American Immigrant Policy Portal
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In This Issue

Research to Inform Policy and Practice   
on Migration-Related Issues
Policy-related reports, studies, and information about the challenge and promise of immigrant integration. Materials organized by collection topic.
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FeatureResearchFeatured Research
With DACA and DAPA (and perhaps the Trump candidacy for president) 
as the backdrop, Cardoza law professor Peter L. Markowitz seeks to 
understand proper limits on the exercise of prosecutorial discretion.

The author of this article asserts that "there are clear dangers in allowing a president to wield excessive prosecutorial discretion power." He adds that limits must be set in order to "preserve the separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution." Taken to its extremes, he writes, "the power not to enforce could act as a constitutionally suspect second veto for a broad swath of legislation." Although the article focuses on the actions taken by President Obama to protect certain undocumented immigrants from deportation, the author looks at other examples of perceived executive overreach, including President George W. Bush's decision to refrain from prosecuting operators of coal-fired power plants in violation of the 

NewResearchNew Public Policy Research and Reports

Cultural and Linguistic Competency

lcLatest Commentary
A selection of recent OpEds from immigration researchers and major opinion leaders

August 17, 2016
Portraying Muslims as a Threat to Women, Donald Trump Echoes 'Us vs. Them' Refrain
Amanda Taub, The New York Times
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August 17, 2016
The Case for Extreme Immigrant Vetting
George J. Borjas, Politico
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August 14, 2016
Welcoming new immigrants will lift all of us
Ben McAdams, Lane Beattle & Dinesh Patel, The Salt Lake Tribune
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August 9, 2016
How 'They' Become 'We'
Michael Fix, The American Prospect
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August 1, 2016
Mexico is already the immigration 'wall' some politicians want
Mary Speck, The Los Angeles Times
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July 30, 2016
America once excelled at immigrant integration. Here's the way back
Janet Murguia, PBS Newshour
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July 29, 2016
Moving past the immigration impasse in a bipartisan way
Al Cardenas, The Hill
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July 28, 2016
Deep Thinking About Immigration
James Ryerson, The New York Times
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July 28, 2016
Just how big a lie is Trump telling on immigration?
Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post
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July 27, 2016
What the U.S. Presidential Candidates Are Missing in the Immigration Debate
Carl Nettleton, Fortune
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July 27, 2016
Why Unemployment Is Lower When Immigration Is Higher
David Bier, Cato Institute
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July 25, 2016
How the Democratic Party Platform Addresses Immigration
Joshua Breisblatt, American Immigration Council
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