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November 4, 2014

Immigrants Continue to Disperse - Wilson & Svajlenka, Brookings Institution

The number of immigrants living in the United States increased by 523,000 between 2012 and 2013, according to recently released datafrom the U.S. Census Bureau’s Am...

November 1, 2014

America's Melting Pot Is Broken - Reihan Salam, Slate

I’m obsessed with the idea of America as a melting pot. We owe the term to Israel Zangwill, who wrote a mostly forgotten play of the same name in 1908. (I remember it like it w...

November 1, 2014

New Legal Representation for Those in Detention - Carmen Iguina, ACLU

Mario* had a long history of mental illness prior to landing in immigration custody. He struggled with schizophrenia and had attempted suicide in the past....

November 1, 2014

Defying the Feds on Deporting Immigrants - Tim Henderson, Stateline

Carlos Rodriguez, a 27-year-old Dominican-born chef in New York City, thought he was safe from deportation because his wife and daughter are U.S. citizens and he had never been in ...

October 29, 2014

Immigration and Fiscal Competition - Bandyopadhyay & Pinto, St. Louis Fed

This paper examines illegal immigration in a spatial context. Consider two countries: a source and a host of illegal immigration. Both countries produce the same good employing lab...

October 27, 2014

The 'Birthright Citizenship' Debate - The Editors, LA Times

My child born in the United States is automatically a U.S. citizen, even if his or her parents are in the country temporarily or illegally. That long-standing guarantee has given r...

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October 25, 2014

Is There an Illegal Immigration Crisis? - Gruben & Payan, Baker Institute

Is there an immigration crisis? Considering recent apprehensions of unauthorized immigrants in the context of what has happened over the last 10 years, the data are inconsistent wi...

October 25, 2014

We're Deporting Those We Should Protect - Sarah Mehta, ACLU

This year, when a large number of families and children arrived in the United States seeking protection, the U.S. government's primary response has been to expand family deten...

October 23, 2014

Children Without Legal Representation - Werlin & Macleod-Ball, ACLU

Each week, in immigration courts across the United States, hundreds of children, some as young as a few months old, come before immigration judges and are called upon to defend the...

October 17, 2014

Deportation and Discretion - Rosenblum & McCabe, Migration Policy

Since Congress revamped the immigration enforcement system in 1996, the United States has formally deported ("removed") more than 4.6 million noncitizens, with about 3.7 million of...

October 17, 2014

Libertarian Challenges to Open Borders - The Mitrailleuse

Traditionally, libertarianism has welcomed a plurality of views on the immigration question. While nearly all free market proponents agree that current government policies restrict...

October 16, 2014

ICE Enforcement Collapses Further - Jessica Vaughan, CIS

Immigration enforcement activity by ICE continued to decline significantly in 2014, according to ICE records.1Total deportations credited to ICE, the majority of which were illegal...

October 14, 2014

The Child Migrant Crisis Moves to the Courts - Hayley Munguia, 538

Stories about the influx of unaccompanied minors from Mexico and Central America into the United States have all but disappeared from the news. After dedicating “historic lev...

October 8, 2014

Child Migrants' Struggle for Asylum - Ferriss & Isackson, Public Integrity

While other kids enjoyed summer break, a teenager with more on her mind slipped into her only dressy jacket and traveled south to Anaheim, to a nondescript building housing the loc...

October 7, 2014

NYC's Plan to Impede Deportations - Genevieve Wood, Daily Signal

The federal government is about to get kicked off Rikers Island....

October 7, 2014

Immigration Executive Action Is Nothing New - Philip E. Wolgin, CAP

Since Congress first passed a comprehensive immigration law—the Immigration and Nationality Act—in 1952, each of the 11 subsequent presidents, from President ...

October 6, 2014

Does Immigration Enforcement Reduce Crime? - Miles & Cox, JLE

Does immigration enforcement actually reduce crime? Surprisingly, little evidence exists either way—despite the fact that deporting noncitizens who commit crimes has been a centr...

October 3, 2014

End the Diversity Visa Lottery - Michelle Malkin, Creators

Ebola has reached our shores from Africa. Dozens of children are reportedly suffering paralysis from a deadly virus with unknown origins. Medical providers across the country have ...

October 1, 2014

The Immigrant Population Hits a New High - Zeigler & Camarota, CIS

The Census Bureau recently released some of the data from the 2013 American Community Survey (ACS). The data show that the nation’s immigrant population (legal and illegal) g...

September 23, 2014

Why Has Immigration Shifted? - Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

What should we do about immigration policy? It's a question many are asking, and some useful perspective comes from an article in Foreign Affairs by British-born, California-based ...

September 20, 2014

The Child Migrant Crisis Seems to Be Over. Why? - Dara Lind, Vox

Earlier this summer Washington was in a panic about the "border crisis" — the arrival of tens of thousands of families and children from Central America crossi...

September 15, 2014

The Case for Open Borders - Dylan Matthews & Bryan Caplan, Vox

"What would you think about a law that said that blacks couldn’t get a job without the government’s permission, or women couldn’t get a job without the government...

September 13, 2014

Legal Immigrants Who Can't Work - Sara Ashley O'Brien, CNN

Not for Rashi Bhatnagar. She wants to open a home-goods business and says she has an "entrepreneurial spirit." But even though she's been legally living in the United States f...

September 13, 2014

Immigration: Let the Right Ones In - Matt Steinglass, Economist

LATINO immigration advocates are furious at Barack Obama for reneging on his pledgeto take executive action on immigration before the end of the summer, reports Dara Lind...

September 11, 2014

Do We Have Too Many Immigrants? - Jason Karaian, Quartz

Do you think there are too many immigrants in your country? How people answer that question can depend on whether they know how many immigrants there actually are....

