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Scars from the Immigration Wars
By Joshua Hoyt and Manuel Pastor
The Chicago Tribune


Viewpoints: California, unlike the federal government, leads on immigration reform
By Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Manuel Pastor
Special to The Bee


Council for Immigrant Integration to receive Countywide Yvonne Brathwaite Burke Courage Award


BuzzFeed, "8 Reasons You Can’t Forget To Celebrate National Citizenship Day Ever Again" highlights the findings of our report, Citizen Gain: The Economic Benefits of Naturalization for Immigrants and the Economy


Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum includes findings from CSII report, in his latest oped, "Encouraging Citizenship: A Win-Win for Businesses, Their Employees and Our Economy"


Why City Hall needs an immigrant affairs office
By Maria Blanco and Manuel Pastor
Los Angeles Times
September 10, 2013


Immigrant Integration Is American -- and Key to Reform
By Manuel Pastor
The Blog: Huffington Post >>


News about the What's at Stake for the State study

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Viewpoints: Why immigration overhaul matters to state

By Manuel Pastor
Special to The Bee
Tuesday, May. 7, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 9A

Much at stake in immigration reform

By Tim Rutten
Daily News Los Angeles
May 10, 2013

California Has Most to Gain From Immigration Reform

By Albert Sabaté
ABC News Univsion
May 10, 2013

USC: One in Six Calif. Kids Has an Undocumented Parent

New America Media
May 10, 2013

Estudio indica que uno de cada 6 niños en California tiene un padre indocumentado

La Tercera
May 9, 2013

1 in 3 adults in parts of L.A. are in U.S. illegally, study finds

By Cindy Chang
Los Angeles TImes
May 8, 2013

Immigration reform has big stakes in California

By Dan Walters
The Sacramento Bee
May 8, 2013

Also in: Fresno Bee

USC Report: Immigration Reform Could Boost California Economy

By Amy Dominguez-Arms
Irvine Foundation
May 8, 2013

In Los Angeles, 1 in 10 residents is an illegal immigrant, study says

By Daniel Wood
The Christian Science Monitor
May 8, 2013

Also in: Alaska Dispatch

Study Finds Parts Of L.A. Have As Many As 1 In 3 Residents Living There Illegally

By Stefan Lopez
Latinos Post
May 8, 2013

Study: Valley could gain from immigration reform

The Business Journal
May 8, 2013

California has 2.6 million illegal immigrants, USC study finds

The Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert
Published: May 7, 2013

USC: immigration reform could generate $4.6B for CA, $383K for Silicon Valley

By Lauren Hepler
Silicon Valley Business Journal
Published: May 7, 2013

IMMIGRATION: 8% of Inland workforce is undocumented

By Janet Zimmerman
The Press-Enterprise
Published: May 7, 2013

USC Study: 2.3 million Californians are undocumented immigrants

By Leslie Bernstein Rojas
KPCC - Southern California Public Radio
May 7, 2013

Report: With 2.6 million unauthorized, California has a big stake in immigration debate

By Leslie Bernstein Rojas
KPCC - Southern California Public Radio
May 7, 2013

Study: One In Ten L.A. County Residents is An Illegal Immigrant

1230 WBZT - The Talk Station
May 7, 2013

Nearly 1 in 10 California Workers Here Illegally

By Dennis Romero
LA Weekly Blogs
May 7, 2013

Manuel Pastor Testimony included in U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744

Manuel Pastor, Director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, was invited to submit testimony to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the issue of low skilled temporary workers on April 22nd 2013. Having conducted extensive research on immigration through USC CSII, Manuel provided current estimates of the economic benefits of naturalization for non-citizen immigrants currently residing in the United States. The recently published report, Citizen Gain: The Economic Benefits of Naturalization for Immigrants and Economy authored by Pastor and Justin Scoggins served as the foundation for his testimony. Look at page 18 of the hearing record to see Manuel's testimony.

News about CSII report: Nurturing Naturalization: Could Lowering the Fee Help?

