Impeding or Accelerating Assimilation? Immigration Enforcement and Its Impact on Naturalization Patterns

  title={Impeding or Accelerating Assimilation? Immigration Enforcement and Its Impact on Naturalization Patterns},
  author={Catalina amuedo-dorantes and Mary Lopez},
Naturalization bestows economic benefits to immigrants, their families and communities through greater access to employment opportunities, higher earnings, and homeownership. It is the cornerstone of immigrant assimilation in the United States. Yet, less than 800,000 of the estimated 8.8 million legal permanent residents eligible to naturalize do so on a yearly basis. Using data from the 2008-2016 American Community Survey, we analyze how the expansion of interior U.S. immigration enforcement… CONTINUE READING

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