Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration

CSII Publications

Citizenship Matters
How the Children of Immigrants Will Sway the Future of Politics

By Manuel Pastor, Justin Scoggins, Vanessa Carter, and Jared Sanchez

July 2014

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Identity Formation Among Central American Americans

By Norma Stoltz Chinchilla and Nora Hamilton

November 2013

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

María Blanco (Vice President, California Community Foundation) and Manuel Pastor (Director, CSII) make the case for the importance of an Office of Immigrant Affairs at Los Angeles City Hall. Their opinion piece comes in response to a dissenting opinion toward Mayor Garcetti’s recently established office.

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How DACA is Impacting the Lives of Those Who Are Now DACAmented

by Roberto G. Gonzales, Harvard Graduate School of Education

and Veronica Terriquez, University of Southern California

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What's at Stake for the State: Undocumented Californians, Immigration Reform, and Our Future Together

By Manuel Pastor and Enrico Marcelli
With Vanessa Carter and Jared Sanchez
May 2013

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Stake for the State

Nurturing Naturalization: Could Lowering the Fee Help?

Prepared by Manuel Pastor, Jared Sanchez, Rhonda Ortiz, and Justin Scoggins
Commissioned by the National Partnership for New Americans
With funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
February 2013

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Nurturing Naturalization

Powerful Learning: The Impact of CHIRLA's Wise Up! on Members' Educational and Civic Pathways

By Veronica Terriquez, John Rogers, Alejandra Vargas-Johnson and Caitlin Patler
January 2013

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Wise Up!

Cultivating the Dream: Evaluating the Impact of Dream Summer on a New Generation of Leaders

Prepared by:
Arely Zimmerman, Anthony Perez, Michelle Saucedo, Jennifer Ito, and Manuel Pastor

Commissioned by:
UCLA Labor Center

Funded by:
Unbound Philanthropy
January 2013




Citizen Gain: The Economic Benefits of Naturalization for Immigrants andthe Economy

By Manuel Pastor and Justin Scoggins
December 2012

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Citizen Gain

Rock the (Naturalized) Vote: The Size and Location of the Recently Naturalized Voting Age Citizen Population

By Manuel Pastor and Jared Sanchez
October 2012

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Naturalized Vote

California Immigrant Integration Scorecard

September 2012
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Looking Forward: Immigrant Contributions to the Golden State 2012

California Immigrant Policy Center and CSII
June 2012

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All Together Now?

Aspiring Americans: Undocumented Youth Leaders in California

Veronica Terriquez, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Southern CaliforniaCaitlin Patler, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, University of California Los Angeles
June 2012

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All Together Now?

All Together Now? African Americans, Immigrants, and the Future of California

Manuel Pastor, Juan De Lara, and Justin Scoggins
September 2011

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All Together Now?

Learning from Legalization: The Experience of IRCA-EraMexicans in Los Angeles County

Rob Paral and Associates
June 2011

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Measures of Immigrant Integration in Los Angeles County

Rob Paral and Associates
June 2011

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Immigrant Labor and the American Recovery: A Brief Memo
By Manuel Pastor and Justin Scoggins
March 2011

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Immigrant Labor and the American Recovery

California needs an integrated plan on immigration (see Utah)
By Manuel Pastor and Ange-Marie Hancock
March 27, 2011
Sacramento Bee

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Celebrating the Legacy, Embracing the Future: A Neighborhood Study for Second Baptist Church
By Veronica Terriquez and Vanessa Carter
September 2010

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Photo by Second Baptist Church

Second Baptist Church

A State Resilient: Immigrant Integration and California’s Future
By Manuel Pastor, Justin Scoggins and Jennifer Tran
June 2010

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A State Resilient

Economic Benefits of Immigrant Authorization in California

By Manuel Pastor, Justin Scoggins, Jennifer Tran, and Rhonda Ortiz
January 2010
University of Southern California

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Promoting Misconceptions: News Media Coverage of Immigration

By Roberto Suro
Professor, Annenberg School of Communications
University of Southern California, USC
December, 2009

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Promoting Misconceptions

The Mexican Origin Middle Class in Los Angeles

By Jody Agius Vallejo
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
University of Southern California (USC)
December, 2009

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Jody Agius Vallejo

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

The Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration on Tuesday released their report, Immigrant Integration in Los Angeles: Strategic Directions for Funders, which stresses how foreign-born and native-born Angelenos can work together for a stronger region.

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Immigrant Integration in Los Angeles

Immigrants' Contributions in an Aging America
By Dowell Myers
Communities & Banking (volume 19, number3, Summer 2008)

Debates about immigration in American have been backward looking, emphasizing trends of the last 10 years, not the future. In the decade ahead, much will change - immigrants and the rest of us included. The preoccupation with matters of legal status, important as they are, have distracted us from the larger question of whether we need immigrants in the first place. For that answer we must look more closely at American society itself.

Professor Myers' research has projected two major sets of changes in the decade ahead. One entails the growing length of settlement by immigrants who arrived after 1970 - and their burgeoning upward mobility, which is well under way. The other vector of change centers on the aging of the baby boom generation and the many changes it portends for the economy. How do immigrants fit into the overrall picture of change in America?

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Thinking Ahead About Our Immigrant Future: New Trends and Mutual Benefits in Our Aging Society
By Dowell Myers
January 2008
Immigration Policy In Focus, Volume 6, Issue 1

There are two stories now being told about immigration and the future of America. Each has some basis in fact, although one is based on newer trends and is more optimistic than the other. These stories differ in their answers to three crucial questions: whether immigration to the United States is accelerating out of control or is slowing; how much immigrants are assimilating into American society and progressing economically over time; and how important immigrants are to the U.S. economy. The pessimistic story— in which immigration is portrayed as increasing dramatically and producing a growing population of unassimilated foreigners — draws upon older evidence. But more recent data and analysis suggest a far more positive vision of our immigrant future. Immigration has not only begun to level off, but immigrants are climbing the socio-economic ladder, and will become increasingly important to the U.S. economy as workers, taxpayers, and homebuyers supporting the aging Baby Boom generation.

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In Focus

Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America
By Dowell Myers
February 2007

Many Americans regard the massive influx of immigrants over the past 30 years with great anxiety, fearing new burdens and unwanted changes to the nation's ethnic, social, and economic identity. Virtually unnoticed in the contentious national debate over immigration is the even more significant demographic change about to occur as the first wave of the Baby Boom generation retires, slowly draining the workforce and straining the federal budget to the breaking point. In this forward-looking new book, Immigrants and Boomers, noted demographer Dowell Myers proposes a new way of thinking about these issues and argues that each of these two powerful demographic shifts may hold the keys to resolving the problems presented by the other.

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Immigrants and Boomers