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Every day, organizations worldwide are engaged in a collective two steps forward, one step back march toward improved immigration services and policies. What hard-earned lessons are these nonprofits, and the foundations that support them, learning from their persistent efforts? This collection of evaluations, case studies, and lessons learned exposes and explores the nuances of effective collaboration, the value of coordinated messaging, the bedrock of ongoing advocacy efforts, and the vital importance of long-term and flexible funding.

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Race, Ethnicity, and American Views of Immigration and Diversity

May 23, 2023

Political affiliation is far more closely associated with immigration policy preferences than race or ethnicity, polling finds.The connections generated by globalization complicate narratives surrounding immigration and diversity. The US is also more racially diverse than ever and national security is shifting, politicized, and tied to identity. In this context, how do different groups understand immigration and diversity? To better understand these relationships, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the New America Foundation have partnered to conduct novel research on the views of Black, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans as part of the 2022 Chicago Council Survey.

Lives at Risk: Barriers and Harms As Biden Asylum Ban Takes Effect

May 19, 2023

This joint report presents findings and recommendations regarding the end of the Title 42 policy and the implementation of punitive policies along the border, including the Biden administration's new asylum ban. From May 10 to 12, adelegation of human, civil, and immigrants' rights leaders saw firsthand the difficulties that people seeking asylum face when attempting to secure appointments at U.S. ports of entry via the CBP One app; the barriers some face waiting and trying to seek asylum at ports of entry without a CBP One appointment; the squalid and inhumane living conditions of migrants at the border; and the violence and anti-Black racism that people seeking asylum endure while waiting in Mexico.

Refugees & Asylum Seekers

STAATUS Index 2023: Attitudes towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

May 2, 2023

The annual  Social Tracking of Asian Americans in the U.S. (STAATUS) Index is the leading study on perceptions and attitudes towards the AAPI community.In our third year, we are starting to see how Americans' views of Asian Americans are changing.Findings from STAATUS over the last three years show that we cannot attribute the anti-Asian sentiment in our country to political rhetoric and the COVID-19 pandemic alone. Racism against AAPIs is deeply embedded in American history, culture, and institutions and continues to be on the rise.

Great Migration to Global Immigration: A Profile of Black Boston

April 7, 2023

Symbolized by the unveiling of The Embrace - the memorial to Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King and dozens of other Boston civil rights leaders - new efforts have blossomed to help realize the unfulfilled promise of racial equity in our region. Recent political organizing has generated a new class of Black elected leadership. And the public discourse has shifted, with more people newly open to considering policy steps to repair past harms and build systems that are truly inclusive and welcoming. But there remains work to be done.With this backdrop, Great Migration to Global Immigration: A Profile of Black Boston analyzes the region's unique and growing intra-Black diversity, explores how the growing Black middle-class has helped revitalize cities and towns outside of Boston's inner core, and details how disparities by income and wealth manifest across Black communities.

In Their Own Words: Asian Immigrants’ Experiences Navigating Language Barriers in the United States

December 19, 2022

New immigrant arrivals to the United States face many challenges and obstacles when navigating their daily lives. For Asian immigrants, these include language and cultural obstacles that impact those who arrive with little to no proficiency in English. But navigating life in America also impacts English-speaking immigrants as they adjust to life in a new country with its own unique linguistic and cultural quirks.In 2021, Pew Research Center conducted 49 focus groups with Asian immigrants to understand the challenges they faced, if any, after arriving in the country. The focus groups consisted of 18 distinct Asian origins and were conducted in 17 Asian languages.This report explores three broad themes from the focus group discussions: the challenges Asian immigrants have faced in navigating daily life and communicating in English; tools and strategies they used to learn the language; and types of help they received from others in adapting to English-speaking settings. The experiences discussed may not resonate with all Asian U.S. immigrants, but the study sought to capture a wide range of views by including participants of different languages, immigration or refugee experiences, educational backgrounds and income levels.

