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Rights and Justice
We aim to create a fair, humane, and workable immigration system in the United States through comprehensive data analysis, research, and advocacy.
We seek nothing less than winning a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and have built a body of work on the economic impacts and demographics of the undocumented community. Through data, advocacy, campaigns, and storytelling, we push Congress and the administration to take action.
We provide data, analysis, and advocacy on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to help defend and protect the program, highlighting the advances these individuals have made in the United States to help build support for the program and expand protections.
We promote ways to rebuild and expand protections for refugees and propose ideas to reform the asylum system. This includes supporting resettlement of displaced persons—such as Afghanis—and other asylum-seekers.
We highlight the integral role that immigrants play across the United States and work to reimagine what a functioning immigration system would look like, including by rethinking immigration enforcement and border management, as well as visa policy.
The Immigration Policy team aims to create a fair, humane, and workable immigration system in the United States through comprehensive data analysis, research, and advocacy.
Director, Immigration Policy
Senior Director, Immigration Policy
Oct 12, 2021
Philip E. Wolgin, Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, Claudia Flores
Jun 14, 2021
Giovanni Peri, Reem Zaiour
Aug 7, 2019
the CAP Immigration Team
Oct 26, 2020
Silva Mathema, Sofia Carratala
The Immigration Policy team develops and promotes effective solutions to complex immigration challenges and fights for the rights of immigrants and refugees. Our team of policy experts in immigration and other intersectional areas, along with a robust communication and outreach apparatus, and a network of partners across the progressive movement are instrumental in ensuring that immigration priorities are championed at the state and federal levels.
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Oct 25, 2023
Tom Jawetz and researchers from Texas A&M and the University of Virginia argue that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations may decrease some of the push factors that are causing Venezuelans and others to come to the United States.
Oct 5, 2023
Ben Helms, David Leblang, Tom Jawetz
This fact sheet summarizes a recent Center for American Progress report outlining the need for a whole-of-government, society-wide approach to addressing the complex challenges posed by the opioid overdose epidemic.
Sep 21, 2023
Trinh Q. Truong, Debu Gandhi, Jill Rosenthal, 5 More
Marquisha Johns, Mariam Rashid, Dan Restrepo, Akua Amaning, Cleo Bluthenthal
The opioid epidemic is a complex public health crisis that can be ameliorated by addressing root causes of drug use; expanding access to treatment and harm reduction strategies; and reducing the supply of illicit opioids entering the United States.
Sep 20, 2023
The uncoordinated busing and relocation of migrants and asylum-seekers poses various challenges to receiving cities and states across the country; but practical solutions at the local, state, and federal levels can turn these challenges into opportunities.
Aug 9, 2023
Zefitret Abera Molla
Laura Rodriguez writes about why Florida’s new anti-immigrant law could be disastrous for the economy.
Jul 25, 2023
The lack of adequate interpretation and translation services for asylum-seekers who are not proficient in English impedes their ability to navigate the complex immigration system.
May 25, 2023
As the Title 42 order comes to an end, America can humanely and effectively meet the challenge of rising numbers at the border.
May 10, 2023
Patrick Gaspard, Debu Gandhi, Dan Restrepo
This fact sheet summarizes a recent Center for American Progress report on the Biden administration’s strategic use of its lawful parole authority to enhance migration management.
The eighth annual survey of DACA recipients shows, yet again, DACA recipients’ many contributions to their communities and the U.S. economy more broadly while highlighting the need for a pathway to citizenship.
Apr 27, 2023
Tom K. Wong, Ignacia Rodriguez Kmec, Diana Pliego, 4 More
Karen Fierro Ruiz, Debu Gandhi, Trinh Q. Truong, Nicole Prchal Svajlenka
Legal challenges to new immigration parole processes lack merit and will undermine border management efforts and regional migration solutions if they are successful.
Apr 19, 2023
Ayuong, a former refugee from Sudan who now attends dental school in the United States, shares what it means to be a refugee.
Feb 28, 2023
Zefitret Abera Molla, Ala Al Sadi, Madalyn Reagan, 1 More
The stories and experiences of Black immigrants are part of the American story and should be celebrated during Black History Month.
Feb 23, 2023
Zefitret Abera Molla, Grace Oyenubi, Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, 2 More
Ala Al Sadi, Toni Pandolfo
The opioid epidemic is a public health issue that cannot be credibly linked to immigration or asylum-seekers.
Oct 31, 2022
Trinh Q. Truong, Debu Gandhi
In the face of election-cycle demagoguery on immigration, the Biden-Harris administration is moving forward with a serious, multipronged strategy to address the complex root causes of migration in the region.
Oct 26, 2022
Silva Mathema, Zefitret Abera Molla
Experts discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act while highlighting the important intersection between immigration and disability rights.
Aug 25, 2022
Emily DiMatteo, Mia Ives-Rublee, Trinh Q. Truong, 3 More
Toni Pandolfo, Andrew Sonntag, Ala Al Sadi
Civil rights protections designed to protect disabled people from discrimination, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, are powerful tools for ensuring that disabled asylum-seekers have access to the protection and services they need in the U.S. immigration system.
Aug 24, 2022
Trinh Q. Truong, Emily DiMatteo, Mia Ives-Rublee
A Conversation with The Atlantic’s Caitlin Dickerson
Aug 19, 2022
Improving the U.S. Asylum System for Disabled Noncitizens
Jul 20, 2022
This column provides a curated list of CAP’s resources on Temporary Protected Status.
Jul 19, 2022
Immigrants and asylum-seekers should be provided with community-based case management services rather than placed in invasive surveillance programs that threaten their well-being, civil liberties, and privacy.
Jul 13, 2022
Trinh Q. Truong
Over the past decade, DACA has delivered lasting protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants pursuing the American dream.
Jun 15, 2022
Trinh Q. Truong, Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, Hai-Lam Phan, 4 More
Ala Al Sadi, Daniel Turner, Toni Pandolfo, James Mertz
Issued as a public health measure, there is no statistical evidence that border expulsions under Title 42 result in a lower COVID-19 case rate in the United States.
May 10, 2022
Tom K. Wong, Nicole Prchal Svajlenka
The Biden administration’s decision to end Title 42, effective May 23, 2022, is a key step toward restoring the right to seek asylum at the border.
Apr 11, 2022
Claudia Flores, Silva Mathema, Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, 5 More
Zefitret Abera Molla, Patrick Gaspard, Hai-Lam Phan, Ala Al Sadi, Toni Pandolfo
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