Immigration Policy and the Well-Being of Immigrants and Natives
(Population and Migration Issues)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
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.