In The News: Executive Authority and the Humanitarian Crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border

In The News: Executive Authority and the Humanitarian Crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border by Erin M. Stephens Compounding conservative ire, President Obama announced last week that he would use his executive power to push through changes in immigration policy as the House has failed to pass the Senate approved immigration policy or any other immigration reforms. Among the actions he has already taken is DACA, … Continue reading In The News: Executive Authority and the Humanitarian Crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border

In the News: STEM Workers & Immigration Policy

In the News: STEM Workers & Immigration Policy By Erin M. Stephens A report recently released by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) argues that there is no shortage of STEM Workers in the United States. Indeed, the center found that in 2012 there were 12.1 million people with STEM degrees (native and foreign-born) for only 5.3 million STEM jobs. This report echoes similar findings … Continue reading In the News: STEM Workers & Immigration Policy

In the News: While Congress Stalls, States Lead Immigration Reform

As highlighted in the last In the News, lack of faith in the Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform has caused groups to lobby for smaller pieces of legislation (i.e. visa reform, changes in deportation policy). Congress inaction has also pushed states and local governments to create their own solutions for the broken immigration system. A recent report by the Center for American Progress (CAP) … Continue reading In the News: While Congress Stalls, States Lead Immigration Reform

Personal Experiences at the US-Mexico border

By Jean Boucher The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) brings together a team of faculty, researchers, and graduate students from various professional and personal experiences. Read below the reflections of one of our graduate students, Jean Boucher, on his experience at the U.S.-Mexico border and how it inspired his work at the IIR. Jean’s Experience at the  US-Mexico border In the summer of 2007, I … Continue reading Personal Experiences at the US-Mexico border

In the News: The Push and Pull of Immigration

In March, Democrats challenged the GOP by trying to push through immigration reform using a discharge petition to force the vote- it’s still short the required 217 signatures. Why the rush? Many are concerned that if immigration reform does not go through this session, the midterm elections in the fall and the following 2-year race for the 2016 presidency will keep a controversial topic like … Continue reading In the News: The Push and Pull of Immigration