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The Center for Immigration Studies is the nation's only research institute that focuses entirely on research related to United States immigration policy.

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) is one of the organizations most often quoted in the media. CIS research has been featured on the front pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today.

The Center for Immigration Studies was founded in 1985. CIS is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, research organization. The mission of CIS is to provide accurate and reliable information to the academic community, news media, policymakers, and concerned citizens and regarding all aspects of illegal and legal immigration into the United States. CIS research covers the social, environmental, fiscal, security, and economic consequences of mass immigration into the US.

The Center for Immigration Studies supports a "low-immigration, pro-immigrant" vision of the United States that admits fewer immigrants but affords a warmer welcome for those who are admitted and therefore differs from many immigration research institutions. Most non-partisan think tanks presenting research on immigration are typically in favor of higher levels of immigration because of their ideological bias and perspectives.

The Center for Immigration Studies was granted about half a million dollars in research grants from the Justice Department and the Census Bureau over the last decade.

Staff from the Center for Immigration Studies have testified before Congress on immigration more than any other non-governmental organization. George Borjas of Harvard, the nation's top immigration economist, has described the Center's work as "credible" and "reliable."

Learn more about the Center for Immigration Studies at our main CIS website.

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