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Our current research on immigration is focused on merit scholarships, immigration policy, and Latino civil rights.

The country is in the throes of the largest migration in American history. Led by Latinos and Asians, the fastest growing minority populations, this immigration boom was spurred in part by the l965 Immigration Act and has already transformed the racial composition of the United States. The number of Latino students has more than quadrupled since the late l960s and now surpasses the number of African American children in public schools. And while only a half century ago the country was only about a seventh nonwhite, within the next four decades there will be no racial majority, and people of color will actually outnumber whites in the general population - a demographic shift already appearing at an accelerating rate among preschool children who are now predominantly nonwhite. There is no greater challenge facing our nation than racial equity.

 

Recent Immigration Research

 

Research Item When Families Are Deported: Schooling for US-Citizen Students in Mexico
This paper summarizes existing research, analyzes response efforts by the Mexican government, and recommends ways federal and state governments in the U.S. can partner with Mexican institutions to meet the educational needs of the estimated 600,000 US-citizen students attending preschool through high school in Mexico.
Research Item Stressed, Overworked, and Not Sure Whom to Trust: The Impacts of Recent Immigration Enforcement on our Public School Educators
In interviews with educators, researchers probed the impact of immigration enforcement policy on the educators themselves. This is the second piece of a national survey on the effects of immigration enforcement on teaching and learning in our nation's public schools.
Research Item From Plyler to Sanctuary: Eduation Policies Promoting a Welcoming and Safe Environment for Immigrant Families
This is a forthcoming working paper that summarizes the education policies and immigration laws that guarantee equal access to education and protects the rights of students from an immigrant background in the public K-12 school system.
Research Item U.S. Immigration Enforcement Policy and Its Impact on Teaching and Learning in the Nation's Schools
This working paper presents findings from a national survey of educators from more than 730 schools across 24 districts and 12 states who responded to questions probing the Impact of Immigration Enforcement on Teaching and Learning in the Nation’s Schools.
Research Item Immigrants, Immigrant Policy, and Foundation of the Next Century's Latino Politics: The Declining Salience of the Civil Rights Agenda in an Era of High Immigration
The fundamental question that we ask in this paper is whether the public policy needs of immigrant Latinos can be understood as part of the civil rights agenda. Our tentative answer is that they are distinct. If this is the case, we indicate that the policy needs of immigrants will steadily eclipse the civil rights issues that have galvanized Latino elites and, to a lesser extent, Latinos as a whole from the 1960s to the present.
Research Item Asian Students and Multiethnic Desegregation
Are Asians in educational settings that are similar or different from other minorities? This study examines one key aspect of that question by comparing the level of racial segregation Asians face compared to other minority groups.
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