Pathways to Citizenship and Civic Integration

Carnegie Corporation’s stance on immigrant civic integration stems from Andrew Carnegie’s conviction that immigrant integration is essential to American democracy and economic prosperity, and contends that American democracy cannot flourish without fixing the nation’s “broken” immigration system.

The number of foreign-born people residing in the United States is at the highest level in U.S. history. Yet millions of immigrants lack a clear pathway to citizenship, and have limited opportunities for participation in American society. To change that picture, the nation needs more effective immigration policies, along with stronger systems for bringing immigrants into the pluralistic mainstream of civic and economic life.

The failure of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation in 2007, coupled with the Corporation’s commitment to helping newcomers take advantage of the country’s educational and economic opportunities, have led us to adopt four key areas of support as levers of change: 

What We’re Following

Pew and MIT Release Interactive Tool Comparing States’ Election Performance

April 8, 2014—The Pew Charitable Trusts, in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have released the Elections Performance Index, an interactive online tool that allows users to track election administration in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Users can compare and contrast how states stack up in terms of early voting, no-excuse absentee voting, provisional ballots, and more using data from the 2008, 2010 and 2012 elections. LEARN MORE

DCIR Releases New Online Mapping Tool for DACA-Related Grants

March 25, 2014—Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) and the Foundation Center, both grantees of the Carnegie Corporation, have launched the DACA Grants Map. This online interactive resource provides a comprehensive overview of foundation grants related to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a federal directive that provides deportation relief and work authorization to undocumented youth and young adults. GCIR’s new online tool offers detailed information including grant size, purpose, geographic focus, funding period, and strategies supported. LEARN MORE

Migration Policy Institute Launches Redesign of its Website

February 18, 2014—The Migration Policy Institute, a Carnegie Corporation grantee, has redesigned its website as well as its online journal, the Migration Information Source. The new website provides a significantly more user-friendly experience with improved navigation, richer visualization of data offerings and the ability to find research, multimedia content and articles by topic, region and other criteria. LEARN MORE

Panel to Study the Integration of Immigrants into U.S. Society

December 23, 2013—The National Academy of Sciences has formed a new Committee on Population to study the integration of immigrants into American society. It will also discuss implications for policy options and identify gaps in the research. The committee’s inaugural meeting will be held January 15-16, 2014. The committee’s sponsors include Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, and the President’s Committee of the National Academies. LEARN MORE

Migration Policy Institute Shines Spotlight on Green-Card Holders and Legal Immigration to the United States

November 21, 2013—More than 1 million people became lawful permanent residents (LPRs) of the United States in 2012, with family-sponsored immigrants accounting for two-thirds of those gaining a green card. The Migration Policy Institute, a Carnegie Corporation grantee, examines federal statistics on foreign nationals who gained LPR status during 2012. LEARN MORE

“Fast for Families” Enters Ninth Day

November 20, 2013—Rev. Jesse Jackson commits to three days of fasting and U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, Gloria Steinem, Congressional Hispanic Caucus members, and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez all visit “Fast for Families” as California advocates launch fast and Washington, DC fasters enter ninth day without food. Immigrant rights and labor leaders are abstaining from all food—except water—to move the hearts and compassion of members of Congress to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship. LEARN MORE

“We Knew JFK: Unheard Stories from the Kennedy Archives”

November 19, 2013—Public radio documentary uses interviews from a Carnegie Corporation-funded oral history project, never before broadcast. LEARN MORE

Center for American Progress Gets Graphic with Immigration Reform

November 14, 2013—Pictogram shows broad coalition of supporters who favor reform. LEARN MORE

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Miami Mega Workshop Aids 1000 Aspiring Americans

June 27, 2013—At a recent “mega workshop” in Miami, local organizations and more than 200 legal volunteers came together to help 1,000 green card holders begin the complex citizenship process. The event was organized by members of the New Americans Campaign. LEARN MORE