professor of History at American University, traces the origin of the “Make America Great Again” slogan to nativists of the early 20th century....

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The EU Agreement with Turkey: Does it Jeopardize Refugees’ Rights?

On March 7, 2016, the European Union (EU) and Turkey drew up an agreement for cooperation with the aim of reducing the flow of migrants and refugees — mostly Syrian — crossing the Aegean Sea and taking the Balkan route to arrive in Europe. This essay discusses how the EU-Turkey agreement violates the body of rights and obligations that apply to all EU member states and the international conventions regarding asylum. ...

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Mainstreaming Involuntary Migration in Development Policies

This essay addresses the issue of how best to insert migration concerns into development planning, as a part of a process of thinking more broadly about US migration policies and interests....

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Migrants and Refugees in Pope Francis’s Transformative Vision of Church and Society

The 2016 Father Lydio F. Tomasi, c.s. Annual Lecture delivered by Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ, Distinguished Scholar in Pastoral Theology and Latino Studies and Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, on November 28, 2016 at the fourth national gathering of the Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative in San Diego, California....

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The Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration: Issues to Consider

The adoption of the New York Declaration on the Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on September 19 has launched a new process to negotiate two compacts by 2018: the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (hereinafter referred to as the Global Compact on Migration). Agreeing to a new Global Compact on Refugees should be challenging enough, but reaching an agreement on a Global Compact on Migration will require skill, patience, and, above all, compromise…

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A Faith-Based Reflection on the Global Crisis in Refugee Protection

This essay offers a reflection on the global crisis in refugee protection from a faith perspective at a time of great uncertainty regarding the US and global response to refugees....

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New Data and Analysis Confirms Stable Growth in Immigration

This report reviews the latest information available about the growth of the foreign-born population and provides information about recently arrived temporary residents in the population. The report finds that foreign-born population growth, legal and undocumented, as well as new arrivals, have remained fairly stable over the past few years....

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The Roots of Central America’s Exodus

Kevin Casas-Zamora, Senior Fellow and Program Director at The Inter-American Dialogue, delivered this address at the DACOR Bacon House Foundation 2016 Annual Conference “The Challenges of Contemporary Mass Migration.” In his speech, Casas-Zamora discusses the structural problems affecting the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador causing emigration, particularly by children and family units....

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Surge in Immigration in 2014 and 2015? The Evidence Remains Illusory

Robert Warren, CMS’s Senior Visiting Fellow, conducts a detailed analysis of immigration to the United States in 2014 and 2015, refuting claims of a surge in undocumented immigration....

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On Climate Change, Migration and Policy

Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today. It’s an honor to be asked to fill in for Walter Kälin, with whom I worked closely when we served as co-directors of the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement for four years. Today I would like to talk about some......

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Nativism, An American Perennial

This essay provides a historical analysis of the nativist rhetoric that has prevailed in American politics, and which became a prominent theme in American political discourse during the 2016 presidential campaign. ...

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“Empathy and a Sense of Responsibility Motivate Communities Around the World to Help Refugees”

We’re about to commemorate another World Refugee Day. While we all hope for peace, millions languish and remain on the move: 263,000 Burundi refugees, 987,000 refugees and IDPs [internally displaced persons] fleeing violence in Central African Republic, and then more than twice as many from the Democratic Republic of the......

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“Accepting Refugees from the Middle East is a Test of Our Nation’s Values”

Thank you for the kind introduction. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be here today at this event to discuss our obligations as a nation and global community to our brothers and sisters fleeing violence in the Middle East. I have traveled extensively in that part of the......

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Due Process for Immigrant Children and Families: More Than Legal Representation

The due process clause is one of America’s great inspirations, one of its better angels. Indeed, the clause’s birth in 1868 — over presidential veto by Andrew Johnson and conjoined with the equal protection and birthright citizenship provisions — firmly rooted it at the center of the American legal experience......

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Treating Syrian Refugees as a National Security Threat: Do the Means Fit the End?

In this essay, Donald Kerwin, CMS’ executive director, seeks to move the nation’s debate on the twin imperatives of national security and refugee protection beyond the current politically-charged and misguided dialogue on Syrian refugees....

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Advancing Immigrant Integration, Well-Being and Empowerment

Allow me first to thank the co-organizers of this important event – the National Partnership for New Americans and the New York Immigration Coalition – for bringing us together and for their important work on these issues over so many years.  Thanks as well to the event’s executive committee, to its sponsors......

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Immigration’s Enigma Principle: Protection and Paradox

I’m going to talk today more about prudence than about law.  In part is this because I am discouraged about the current refugee situation – not despairing, but leaning pessimistic, which is uncharacteristic for me.  The world is more dangerous, governance structures are weakening, conflict is more widespread and vicious,......

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Immigration and Communion: Building American Catholicism in the 21st Century

The 2015 Father Lydio F. Tomasi, c.s. Annual Lecture delivered by Hosffman Ospino, Ph D, Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College, on October 1, 2015 at the third national gathering of the Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative in El Paso, Texas....

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International Migration, Human Dignity, and the Challenge of Sovereignty

Address delivered at the 5th International Forum on Migration and Peace in Berlin, Germany....

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The Emergence and Evolution of the Concepts of Human Rights and Human Security

This essay provides a historical analysis on the concept of human security. The author examines how religious traditions and schools of thought converged and developed an evolving consciousness of human rights and human security. ...

