This paper speaks to another reason to question the necessity and value of a 2,000-mile wall along the US-Mexico border: It does not reflect the reality of how the large majority of persons now become undocumented. The paper presents information about the mode of arrival of the undocumented population that resided in the United States in 2014. To simplify the presentation, it divides the 2014 population into two groups: overstays and entries without inspection (EWIs). The estimates are based primarily on detailed estimates of the undocumented population in 2014 compiled by CMS and estimates of overstays for 2015 derived by the US Department of Homeland Security.
The US Immigration Reform Initiative, a series of essays and papers, seeks to look beyond recent and current US immigration debates to outline a flexible, secure, and evidence-based immigration system that would serve the nation’s interests, reflect its liberal democratic...
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.
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.
President Trump signed three executive orders the week of January 23 which offend the dignity and threaten the rights of immigrants and refugees both in the United States and globally. On January 25 at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS),...
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.
This video features the welcome by Karen Grisez (Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP) and the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn. The video also features the keynote by Nancy Foner (City University of New York) on "Immigrants and Islam in the United States and Western Europe: Barriers to Inclusion and the Implications for US and European Integration Trajectories and Policy Development." Douglas Gurak (CMS) moderates, and Jamie Winders (Syracuse University) responds.
CMS and the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN), a not-for-profit organization focusing on protection and development programs for migrants, report back from a fact-finding mission in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico where the delegation toured migrant detention and return facilities, met with public officials and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and assessed how the US-Mexico policies of deterrence and interdiction have impacted the region and particularly those seeking to flee the record levels of violence in the Northern Triangle states of Central America.
A few days before the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) is releasing a new in-depth report examining refugee protection and national security. The paper, titled “How Robust Refugee...
This paper makes the case that refugee protection and national security should be viewed as complementary, not conflicting state goals. It argues that refugee protection can further the security of refugees, affected states, and the international community. Refugees and international migrants can also advance national security by contributing to a state’s economic vitality, military strength, diplomatic standing, and civic values. The paper identifies several strategies that would, if implemented, promote both security and refugee protection. It also outlines additional steps that the US Congress should take to enhance US refugee protection policies and security. Finally, it argues for the efficacy of political engagement in support of pro-protection, pro-security policies, and against the assumption that political populism will invariably impede support for refugee protection.