President Obama's 2014 State of the Union Address Highlights Immigration and Voting Rights

President Barack Obama delivering his State of the Union address on January 28, 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Two of Carnegie Corporation’s key program areas—immigration and voting rights—got a mention in President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 14th. The following resource list contains links to publications and websites of past and present grantees who have made significant contributions to this work. Don’t miss the Huffington Post article by Geri Mannion, Director of Carnegie Corporation’s U.S. Democracy Program, that suggests how voting could be made easier.


Three Ways Immigration Reform Would Make the Economy More Productive [PDF]

A 2013 publication by the Fiscal Policy Institute, a Carnegie Corporation grantee, that contends: “One of the most hotly contested aspects of immigration reform is the proposal to give legal status to undocumented immigrants. Done properly, however, this should be a clear gain to productivity for the American economy, and for the economy of New York State.”

Immigrant Enforcement in the United States: The Rise of a Formidable Machinery [PDF]

A detailed analysis by the Migration Policy Institute, done in 2013, of the current immigration enforcement system that was first set in motion with passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986.

Citizenship, Values, and Cultural Concerns: What Americans Want from Immigration Reform [PDF]

Findings from the 2013 Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform Survey by the Public Religion Research Institute at the Carnegie Corporation grantee Brookings: “More than 6-in-10 (63%) Americans agree that the immigration system should deal with immigrants who are currently living in the U.S. illegally by allowing them a way to become citizens, provided they meet certain requirements. Less than 1-in-5 (14%) say they should be permitted to become permanent legal residents but not citizens, while approximately 1-in-5 (21%) agree that they should be identified and deported.”

“Voting Shouldn’t Be So Hard”

“Voting needs to become more accessible and more convenient, a major goal of Carnegie Corporation’s U.S. Democracy Program and our grantees and partners around the country,” writes Geri Mannion, Director of Carnegie Corporation’s U.S. Democracy Program, in a 2012 piece for The Huffington Post.

The American Voting Experience: Report and Recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration [PDF]

The findings of a 2014 presidential commission on voting: “The United States runs its elections unlike any other country in the world. Responsibility for elections is entrusted to local officials in approximately 8,000 different jurisdictions. In turn, they are subject to general oversight by officials most often chosen through a partisan appointment or election process.”