Could Naturalizing All Eligible Immigrants Push Our GDP to $52B?>>
The Next America National Journal
Could Naturalizing All Eligible Immigrants Push Our GDP to $52B? >>
Utne AltWire

New report: Nurturing Naturalization: Could Lowering the Fee Help? >>
Wilson Center Mexico Institute

Investment in Citizenship Will Strengthen Country, Assist Promising Americans Now Priced Out >>
National Immigration Forum

Investment in Citizenship Will Strengthen Country >>
Report-Promising New Americans Being Priced Out of U.S. Citizenship >>
Carnegie Corporation of New York

News about Rock the (Naturalized) Vote

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Op-ednaturalized vote

New Americans, New Voters, New Politics
By Manuel Pastor
Huffington Post
October 9, 2012


Naturalized Citizens have the Power to Swing Elections
Immigration Impact
By Walter Ewing
October 4, 2012

Report: The voting power of new US citizens
By Leslie Berestein Rojas
89.3 KPCC MultiAmerican
October 5, 2012

Top 10 states in new citizen voters
Washington Post
By Associated Press
October 8, 2012

Presidential campaigns target new citizen voters
Maps >>
Associated Press
By Garance Burke
October 9, 2012

News about the California Immigrant ScorecardScorecard


A New Economic Growth Strategy for the Election Year: Integrate Immigrants
Huffington Post
September 18, 2012
Manuel Pastor


Region ranks low in report on immigrants
September 23, 2012
By Michael Fitzgerald

S.J.'s immigration scorecard mixed: Study finds county trailing most regions
September 19, 2012
By Kevin Parrish

A Cool Reception
September 19, 2012
By Michael Fitzgerald

Immigrant integration uneven across California: Economic conditions hurt SF's rank in first-of-its-kind analysis
The Bay Citizen
September 18, 2012
Joanna Lin

New data released on immigrant integration and progress in CA
Asian Journal
September 18, 2012
Cynthia De Castro

Study: LA County does well at welcoming immigrants, not so well at integrating them
89.3 KPCC
September 17, 2012
By Leslie Berestein Rojas

Report: South Bay, East Bay best at integrating immigrants
Marin Independent Journal
September 13, 2012
By Matt O'Brien

Contra Costa Times
Mercury News (link to an embedded excerpt of the document)

Study: Immigrants face hurdles in welcoming spots
Associated Press
September 12, 2012
By Amy Taxin

Mercury News
The Modesto Bee
Times Standard
The Daily Journal
The Press Enterprise

The Dispatch
Ventura County Star
The Signal
KFI AM 640

Suburbs immigrants' best bet for success
SF Gate
September 12, 2012
Associated Press


USC ranks 10 California areas for immigrant integration
September 12, 2012
By Michelle Yue

¿Cómo el latino es esencial para EE.UU.?
13 Septiembre 2012 - 05:42 pm
Mundo Fox
Carolina Sarassa

Integración de inmigrantes en California
Univision 19: Sacramento | Stockton | Modesto
Univision 14: San Francisco | Oakland | San Jose


Santa Clara County Tops State in Immigrant Integration
Stephanie Martin
September 18, 2012

Suburbs Kinder to Immigrants than Cities, Researchers Find
KBO 810 San Francisco


CSII ally and UC Riverside Professor, Karthick Ramakrishnan publishes oped in Hyphen Magazine

When Words Fail: Careful Framing Needed in Research on Asian Americans
Hyphen Magazine
June 27, 2012 >>

News coverage of A State Resilient: Immigrant Integration and California's Future.A State Resilient

Immigrants' future is California's future
By Manuel Pastor and Vanessa Carter
Friday, July 2, 2010

The San Francisco Chronicle

¿Cuanto questa? An investigation into the true costs of illegal immigration
By Amy Asman
June 23, 2010
New Times

Looking Forward
Press coverage of Looking Forward: Immigrant Contributions to the Golden State-

Report reveals immigration trends
By Nicole C. Brambila
January 29, 2010
The Desert Sun

New Report Details California Immigrant Contributions
January 29, 2010
La Prensa San Diego

