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January 13, 2015

The Immigration Order and Good Faith - Randy Barnett, Volokh Conspiracy

I admit initially to being ambivalent about the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Just ask my students. As I explained in class, on the...

January 8, 2015

ICE's Runaway Detainer Regime - Kate Desormeau, ACLU

Ada Morales, a long-time resident of Rhode Island, became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1995. Yet in 2009, when she was arrested by Rhode Island authorities for an unrelated state ...

January 7, 2015

Does Immigration Harm Working Americans? - David Frum, Atlantic

The job news is increasingly good: 321,000 jobs created in November. Yet the national economic mood remains grimly bleak....

January 7, 2015

Legal Immigration's Bias Against Latin Americans - Dara Lind, Vox

People who don't believe that unauthorized immigrants in the US should be given legal status tend to emphasize that it would be unfair to immigrants who are in the US legally &mdas...

January 6, 2015

Interpreting the New Deportation Statistics - Alex Nowrasteh, Cato Institute

Shortly before Christmas the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a reportdetailing deportations (henceforth “removals”) conducted by Immigration and Cus...

January 5, 2015

Obama's Other Immigration Problem - Brian Hughes, Washington Examiner

President Obama is facing another immigration dilemma exacerbated by his efforts to spare up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation: how to address the roughly 6 million ...

Most Recent Articles

December 30, 2014

Thousands of Border Crossing Cases Undecided - Robert Arnold, KPRC

After six months of requests, Local 2 Investigates received information regarding the status of thousands of unaccompanied children and families caught illegally crossing the south...

December 20, 2014

Obama and Immigration: Five Facts - Silva Mathema & Philip Wolgin, CAP

On November 20, President Barack Obama announced executive action on immigration that includes, among other provisions, a policy that could provide temporary relief from ...

December 17, 2014

Do Amnesties Boost Unlawful Immigration? - Alex Nowrasteh, Cato

One popular argument against a legalization, or amnesty, of unlawful immigrants is that it will merely incentivize future unlawful immigration.  Unlawful immigr...

December 17, 2014

Judicial Activism and Obama's Immigration Order - John Yoo, NRO

I sympathize with Judge Schwab on the merits of his decision against President Obama’s executive order, but disagree with his effort to reach out and decide the action&r...

December 10, 2014

The 1986 Immigration Law vs. Obama's Program - D'Vera Cohn, Pew

As the federal government gears up to offer deportation relief to about 4 million unauthorized immigrants, it’s worth looking back to 1986, when a new law established what wa...

December 9, 2014

A Tale of Two Immigrant Detainees - Sophia Yapalater, ACLU

In many ways, Mark and Richard led parallel lives. Both men came to the United States as young children, Mark from South Korea and Richard from Jamaica. They both had status as leg...

December 6, 2014

The House GOP's Bad Immigration Vote - Josh Earnest, White House

Eighteen months after the Senate passed a comprehensive, commonsense bill on immigration reform with bipartisan support; House Republicans still don’t have a plan to fix our brok...

December 6, 2014

Deportation Relief: How Many? - Krogstad & Gonzalez-Barrera, Pew

About 4 million unauthorized immigrants are eligible for temporary deportation relief under President Obama’s new executive action, but how many will take advantage of the offe...

December 6, 2014

Immigration Order: Dangerous Precedent - John Malcolm, Heritage

It is no secret that President Obama is a supporter of the DREAM Act—legislation that has been debated and rejected numerous times by Congress. Yet, instead of doing the toug...

December 5, 2014

Rapid Deportations That Bypass the Courtroom - ACLU

In November 2014, President Obama gave temporary reprieve to millions of immigrants at risk of deportation. But this does nothing to change the fact that the majority of people dep...

December 4, 2014

The Cost of Amnesty - David Frum, The Atlantic

In a statement announcing his executive amnesty, President Obama reassured doubters that formerly illegal aliens would not qualify for “the same benefits that citizens r...

December 3, 2014

Does Immigration Boost Economic Growth? - Diana Furchtgott-Roth, e21

The question of how many legal immigrants should be admitted to the United States—and what level of skills these immigrants should have—is among the most divisive issue...

December 2, 2014

Obama's Plan Helps High-Skill Immigrants Too - Smith & Gollan, CIR

For advocates representing skilled-worker immigrants, President Barack Obama’s recent immigration reforms were a long-awaited answer to their complaints that America’s ...

December 2, 2014

The Immigration Order and the Rule of Law - Peter Shane, Wash Monthly

It’s December, 2008. President Bush foresees economic calamity if the U.S. auto industry collapses. Congress has failed to enact his recommended rescue plan despite majority ...

December 2, 2014

Profile of the Unauthorized Population - Migration Policy Institute

November 29, 2014

Both Sides Spin Immigration Data - Gore & Robertson, FactCheck.org

Both sides in the immigration debate are simply misstating the facts. President Obama exaggerated when talking about declines in illegal border crossings, and Republican Rick Santo...

November 29, 2014

Immigration Order: Five Things to Know - Cecilia Munoz, White House

Last week, the President took action to fix as much of our broken immigration system as possible within the scope of his existing legal authority. The President’s Immigration...

November 29, 2014

What LinkedIn Data Say About Immigration - Bogdan State et al.

We investigate trends in the international migration of professional workers by analyzing a dataset of millions of geolocated career histories provided by LinkedIn, the largest onl...

November 21, 2014

GOP Debates Budget Response to Immigration Move - Daily Signal

Republicans in the House and Senate disagreed today over how best to use the “power of the purse” to block President Obama’s imminent executive action on immigration.Lawmaker...

November 19, 2014

Obama Trolls GOP with Immigration Plan - Bill Scher, Politico

When the Obama administration last week began the process of preparing the media and the public about the president’s plan to unilaterally suspend deportation for as many as ...

November 18, 2014

Obama vs. Obama on Immigration Executive Order - Michael Shear, NYT

President Obama is poised to ignore stark warnings that executive action on immigration would amount to “violating our laws” and would be “very difficult to defen...

November 14, 2014

Obama Plans to Shield Millions of Immigrants - Michael Shear, NYT

President Obama will ignore angry protests from Republicans and announce as soon as next week a broad overhaul of the nation’s immigration enforcement system that will protec...

November 12, 2014

Immigration Policy Could Determine AG Confirmation - Betsy Woodruff, Slate

If the Obama administration gets its way, the confirmation process for Loretta Lynch, the president’s attorney general nominee, will be boring and noncontroversial. But it co...

November 11, 2014

Executive Action for Long-Term Illegal Aliens - Cadman & Vaughan, CIS

This is the second report to examine the characteristics of populations that have been suggested as potential beneficiaries for legalization through the executive action reportedly...

November 5, 2014

Immigration and Public Finances - VoxEU

Data on social attitudes show that the perceived burden of immigration on a nation’s public finances is one of the strongest economic concerns associated with hostility to im...

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

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 ...

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

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...

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...

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...