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April 29, 2016

The Law That Created Our Immigration Problem - Dara Lind, Vox

Both sides of the aisle agree that the current US immigration system is broken. It's why immigration's stayed a hot-button political issue and policy debate, and part of what has m...

April 27, 2016

Hispanics in the U.S.: A Statistical Portrait - Stepler & Brown, Pew

There were 55.3 million Hispanics in the United States in 2014, comprising 17.3% of the total U.S. population. In 1980, with a population of 14.8 million, Hispanics made up just 6....

April 12, 2016

A Challenge to Obama's Immigration Policies - Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress

Brownsville, Texas, is nowhere near the state capital in Austin. To get there one needs to take a five hour trip down the interstate to the southern-most tip of Texas. Go any furth...

April 8, 2016

Judicial Amnesty: A Growing Trend - Daniel Horowitz, Conservative Review

Over the past few weeks, we’ve highlighted the growing trend of judicial amnesty for illegal immigrants at the hands of unelected judges.  Among the many stories you won...

March 26, 2016

The Mass Deportation Straw Man - Dan Stein, FAIR

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have captured about 80 percent of the delegates in the Republican nominating race so far. The two frontrunners have promised rigorous enforcement of our n...

March 24, 2016

Immigration Federalism: A Conservative Case - Rollins & Davidson, RCP

Our immigration debate has become polarized and rigid. On one hand, Donald Trump calls for the construction of a border wall and a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants. On the other,...

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March 23, 2016

The Labor Supply of Undocumented Immigrants - George J. Borjas, NBER

Although there have been many attempts to regularize the status of the 11 million undocumented persons in the country, it is difficult to predict the economic i...

March 23, 2016

Overstating Immigrant Entrepreneurship - Jason Richwine, CIS

There is no doubt that immigrants have helped start many successful companies in the United States, but immigration advocacy groups sometimes overstate the case. Take the late...

March 22, 2016

Australia Is Stealing Away High-Skill Immigrants - Jon Marcus, Quartz

He admits it: José Lopez always dreamed of going to America and using his training in information technology to make his fortune....

March 17, 2016

How Criminals Avoid Deportation - Josh Siegel, Daily Signal

Before Pablo A. Serrano-Vitorino became the suspect in a murder spree across two states, the man, a once deported Mexican living in the United States illegally, was convicted of mu...

March 8, 2016

Immigrants in the Census - Steven Camarota, Center for Immigration Studies

A new analysis of government data from December 2015 indicates that more than 61 million immigrants and their American-born children under age 18 now live in the United States; rou...

March 8, 2016

Obama's Amnesty Loophole - Sen. Mike Lee, Daily Signal

Speaking from the White House Rose Garden on July 15, 2012, President Barack Obama promised the American people about his new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program,...

March 7, 2016

High-Skill Immigration: The Evidence - George J. Borjas, LaborEcon

A couple of weeks ago I promised to summarize the evidence on whether high-skill immigration generates the productivity spillovers that would produce large econ...

February 25, 2016

Marco Rubio's Immigration Dilemma - John Fonte, National Review

What would a President Marco Rubio do about immigration? To attempt to answer this question, let us review the past, analyze the present, and prognosticate about the future....

February 20, 2016

The Complexity of Immigrant Generations - Duncan & Trejo, NBER

Because of data limitations, virtually all studies of the later-generation descendants of immigrants rely on subjective measures of ethnic self-identification rather than arguably ...

February 20, 2016

The Employment of Immigrants and Natives - Steven A. Camarota, CIS

The number and percentage of native-born Americans officially unemployed have improved. But the unemployment rate only includes those who have looked for a job in the last four wee...

February 19, 2016

2015 State Immigration Laws - National Conference of State Legislatures

State lawmakers continued tackling immigration issues in a range of policy areas in 2015. Enacted legislation dealing with immigration increased by 26 percent in 2015, with 216 law...

February 16, 2016

A Skills-First Immigration Policy - Milton Ezrati, City Journal

The hotly contested and emotional issue of immigration has figured prominently in both the Republican and Democratic primary contests. The motivations of candidates on both sides o...

February 16, 2016

Lessons for Integrating Syrian Refugees - Alex Nowrasteh, RealClearPolicy

President Obama's plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees this year overcame its last obstacle as U.S. District Judge David Godbey rejected Texas' plea to block it. Judge Godbey descr...

February 10, 2016

The Undocumented Population Drops - Robert Warren, CMS

Undocumented immigration has been a significant political issue in recent years, and is likely to remain so throughout and beyond the presidential election year of 2016. One reason...

February 5, 2016

The Slowdown in Immigrant Assimilation - George J. Borjas, JHC

The second paper of mine that got published in the past few weeks deals with trends in the economic assimilation of immigrants–the rate at which their earnings ...

January 27, 2016

Immigration Into the Welfare State - Hans-Werner Sinn, Project Syndicate

January 26, 2016

Obama's Refugee Paradox - Dara Lind, Vox

How dangerous does the United States government think El Salvador really is?...

January 25, 2016

The Plunge in Immigration Enforcement - Dan Cadman, CIS

Two recent reports from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) reflect the continued erosion of immigration enforcement under the Obama administrat...

January 23, 2016

Visa Overstays in 2015 - Department of Homeland Security

January 23, 2016

Immigrants and Homeownership - Gobillon & Solignac, VoxEU

Assimilation of migrants can be measured in various ways, one such measure being their access to the homeownership market. This column argues that the evolution of homeownership ra...

