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July 31, 2015

Stop Downplaying Immigrant Crime - David Frum, The Atlantic

Why has the Donald Trump candidacy—which so many professionals and pundits at first dismissed as a joke—flared this summer? In the first week of July, 15 percent of Republicans...

July 31, 2015

The Perils of Open Borders - Ryan Cooper, The Week

Bernie Sanders, the democratic socialist from Vermont, has been getting an unusual number of challenges from the left of late. First it was on race, now it's on immigration. I...

July 29, 2015

Ann Coulter's Immigration Challenge - Mickey Kaus, Kausfiles

I wasn’t entirely happy when I learned my friend Ann Coulter’s new book was going to be 100% about immigration.  Not because I feared she’d hurt th...

July 27, 2015

A Ruling for Illegal Immigrant Parents - Stephen Dinan, Wash Times

Illegal immigrant parents and children should usually be released rather than held in custody, a federal judge ruled late Friday in a decision that could put thousands more illegal...

July 24, 2015

Straight Talk about Immigrant Crime - Steven A. Camarota, CIS

When he announced his candidacy for president in mid-June, Donald Trump made the provocative assertion that Mexican immigrants are "bringing crime." The comment gained gr...

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July 24, 2015

Immigration: The Effect of the Executive Order - Marc Rosenblum, MPI

While much of the attention to the Obama administration's announcement of executive actions on immigration in November 2014 has focused on key deferred action programs, two chang...

July 23, 2015

Immigration and Black Progress - Robert Cherry, City Journal

Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric and the San Francisco murder of Kathryn Steinle by an undocumented immigrant with a lengthy criminal history have revived the national debate...

July 21, 2015

The Illegal Population Under Obama - Steven A. Camarota, CIS

The total number of illegal immigrants (11 to 12 million) has held roughly constant in recent years because the number arriving has roughly balanced the number going home or gettin...

July 18, 2015

Immigrant Families: Characteristics and Contexts - Gelatt et al., Urban

Immigration has become a contentious issue on the presidential campaign trail, between parties, and also within the crowded GOP field. While the candidates debate the future of fed...

July 16, 2015

What We Know About Illegal Immigration From Mexico - Pew

Illegal immigration remains a hotly contested issue as the 2016 presidential campaigns get underway. While Democrats have largely supported a pathway to citizenship for unauth...

July 16, 2015

Immigration: What Ann Coulter Gets Wrong - Jerry Kammer, RCPolicy

Ann Coulter makes important points in her new book about our chaotic, overloaded immigration system. She is right that we have too much immigration, especially of the poor and poor...

July 10, 2015

The Immigration Secessionists - Rich Lowry, Politico

It turns out that everything we’ve heard about the evils of states and localities defying federal law is wrong....

July 10, 2015

Sanctuary Cities Are Safer - Josh Harkinson, Mother Jones

Indignation continues to mount on the right over the killing of a 32-year-old white woman in San Francisco last week, allegedly at the hands of an undocumented Mexican immigrant. F...

July 9, 2015

Protect the Public, Not Criminal Immigrants - Jessica Vaughan, NR

The Kathryn Steinle murder case in San Francisco is a tragic but textbook example of the public-safety problems that are created when local governments obstruct immigration enforce...

July 9, 2015

The Truth About Immigrants and Crime - Michelle Lee, Wash Post

Several readers asked us to fact-check Trump’s initial comment, which has drawn outrage from Latino groups and led to breakups with his corporate partners distancing themselv...

July 8, 2015

How a Border Crisis Got Defused - Rachel Roubein, National Journal

The stories were harrowing, and they were everywhere: Accounts of parents paying smugglers thousands of dollars, of Central American children trekking cross-country with coyotes, o...

July 8, 2015

Are Low-Skill Immigrants Upwardly Mobile? - Jason Richwine, RCPolicy

The desire to increase social mobility has taken center stage in recent years, as lower-skill workers and their families struggle to join the middle class. A recent New York Times...

July 6, 2015

The Myth of Immigrant Crime - Steve Chapman, Creators

Donald Trump sees himself as a martyr to the truth. All he did was point out that among the foreigners who have come to this country are some who do not scrupulously abide by all o...

July 4, 2015

Sorry, Donald Trump Has A Point - Rich Lowry, Politico

You are hardly a name-brand company if you haven’t dumped Donald Trump over the past seven days....

June 29, 2015

Licensing Undocumented Drivers - Keren Murillo Umpierrez, RCPolicy

Six years ago, James and his wife Regina were two of 2,000 people who received a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation informing them that they had to surrender...

June 25, 2015

ICE's Steep Drop in Enforcement - Jessica Vaughan, CIS

The Obama administration has largely abandoned efforts to enforce the laws against hiring illegal workers, according to internal ICE statistics. In the first five months of this fi...

June 19, 2015

Immigration: Let the States Lead - Alex Nowrasteh, Cato Institute

Texas and California are trying to reform legal migration on their own. The politics in these two states couldn’t be more different, but legislators in both states recently p...

June 18, 2015

Immigration, Trade, and Productivity - Ottaviano et al., VoxEU

International trade in services and immigration are among the fastest growing aspects of globalisation. Using UK data, this column explores the links between these phenomena. Immig...

May 26, 2015

Authorized Status, Limited Returns - Lauren A. Apgar, EPI

Legislators have proposed the increased use of U.S. temporary foreign worker programs, also commonly referred to as “guestworker” programs, as a way to limit unauthorized migra...

May 22, 2015

Economic Benefits of Deferred Action - Lizet Ocampo, CAP

Six months ago, President Barack Obama announced several actions to improve America’s immigration system, including a program dubbed Deferred Action for Parents of ...

