Edward Alden says increased internal and external border enforcement as well as economic crisis has decreased the population of unauthorized immigrants in both Europe and the US. Policies should provide incentives to encourage legal migration rather than just disincentives against illegal migration.
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano released this memorandum regarding "Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children" on June 15, 2012.
In his testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives, Edward Alden argues that the United States needs a broader package of legislation that includes expanding the Visa Waiver Program and encourages more efficient visa security screening.
As the Supreme Court prepares to takeon Arizona's controversial immigration law and the Obama administration carries out nationwide sweeps, CFR's Edward Alden says that comprehensive reform remains less attainable than narrower, more targeted legislation.
They can't open bank accounts, apply for drivers licenses, or go to public universities. But more and more young undocumented youth are "coming out" and finding ways to thrive, writes Julia Lurie in the Atlantic.
Undocumented immigrants react to legal threats and hostile reception by going underground, having negative perceptions of law enforcement, and developing strategies to hide their unauthorized status, write Angela S. García and David G. Keyes in this Center for American Progress report.
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, who is also chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus's Task Force on Immigration, discusses Republican candidates' proposals to legalize but deny citizenship to immigrants.
Edward Alden, CFR's Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness, discusses U.S. immigration policy and the new CFR Policy Innovation Memorandum Faster, Safer, Smarter: A Modern Visa System for the United States.
Mexico's economy and tourism industry are growing despite an escalation in drug violence in recent years, says CFR's Shannon O'Neil as she discusses its implications for U.S.-Mexico relations, immigration, and U.S. economic growth.
Edward Alden says that as the United States has for the past two decades pursued securing the nation's borders against illegal immigration, the more serious threat to U.S. national security is that ill-conceived or poorly implemented border controls will do lasting damage to the U.S. economy.
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The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.