Since 2012, CMS has gone through a period of renewal, growth and innovation, and it has expanded its reach and influence. The 2019 Annual Report details the achievements of CMS over the last eight years. During this time, CMS has:
- Created the Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS), a peer-reviewed public policy journal that serves as a highly effective instrument for developing and promoting evidence-based policy ideas;
- Established the Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative, which seeks to strengthen and expand the work of diverse Catholic and other faith-based institutions on immigrant integration, defense and empowerment;
- Published the International Migration Review, which obtained the highest historic impact factor rating over a five-year period of any migration journal;
- Designed and launched the Migration Update, a weekly digest of news, reports, policy updates in English and Spanish, and reflections from pastoral workers and others who work with migrants;
- Offered 87 strategic events, ranging from multi-day, signature conferences, to half-day strategic gatherings on particular issues;
- Created a widely-used, publicly accessible data tool that offers geographically precise data on the US undocumented population, US naturalization-eligible population, temporary protected status (TPS) recipients, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, refugees, and immigrant essential workers;
- Received over 500,000 page views on its website, cmsny.org, in 2019; and
- Become a go-to resource for journalists.
CMS has pursued these projects against a backdrop of rising nationalism and multiple crises that have diminished the prospects of countless migrants and refugees. In 2020, CMS is building on its strengths and redoubling its commitment to rights-respecting immigration policies by providing research on immigrant essential workers, lifting up inclusive state and local responses to COVID-19, and moving its signature conferences online to improve accessibility. Now more than ever, CMS remains committed to bringing facts, values, and good policy ideas to the public dialogue on immigration.