Integration

Integration

Fixing What’s Most Broken in the US Immigration System: A Profile of the Family Members of US Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents Mired in Multiyear Backlogs

This paper offers estimates and a profile of the 1.55 million US residents potentially eligible for a family-based immigration visa based on a qualifying relationship to a US citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) living in their household.  It finds that this population – which is strongly correlated to the 3.7 million persons in family-based visa backlogs – has established long and strong roots in the United States, with US-born citizen children, mortgages, health insurance, and median income and labor force participation rates that exceed those of the overall US population. The paper offers several recommendations to reduce family-based backlogs.  First, it calls for Congress to pass and the administration to implement legislation that provides a path to LPR status for persons in long-term backlogs. This legislation should: 1) define the spouses and minor unmarried children of LPRs as “immediate relatives” not subject to numerical limits, 2) not count the derivative family members of principal visa beneficiaries against per country and annual quotas, and 3) raise per country caps. The administration should also re-issue the visas of legal immigrants who emigrate each year, particularly those who formally abandon LPR status. Finally, Congress should also advance the cutoff date for the US registry program.

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Arturo Ignacio Sánchez of Barnard College reviews Barrio Dreams: Puerto Ricans, Latinos, and the Neoliberal City by Arlene Dávila.  Arlene Dávila brilliantly considers the cultural politics of urban space in this lively exploration of Puerto Rican and Latino experience in New...

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Jeannette Money of University of California, Davis reviews Defining British Citizenship. Empire, Commonwealth and Modern Britain by Rieko Karatani. Rieko Karatani seeks to explain the immigration and citizenship policies in Britain that repeatedly postponed the creation of British citizenship until 1981....

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Barbara Schmitter Heisler of Gettysburg College reviews Migration in European History by Klaus Bade.  Klaus Bade describes that since the fall of the Iron Curtain, migration has become a major cause for concern in many European countries, but migrations to,...

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Nedim Ögelman of University of Texas at Austin reviews Transnational Politics: Turks and Kurds in Germany by Eva Østergaard-Nielsen.  Eva Østergaard-Nielsen uses the Turkish and Kurdish communities in Germany as a case study, offering a unique analysis of trans-state political loyalties...

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Gaston A. Fernandez of Indiana State University reviews This Land is Our Land: Immigrants and Power in Miami, by Alex Stepick, Guillermo Grenier, Marvin Dunn and Max Castro.  The authors describe Miami as the de facto capital of Latin America; it...

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Eric Fong of University of Toronto reviews Destination Canada: Immigration Debates and Issues by Peter S. Li.  Peter Li assesses historical, social, demographic and economic merits of Canada’s immigration policies, arguing the scaling back Canada’s immigration program jeopardizes it national...

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Lucie Cheng of Shih Hsin University reviews Don’t Leave Home: Migration and the Chinese by Wang Gungwu. Wang Gungwu discusses that the Chinese overseas comprise the 25 million or more who left China to settle abroad, and their families and...

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