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Our current research on immigration is focused on merit scholarships, immigration policy, and Latino civil rights.

The country is in the throes of the largest migration in American history. Led by Latinos and Asians, the fastest growing minority populations, this immigration boom was spurred in part by the l965 Immigration Act and has already transformed the racial composition of the United States. The number of Latino students has more than quadrupled since the late l960s and now surpasses the number of African American children in public schools. And while only a half century ago the country was only about a seventh nonwhite, within the next four decades there will be no racial majority, and people of color will actually outnumber whites in the general population - a demographic shift already appearing at an accelerating rate among preschool children who are now predominantly nonwhite. There is no greater challenge facing our nation than racial equity.

 

Recent Immigration Research

 

Research Item Immigrants, Immigrant Policy, and Foundation of the Next Century's Latino Politics: The Declining Salience of the Civil Rights Agenda in an Era of High Immigration
The fundamental question that we ask in this paper is whether the public policy needs of immigrant Latinos can be understood as part of the civil rights agenda. Our tentative answer is that they are distinct. If this is the case, we indicate that the policy needs of immigrants will steadily eclipse the civil rights issues that have galvanized Latino elites and, to a lesser extent, Latinos as a whole from the 1960s to the present.
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