CSII Publications

While all CSII publications include a report, most also come with an executive summary, research briefs, and the occasional infographic. 




CSII Brief - Promoting Citizenship: Assessing the Impacts of the Partial Fee Waiver

Book: Unsettled Americans

Coedited by John Mollenkopf and Manuel Pastor

April 2016

Unsettled Americans, a book coedited by John Mollenkopf and Manuel Pastor, examines immigrant integration at the metropolitan level. In the book, the work of John Mollenkopf, Manuel Pastor, and their colleagues "considers immigrant reception in seven different metro areas, and their analyses stress the differences in capacity and response between central cities, down-at-the-heels suburbs, and outer metropolitan areas, as well as across metro areas. A key feature of case studies in the book is their inclusion of not only traditional receiving areas (New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles) but also newer ones (Charlotte, Phoenix, San Jose, and California's "Inland Empire"). Another innovative aspect is that the authors link their work to the new literature on regional governance, contribute to emerging research on spatial variations within metropolitan areas, and highlight points of intersection with the longer-term processes of immigrant integration."

PERE/CSII affiliated book contributors: 
Juan De Lara, University of Southern California
Rachel Rosner, independent consultant

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Expanding Opportunity: How California Gains if the President's Executive Actions on Immigration are Implemented

By Manuel Pastor, Justin Scoggins, and Jared Sanchez

February 23, 2016

CSII's latest fact sheets highlight the benefits of DAPA- and expanded DACA-eligible immigrants, shedding light on their impactful contributions to the state of California.

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Opening Minds, Opening Doors, Opening Communities: Cities Leading for Immigrant Integration

December 15, 2015

Report partners: Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA), Welcoming America, and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) at USC.

Written by: Manuel Pastor (CSII), Rhonda Ortiz (CSII), and Els de Graauw (Baruch College, the City University of New York)

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Toward a Healthy California: Why Improving Access to Medical Insurance for Unauthorized Immigrants Matters for the Golden State

December 2015

By Enrico A. Marcelli (San Diego State University), Manuel Pastor (USC CSII), and Steven P. Wallace (UCLA Center for Health Policy Research)

"Toward a Healthy California" highlights research by Marcelli, Pastor, and Wallace on the importance of improving access to medical insurance for immigrants and why this matters for the future of all Californians.

In this report, the co-authors:

  • Offer context on why health insurance matters, how immigrants actually access care, and why extending health coverage to all could have benefits for the whole state;
  • Provide estimates of the size of the undocumented population and profiles for the 14 sites in The California Endowment’s (TCE) “Building Healthy Communities” (BHC) program;
  • Present lessons from local efforts aiming to broaden access to health care and outline emerging policy ideas to close gaps in coverage.

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DAPA Matters: The Growing Electorate Directly Affected by Executive Action on Immigration

November 19, 2015

The Center for American Progress (CAP) and USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII)

By Manuel Pastor, Tom Jawetz, and Lizet Ocampo

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CSII provides new state-by-state projections of how many U.S. citizens (of voting age) live with unauthorized family members who would be eligible for DAPA under the president’s plan—we call them "DAPA-affected voters".

The report demonstrates how the growing electoral impact of DAPA-affected voters could play a decisive role in key battleground states in the 2016 elections and beyond.

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The Kids Aren't Alright - But They Could Be: The Impact of DAPA on Children

By Manuel Pastor, Jared Sanchez, and Vanessa Carter

March 11, 2015

With DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) implementation temporarily stalled, new research released by the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration takes a closer look at the significant economic and social impacts of DAPA on an estimated 5.5 million U.S. citizen children.

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"Unauthorized and Uninsured" Building Healthy Communities in California

February 2014

By Enrico A. Marcelli and Manuel Pastor

The USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and San Diego State University present 15 new fact sheets titled Unauthorized and Uninsured,” which measure current levels of health insurance coverage for undocumented immigrants in 14 California communities and their respective counties.

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Profiling the Eligible to Naturalize

January 2015

By Manuel Pastor, Patrick Oakford, and Jared Sanchez with Center for American Progress (CAP) and the National Parternship for New Americans

"Recent research, including Nurturing Naturalization report (2013), has suggested that the high fees to naturalize may serve as an impediment to Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) seeking citizenship.

To understand what fee changes might mean going forward, it would be useful to have a more detailed profile of those eligible to naturalize, including by income, education and English language ability - information not readily available in Office of Immigration Statistics data.

NPNA commissioned this research (released in January 2015) which aims to help policymakers, advocates, and service providers understand more clearly this pool of potential U.S. citizens."

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Citizenship: A Wise Investment for Cities

September 17, 2014

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) has released "Citizenship: A Wise Investment for Cities" on the civic, economic, and social benefits of naturalization in American cities.

