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Expertise: Immigration policy

Silva Mathema is a Senior Policy Analyst on the Immigration Policy team at American Progress. Her research focuses on the effects of U.S. immigration policies on the daily lives of immigrants. Previously, she worked as a research associate for the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, where she studied the intersections between race and ethnicity issues and policies regarding affordable housing and education.

Silva earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she specialized in immigration policy, and her B.A. in economics from Salem College. She is originally from Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Keeping Families TogetherCenter for American ProgressMarch 16, 2017
State-by-State Estimates of the Family Members of Unauthorized ImmigrantsCenter for American ProgressMarch 16, 2017
Trump Preparing to Open New Front in His Dangerous, Misguided War on ImmigrantsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 14, 2017
Defending an American Tradition, Communities Welcome Syrian RefugeesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 27, 2017
Ending DACA Will Cost States Billions of DollarsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 9, 2017
Syrian Immigrants in the United StatesCenter for American ProgressDecember 13, 2016
A Medium- and Long-Term Plan to Address the Central American Refugee SituationCenter for American ProgressMay 5, 2016
They Are Refugees: An Increasing Number of People Are Fleeing Violence in the Northern TriangleCenter for American ProgressFebruary 24, 2016
Providing Identification to Unauthorized ImmigrantsCenter for American ProgressNovember 24, 2015
The High Economic Cost of Delaying DAPA and Expanded DACACenter for American ProgressNovember 19, 2015
North Carolina’s Dangerous Stance on Immigration Threatens Community TrustCenter for American ProgressOctober 28, 2015
State-by-State Analysis of the Economic Impact of DACA, DAPA, and DACA ExpansionCenter for American ProgressJune 15, 2015
Infographic: Inaction on Immigration Is Too CostlyCenter for American ProgressApril 9, 2015
Assessing the Economic Impacts of Granting Deferred Action Through DACA and DAPACenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2015
The High Costs of Delaying Executive Action on ImmigrationCenter for American ProgressMarch 13, 2015
5 Facts You Need to Know About Legal Challenges to Executive Action on ImmigrationCenter for American ProgressDecember 19, 2014