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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 testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee on the importance of legal status for undocumented essential workers

USIPC research in The Washington Post explains seasonal trends at the U.S. southern border

USIPC research in the Los Angeles Times explains the lasting effects of Trump-era immigration policies

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