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August 26, 2015

Our Broader Immigration Problems - Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Economics 21

The United States and Canada are the only two industrialized countries that confer automatic citizenship on babies born within the countries’ borders, even if their parents a...

August 24, 2015

Immigration Truths for the GOP - Kurt Schlichter, IJ Review

Hey, GOP primary losers, you better get out there fast with a real immigration plan, because right now you are losing to Donald Trump and that makes you the epitome of loserdom. Bu...

August 24, 2015

Unauthorized Immigrants in the U.S. - Rosenblum & Soto, MPI

Mexican and Central American immigrants, who have long histories of migration to the United States, represent 37 percent of the U.S. foreign-born population, yet are disproportiona...

August 22, 2015

Does Birthright Citizenship Help Kids? - Francie Diep, Pacific Standard

There are plenty of attention-grabbers in the immigration plan that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump released this week. Among his plan's most controversial proposals...

August 22, 2015

Welcome to Maternity Hotel California - Benjamin Carlson, Rolling Stone

Peter and Ellie Yang, by all outward appearances, are living the Beijing dream. They have a condo in an up-and-coming area, a white Honda that Peter keeps immaculate and a rambunct...

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August 22, 2015

Citizenship in the 14th Amendment - Howard Foster, National Review

Donald Trump’s immigration proposal has raised an issue that has never quite made it into the mainstream of American political debate: birthright citizenship. Are the childre...

August 20, 2015

When Border Enforcement Backfires - Kate Wheeling, Pacific Standard

Not so long ago, migration between Mexico and the United States followed a circular pattern, whereby migrants moved regularly between the two countries, chasing seasonal jobs. But ...

August 19, 2015

Trump's Immigration Plan: A Good Start - The Editors, NR

Even though he has made it the cornerstone of his campaign, Donald Trump’s immigration hawkishness has until now consisted of bravado rather than substance. His newly release...

August 19, 2015

Trump's Plan and the Economy - Smialek & Case, Bloomberg

Donald Trump unveiled an immigration proposal on Sunday, announcing that all undocumented workers "have to go." In addition to the legal and budgetary hurdles&n...

August 18, 2015

3 Facts Missing From Immigration Debate - Noah Smith, Bloomberg View

Facts and public perceptions aren't always in alignment. Eventually, facts do percolate into the public consciousness, but it always seems to take some time. The process is slowed ...

August 14, 2015

Hispanic Poverty in Rural Areas Challenges States - Teresa Wiltz, Stateline

Today, one in four babies born in the U.S. is Hispanic. Increasingly they are being born into immigrant families who’ve bypassed the cities -- the traditional pathway for imm...

August 13, 2015

Illegal Immigration Might Actually Reduce Crime - Claude Fischer, PS

Killing at the hands of an illegal alien spurs furious debate about closing borders and deporting the undocumented. It is the year before a presidential election and candidates den...

August 13, 2015

America Makes It Difficult to Immigrate Legally - John Stossel, Reason

The government awards 50,000 green cards by lottery, but in 2014, 11 million people applied, so the vast majority never get them. Forbes says a computer programmer from India who ...

August 11, 2015

The Law That Villainized Mexican Immigrants - Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate

Fifty years ago a substantial number of conservative United States senators openly supported severe restrictions on legal immigration, influencing a bill that helped create the mod...

August 8, 2015

Ideas to Improve Legal Immigration - Alex Nowrasteh, Cato Institute

The Republican presidential debates this week marked the first serious start to the election cycle. Immigration dominated the first debate with each candidate scrambling to condemn...

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

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 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...

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 ...