Democratizing Data on Non-Citizens

and the Possibility of Legalization/Regularization

without Federal Immigration Reform

Monday, September 29, 2014
9:15am – 3:00pm
Center for Migration Studies
307 East 60th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10022

Over the last year, the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) has sponsored a series of dialogues on research and civic engagement related to  unauthorized immigrants.  On Monday, September 29, CMS will host a gathering on the findings from three papers that have been commissioned as a result of this process.  The gathering will feature panel discussions with leading academics, researchers, policy-makers and service providers on: (1) a variable developed by Robert Warren (Senior Visiting Fellow, Center for Migration Studies) that will allow researchers and others to search American Community Survey data based on the legal status of non-citizens; (2) a survey of community-based legal service providers by Tom Wong (Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California San Diego) that attempts to estimate the percentage of unauthorized persons that may be eligible for immigration status/relief under current law; and (3) a paper by Roberto Suro (Professor, University of Southern California and Director of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute) on state and local initiatives that have attempted to stabilize the lives and regularize the status of unauthorized persons and their families.

The series is part of CMS’s yearlong celebration of its 50th Anniversary and is made possible through the support of the MacArthur Foundation.


This event is free, but space is limited.  Live webcast will be available here (  We kindly request that you please register only if your attendance is definite.  To register, please visit the registration form or email your name, title, organization and email address to


9:15AM – 11:00AM

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Donald Kerwin, Executive Director, Center for Migration Studies

Democratizing the Data:  A New Variable Showing Foreign-Born Census Data by Legal Status

  • Robert Warren, Senior Visiting Fellow, Center for Migration Studies
  • Jose Pacas, Ph.D. Candidate, Applied Economics, University of Minnesota
  • Guillermina Jasso, Silver Professor, Professor of Sociology, and Department Chair, New York University
  • Vicky Virgin, Research Associate, New York City Center for Economic Opportunity
  • Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center


11:00AM – 12:30PM

The Many Paths to Legal Status: Results and Implications from the PERSON Survey

  • Tom Wong, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego
  • Maria Caba, Director of Operations and Outreach, ATLAS: DIY
  • Jeanne Atkinson, Executive Director, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
  • Juan Osuna, Director, Executive Office for Immigration Review


12:30PM – 1:30PM

Lunch Provided

1:30PM – 3:00PM

Beyond CIR: Driver’s Licenses and Other Opportunities to Improve the Condition of Being Unauthorized

  • Roberto Suro, Professor, University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism; Director of Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, University of Southern California
  • Cristina Rodriguez, Professor, Yale Law School
  • Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
  • Kevin Appleby, Director, Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs, Migration and Refugee Services, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


3:00PM – 4:00PM

CMS Archives Open House and Reception


CMS-50th-Anniv_CMYK_smallCMS also invites you to the Center for Migration Studies 50th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.  For ticket information and sponsorship opportunities, visit