January 20, 2016

Is Deferred Action Illegal? - Nicholas Bagley, Balkinization

Is the Obama administration’s deferred action program for the parents of citizens and legal permanent residents (DAPA) a legislative rule? The Fifth Circuit says it...

January 20, 2016

SCOTUS's Immigration Bombshell - David Bernstein, Washington Post

In the process of granting review of the decision, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, invalidating the Obama administration’s immigration guidance granting de ...

January 18, 2016

The Irony of Anti-Immigration Racism - Reihan Salam, Slate

As you might have heard, Ann Coulter, the anti-immigration firebrand and devoted Donald Trump enthusiast, was not exactly delighted by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s ...

January 16, 2016

Obama's Deportation Raids: Ugly and Right - Editorial Board, Bloomberg

Arresting and deporting women and children in the middle of the night is undoubtedly a nasty business. It's also sometimes necessary....

January 16, 2016

System Fails Families Facing Deportation - Max Rivlin-Nadler, Vice

When 121 Central American mothers and children were removed from their homes by the feds earlier this month, it sparked an uproar from both activists and politicianswho s...

January 12, 2016

The Wage Impact of the Marielitos - George J. Borjas, NBER

Cardʼs (1990) study of the Mariel supply shock is an important contribution to the literature that measures the labor market impact of immigration. My recent reappraisal (Borjas, ...

January 6, 2016

Immigration, Wages, and the Mariel Boatlift - Jason Richwine, RCPolicy

Does immigration lower the wages of native workers? There is perhaps no event more often cited on this question than the "Mariel boatlift." After Fidel Castro announced in 1980 tha...

January 5, 2016

Why Is the U.S. Deporting Refugee Families? - Michelle Chen, The Nation

The White House rang in the New Year by slamming the gates on refugee families seeking sanctuary. Immigration and Customs Enforcementm (ICE) announced quietly, in the midst of the ...

January 5, 2016

Obama Shreds Immigration Caps - Sen. Jeff Sessions, Daily Signal

President Barack Obama has announced another brazen, illegal executive action....

January 4, 2016

GOP Needs a New Approach to Immigration - Reihan Salam, NR

A new culture war is breaking out in America. Unlike the culture wars of the recent past, this one isn’t about the place of Judeo-Christian values in our public life, th...

January 2, 2016

The Pied Piper of North Carolina - Ken Bensinger, BuzzFeed

In November 2009, seven men got off a bus in Monterrey, Mexico, and made their way through the crowded and chaotic downtown to the concrete box that housed the United States C...

December 29, 2015

An Ugly Year in Immigration Politics - Steven Cohen, New Republic

The year in immigration politics began badly and finished up even worse. On a warm Saturday in late January of 2015 (warm for January, anyway), 1,500 of Iowa’s most committed...

December 16, 2015

About That Mariel Boat Lift Study - Kevin Drum, Mother Jones

December 14, 2015

Trump, Unlearning the Lessons of Internment - Carl M. Cannon, RCP

Donald Trump has a fixation with public opinion polls, especially those that show him lapping the crowded 2016 Republican presidential field. This obsession, which began as a verba...

December 12, 2015

America's Immigration Challenge - David Frum, The Atlantic

On Wednesday, FBI director James Comey alleged that the San Bernardino shooters were already plotting a mass-murder attack on the United States before Tafsheen Malik rece...

December 11, 2015

The Integration of Immigrants - Mary C. Waters et al., NAS

The United States prides itself on being a nation of immigrants, and the country has a long history of successfully absorbing people from across the globe. The integration of immig...

December 7, 2015

Hysteria About Refugees, but Blindness on Guns - Nicholas Kristof, NYT

For three weeks American politicians have been fulminating about the peril posed by Syrian refugees, even though in the last dozen years no refugee in America has killed a single p...

December 2, 2015

Fertility Among Immigrants Varies Significantly - Camarota & Zeigler, CIS

Fertility among immigrants varies significantly. Some groups of immigrants or those from some regions tend to have birth rates that are much higher than that of natives, while othe...

November 30, 2015

A Gap in Border Security - Jayson Ahern, The Hill

The United States has worked tirelessly to protect our borders and ensure that another terrorist attack does not occur on U.S. soil.  Our nation has committed billions of doll...

November 28, 2015

Immigration and Far-Right Voting - Martin Halla et al., VoxEU

Europe is experiencing an unprecedented inflow of immigrants. Casual observation suggests that far-right parties could benefit from voters’ worries about this inflow. This up...

November 25, 2015

Hurry Up and Wait on Immigration - Shapiro & Blackman, The Federalist

On Friday, less than two weeks after a federal appellate court affirmed the injunction against President Obama’s executive action on immigration, the administration aske...

November 24, 2015

Scalia and the Fate of 4 Million Immigrants - Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress

After a slow crawl through the lower federal courts, the fate of President Obama’s long-delayed immigration programs is finally before the Supreme Court. On Friday, the Justi...

November 21, 2015

My State Won't Close Its Doors to Syrian Refugees - Gov. Jay Inslee, NYT

OVER the last week, a growing number of governors, representatives, senators and presidential candidates have demanded that America slam shut our borders to refugees who are fleein...

November 21, 2015

Trump's Muslim Registry Blunder - Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

A national-security investigation may “not [be] conducted solely upon the basis of activities protected by the first amendment to the Constitution.” That clause, and ot...