Panel: Immigration Policy and the Well-Being of Immigrants and Natives
(Population and Migration Issues)

Thursday, November 7, 2019: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Plaza Court 8 (Sheraton Denver Downtown)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizer:  Chloe East, University of Colorado, Denver
Panel Chair:  Sarah Bohn, Public Policy Institute of California
Discussants:  Jenna Nobles, University of Wisconsin, Madison and Pia Orrenius, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

The current foreign-born population in the U.S. is the largest it has been in the last 150 years. Roughly 40 million immigrants currently live in the U.S., and of those, 11 million are undocumented immigrants. Over the last several years, many policies have been implemented to address the issue of immigration by increasing both border and interior immigration enforcement, providing pathways to legal status, and restricting immigrants access to public benefits. Rigorously studying these policies is crucially important for policy-makers as they actively change immigration policy. This panel provides important evidence on these issues by examining the effects of these policies on immigrants' and natives' well-being. As such, a goal of the panel is to provide a venue for presenting and discussing evidence on this topic. Fittingly for the emphasis of the APPAM conference overall, the panel includes researchers from a diverse set of backgrounds including sociology, economics, public policy and occupational medicine who bring differing perspectives to their research since they work in both academia and at policy research institutes. 

The first two papers find that Secure Communities (SC)--a national interior enforcement policy--increases housing instability among immigrants, and reduces labor supply among high-skilled natives (who may rely on immigrants for help with household work). The third paper examines the potential chilling effects of the public charge rule proposal on immigrants’ safety net participation and consequences for immigrants’ well-being. The final paper examines how legal status affects occupational quality and health among immigrants.

Housing Stability and Residential Membership in an Era of Mass Deportations
Juan Pedroza, University of California, Santa Cruz

Chilling Effects in Immigrant Households in the Context of the Proposed Public Charge Rule
Hamutal Bernstein, Dulce Gonzalez, Michael Karpman, Sara McTarnaghan and Stephen Zuckerman, Urban Institute

Legal Status, Occupational Hazard, and Worker Health
Matthew Hall1, Shannon Gleeson1 and Maria Vignau Loria2, (1)Cornell University, (2)University of Washington

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