In the globalized 21st Century where goods and capital move freely, the movement of people across borders has prompted varied responses from national governments and local receiving communities. Although known as a nation of immigrants, the United States has historically struggled to create a rational and fair immigration system. This struggle continues today as policymakers, advocates and individuals grapple with what is often characterized as a “broken” system. The mission of the Warren Institute’s Immigration program is to offer research-based policy solutions to the difficult questions raised in this arena.

Although most immigration law and policy is determined at the national level, its impact is primarily felt in communities on the ground. From our unique vantage point in California, a state with the largest share of the foreign-born population, the Warren Institute examines the complex, and often controversial, laws and policies aimed at non-citizens. In particular, our research has focused on evaluating the impacts of immigration enforcement controls, employment practices, and integration measures. We also analyze domestic policies within a comparative context, in an effort to learn from the experience of migrants in Europe. We engage with scholars to enable the more effective use of research by producing issue briefs, hosting strategic convenings and providing expert testimony.