Deportation Relief Project Updates

ISS’ Deportation Relief project explores how an immigrant’s legal status affects their employment, education, and other factors. Every year, during their 3 year term (2015-2018), the fellows provide updates on the progress and current direction of the project.


Co-led by Shannon Gleeson in the Department of Labor Relations, Law, and His-tory and Matthew Hall in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, this mixed-methods project is examining how having temporary protected status (TPS) shapes immigrants’ experiences at work and school, as well as immigrants’ long-term goals and sense of belonging.

In 2016-17, Gleeson and Kate Griffith, also in the Department of Labor Relations, Law, and History, oversaw research assistants working with legal aid providers, as they interviewed 55 immigrants, primarily from Haiti and Central America. They collected information about workplace experiences, such as immigrants’ ability to contest workplace abuses, for analysis and publication.

Gleeson continued her work with Xóchitl Bada (University of Illinois, Chicago) on a project researching how the Mexican Consulate protects the rights of immigrant workers, and the roles that enforcement agencies and nonprofit advocates play in assisting immigrants. With Els de Graauw (Baruch College, City University of New York), Gleeson analyzed the 2012 implementation of the federal program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Meanwhile, Hall investigated the key contributors to immigrants incorporation into mainstream social, political, and economic institutions. He also examined the factors driving competition in the job market between immigrants and natives.

Steven Alvarado in the Department of Sociology, and Hall, along with graduate student, Alex Currit, used the U.S. Census to understand how having TPS shapes the educational outcomes of child immigrants from El Salvador. Chil-dren with TPS are more likely to stay in school, according to findings Currit presented at the Population Association of America’s April 2017 annual meeting in Chicago.

Jordan Matsudaira in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, and Hall, engaged with graduate student Julia Zhu on a study examining the relationship between immigration enforcement activities and employer hiring.

The University of California Press published Gleeson’s book, Precarious Claims: The Promise and Failure of Workplace Protections in the United States, in 2016.

“The Power of a Presumption: California as a Laboratory for Unauthorized Immigrant Workers’ Rights,” written by Kate Griffith, was published in UC Davis Law Review. Griffith’s piece, “Protecting Immigrant Workers’ Rights,” was featured in the San Francisco Daily Journal. Hall coauthored, “Deporting the American Dream: Immigration Enforce-ment and Latino Foreclosures,” published in Sociological Science in 2016.



Co-led by Shannon Gleeson in labor relations, law, and history at the ILR School, and Matthew Hall in poli-cy analysis and management, this mixed-methods project is examining how temporary protected status (TPS) is affecting immigrants in the United States.

During the project’s first year, Hall and project member Steven Alvarado, along with graduate student Alex Currit, designed a study examining the impact of temporary protected status on Salvadoran child migrants. In November 2016, these findings were presented at the Annual Upstate Population Workshop of the Cornell Population Center, and the Center for Aging and Population Studies at Syracuse University.

In January 2016, workers’ rights attorney Joshua Stehlik from the National Immigration Law Center held a workshop, Issues Faced by Dacamented and Other Immigrant Workers, to educate project members about the rights of beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

In April 2016, the project brought legal expert Shoba Sivaprasad Wad-hia to campus to discuss the role of prosecutorial discretion in immi-gration cases and the constitutionality of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans Program. Steven Yale Loehr, a member of the ISS’ Immigration Project (2010-13), participated in the discussion with Professor Wadhia that was open to the Cornell community. During Spring 2016, Kate Griffith and Shannon Gleeson prepared a review of the literature on the impacts of temporary protected status. They also applied for outside funding and sought Institutional Review Board approval of a qualitative interview instrument of TPS recipients in New York City, which commenced in summer 2016.

Throughout the academic year, Hall and project member Jordan Matsudaira worked to access various elements of federal administrative data on immigration enforcement and workforce characteristics.