Author Archives: Paul McDaniel

Ramifications of Trump’s Immigration Executive Orders

In 1939, the German ship St. Louis sailed from Hamburg to Havana. There, only a handful of passengers were allowed to disembark. The St. Louis then began to sail along the coast of Florida within sight of the lights of Miami. U.S. officials, however, refused requests from passengers to disembark and the ship returned to […]

What a Trump Presidency May Look Like for Immigration

Many people across the United States and around the world are still in shock from the outcome of the U.S. Presidential election this week. The Trump Administration will no doubt have significant impacts on many people in the U.S. and internationally, particularly vulnerable and marginalized populations, and that impact will undoubtedly extend to immigrants and […]

How They Stack Up – Part III: The Libertarian and Green Parties and their Nominees

In the run up to the 2016 presidential election in the United States, there are drastic differences in the tone and approach toward immigration by the major political parties and their nominees. But what exactly are some of their proposals for changes to U.S. immigration policy? This is the final post in a three-part series […]

How They Stack Up – Part II: The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton

In the run up to the 2016 presidential election in the United States, there are drastic differences in the tone and approach toward immigration by the major political parties and their nominees. But what exactly are some of their proposals for changes to U.S. immigration policy? This post is the second in a three-part series […]

How they stack up – Part I: Comparing the immigration policies of nominees for U.S. President and their Parties

In the run up to the 2016 presidential election in the United States, there are drastic differences in the tone and approach toward immigration by the major political parties and their nominees. But what exactly are some of their proposals for changes to U.S. immigration policy? This post is the first in a three-part series […]

Shaping and Reshaping Identity on Immigrant and Refugee Receptivity

Europe is in a “polycrisis.” That was the theme of a workshop I recently attended, along with colleagues from Kennesaw State University, at the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen, in Germany. “Polycrisis” in this case refers to the challenges faced by European Union (EU) member states, including financial problems, terrorist threats, and, in particular, the increase in […]

How a Cultural Institution Can Shape Receptivity in a New Immigrant Destination

The news media and broader discourse has recently featured the concept of receptivity toward migrants and refugees more prominently—as my colleagues here at The Migrationist have described here, here, here, here, and here. The recent spotlight on refugees arriving in Europe has sparked debate among European countries as to just how welcoming Europe should and […]

Welcoming Week Highlights Communities Sending a Message of Welcome

This week is National Welcoming Week in the United States. National Welcoming Week is a series of local events in towns and cities across the U.S. intended to highlight the contributions of immigrants and refugees to communities, build bridges among diverse local residents, and spur local policy on inclusion. This growing message of welcome isn’t […]

White House Releases Recommendations for Federal Immigrant Integration Strategy

While there has been growing momentum at the local level around place-based immigrant and refugee integration efforts in recent years, there hasn’t been an official coordinated effort for a federal immigrant integration strategy. That changed this week when the White House Task Force on New Americans—an interagency effort to develop a coordinated federal strategy to […]

How Immigrant Businesses Contribute to Place-Making and Community Development

Like many metropolitan areas in the U.S. South, Charlotte, North Carolina has grown rapidly over the past two decades. As the Charlotte Observer Editorial Board recently remarked, “Charlotte, for centuries a Southern town of black and white, has grown overnight into a global city of many hues.” This expansion includes one of the fastest growth […]