This Web page will point you to a number of resources that you can draw
upon in your research. Of course, you will probably find some resources
of your own as well. If you are having trouble finding information on
something, feel free to ask me for suggestions.
Contents of this page:
- Most of these Web pages will have a Search box. Make good use of
it, trying things like "immigration" or more specific queries such as
- Most will also have clickable icons labeled something like
Publications, Research and especially Links or Resources.
- As pointed out in our handout concerning
biases in immigration research and advocacy, everyone has opinions
about immigration and thus no one is totally unbiased. It's especially
important to keep this in mind when you use the resources below, even
though I've tried to eliminate organizations that are openly partisan.
One key way to see if a resource at least makes an attempt at
impartiality is to click on the Links or Resources icon on
their Web page. If their list of links includes sources only from one
side or the other, then that eliminates them from any consideration
of being impartial. The material may still be useful, but you have to
look at it extra carefully. And again, even if their links are
balanced, they may still be substantially biased.
- You can get to almost all major newspapers and magazines and most
major academic journals via the UCD
library online database. These links will work from any UCD
Internet address, including the dorms. From off campus, you need a proxy.
New Americans: Economic, Demographic, and Fiscal Effects of
Immigration. This is a congressionally-commissioned study on the
economic and fiscal impacts of immigration. This is a bound book, but
is available online at the above link. The study was conducted by some
leading researchers. It was widely cited in the press, and often
misquoted, according to a New
York Times op-ed by two of the study's authors.
Immigration in a Changing Economy. This is a RAND study on the
economic/fiscal costs and benefits of immigration.
- The Impact
of New Immigrants on Young Native-Born Workers, 2000-2005. This
Northeastern University study finds the impact to be adverse.
a report for the National Education Association on the use of H-1B
visa workers as K-12 teachers.
- Growth in the
Foreign-Born Workforce and Employment of the Native Born . The
author, of the Pew Hispanic Center, says that there is no clear pattern
as to whether immigration hurts job prospects for natives, even the
Rethinking the Effects of Immigration on Wages. This is by Prof.
Peri, a new member of the UCD Economics Dept. The meat of the paper is
very highly technical, but you should be able to read most of Sections 1
Learning From IRCA: Lessons For Comprehensive Immigration Reform .
The authors, Gomez and Ewing, give their views as to why the 1986
amnesty for unauthorized immigrants failed, and how to fix it.
National Immigration Law Center Denounces Department of Labor’s Ongoing
Failure to Enforce Employment Laws in the Gulf Coast. This
immigrant advocacy group is concerned that immigrants were brought in in
place of natives to work in New Orleans after the Katrina hurricain,
harming the natives and immigrants alike. "Over the past year, NILC
supported the work of the New Orleans Worker Justice Coalition and
Advancement Project, who anchored a comprehensive labor investigation
that included over 700 interviews of New Orleanians locked out of the
work force and new migrants locked into exploitation."
- Building a
Workforce for the Information Economy. This
congressionally-commissioned report has a chapter on the H-1B work visa.
This is an online book.
- On the
Need for Reform of the H-1B Nonimmigrant Work Visa in Computer-Related
Occupations. This is my article in the University of Michigan
Journal of Law Reform . See also my recent article on the
impact of H-1B on older American tech workers , in a publication of
the California Bar Association.
Evaluation of the Foreign Student Program. Harvard's Prof. Borjas
argues that the foreign student program, which among other things leads
to a substantial portion of permanent immigration, is widely abused and
has limited value.
The Web is a treasure trove of information, but finding it can be
difficult. For example, plugging in the search term "family
immigration" into Google largely brings up links to law firms hoping to
drum up business. Some of that information may actually be useful, but
most won't be. You should definitely try this approach, but be prepared
to use more advanced methods.
For our purposes, the best way to use Google is through Google Scholar, which searches in
the academic journals and books (yes, the books are online). Note that
you'll probably pick up a lot of material about the immigration policies
and experiences of other countries, but some of this is useful too.
Always beware of that term, "experts," but the people listed here are
recognized specialists in the fields listed here. If you are wondering
where you can find information about some specialized topic on
immigration, these people can make suggestions for you regarding
articles or reports on what you are interested in.
I have NOT listed the e-mail addresses of the people listed below.
The academics can be easily found on the Web. For the one or two
who can't be found that way, please get the address from me.
There are many, MANY other people not on my list here who do work in
immigration research. You'll see many of them cited on published
papers, so this will give you leads too.
I'll list the people at UCD first. I'm sure there are many more.
- Phil Martin, Prof. of Ag. Econ. here at UCD: He specializes on
immigrant farm workers. He's testified to Congress many times. He's
generally regarded as mildly restrictionist.
