Immigration Statistics: Status of the Implementation of National Academy of Sciences' Recommendations, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 73KB]

"The quality of immigration statistics has been a long-standing issue among experts in the public and private sectors. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) issued two reports in which it made recommendations regarding the need to improve the collection and management of immigration statistics. The recommendations were directed to various federal organizations, including Congress, the Department of Justice (DOJ), Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Bureau of the Census. This report responds to your request that we provide information on the implementation status of the major recommendations to Congress, the agencies, and OMB in these reports. Specifically, we summarized NAS recommendations and determined what, if any, action Congress, the agencies, and OMB took in response to the 13 major recommendations in the 1985 NAS report and all 6 recommendations in the 1996 NAS report. Also, in your request, you asked us to assess demographic, statistical information on the foreign-born population and federal policies affecting immigration statistics. As agreed with your Subcommittee, we will provide this information at a later date."

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