CSII in the News

One part of CSII's work is to to remake the narrative and spur dialogue around immigrant integration. To that end, we aim to develop compelling, relevant messaging rooted in rigorous data.  CSII works with a range of media outletsprint, broadcast (radio and TV), and increasingly online (via blogs and social media).

CSII's recent media mentions are listed below in chronological order.  For media coverage from previous years, please visit CSII's News Archive page »


Media hits on "Citizenship: A Wise Investment for Cities" report with CPD and NPNA

On September 17th 2014, The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) released a new report titled "Citizenship: A Wise Investment for Cities" on the civic, economic, and social benefits of naturalization in American cities. 

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Media mentions include:

Media hits on "Looking Forward 2014" report with CIPC

September 2014

Along with the recent release of the 2014 update of the Looking Forward report with the California Immigrant Policy Center came a round of media hits.

Interviews with CSII's Jared Sanchez, the lead data analyst for this report

Interview with CSII's Co-Director, Manuel Pastor

Other noteworthy media mentions include:

Telemundo 52 L.A.: "Aquí Están los Hechos" ("Here are the Facts")

July 26, 2014

With a nod to The California Endowment's #Health4All campaign, Telemundo noted the benefits to all California residents when undocumented immigrants receive healthcare coverage. The article cited CSII's research that undocumented Californians comprise seven percent of the state population and nine percent of the workforce— underscoring their significant economic and social contributions to the state economy.

"Background Briefing" Radio Show on Immigration Reform and Political Landscape

July 24, 2014

"Background Briefing" radio show with Ian Masters

KPFK's Ian Masters spoke with CSII Co-director, Manuel Pastor about his recent L.A. Times op-ed "GOP focused on wrong set of children" and the political landscape affecting broader issues of immgration reform.

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L.A.Times Op-Ed: "GOP Focused on Wrong Set of Children"

By Manuel Pastor
July 24, 2014

In the midst of re-ignited debates about immigration policy because of the child refugee crisis at the border, this timely op-ed pointed out how Republicans are focusing on the wrong set of children -- and the wrong set of voters.
Pastor's piece warned that the GOP's harsh rhetoric on immigration reform will have lasting political consequences, as the citizen children of undocumented immigrants will be able to cast 11 million votes over the next five presidential elections.

Pastor's op-ed is based on research released in CSII's July 2014 report with the Center for American Progress, “Citizenship Matters: How Children of Immigrants Will Sway the Future of Politics.”

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Prof. Pastor Interviewed on NBC TV's "News Conference" About the Child Migrant Crisis

July 6, 2014

NBC TV reporter Conan Nolan featured an interview with Dr. Manuel Pastor on the Sunday "News Conference" show.  In this seven minute segment, Dr. Pastor outlined the multiple, complex causes of violence causing children and families to flee Central America at unprecendented rates. 

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Obama: Immigration Reform Could Lead to Growth

July 3, 2014

APM Marketplace’s Kate Davidson spoke with CSII co-director Manuel Pastor to analyze two figures on potential GDP growth figures resulting from immigration reform. Both the Center for American Progress and the Congressional Budget Office have asserted that reform could lead to $1.4 trillion in growth, but the timeline of that growth differs by a decade in the two analyses. Pastor noted that one of those numbers is a hypothetical projection, while the other examines the potential outcome of current Senate legislation. 

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Are Latinos Really Turning White?

By Manuel Pastor
May 29, 2014
The Huffington Post

This widely circulated op-ed by Manuel Pastor offers an alternate analysis to a piece in the NY Times claiming that more Hispanics were "declaring themselves white" on the census.

Seeking to infuse some data reality into the media discourse, Pastor's post points out how a simple change on the U.S. Census questionnaire about race may have caused a significant data shift between the 2000 and 2010 figures.

“To those who follow the discussion of race,” Pastor wrote, “a more nuanced understanding of the data and the questions being asked would probably lead one away from a breathless conclusion that a new and fundamental shift in Latino assimilation is occurring.”

Pastor’s follow-up stirred things up on social media and prompted a response from the NY Times writer Nate Cohn. Other news media picked up on the discussion, and PolicyMic highlighted Twitter users who had developed their own unique identity with the hashtag #WhatLatinosLookLike.

