Practical Solutions for Addressing the Immigration Challenge
It is clear that the U.S. immigration system as it stands today has not kept pace with the changing times, especially with America’s dramatic demographic shifts and its medium- and long-term labor market needs. Addressing the estimated 10.5 million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States is key to undertaking systemic immigration reform. This project, supported by a grant from the Charles Koch Foundation, develops frameworks and policy recommendations for resolving the immigration status of millions of undocumented migrants in the United States by exploring alternative solutions for conditional residency and work authorization.
On May 5, 2021, the Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico and Center for Houston’s Future held a workshop on the state of immigration in the United States and more specifically, the status of the U.S. undocumented resident population. The workshop involved 36 participants, including academic researchers, lawyers and other legal scholars, policy analysts, and on-the-ground immigration practitioners.
The workshop report is available here.
A New Opportunity to Build a 21st-Century Immigration Court System by Elizabeth Mendoza, J.D.
The Quest for Elusive Reform: Undocumented Immigrants in a Polarized Nation by Daniel Tichenor, Ph.D.
The Materialization of a Dream: Creating a Pathway to Permanent Residency for DACA Recipients by Catherine Glazer, J.D.
Events and Activities
2021 Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS) Virtual Conference, April 15-17, 2021
Center for the United States and Mexico researchers Tony Payan, José Iván Rodríguez Sánchez, Pamela Cruz and commissioned research authors Daniel Tichenor, Anna Ferri and Catherine Glazer participated in a panel at the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS) conference titled “Practical Solutions for Addressing the Immigration Challenge.” Authors presented their research and received feedback from attendees. View the full conference program here.
- “Judy Ley Allen Mexico Centered” podcast, episode 58: “The Path to Permanent Residency for DREAMers” with Catherine Glazer, April 1, 2021
- Baker Institute “Policy Matters: Points and Perspectives” podcast, episode “Is there a migrant crisis at the border?” with Tony Payan and Pamela Cruz, April 15, 2021
- Rational Middle podcast, episode 94: “The State of Immigration with Laura Goldberg and Pamela Lizette Cruz,” August 25, 2021
What is the biggest challenge in immigration reform today? — Interview with the Charles Koch Foundation
Amid multiple crises, immigration cannot be forgotten — Tony Payan, Commentary, The Hill, January 2021