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The U.S. Immigration Policy Center (USIPC) at UC San Diego conducts and supports rigorous social science research to advance understanding of the foundations and consequences of U.S. immigration policy.

Immigration has played an integral role in American history and is sure to feature prominently in America’s future. But what should the immigration policies of our nation of immigrants be? The USIPC brings together leading academics, policy analysts, immigrant-rights leaders, and policymakers across all levels of government to conceptualize, debate, and design a new U.S. immigration policy agenda that meets the demands of the 21st century.  

In The News

USIPC Director Tom K. Wong named to Advisory Committee on Smithsonian Institution collection documented undocumented immigrant activism from 2000 to present

USIPC Director Tom K. Wong submits expert declaration in support of the Flores Settlement Agreement, which prohibits indefinite child detention, based on USIPC research

USIPC publishes first-of-its-kind research based on over 600 surveys of asylum seekers returned to Mexico under the “Remain in Mexico” policy

USIPC Director Wong, with the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties and Jewish Family Services, briefs House Oversight Committee on the treatment and conditions asylum seekers face in U.S. immigration detention

USIPC Director Wong, with Alliance San Diego, briefs Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the treatment and conditions asylum seekers face in U.S. immigration detention

USIPC publishes groundbreaking report on treatment and conditions in immigration detention based on analysis of thousands of intakes of detained asylum seekers, August 28, 2019