Last updated on: 10/20/2016 | Author:

Maria E. Enchautegui, PhD Biography

Senior Fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“One of the major issues of contention in the ongoing immigration reform discussion is what to do about the millions of immigrants residing in the United States without authorization. The most recent proposal contained in Senate Bill 744, passed on June 2013, put unauthorized immigrants on a 10-year pathway to legal permanent residency, with citizenship three years after that…

Legalization proposals under immigration reform can be seen not only from the point of view of immigration policy but also from the perspective of integration policies. A pathway to legalization is an important step toward economic mobility for unauthorized immigrants. But to place unauthorized immigrants on a path to prosperity, legalization proposals need strong workforce development components, particularly with regard to improving immigrants’ work and language skills.”

“Immigration Reform: How to Turn a Path to Citizenship into a Path to Prosperity,” (accessed Oct. 20, 2016)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute, Jan. 2014-present
  • Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute, Jan. 2012-present
  • Senior Economic Advisor, Assistant Secretary for Policy, US Department of Labor, Aug. 2010-Dec. 2011
  • Professor, University of Puerto Rico, 1999-2010
  • PhD, Florida State University, 1988
  • BA, Economics, University of Puerto Rico
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Quoted in:
  1. Does Illegal Immigration Disadvantage American Workers?