Audrey Singer

Audrey Singer is a senior fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. Her areas of expertise include demography, international migration, U.S. immigration policy, and urban and metropolitan change. She has written extensively on U.S. immigration trends, including immigrant integration, undocumented migration, naturalization and citizenship, and the changing racial and ethnic composition of the United States. | View Full Bio

  • In the News

    We have a separate set of policies around unaccompanied minors. It becomes more like a humanitarian and refugee process.

    June 25, 2014, Audrey Singer, The Washington Examiner
  • In the News

    The last presidential election put a lot of pressure on the Republican Party to get serious about changing the immigration policy of the country.

    September 26, 2013, Audrey Singer, Christian Science Monitor
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    If we think about what [immigrants have] done in their lives and how they’ve spent their time in this country, the fact is that they’ve been part of the American school system. This is one of the big things that makes them American.

    August 14, 2013, Audrey Singer, New York Times
  • In the News

    There are three things the House has to decide: the content of the bill, the timing of the process, and whether it will be one bill or several bills.

    June 28, 2013, Audrey Singer, FoxNews
  • In the News

    [The Boston bombings] complicate an already complicated upcoming debate. Some people will use it as an issue to try to derail [immigration reform]. The bottom line is that there are a lot of people that want to do harm to this country. Some of them come from abroad, some of them live here and some of them have lived here for a while. It may or may not impede immigration reform, but at this point I think it’s important to be very careful not to conflate the issues.

    April 22, 2013, Audrey Singer, The Fiscal Times
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    The question is, can we come up with a mechanism [for immigration] that allows us to have a more adjustable system over time and have more flexibility?

    April 13, 2013, Audrey Singer, Los Angeles Times
  • In the News

    It seems like the stars are aligning and that this is best chance that we've seen in years [for immigration reform]. In particular, the signaling comes from people and places where there has been resistance before: Top Republican leaders are talking about legalization for people who are in the United States without status for the first time. Many businesses, labor, religious, and political leaders are voicing their concerns about not fixing our immigration and the harm that would do. I see this as a very ripe time.

    February 23, 2013, Audrey Singer, Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty
  • In the News

    What we haven’t really achieved in our system after decades of thinking about [immigration policy] is how to adjust the admissions policy to better suit our economic needs in something closer to real time. That is going to be part of the discussion in the next couple of months. Do we make changes based on some market demand, and how do we measure that? Do we set out knowing what we want and then adjust our policies?

    February 19, 2013, Audrey Singer, Bloomberg
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    It’s always been a really contentious issue—what to do about people who are here without legal status. There are a lot of people who have really well-formulated opinions about the border and illegal immigration, and it’s really hard to change their points of view, and so [legalization] is seen as contributing to the problem rather than contributing to a solution.

    February 4, 2013, Audrey Singer, The Town Talk

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