September 8, 2014

Obama and Immigration: Five Things to Know - Aaron Zitner, WSJ

President Barack Obama had announced in June that he would act by the end of the summer to change immigration policy. Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, the presi...

September 6, 2014

The Cost of Educating Illegal Immigrants' Children - FAIR

September is coming and so is the start of a new school year. This year, there will be almost 37,000 "unaccompanied" alien minors who will be enrolling in public school in the Unit...

September 5, 2014

Immigrants' Contributions to California - CIPC

About this year’s “Looking Forward” report: California is home to over ten million immigrants, each one of whom adds to the state's economic, civic, and cultural ...

September 4, 2014

The Unauthorized Population Levels Off - Passel et al., Pew Hispanic

The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States has stabilized since the end of the Great Recession and shows no sign of rising, according to new Pew Research Cen...

September 3, 2014

Origins and Destinations of the World's Migrants - Pew Research

The figures in this interactive feature refer to the total number (or cumulative “stocks”) of migrants living around the world as of 1990, 2000, 2010 or 2013 rather tha...

September 2, 2014

Immigrants Are Healthier Than Natives - Philip Cohen, Family Inequality

I wrote a few years ago about the surprisingly low infant morality rates among immigrants, especially Mexican immigrants, given their relative socioeconomic status. As poor as t...

September 2, 2014

The Risks of Modern Immigration - Gregory Clark, Foreign Affairs

A combination of cheap transportation and enormous disparities in income across countries has inspired unprecedented numbers of people to uproot: there are now 230 million people a...

August 30, 2014

The Exploitation of Migrant Minors - Stephanie Canizales, CPR

With unauthorized youth at the forefront of immigration reform discourse and policy proposals, understanding the diversity of their profiles and experiences is necessary to create ...

August 30, 2014

St. Louis Wants More Immigrants - Alexia Campbell, National Journal

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is on a mission to make his city a magnet for immigrants. He sees them as the answer to bringing back prosperity to the Rust Belt after decades of econ...

August 29, 2014

Immigration Reform Need Not Be So Difficult - Mark Salter, RCP

The air is charged. Distant rumblings grow louder. President Obama is promising to do by executive order what Congress has not done: allow millions of illegal immigrants to remain ...

August 28, 2014

Which Immigrants Own Businesses? - Vasilogambros & Stamm, Natl Jrnl

Greek immigrants are more likely to be small-business owners than immigrants from any other country....

August 28, 2014

Our Immigration System Is Not Broken - Byron York, Washington Examiner

Of all the arguments made in the long and contentious debate overimmigration reform, the one heard most often, from all sides, is that our immigration system is "broken." Pres...

August 28, 2014

We Should Charge More for Green Cards - Jordan Weissmann, Slate

When demand for a product swamps supply, there are two rational responses: either you make more of it or you hike the price. So perhaps it’s time for the U.S. to charge rich ...

August 26, 2014

Immigration Policy Tears Families Apart - Yana Kunichoff, In These Times

On November 17, 2013, Brígido Acosta Luís was walked across the U.S.-Mexico border by immigration authorities from Brownsville, Texas, to the northern Mexican city of...

August 22, 2014

Is There a 'Public Opinion' on Immigration? - Robert VerBruggen, RCPolicy

At a Heritage Foundation event today, Kellyanne Conway of the Polling Company, Inc./WomenTrends (TPC/WT) outlined a new immigration poll her organization has published. T...

August 22, 2014

Immigration Order Would Backfire - Diana Furchtgott-Roth, MarketWatch

President Obama is reportedly about to go it alone on immigration reform and issue an executive order that would grant millions of undocumented workers a possible fast-tr...

August 19, 2014

Voters Know What to Do on Immigration - Eric Pianin, Fiscal Times

Just before Congress departed for a five-week summer recess, House Republicans passed some tough measures to address the humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border and to mak...

August 15, 2014

Against Administrative Amnesty - Morgan & Inserra, Heritage Foundation

Leaders in Congress have called for greater enforcement of U.S. immigration law, while President Barack Obama continues to call for legalization of millions of illegal immigrants. ...

August 14, 2014

The Immigration Middle Ground - Yuval Levin & Reihan Salam, NRO

"Are you for immigration reform or against it?"...

August 13, 2014

Obama Released Criminal Immigrants - Sharyl Attkisson, Daily Signal

More than 600 convicted criminals, including felons, were among thousands of illegal immigrants freed under the Obama administration in advance of 2013 budget cuts mandated under s...

August 13, 2014

Obama on Immigration: Coward, Not Caesar - Shikha Dalmia, Reason

Conservatives are outraged that President Barack Obama is threatening to use his executive authority to shelter undocumented foreigners from deportation now that immigration reform...

August 13, 2014

Immigrants and the Economy: A FAQ - Daniel Costa et al., EPI

While immigration is among the most important issues the country faces, misperceptions persist about fundamental aspects of this crucial topic—such as the size and compositio...

August 9, 2014

Quantifying the Border Surge - Neil Munro, The Daily Caller

The flow of supposedly unaccompanied minors from Central America is almost two-and-half-times as much as last’s year inflow, and there’s still two months to go before t...

August 9, 2014

Could Obama Pardon Illegal Immigrants? - Jon Feere, CIS

Townhall.com's Guy Benson has raised some interesting questions about the extent to which President Obama might use his pardon power to initiate a mass amnesty of illegal aliens. T...

August 8, 2014

The Recovery Caused the Border Crisis - Sloat & Hinojosa-Ojeda, TNR

This past Tuesday, Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda—an Associated Professorin the UCLA Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies—released a report arguing that there is not a sudden surg...