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

DACA Recipients’ Livelihoods, Families, and Sense of Security Are at Stake This November Article
A woman takes part in a New York City march against President Trump's decision to end DACA, September 2017. (Getty/Corbis News/VIEWpress/Kena Betancur)

DACA Recipients’ Livelihoods, Families, and Sense of Security Are at Stake This November

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the fate of DACA, new results show that the initiative remains critical for recipients, their families, and the economy.

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3 Reasons Why the New Flores Rule Does Not Pass Legal Muster Article
A young migrant girl lies on the floor of a bus depot as her father, recently released from federal detention with other Central American asylum-seekers, obtains a ticket in McAllen, Texas, June 2019. (Getty/AFP/Loren Elliott)

3 Reasons Why the New Flores Rule Does Not Pass Legal Muster

By failing to adhere to the standards set out in the 1997 Flores settlement, by focusing on deterrence, and by neglecting high costs, the Trump administration’s new Flores rule has opened itself up to significant legal challenges.

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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.

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