Bolstering Minority- and Immigrant-Owned Businesses by Scaling Up CDFIs

December 12, 2022

To bolster New York's minority- and immigrant-owned businesses and help create community and generational wealth in underserved and under-resourced neighborhoods, city and state leaders should provide new resources to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), enabling them to scale up their operations, boost the number of businesses they help with financing and advising, and extend their reach into communities with the greatest needs.This policy brief puts forth several achievable recommendations for helping New York City's CDFIs expand their reach and increase the number of minority- and immigrant-owned businesses they can serve with small loans, technical assistance, and other support services. The brief, made possible thanks to a grant from HSBC, also documents why CDFIs are crucial to bolstering New York City's most vulnerable businesses and provides a new level of detail about the capacity challenges facing CDFIs on the ground today.

Uncovering the Truth: Violence and Abuse Against Black Migrants in Immigration Detention

October 26, 2022

Studies show that Black immigrants face a significantly harsher reality inside Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities, with increased risks of deportation, higher bond amounts, solitary confinement, physical and emotional abuse, and more. For years, organizations such as Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), The UndocuBlack Network, Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (BLMP), and Haitian Bridge Alliance have exposed the abusive and disparate treatment of Black migrants. Meanwhile, courageous detained individuals have organized and resisted against egregious abuse by coordinating mass hunger strikes, circulating petitions with their podmates, and demanding accountability and their release from detention. Each act of resistance and exposure has led to greater public awareness and power building inside detention facilities. However, ICE continues to fail in making any structural changes, and the agency continues to operate with near-total impunity from its acts of violence.In this study, we reviewed nearly 17,000 calls made to the Freedom for Immigrants National Immigration Detention Hotline over a period of six years (January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2021). The data reveals a compelling and disturbing pattern of racism, violence, and harm perpetrated by ICE specifically against Black migrants in immigration detention.


The Statue of Liberty Plan: A Progressive Vision for Migration in the Age of Climate Change

August 24, 2022

This report discusses the links between climate change and migration, and proposes a new plan—the Statue of Liberty Plan—for the US to reject nativism and instead embrace a new narrative and policies that would make the US the most welcoming country on earth for migrants and refugees. Adoption of the plan would counter authoritarian appeals, advance national economic and cultural renewal, and strengthen and protect multiracial democracy.

What It Means To Be Asian in America: The lived experiences and perspectives of Asian Americans in their own words

August 2, 2022

No single experience defines what it means to be Asian in the United States today. Instead, Asian Americans' lived experiences are in part shaped by where they were born, how connected they are to their family's ethnic origins, and how others – both Asians and non-Asians – see and engage with them in their daily lives. Yet despite diverse experiences, backgrounds and origins, shared experiences and common themes emerged when we asked: "What does it mean to be Asian in America?"In the fall of 2021, Pew Research Center undertook the largest focus group study it had ever conducted – 66 focus groups with 264 total participants – to hear Asian Americans talk about their lived experiences in America. The focus groups were organized into 18 distinct Asian ethnic origin groups, fielded in 18 languages and moderated by members of their own ethnic groups. Because of the pandemic, the focus groups were conducted virtually, allowing us to recruit participants from all parts of the United States. This approach allowed us to hear a diverse set of voices – especially from less populous Asian ethnic groups whose views, attitudes and opinions are seldom presented in traditional polling. The approach also allowed us to explore the reasons behind people's opinions and choices about what it means to belong in America, beyond the preset response options of a traditional survey.

Power of the Purse: Contributions of Hispanic Americans in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission Metro Area

June 3, 2022

New research from the American Immigration Council underscores the crucial role Hispanic Texans play in the metro area's labor force, population growth, and economy. This new fact sheet was prepared in partnership with the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Texans for Economic Growth.

Power of the Purse: Contributions of Hispanic Americans in the Rio Grande Valley

June 3, 2022

New research from the American Immigration Council underscores the crucial role Hispanic Texans play in the Rio Grande Valley's labor force, population growth, and economy. This new fact sheet was prepared in partnership with the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Texans for Economic Growth.

A Timeline of Texas Migration and BIPOC Resistance

May 6, 2022

While there has been a long history of efforts to erase and exclude immigrants, BIPOC, and other marginalized communities, this timeline shows how powerfully communities in Texas have resisted. From Indigenous nations fighting to preserve their culture to BIPOC communities organizing to end the criminalization of Black and Brown lives, people have sought to protect their freedom to move, stay, work, and thrive.