New CIR Blog From CCIS

New CIR Blog From CCIS

"The purpose of the CIR 2013 blog is to provide researchers and the public with analyses that speak directly to the question of whether comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) will pass in 2013.  These analyses will use social science research methods to answer practical, policy-relevant questions.  One of the focuses of the blog will be to identify likely support and opposition to an immigration reform bill, as well amendments that are likely to be introduced, for all 535 voting members of Congress.  With that said, all of the standard social science caveats apply.  A model is only as good as its assumptions and the quality of data.  Moreover, the thickness of the "noise" - especially when the immigration debate reaches a fevered pitch - may be too much to cut through.  This does not, however, mean that theoretically informed analysis of current policy-related questions is not possible.  Combining the insights gained from these analyses with "on the ground" developments is, perhaps, the optimal way to make sense of the politics of immigration reform in 2013.  We thus invite comments and suggestions, particularly from migration scholars and those working on immigration reform.  Please direct comments and inquires to Tom K. Wong by email to tomkwong@ucsd.edu and on Twitter@twong002.  We will use #cir2013blog to announce updates." - CIR 2013 Blog