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Scars from the Immigration Wars

By Joshua Hoyt and Manuel Pastor
January 3, 2014
The Chicago Tribune

In this Chicago Tribune op-ed, CSII’s Manuel Pastor and the National Partnership for New Americans’ Joshua Hoyt hold American attitudes and policies on immigration up to the light. They pointed out how waning anti-immigrant sentiment signalled an opportunity to move forward with progressive policy.

“After all,” they write, “every large demographic shift in our nation’s history has provoked a brutal reaction that leaves lasting scars.”

Pastor and Hoyt proposed that to move forward, we should learn from the past instead of repeating it. In protest and policy, Americans have reacted in dangerous and damaging ways to Irish, Chinese, Jewish, Italian and Muslim immigrants over the last two centuries. For economic as well as equity reasons, the continuing influx of immigrants is a positive thing for all Americans: “most economists and demographers believe we need immigrants and their kids to be even more integrated into our social and economic system.” 

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Viewpoints: California, Unlike the Federal Government, Leads on Immigration Reform

By Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Manuel Pastor
October 17, 2013
The Sacramento Bee

CSII co-directors Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Manuel Pastor's op-ed examined the contrasts between immigration policy progress on the state and federal levels. While they praised forward thinking state policies in California, they also questioned Congress’ ability to get in step with widespread public desire for reform.

Though they expressed disappointment in the lack of federal action, Hondagneu-Sotelo and Pastor noted that California has been in the same position: “once wracked by divisive struggles over immigration,” the state is now “marked by consensus about the steps ahead.” 

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Council for Immigrant Integration to Receive Countywide Yvonne Brathwaite Burke Courage Award

October 8, 2013

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors awarded the CCF Council for Immigrant Integration with the 2013 Yvonne Brathwaite Burke Courage Award in recognition of its efforts to improve immigrant and refugee integration and wellbeing in Los Angeles County.

The Council for Immigrant Integration is a CSII faciliated project designed to organize, convene and facilitate a council of stakeholders for the California Community Foundation.The goal of the Council is for members to achieve common understanding, engage in candid discussions and reach consensus about mutual responsibilities and goals. The award is named in honor of Yvonne Brathwaite Burke who was the first African-American Congresswoman to serve the West Coast.

8 Reasons You Can't Forget to Celebrate National Citizenship Day Ever Again

September 18, 2013

CSII co-director Manuel Pastor and Data Manager Justin Scoggins’ report Citizen Gain: The Economic Benefits of Naturalization for Immigrants and the Economy received a nod in this Buzzfeed article about Citizenship Day, September 17. The post looked at the economic and personal benefits of millions of undocumented Americans becoming citizens, including the increased personal earnings of up to 11 percent mentioned in the report.

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Encouraging Citizenship: A Win-Win for Businesses, Their Employees and Our Economy

September 17, 2013
The Huffington Post

In this article touting the economic benefits of citizenship, the National Immigration Forum's Ali Noorani pointed to CSII’s Citizen Gain study finding that “income rises an average of 8 to 11 percent when immigrants become citizens.”  Noorani highlighted the business community’s increasing notice of the benefits of citizenship for its employees, and argued that for the nation to remain strong, this trend must continue.

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Why City Hall Needs an Immigrant Affairs Office

By Maria Blanco and Manuel Pastor
September 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times

In this L.A. Times op-ed, the California Community Foundation’s Maria Blanco and CSII co-director Manuel Pastor backed Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s development of an Office of Immigrant Affairs.

Citing research from PolicyLink and CSII, Blanco and Pastor pushed back against L.A. Times editor Paul Whitefield’s piece which said that the mayor should focus on other issues in the city first, like road repair and gang activity. Immigrant issues and integration, Blanco and Pastor argued, are in the best interest of all Angelenos, and investing effort and money in these issues will benefit the whole region. 

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Immigrant Integration is American - and Key to Reform

By Manuel Pastor
June 21, 2013
The Huffington Post

In this HuffPo op-ed, CSII co-director Manuel Pastor explored what immigrant integration looked like in the small town of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, and in federal policy. Conservatives, he argued, are stalling immigration legislation with complaints that provisions do not contain enough efforts to get immigrants to be “patriotic”, and that the legislation did not put enough money toward border enforcement. Pastor argued that immigrant integration should be defined by more specific measures like learning English, and that “a dollar invested in integration will produce economic gains that will outpace any parallel investments in border drones or steel fencing.”

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