Sunday, September 28, 2014

Symposium: Democratizing Data on Non-Citizens and the Possibility of Legalization/Regularization without Federal Immigration Reform


Tomorrow, the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) will host a conference, entitled, “Democratizing Data and Promoting Legalization/Regularization without Federal Immigration Reform.” The conference will feature the release of a variable developed by Robert Warren (Senior Visiting Fellow, Center for Migration Studies) that will allow researchers and others to tabulate data based on the legal status of non-citizens in the American Community Survey. Detailed estimates can be derived for states or for localities with population sizes of 100,000 or more. The conference will also release the results from a survey of community-based legal service providers by Tom Wong (Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California San Diego) that attempts to estimate the percentage of unauthorized persons that may be eligible for immigration status/relief under current law. In addition, Roberto Suro (Professor, University of Southern California and Director of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute) will discuss his research on state and local initiatives that have attempted to stabilize the lives and regularize the status of unauthorized persons and their families. Findings from each of the panels will be synthesized and published in forthcoming issues of the Journal on Migration and Human Security.

This event is free, but space is limited. Live webcast will be available here. We kindly request that you please register only if your attendance is definite. To register, please visit the registration form or email your name, title, organization and email address to

Speakers:  Donald Kerwin, Executive Director, Center for Migration Studies; Democratizing the Data: A New Variable Showing Foreign-Born Census Data by Legal Status Robert Warren, Senior Visiting Fellow, Center for Migration Studies Guillermina Jasso, Silver Professor, Professor of Sociology, and Department Chair, New York University Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center Jose Pacas, Ph.D. Candidate, Applied Economics, University of Minnesota Vicky Virgin, Research Associate, New York City Center for Economic Opportunity.


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