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Immigration has long been viewed as both essential to American society and a polarizing political issue. Recent flashpoints around immigration include a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the legality of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), enacted in 2012, to provide a pathway to citizenship for young, undocumented immigrants. The Trump administration has limited visas for foreign workers, banned travelers from predominantly Muslim countries, narrowed asylum-seeking procedures, and increased immigration enforcement. In this issue of RSF, edited by demographer Katharine M. Donato and economist Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, an interdisciplinary group of scholars traces the history and contemporary landscape of legal immigration to the United States.

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The Legal Landscape of U.S. Immigration in the Twenty-First Century

Volume 6, Issue 3

Edited by
Katharine M. Donato, Georgetown University
Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, University of California, Merced

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The Legal Landscape of U.S. Immigration: An Introduction
Katharine M. Donato and Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes
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Part I. Employment Pathways

Temporary Migrant Workers or Immigrants? The Question for U.S. Labor Migration
Daniel Costa
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Help Wanted: Employer Demand for Less-Skilled Temporary Foreign Worker Visas in an Era of Declining Unauthorized Immigration
Pia M. Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny
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Part II. Employment Versus Family Pathways

Do Employer-Sponsored Immigrants Fare Better in Labor Markets Than Family-Sponsored Immigrants?
Julia Gelatt
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Part III. Alternative Pathways

The Value of Citizenship and Service to the Nation
Cara Wong and Jonathan Bonaguro
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A New Beginning: Early Refugee Integration in the United States
Van C. Tran and Francisco Lara-GarcĂ­a
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The Preferences of Political Elites and Humanitarian Immigration to the United States
Banks Miller, Jennifer S. Holmes, and Linda Camp Keith
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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and the Integration of Central American Unaccompanied Minors
Luis Edward Tenorio
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