May 21, 2015

A Five-Point Immigration Plan - American Principles in Action

American Principles In Action released a five-point immigration plan to secure the border, fix our broken visa system, and provide a path to legal status for undocumented immigrant...

May 16, 2015

Don't Blame Immigrants for Flat Paychecks - Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg

Does immigration hurt American wages? Some Republican presidential candidates seem to think so....

May 14, 2015

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

There were 54 million Hispanics in the United States in 2013, comprising 17.1% of the total U.S. population. In 1980, with a population of 14.8 million, Hispanics made up just 6.5%...

May 13, 2015

Immigrants Work Without Diplomas - Hershbein & Jacome, Brookings

Education counts for more and more in the labor market, as a recent Hamilton Project paper on prime-age workers confirms. Individuals without a bachelor’s degree ha...

May 9, 2015

The Limited Impact of State DREAM Acts - J.B. Wogan, Governing

Immigration laws, it almost goes without saying, have sparked a great deal of controversy in recent years. That includes Dream Acts, which offer in-state tuition to young undocumen...

May 6, 2015

Hillary's Aggressive Stance on Immigration - Dara Lind, Vox

Hillary Clinton's first campaign speech on immigration told activists exactly what they hoped they'd hear — and much better than they expected to hear — from the likely...

May 4, 2015

The Task Force on New Americans - Mike Gonzalez, Heritage Foundation

President Barack Obama’s belief that immigrants are creating a “hodgepodge” nation—and that this will make it more difficult for conservatives to promote their policies—i...

April 28, 2015

A Record Immigrant Population - Karen Zeigler & Steven A. Camarota, CIS

While they did not receive much attention when they were released last month, new projections from the Census Bureau show the enormous impact of immigration on the U.S. population....

April 27, 2015

Did Immigration Spark a White Backlash? - Robert VerBruggen, RCPolicy

Immigration will mean death for the Republican Party as left-leaning Hispanics increase in number, team up with white liberals and overwhelmingly Democratic blacks, and turn the el...

April 24, 2015

A Correlation Between Immigration, Wages - Rachel Stoltzfoos, DCNF

Wages and share of income for the bottom 90 percent of American wage-earners declined over the past 40 years, as the foreign-born population increased dramatically, data requested ...

April 23, 2015

TPP Equals Mass Immigration - Dick Morris, Creators

Under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement, Congress could lose the power to restrict immigration. We could find ourselves back in the era before the 1920s when th...

April 21, 2015

How Immigration Helps Low-Skill Workers - Foged & Peri, VoxEU

Existing studies – largely based on the analyses of large immigration episodes (e.g. Friedberg 2001, Card 1991), and the experience of the US and the UK (Ottaviano and Peri 2...

April 21, 2015

Did Immigrants Once Live the American Dream? - Dara Lind, Vox

If your ancestors came to the US in the late 1800s or early 1900s (or if you've talked to someone whose ancestors came then) you probably think of them this way: they came to ...

April 20, 2015

Illegal Immigrants' State and Local Tax Contributions - ITEP

In the public debates over federal immigration reform, sufficient and accurate information about the tax contributions of undocumented immigrants is often lacking. The reality is t...

April 18, 2015

Illegal Reentry Offenses - United States Sentencing Commission

This report analyzes data collected by the United States Sentencing Commission1 concerning cases in which offenders are sentenced under USSG §2L1.2 — commonly called &ld...

April 16, 2015

An E-Verify Fact Sheet - Center for Immigration Studies

In recent years, many states have enacted enforcement-focused immigration laws in an effort to discourage illegal immigration into their jurisdictions. E-Verify, the federally run ...

April 10, 2015

Deferred Action for Federal Accountability - Michael Greve, Library of L&L

DAPA—short for the clunky “Deferred Action for Parental Accountability,” or maybe “Parents of Americans” (I’ve seen both titles)—is the Ob...

April 10, 2015

Unaccompanied Child Migration - Marc Rosenblum, Migration Policy

Between 2011 and 2014, the number of Central American children and "family units"—parents traveling with minor children—who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border increased ...

April 4, 2015

The Furious Debate Over Tech Worker Visas - Dara Lind, Vox

On April 1, the government started accepting visa applications for high-skilled immigrant workers. But if you're a company thinking about applying for a visa, but haven't done so a...

April 2, 2015

Analyzing the Protection of Children Act - Dan Cadman, CIS

The House Judiciary Committee of the new Congress has begun work in earnest on a number of substantive immigration reform bills — none of which are omnibus — tending in...

April 1, 2015

Obama's Other Immigration Action - Ryan Lovelace, National Review

When President Obama issued a series of executive orders on immigration last November, he unleashed a fierce torrent of criticism for granting millions of undocumented immigrants a...

March 30, 2015

Who Should Get Asylum? - Eleanor Clift, Daily Beast

Granting political asylum to homeschoolers while making it harder for kids fleeing gang violence in Central America to find refuge in the United States is the latest in a wave of l...

March 23, 2015

More Protection for Illegal Workers - Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner

The National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that enforces labor laws, has started an aggressive new push to pursue cases against employers of illegal aliens....

March 20, 2015

Analyzing the Legal Workforce Act - Dan Cadman, CIS

Now that the midterm elections are over, a court has issued a temporary restraining order enjoining key portions of the president’s “executive actions” on immigra...

March 18, 2015

House's Immigration Plan: Mass Deportation - Philip Wolgin, ThinkProgress

The House Judiciary Committee is taking up a bill this week that would make felons out of the vast majority of undocumented immigrants overnight....