Monday, December 21, 2020

Immigration Article of the Day, The Preferences of Political Elites and Humanitarian Immigration to the United States, by Banks Miller, Jennifer S. Holmes & Linda Camp Keith

Today's immigration article of the day is The Preferences of Political Elites and Humanitarian Immigration to the United States, The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, November 2020, , by Professors Banks Miller, Jennifer S. Holmes, and Linda Camp Keith.

Here is the abstract:
 
How do the preferences of political elites shape humanitarian immigration to the United States? Focusing on the asylum and refugee systems, we trace the ways that the preferences of political elites affect the number and characteristics of migrants who receive relief. Our findings suggest that presidential preferences remain crucial in determining who is admitted in the U.S. refugee system and that congressional preferences are important in determining the number admitted. The preferences of both appear to matter considerably less on asylum decisions. These results highlight the difficulty of eliminating or reducing the role of the executive branch in American immigration policy, and suggest the importance of the design of the immigration enforcement bureaucracy in limiting the role of elite preferences in determining humanitarian immigration outcomes.
 
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