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Michael Fix, JD Biography

Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“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

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, MPI, 2017-present
  • President, MPI, July 2014-2017
  • Vice President and Director of Studies, MPI, Jan. 2005-2014
  • 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
  • JD, University of Virginia, 1977
  • BA, Princeton University, 1972
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Quoted in:
  1. Should Children Born on US Soil to Undocumented Immigrants Automatically Have US Citizenship?