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Project Title: The Integration of Immigrants into American Society

PIN: DBASSE-CPOP-11-01         

Major Unit:
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit:
Committee on National Statistics
Committee on Population

Plewes, Tom

Subject/Focus Area:
Behavioral and Social Sciences

The Integration of Immigrants into American Society
January 15, 2014 - January 16, 2014
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution NW
Washington D.C. 20148

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Danielle Johnson
Phone: 202-334-1654
Fax: 202-334-3829


First Meeting
Panel on the Integration of Immigrants into U.S. Society

January 15-16, 2014

Room 120, NAS Building
2101 Constitution Avenue
Washington, DC


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

OPEN SESSION (open to public)

8:30 Welcome (breakfast available in meeting room)
Robert Hauser, Executive Director, DBASSE (coordination of 2 panels)

9:00 Introductions
Mary Waters, Panel Chair
Robert Hauser, Executive Director, DBASSE (coordination of 2 panels)
Tom Plewes, Director, Committee on Population

9:30 Panel Discussion: Sponsor’s Interests and Goals for the Study
Aixa Citron-Velez, Russell Sage Foundation
Pat White, National Science Foundation
Tiffany Lightbourn, Chief, Research and Evaluation Division, Office of
Policy and Strategy, US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Laura Patching, Acting Chief, Office of Citizenship, US Citizenship and
Immigration Services.

10:15 Break

10:30 Discussion of Statement of Task and Prioritization of Panel’s Objectives
Mary Waters, Discussion Leader
- Quick take on purpose, value of the study from Panel Members (1-2 minutes each)
- Response from Sponsor
- Open Discussion

11:15 Lessons from The New Americans Study and Update on Economic Panel Meeting
Charles Hirschman

12:00 Working Lunch and Continued Discussion

1:00 Trends in U.S. Immigration: What has changed since 1997?
Jeff Passel, Frank Bean & Michael Fix (latest reports from Pew)

- How the composition of immigrants has changed, source countries
- pre and post-9/11 factors (e.g., unauthorized, underground economy)
- Great recession effects
- Legislative developments

1:45 Preliminary discussions identifying areas of relative consensus and unresolved issues for main components of the study; strategies for approaching these topics

1:45 – 2:15: Session 1: The Integration Process & Analysis (Frank Bean, Discussion Leader)

What are the current theoretical and empirical foundations of integration research?

2:15 – 3:00: Session 2: Socio-Economic Dimensions of Integration (Steve Trejo, Discussion Leader)

(a) What are the trends in social mobility among immigrants and to what extent do these parallel integration? Topics include educational attainment, health outcomes, increases in income, etc.

(b) How has immigration affected the stock and growth of scientific and technological skills in across American institutions, and is it possible to measure the impact of immigration on the pace of technological change and innovation?

3:00: Break

3:15 – 4:00: Session 3: Political Dimensions of Integration (Karthick Ramakrishnan & Irene Bloemraad, Discussion Leaders)

(a) What is the effect of immigration on American institutions, including economic, religious, educational, and political organizations? What is the effect on political and civic engagement? How has immigration affected governance at the state and local level?
(b) What role do federal immigration policies and citizenship and naturalization programs play in immigrant integration?

4:00 – 4:30: Session 4: Undocumented Immigrants (Cecilia Menjivar, Discussion Leader)

What are the particular issues for integration of undocumented immigrants?

4:30 – 5:00: Summary, additional questions/discussion of day’s topics (Mary Waters)

5: 00 Adjourn

7:00 Working dinner and a continued discussion of the day's topics

Thursday, January 16, 2014


8:30: Working Breakfast to Recap the Discussion at the Committee Dinner

8:50: Sponsor’s Interests and Goals for the Study
Geri Mannion, Carnegie Corporation of New York

9:00 – 9:45: Session 5: Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Integration (Nancy Foner & David Takeuchi, Discussion Leaders)

(a) How rapidly are recent immigrants and their children integrating into American society, as measured by competency in English language, degree of intermarriage, maintenance of ethnic identity, and other dimensions?
(b) What are the general attitudes and public perceptions of native born Americans towards (a) legal and illegal immigration and (b) how immigrants shape American society? To what extent do immigrants’ attitudes and perceptions agree with or differ from native born attitudes and perceptions political issues social values, etc.?
(c) What are the trends in immigrant health outcomes, and how do these overlap with trends in integration?

9:45 – 10:15: Session 6: Spatial Dimensions of Integration (Dan Lichter & Richard Wright, Discussion Leaders)

How has residential integration and segregation of immigrants changed over the past 40 years? How has immigration affected the residential segregation between native born racial and ethnic communities?

10:15: Break

10:30 – 11:00: Session 7: Data Needs (Doug Massey and Michael Fix, Discussion Leader)

What additional data are needed for research on the role and impact of immigration on American society? More specifically, what questions could be added to current public and private sector data collections that would further illuminate the range of demographic, social, education, political, and economic implications of immigrants into American society?

11:00 – 11:45: Implications of discussions for project scope, report content, panel tasks going forward
Mary Waters, Sponsors

CLOSED SESSION (closed to public)
12:00: Bias and Conflict discussion(working lunch)

3:30 Adjourn

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Mary Waters; Irene Bloemraad; Michael Fix; Nancy Foner; Charles Hirschman; Daniel Lichter; Douglas Massey; Cecilia Menjivar; Audrey Singer; Kevin Thomas; Stephen Trejo; Richard Wright

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
The committee engaged in a discussion of potential Bias and Conflicts of Interest with regard to the study. It reviewed topics to be covered, identified priority areas, objectives and limitations. It decided to request a revision to clarify the panel's charge. It established a project timeline, selected future meeting dates and discussed possible Commissioned papers and authors. Assignments of responsibility for sections of the report were made.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: April 2, 2014