Daniel Costa

Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research

Areas of expertise
U.S. immigration law and policy • International labor migration • Forced migration

Daniel Costa has been director of immigration law and policy research since 2013, having joined EPI in 2010 as an immigration policy analyst. An attorney, his current areas of research include a wide range of labor migration issues, including the management of temporary foreign worker programs, both high- and less-skilled migration, immigrant workers’ rights, and forced migration, including refugee and asylum issues and the global migration crisis. He has testified on immigration before the U.S. Congress and state governments, been quoted by a number of news outlets, appeared on radio and television news, and was named one of “20 Immigration Experts to Follow on Twitter” by ABC News. His commentaries have appeared in various publications, including The New York Times, Roll Call, La Opinión, and The Sacramento Bee. From 2015 to 2017, he was an affiliated scholar with the University of California, Merced.

Before coming to EPI, Costa worked on developing the legal and normative framework for disaster response and humanitarian relief operations with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, Switzerland, and as a policy analyst at the Great Valley Center, a former University of California think tank, where he also managed an immigrant integration program.

LL.M., International and Comparative Law, Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., International Law, Syracuse University
B.A., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley