Other Relevant Research
NCLR often looks to its partners' publications, primarily reports and journal articles, to support its own research and policy agendas. Please click below to find exciting new research from NCLR's organizational colleagues that is of interest to the Latino community, its advocates, and other researchers.
Immigrants and Health Care Reform: What's Really at Stake? (Migration Policy Institute, October 2009)
In this report, MPI's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy offers the first-ever estimates of the size of uninsured immigrant populations in major immigrant-destination states, the number of immigrant workers covered by employer-provided plans, and the share of immigrants employed by small firms likely to be exempted from employer coverage mandates. The report, based on MPI analysis of Census Bureau data, also examines health coverage for immigrants by legal status, age, and poverty levels.
Back to the Future: The Impact of Legalization Then and Now (Immigration Policy Center, November 2009)
While there are many facets to an intelligent immigration reform package, one thing is clear: legalization for undocumented immigrants helps all of us. Research has shown that the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) provided immediate direct benefits by successfully turning formerly clandestine workers into higher-paid employees. Research has also shown that IRCA provided unexpected indirect benefits to the communities where legalized immigrants resided. This report examines three areas of concern—work, family, and community—to explain what economic and social benefits would be derived from a legalization program in 2010.
Latinos and Education: Explaining the Attainment Gap (Pew Hispanic Center, October 2009)
Nearly nine-in-ten (89%) Latino young adults ages 16 to 25 say that a college education is important for success in life, yet only about half that number-48%-say that they themselves plan to get a college degree. According to this national survey, conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, the biggest reason for the gap between the high value Latinos place on education and their more modest aspirations to finish college appears to come from financial pressure to support a family.
Economy and Employment
Immigrants and the Economy: Contribution of Immigrant Workers to the Country's 25 Largest Metropolitan Areas (Fiscal Policy Institute, December 2009)
In the 25 largest metro areas combined, immigrants account for 20 percent of economic output and 20 percent of the population. The same basic relationship holds true, with slight variation, for each of the 25 areas, from metro Pittsburgh, where immigrants represent 3 percent of population and 4 percent of GDP, to metro Miami, where immigrants make up 37 percent of the population and 38 percent of GDP. Immigrants and the Economy also looks at the wide range of occupations held by immigrants and other reasons immigrant economic contribution is so consistently strong, with a special focus on the five largest metro areas in the East.
Second-Generation Latinos Connecting to School and Work (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services, July 2009)
This brief examines connections to school and employment among the young adult children of Latino immigrants. These second-generation Latinos make a fairly smooth transition to young adulthood and make a better transition than black and third-generation Latino youth. In contrast, second-generation Latinos are less likely to be consistently-connected than white youth (65 percent). Yet, after accounting for various factors including characteristics of the youth, their families, and their neighborhoods, second-generation Latinos are as likely to be consistently-connected as white youth.