Vice President and Director of Studies at the Migration Policy Institute
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"People cross the border illegally or overstay their visas because of the availability of jobs in the United States and the absence of legal immigration opportunities. Any strategy to reduce illegal immigration must therefore increase the numbers of workers admitted legally, and then effectively and credibly punish employers who continue to hire unauthorized workers. The new bargain must be that with increased employment-based immigration, employers be given the tools to reliably hire only authorized workers, and be held to high standards of compliance with immigration and other labor standards laws...
Border enforcement must accomplish a number of intertwined goals: restricting the illegal entry of people and goods; regulating the flows of people and goods that the United States wishes to admit; protecting against terrorism and other national security threats; and protecting against criminality, violence, and other threats to the quality of life."
Michael Fix, "Immigration and America's Future: A New Chapter," Migration Policy Institute, Sep. 2006
Experts Immigration officials, people with post-graduate degrees in fields relevant to immigration issues, Members of Congress, or elected officials with significant involvement in, or related to, immigration issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Vice President and Director of Studies, Migration Policy Institute, 2005
Co-director, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy
New Millennium Distinguished Visiting Scholar, School of Social Work, Columbia University, Nov. 2005
Director, Immigration Studies, Urban Institute, 1998-2005
Principal Research Associate, Urban Institute, 1994-2005
Director, Program on Immigrant Policy, Urban Institute, 1992-1998
Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute, 1983-1994
Consultant, The Equal Opportunity Division, Rockefeller Foundation, New York, 1986-1988
Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn Germany
Served on the Committee on Redesign of U.S. Naturalization Tests of the National Academy of Sciences
Member, Advisory Panel to the Foundation for Child Development’s Young Scholars Program
Special Studies in Economics and Planning, London School of Economics, 1979
Co-written with Randolph Capps, PhD, and Karina Fortuny, "Trends in the Low-Wage Immigrant Labor Force, 2000-2005," Urban Institute, Migration Policy Institute, Mar. 2007
Immigration and America’s Future: A New Chapter, Migration Policy Institute, Sep. 2006
Co-written with Randolph Capps, PhD, "Undocumented Immigrants: Myths and Reality," Urban Institute, Migration Policy Institute, Oct. 25, 2005
Co-written with Jeffrey Passel, PhD, and Randolph Capps, PhD, "Undocumented Immigrants: Facts and Figures," Urban Institute, Jan. 12, 2004
Co-written with Jeffrey Passel, PhD, and Randolph Capps, PhD, "The Dispersal of Immigrants in the 1990s," Immigrant Families and Workers: Facts and Perspectives, Brief No. 2, Urban Institute, Nov. 2002