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US-born Children of Undocumented Residents: Numbers and Characteristics in 2013

Introduction The constitutionally guaranteed right to US citizenship to persons born in the United States has received considerable attention in the 2016 Republican presidential campaign. A recent report [1] by the Pew Research Center describes long-term trends in births of US-born children to undocumented residents and it provides a general description......

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The Estimated Undocumented Population is 11 Million. How Do We Know?

The purpose of this report is to briefly describe the origin of the widely reported estimate of 11 million and to show why claims of much higher numbers are not credible. Thus the author addresses two questions (1) how was the 11 million numbers derived? (2) could the actual number be 15, 20, or even 30 million? The author provides a simple framework for computing the estimate of 11 million and the potential range of error around each component of the estimate. ...

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A New Upsurge in Unauthorized Immigration from Mexico Not Likely

On August 13, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) released a report based on data collected in the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS). The report, available at http://cis.org/Immigrant-Population-Hits-Record-Second-Quarter-2015, stated: “After falling or growing little in recent years, the number of Mexican immigrants again seems to be growing significantly.” The......

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A Humane Approach Can Work: The Effectiveness of Alternatives to Detention for Asylum Seekers

This report reviews emerging research on the release of asylum seekers from detention, including the impact of various forms of alternatives to detention (ATD), summarizes the primary harms caused by immigration detention, and argues that releasing asylum seekers (on alternatives as needed) and affording legal assistance can protect the rights of asylum seekers and facilitate compliance with proceedings and legitimate removals, at far less human and financial cost than detention. ...

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Reaching Undocumented Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States

This white paper identifies areas of need when it comes to outreach targeted at undocumented Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). Using an innovative method to estimate the characteristics of the undocumented population, this paper provides a national overview of the undocumented AAPI population, a state-by-state comparison of aggregate estimates, and a state-by-state comparison by national origin group, focusing on China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Korea. This paper also uses factor analysis to identify 50 areas of need where the undocumented AAPI population in a place is characterized by low English language use, high poverty rates, and low educational attainment. This white paper is part of a larger collaborative project on the undocumented AAPI population. ...

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A Plan to Transform the US Immigrant Detention System
The US immigrant detention system serves two legitimate purposes, to ensure that persons in removal proceedings appear for their hearings and (if so ordered) can be deported and, in rare cases, to protect the public. Unlocking Human Dignity: A Plan...

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Immigrant Relatives of US Military Allowed to Stay
In November 2013, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum clarifying that federal immigration officials may “parole in place” non-criminal immigrant family members of active-duty service members, reservists and veterans of the US armed forces. The grant...

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In a new piece for the Huffington Post, CMS Executive Director Donald Kerwin explores provisions of the Corker-Hoeven amendment to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) that would prevent newly legal residents from receiving up to...

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The Stateless in the United States
The proposed Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) includes provisions to regularize the status of stateless persons within the United States (S. 744, Sec. 3405). These provisions follow a recent report from the UN High Commissioner...

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Lessons From IRCA for the House Judiciary Committee
On May 22, 2013, the US House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “S. 744 and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986: Lessons Learned or Mistakes Repeated?” In a new piece for The Huffington Post, CMS Executive Director Donald Kerwin...

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The Gang of 8 and Accountable Border Enforcement
Executive Director Donald Kerwin examines the proposed border enforcement reforms enumerated in The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (the bill introduced by the Gang of 8) for The Huffington Post. To read the full article: Donald M. Kerwin, “The Gang...

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New Estimates of Visa Overstays by State
Robert Warren, former demographer for the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), provides new estimates on visa overstays in a short paper entitled, “A Review of the Declining Numbers of Visa Overstays in the United States from 2000 to 2009.” These...

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Fixing Immigration Detention Through Immigration Reform
In a blog for the Huffington Post, CMS Executive Director Donald Kerwin discusses the need to repair the immigration detention system and proposes how to improve deficiencies through US immigration reform. To read the full article: Donald M. Kerwin, “Fix the Immigration Detention...

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  Press Release Contact: Rachel Reyes rreyes@cmsny.org; 212.337.3080 Released, June 26, 2012 Center for Migration Studies and Scalabrini International Migration Network Urge Congressional Action in Light of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Arizona v. United States The Center for Migration...

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On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama announced that the so-called “DREAMers”- young people raised in the United States but without legal status – would be granted “deferred action” in two-year increments, as well as work authorization.  “Deferred action” is...

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Mainstreaming Migration: The Merits and Potential of the Migration and Development Framework

Donald Kerwin, Executive Director for the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), delivered this address at a joint conference entitled, "Mainstreaming Migration into Development Planning: Assessing the Evidence, Continuing the Dialogue," co-hosted by CMS and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). ...

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The US refugee protection system has long been a source of national pride and a symbol of US openness to the world’s dispossessed.   This system seeks to enable those fleeing persecution to reach protection, while preventing terrorist and criminal infiltration;...

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A Modest Idea Becomes a More Modest Proposed Rule
CMS Executive Director Donald Kerwin spoke on January 12 in Salt Lake City at the annual meeting of the Catholic Justice for Immigrants’ (JFI) campaign.  He had been asked to speak about the Secure Communities program and the federal government’s...

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On January 9, 2012, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed rule for comment that would allow certain persons with approved family-based immigrant visa petitions to seek waivers in the United States for time they have spent in unlawful...

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