New immigration report reveals Riverside County stats
By Nicole C. Brambila
January 27, 2010
The Desert Sun

Study points to Valley immigrants' contributions
By Eddie Jimenez
January 26, 2010
Fresno Bee

Half of Bay Area children have one immigrant parent
January 26, 2010
San Ramon Express

Report: Immigrants' contributions to economy abound
By Juan Esparza Loera
February 3, 2010
Vida en el Valle

Report: Calif. immigrant men more likely employed
Associated Press
January 26, 2010
Mercury News

Study: Half The Kids In The Bay Area Have An Immigrant Parent
ByBay CityNews
January 26, 2010
SF Appeal

Rally celebrates contributions from immigrants
By Cindy Carcamo
January 26, 2010
The Orange County Register

Immigrants have clout in Inland, state economies, report finds
By David Olson
January 26, 2010
The Press Enterprise

Report: Immigrants Contribute Greatly to California
January 26, 2010

CHIRLANew Report Released
Read more about the report and download on our publications page.

Press coverage of The Economic Benefits of Immigrant Authorization in California

Minutemen back for seconds
By Jeff Randles
January 14, 2010
The Signal

New Studies Show Economic Benefit of Smart Immigration Reform
By Marjorie Valbrun
January 13, 2010

Study: Legalizing undocumented adult Latinos would be boon to state's economy
By Teresa Watanabe
January 12, 2010
LA Times

Jody Agius VallejoL.A. needs a healthy Latino middle class

By Hector Tobar
January 4, 2010
LA Times

What would Los Angeles be without a middle class? In a recent article, "L.A. needs a healthy Latino middle class" Hector Tobar contemplates the future of Los Angeles if current economic trends continue, and cites USC Sociologist and CSII associated researcher, Jody Agius Vallejo.

Read the Los Angeles Times Article.

Read and download Jody Agius Vallejo's report entitled, "The Mexican Origin Middle Class in Los Angeles."

New perspective needed on immigration
By Manuel Pastor
Economic Policy Institute
July 30, 2009

You may be interested in a recent posting by PERE Director Manuel Pastor on immigrant integration and immigration reform. This was based on a speech delivered as part of a conference last February called "Thinking Big and Thinking Forward" and convened in Washington, D.C. by The American Prospect, Institute for America's Future, Demos, and the Economic Policy Institute.

Recently Released Report: February 2009

Immigrant Integration reportImmigrant Integration in Los Angeles: Strategic Directions for Funders
By Manuel Pastor and Rhonda Ortiz
January 2009

To learn more and download the report visit our publications.

News about the report:

Foundation aims to help L.A. immigrants
The California Community Foundation plans a campaign to help L.A. immigrants become moreactive citizens by helping them learn English, improve job skills and increase civic participation.

By Teresa Watanabe
Los Angeles Times
February 10, 2009

CSII Faculty Lecture

Robert SuroCrossing the Line? Roberto Suro discusses a new report on the media and the immigration debate.

November 11, 2008
By Pamela Johnson
USC News



Photo by Alexandra Bissonnette

New Center for Study of Immigrant Integration Announced
News delivered during a recent conference that drew 350 — including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

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By Pamela J. Johnson
April 2008
USC College News

USC College and the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development (SPPD) have created a new center addressing the urgent need for knowledge about the successful integration of immigrants.

College Dean Howard Gillman and SPPD Dean Jack Knott made the announcement during a recent conference, “Immigrant Integration and the American Future: Lessons from and for California.”

Gillman said of the new Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration: “This effort was driven by USC’s long-standing commitment to promote research and scholarship on important urban questions, and the desire to find a particular issue that would be of great significance to L.A., to the nation, and to the world.”

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Don't forget immigration reform
Reality about immigrants differs from perception. Let's change the narrative.

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By Dowell Myers and Manuel Pastor
March 22, 2008
Los Angeles Times

Barack Obama has done the country a service by trying to launch a serious discussion about the complexities of race, even in the midst of an electoral season that puts a premium on sound bites rather than sound analysis. We hope that such a tone can be brought to another topic that has been getting short and shallow shrift: immigration.

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