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New RSF Journal Issue: The Legal Landscape of U.S. Immigration

Immigration has long been viewed as both essential to American society and a polarizing political issue. Recent immigration flashpoints include the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the legality of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Trump administration’s restrictions on visas for foreign workers, ban on travelers from Muslim countries, and increased immigration enforcement. In the latest issue of RSF, edited by demographer Katharine M. Donato (Georgetown University) and economist Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes (University of California, Merced), an interdisciplinary group of scholars traces the history and contemporary landscape of legal immigration to the United States.

Donato and Amuedo-Dorantes outline immigration policies from 1880 to the present and address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on immigration. They document that many recent immigration policies were implemented through presidential executive orders rather than Congressional legislation, making families and workers who enter the country without proper documentation especially vulnerable. They also examine the extent to which some of these orders privilege some racial and ethnic groups and exclude others.

Other contributors investigate the complex ways in which immigrants secure visas, work permits, and citizenship, including through employment and family ties, and special statuses for military veterans, refugees, asylum seekers, and unaccompanied minors. Daniel Costa writes about how the immigration status of temporary migrant workers exposes them to workplace abuses because they fear losing their jobs and being deported if they complain about unfair labor practices. Pia Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny analyze the substantial increase in employer demand for temporary work visas, demonstrating how improved economic conditions have created a viable alternative to hiring unauthorized workers. Other contributors examine the experiences of immigrants with special statuses, including veterans.

Van C. Tran and Francisco Lara-García show that schooling and employment, along with strategic financial, community building, and other support services, are critical factors in the successful integration and improved socioeconomic outcomes of refugees from various countries. Luis Edward Tenorio finds that the range of legal systems that adjudicate the laws for children with special immigrant juvenile status, make for the uneasy and uneven integration of unaccompanied minors into social institutions.

This issue of RSF is a timely contribution that will invigorate scholarly inquiry on the legal immigration system.

Read more about this issue of RSF and download the full issue for free.

New Presidential Authority Grants

RSF recently approved nineteen Presidential Authority grants and one supplemental grant in the foundation’s programs on Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality. Additional grants were made in its special initiatives on Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context and Immigration and Immigrant Integration.

Read more about the new Presidential Authority Grants.

Applications Due for Early-Career Behavioral Economics Conference

The seventh annual Early-Career Behavioral Economics Conference will take place at Princeton University on June 3-4, 2021. The conference provides a platform for early- and mid-career researchers to present their research and receive feedback from colleagues. The conference seeks to promote the development of a community of behavioral economics researchers.

Read more about the conference and how to apply prior to the December 15, 2020 deadline.

How to Apply for Funding from RSF

For more information on RSF's grant making process, please visit our website to review our grant writing guidelines and view a five-minute video on how to use our grants management system.

RSF program staff recently hosted a webinar on how to apply for foundation grants and what must be included for a letter of inquiry to be successful. A recording is available here.

RSF Journal Call for Articles

RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences is seeking article submissions for an upcoming issue on “Suburban Inequality in the United States,” edited by R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy (New York University), Stephen A. Matthews (Pennsylvania State University), and Natasha Warikoo (Tufts University). This issue seeks articles that further our understanding of how suburban inequality is both distinct from and similar to urban inequality. Proposals are due by December 7, 2020. Read the full call for articles here.

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