- Bill Ong Hing, Prof. of Law here at UCD: He specializes in Asian
immigration issues. His book, Making and Remaking Asian America
Making and Remaking Asian America is a classic. He has done
extensive field work, especially involving Filipinos and Latinos,
representing them in deportation proceedings, welfare issues, etc. He's
considered to be stridently pro-immigration.
- Giovanni Peri, Prof. of Econ. here at UCD: He recently wrote a
widely discussed paper which claimed that immigration for the most part
does not depress wages of natives.
- Me: I specialize in employment-related immigration issues, and to
some degree on immigrant welfare issues. I'm considered a critic of
current policy on those issues.
People outside UCD:
- George Borjas, Harvard: He's an economist, very mathematical.
He's written about welfare use, the "quality" of our immigrant mix,
impacts of immigration on subsegments of society (PhDs,
African-Americans). He's also testified to Congress a number of times,
and written major books. He's considered restrictionist. He's an
immigrant himself, having come here as a refugee from Cuba as a child.
- Frank Bean, UC Irvine: He specializes in Latino immigration, and
has also written on the impact of immigration on blacks. I think he's
considered mildly supportive of a liberal immigration policy.
- Harry Pachon, Tomas Rivera Institute: He specializes in Latino
immigration, and is rather strongly supportive of a liberal immigration
policy. His Institute has had its share of "victories."
- Jeff Passel, Urban Institute: He is best known for his work on
welfare and on the question of whether immigration is a net fiscal plus
or minus. He is also the one who is the source of the currently accepted
estimate for the number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. He is
considered to be very supportive of family immigration.
- Michael Teitelbaum, Sloan Foundation: He was Vice Chair of the
Congressional Commission on Immigration Reform in the late 1990s, and
thus is knowledgeable on many aspects. He's considered restrictionist.
- Tom MaCurdy, Stanford: (Yes, that IS the way to spell his
surname.) He is well known for his analyses of immigrant use of
- Alejandro Portes, Princeton: He writes about Latino immigration,
on issues such as assimilation, immigrants' lives, etc.
- Peter Skerry, Boston College: He currently writes about
- Min Zhou, UCLA: She writes about Chinese immigration, and is an
immigrant from China herself. Like Portes, she writes about immigrants'
- Peter Kwong, Hunter Colleg: Again, he writes about Chinese
immigration, peoples' lives. His books are prominent in the field.
- Paul Ong, UCLA: He writes about Asian immigration in Los Angeles.
He's considered to be very supportive of a liberal immigration policy.
- William Frey, University of Michigan: He writes about the
migration of immigrants within the U.S., as well as "white
flight" and "black flight."
- Vernon Briggs, Cornell: He writes about the impacts of immigration
on African-Americans. He has also written about Pres. Bush's proposed
guest worker program. He's considered a restrictionist.
- B. Lindsay Lowell, Georgetown University: He writes about
employment-based immigration. He's considered mildly supportive of a
liberal immigration policy.
- Pete Schuck, Yale Law School: He writes about immigration law.
He's considered mildly supportive of a liberal immigration policy.
- Annalee Saxenian, UC Berkeley: She writes about Asian immigrant
engineers in Silicon Valley. She's considered strongly supportive of
- Stephen Moore, Cato Institute: He's for a very liberal immigration
policy, EXCEPT regarding welfare.
- Ron (Ronil) Hira, Rochester Institute of Technology: He writes
extensively about the H-1B work visa and related issues. He is a U.S.
native, with parents immigrants from India. He's an open critic of the
- Roger Waldinger, UCLA: He also writes about immigration in Los
An excellent place for all groups to begin would be
Becoming an American: Immigration and Immigrant Policy, by the U.S.
Commission on Immigration Reform (CIR). This was a
congressionally-commissioned study conducted by some major people in the
field (though notably, mostly not professional researchers). It leans a
bit toward the restrictionist direction, but is for the most part
balanced. The value of this report is that it will help each group
begin its research, by pointing out the main issues and giving an
overview of directions in which policy might move.
Here are some suggestions as to where each group might start:
- Costs and benefits of immigration: Start with the
CIR book. Then I would suggest the NAS
immigration study. Note also the
objection of two of its authors to the way the study's findings were
- Employment-based immigration: You might start
with my own articles in law journals, a longer, more
general one and a
shorter, more specific one.
- Family-based immigration: Your research should
begin with the same sources as listed above for the group on costs and
benefits of immigration.
- Humanitarian immigration: Start with the
CIR book. After that, I would suggest plugging specific subtopics, e.g.
"political asylum China," into Google Scholar.
- Unauthorized immigration: Start with the
CIR book. After that, I suggest going to the Gomez/Ewing article above.