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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 A Capitol Hill Research and Policy Briefing: A Civil Rights Agenda for the Next Quarter Century
On March 13, 2024, the Civil Rights Project will bring together researchers, policymakers, civil rights and education advocates as well as other stakeholders for a research and policy briefing, "A Civil Rights Agenda for the Next Quarter Century."
Research Item The Impact of a Broken Immigration System on U.S. Students and Schools
A new collaborative research brief from UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Institute, Center for the Transformation of Schools and Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles updates and builds on CRP's previous analysis of a 2017-18 survey examining the harmful impacts of immigration enforcement on Latinx children of undocumented immigrants.
Research Item Schools Under Siege: The Impact of Immigration Enforcement on Educational Equity
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.
Research Item U.S. Immigration Enforcement Policy and Its Impact on Teaching and Learning in the Nation's Schools
This working paper presents findings from a national survey of educators from more than 730 schools across 24 districts and 12 states who responded to questions probing the Impact of Immigration Enforcement on Teaching and Learning in the Nation’s Schools.
Research Item From Plyler to Sanctuary: Education Policies Promoting a Welcoming and Safe Environment for Immigrant Families
This is a forthcoming working paper that summarizes the education policies and immigration laws that guarantee equal access to education and protects the rights of students from an immigrant background in the public K-12 school system.
Research Item Stressed, Overworked, and Not Sure Whom to Trust: The Impacts of Recent Immigration Enforcement on our Public School Educators
In interviews with educators, researchers probed the impact of immigration enforcement policy on the educators themselves. This is the second piece of a national survey on the effects of immigration enforcement on teaching and learning in our nation's public schools.
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