Behind the Times: Still No Sign of Immigration Reform

By Courtney Maurer, Director of Research The U.S. is home to an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. These people are extremely valuable to our country, contributing to both the U.S. labor force and to their communities culturally and economically, and often have U.S. born children of their own. Without legal status or pathways to citizenship, … Continue reading Behind the Times: Still No Sign of Immigration Reform

Feeling at Home: The Importance of Religious Institutions for the Immigrant Resettling Experience in the US

By Thea Rose, Communications Intern Migrating to the United States from any other country is an extremely complex choice to make. And for many, facing the burden of starting over in an unfamiliar place can inevitably bring up a conflict of identity, individuality and, sometimes, spiritual questioning.  Historically, religious institutions were among the most crucial … Continue reading Feeling at Home: The Importance of Religious Institutions for the Immigrant Resettling Experience in the US

BRIC Discourse: Why You Should Analyze Your News Sources

By Jacob Lintner, Communications Intern It’s always important to monitor where we get our news and how we talk about marginalized communities. With rampant vocal ideological division ever-present, this becomes paramount. We’re in an age where just about anyone can build a platform and spread their ideas to a wide audience. That means that fact … Continue reading BRIC Discourse: Why You Should Analyze Your News Sources

Recreo Coffee & Roasterie, an Immigrant-Owned Business Spotlight

In a time that's been difficult on everyone, we wanted to give praise to some of the hard-working cornerstones of our communities. For the first installment of our Immigrant-Owned Business Spotlight, we talked to Hector and Miriam Morales, who own and operate Recreo Coffee & Roasterie. The two have been serving sustainably sourced, homegrown coffee … Continue reading Recreo Coffee & Roasterie, an Immigrant-Owned Business Spotlight

287(g) Agreements and their Detrimental Effects

By Courtney Maurer, Director of Research  Since its founding, the United States has had a complicated relationship with immigration, favoring certain immigrant groups and holding anti-immigrant sentiments towards others. This anti-immigrant sentiment has been embodied in several laws passed over centuries. Presently there is one particular immigration law that tends to be overlooked and unfamiliar … Continue reading 287(g) Agreements and their Detrimental Effects

Global Health Impact of COVID-19 on Immigrant and Refugee Populations (Pt.3)

The current COVID-19 pandemic is having a negative effect on healthcare systems that goes beyond the infected individual. Some of the containment measures implemented could have serious effects in global health.  An increase in domestic violence cases, negative impact on mental health, affecting  Global Health   The deportation process for immigrants has been sped up. Immigration … Continue reading Global Health Impact of COVID-19 on Immigrant and Refugee Populations (Pt.3)

The Economic and Migratory Impact of COVID-19 on Immigrant and Refugee Populations (Pt.2)

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a severe human and economic impact worldwide; with an expected cost the US  $8 trillion through 2030 and  it is estimated that the US death toll will rise to 165,000 total reported deaths by August 15, 2020.  Similarly, it will not only affect immigrant and refugee populations from a health … Continue reading The Economic and Migratory Impact of COVID-19 on Immigrant and Refugee Populations (Pt.2)

The Impact of COVID-19 on Immigrant and Refugee Populations

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise worldwide and some states begin to open up from lockdown, communities are forced to start thinking about a new normality and what that represents for various aspects of our daily lives. Just as the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted populations differently, we can expect long term effects to look quite … Continue reading The Impact of COVID-19 on Immigrant and Refugee Populations