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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

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 ...

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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 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...

November 21, 2015

Gov't Likely Already Has a List of Muslims - Philip Bump, Wash Post

While filing his paperwork to be on the ballot in New Hampshire on Friday, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was asked about the topic of the day: Donald Trump’s a...

November 20, 2015

More Mexicans Leaving Than Coming to U.S. - Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, Pew

More Mexican immigrants have returned to Mexico from the U.S. than have migrated here since the end of the Great Recession, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of newly...

November 20, 2015

Rejecting Refugees Is Cowardly - Jamelle Bouie, Slate

Right now, the loudest voices in American politics don’t want Syrian refugees to come to America’s shores. “We have no idea who they’re letting into our cou...

November 19, 2015

Immigrant Integration in the U.S. and EU - Kamp & Jerabek, BPC

Discussion regarding immigrant integration is playing a significant role in both Europe and the United States in response to violent attacks in recent years. In the United States, ...

November 19, 2015

The GOP's New Low in Bigotry - William Saletan, Slate

Over the last 15 years, Republican politicians have struggled to manage public hostility toward Muslims. After 9/11, President George W. Bush said the United States was not at...

November 18, 2015

Thinking Through the Refugee Question - Kevin D. Williamson, NR

A few thoughts about the current debate. The purpose of the U.S. government is to protect the rights, lives, and property of U.S. citizens. U.S. policies, including U.S. immig...

November 17, 2015

The Problem With Cruz's Legal Immigration Plan - Timothy B. Lee, Vox

As I was reading through Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) new immigration plan, one line stuck out for me: "Under no circumstances should legal immigration levels be adjusted upwards so...

November 17, 2015

My Plan to Fix the Immigration System - Ted Cruz

A Cruz Administration’s first priority for immigration reform will be to secure the U.S.-Mexico border....

November 17, 2015

Governors Can't Refuse Refugees - Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress

More than half a dozen state governors have come out against President Obama’s plans torelocate several thousand Syrian refugees within the United States. Some have pledged t...

November 17, 2015

... But They Can Resist Them - Ariane de Vogue, CNN

A wave of governors -- mostly Republicans -- issued a cascade of press releases Monday voicing objections to Syrian refugees landing their states, following the Paris attacks....

November 13, 2015

'Operation Wetback': Humane Deportation? - Yanan Wang, Wash Post

In Mexicali, Mexico, temperatures can reach 125 degrees as heat envelops an arid desert. Without a body of water nearby to moderate the climate, the heavy sun is relentless&nb...

November 12, 2015

Immigration: Where Does Rubio Stand? - Reihan Salam, Slate

Let’s talk about Marco Rubio. Back in the 1980s, Pat Schroeder, a liberal congresswoman from Colorado, dubbed Ronald Reagan “the Teflon president” for the way he ...

November 11, 2015

Ongoing Attacks on Birthright Citizenship - Jawetz & Malik, CAP

Once again, the topic of birthright citizenship has resurfaced in the broader immigration debate. Immigration opponents are proposing legislation intended to undo this bedrock prin...

November 4, 2015

Criminal Alien Program: Enforcement Overdrive - Cantor et al., AIC

The Criminal Alien Program (CAP) is a massive enforcement program administered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and has become the primary channel through which in...

October 28, 2015

Libertarians Can Believe in Borders - Patrick Lynch, Library of Law & Liberty

A veritable avalanche of writings by libertarians I know and respect offer claims about libertarianism, immigration, and open borders. Apparently as a libertarian, I believe that c...

October 22, 2015

Immigration Economics: An Important Debate - Dylan Matthews, Vox

Even most opponents of immigration concede that immigration has a positive effect on native wages overall. But opponents insist that immigration hurts specific group...

October 20, 2015

Reality Check on Immigrant Education - Center for Immigration Studies

The Pew Hispanic Center recently noted an uptick in the education level of recent immigrants vis a vis natives. For example, while 11 percent of recent arrivals...

October 17, 2015

Immigrants, Natives Go for Different Jobs - Maria Enchautegui, Urban

A large and growing share of the low-skilled workforce are immigrants, many of whom are unauthorized. This often makes people think that immigrants are pushing US citizens out of t...

October 15, 2015

Illegal Immigration: Myths and Half-Truth - Kurt Eichenwald, Time

Are there any Americans who can’t recite by rote the many allegations leveled by politicians against undocumented immigrants? They are violent, dangerous lawbreakers. Th...

October 14, 2015

The Case for Getting Rid of Borders - Alex Tabarrok, The Atlantic

To paraphrase Rousseau, man is born free, yet everywhere he is caged. Barbed-wire, concrete walls, and gun-toting guards confine people to the nation-state of their birth. But why?...

October 7, 2015

Those Who Speak a Foreign Language at Home - Zeigler & Camarota, CIS

Newly released Census Bureau data from the 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) shows that a record 63.2 million U.S. residents five years of age and older speak a language other t...