Philip E.

Managing Director, Immigration Policy



Philip E. Wolgin

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Philip E. Wolgin is the managing director of Immigration Policy at American Progress. He directs American Progress’ research and publications on immigration and has helped lead the team’s work on a diverse set of issues, such as immigration reform, child refugees at the United States’ southern border, border security, executive action, rebuttals to nativist claims about immigrants, and E-Verify. Wolgin has directed reports on a range of subjects related to immigrants in America, from studies on the daily lives of the undocumented through the “Documenting the Undocumented” series, to producing the first-of-its-kind analysis of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. At American Progress, he has held the positions of senior policy analyst and policy analyst, both on the Immigration team.

Wolgin is active in local Washington, D.C.-area immigration and refugee causes and serves on the national board of directors of the refugee organization HIAS. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as International Migration Review and The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, as well as in online publications such as The Huffington Post.

A native of New Jersey, Wolgin earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of California, Berkeley, and his B.A. from New York University. Follow him on Twitter: @pwolgin.

Latest by Philip E. Wolgin

Redefining Homeland Security: A New Framework for DHS To Meet Today’s Challenges Report

Redefining Homeland Security: A New Framework for DHS To Meet Today’s Challenges

To meet the challenges of today, the Biden administration and Congress should reform the Department of Homeland Security around a mission that highlights safety and services alongside its traditional protecting roles.

Mara Rudman, Rudy deLeon, Joel Martinez, 5 More Elisa Massimino, Silva Mathema, Katrina Mulligan, Alexandra Schmitt, Philip E. Wolgin

The High Costs of the Proposed Flores Regulation Report
An immigrant woman speaks on the phone with her mother in El Salvador, with whom she had not spoken since leaving the country, San Antonio, Texas, July 2016. (Getty/The Washington Post/Ilana Panich-Linsman)

The High Costs of the Proposed Flores Regulation

The Trump administration has proposed a new regulation that—if implemented—would allow it to detain children and families indefinitely, costing hundreds of millions of dollars, or more, each year.

Philip E. Wolgin

The Economic Benefits of Passing the Dream Act Report

The Economic Benefits of Passing the Dream Act

Passing the Dream Act and putting young unauthorized immigrants on a pathway to citizenship would bring substantial benefits for the U.S. economy.

Francesc Ortega, Ryan Edwards, Philip E. Wolgin

Living in Dual Shadows Report
The Williams Institute at UCLA—which researches sexual-orientation and gender-identity law and public policy—today estimates that there are at least 267,000 LGBT-identified individuals among the adult population of undocumented immigrants. (Getty Images/Jowena Chua)

Living in Dual Shadows

Because LGBT undocumented people find themselves at the intersection of two already marginalized groups—the LGBT population and the undocumented population—they are among society’s most vulnerable individuals.

Crosby Burns, Ann Garcia, Philip E. Wolgin

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