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Looking Forward 2014: Immigrant Contributions to the Golden State

By the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) and CSII
September 2014

This report by CIPC and CSII is the third in a series of bi-annual "Looking Forward" reports that explore the economic, civic, and social impacts of immigrants in California.  In addition to statewide research, it also includes more in-depth looks at the data across different regions.  

Download the statewide report (on CIPC's Scribd page) »

Regional data inserts are available for the following regions:  Central CoastCentral ValleySacramento regionGreater Los AngelesInland Southern CaliforniaSan Diego/Border region, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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2013-2014 Academic Year



Citizenship Matters: How Children of Immigrants Will Sway the Future of Politics

By Manuel Pastor, Justin Scoggins, Vanessa Carter, and Jared Sanchez
Jointly published with the Center for American Progress
July 24, 2014

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Ensuring California's Future by Insuring California's Undocumented: Why Excluding Undocumented Californians from the Affordable Care Act Hurts All of Us

By Enrico Marcelli, Manuel Pastor, and Steven P. Wallace
May 2014

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Identity Formation Among Central American Americans

By Norma Stoltz Chinchilla and Nora Hamilton
November 2013

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2012 - 2013 Academic Year


How DACA is Impacting the Lives of Those Who Are Now DACAmented

Preliminary Findings from the National UnDACAmented Research Project

By Roberto G. Gonzales, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Veronica Terriquez, University of Southern California
August 15, 2013

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What's at Stake for the State: Undocumented Californians, Immigration Reform, and Our Future Together

By Manuel Pastor and Enrico Marcelli
With Vanessa Carter and Jared Sanchez
May 2013

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Nurturing Naturalization: Could Lowering the Fee Help?

By Manuel Pastor, Jared Sanchez, Rhonda Ortiz, and Justin Scoggins
February 2013

Commissioned by the National Partnership for New Americans
With funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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Powerful Learning: The Impact of CHIRLA's Wise Up! on Members' Educational and Civic Pathways

By Veronica Terriquez, John Rogers, Alejandra Vargas-Johnson and Caitlin Patler
January 2013

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Cultivating the Dream: Evaluating the Impact of Dream Summer on a New Generation of Leaders

By Arely Zimmerman, Anthony Perez, Michelle Saucedo, Jennifer Ito, and Manuel Pastor
January 2013

Commissioned by the UCLA Labor Center
Funded by Unbound Philanthropy

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Citizen Gain: The Economic Benefits of Naturalization for Immigrants and the Economy

By Manuel Pastor and Justin Scoggins
December 2012

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Rock the (Naturalized) Vote: The Size and Location of the Recently Naturalized Voting Age Citizen Population

By Manuel Pastor and Jared Sanchez
October 2012

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California Immigrant Integration Scorecard

By Manuel Pastor, Rhonda Ortiz, Vanessa Carter, Justin Scoggins, Anthony Perez
September 12, 2012

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2011 - 2012 Academic Year


Looking Forward: Immigrant Contributions to the Golden State 2012

By the California Immigrant Policy Center and USC CSII
June 2012

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Note: The updated, 2014 version of "Looking Forward" is also availabe on the CIPC website.

Aspiring Americans: Undocumented Youth Leaders in California

By Veronica Terriquez and Cailtin Patler
June 2012

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All Together Now? African Americans, Immigrants, and the Future of California

By Manuel Pastor, Juan De Lara, and Justin Scoggins
September 2011

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2010 - 2011 Academic Year


Learning from Legalization: The Experience of IRCA-Era Mexicans in Los Angeles County

By Rob Paral and Associates
June 2011

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Measures of Immigrant Integration in Los Angeles County

By Rob Paral and Associates
June 2011

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Immigrant Labor and the American Recovery

By Manuel Pastor and Justin Scoggins
March 2011

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Celebrating the Legacy, Embracing the Future: A Neighborhood Study for Second Baptist Church

By Veronica Terriquez and Vanessa Carter
September 2010

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A State Resilient: Immigrant Integration and California’s Future

By Manuel Pastor, Justin Scoggins and Jennifer Tran
June 2010

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2009 - 2010 Academic Year

Economic Benefits of Immigrant Authorization in California

By Manuel Pastor, Justin Scoggins, Jennifer Tran, and Rhonda Ortiz
January 2010

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Promoting Misconceptions: News Media Coverage of Immigration

By Roberto Suro
December 2009

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The Mexican Origin Middle Class in Los Angeles

By Jody Agius Vallejo
December 2009

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2008 - 2009 Academic Year

Immigrant Integration in Los Angeles: Strategic Directions for Funders

By Manuel Pastor and Rhonda Ortiz
January 2009

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Immigrants' Contributions in an Aging America

By Dowell Myers
Summer 2008

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Thinking Ahead About Our Immigrant Future: New Trends and Mutual Benefits in Our Aging Society

By Dowell Myers
January 2008

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Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America

By Dowell Myers
February 2007

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