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April 16, 2014

Immigration and GOP Political Prospects - James G. Gimpel, CIS

This Backgrounder examines the partisan political implications of large-scale immigration. A comparison of voting patterns in presidential elections across counties over ...

April 15, 2014

Deported for a Traffic Violation - Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU

If you ask the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), it doesn't deport parents whose most serious crime is a traffic offense. In fact, according to its statistics,98 percent ...

April 14, 2014

Diversity Won't Drive the Country Rightward - Ben Wrobel, ThinkProgress

Take an Independent white voter. Tell him that he is less than 30 years away from living in an America in which racial and ethnic minorities outnumber white people. Will he change ...

April 11, 2014

How Immigration Complicates Racial Justice - Asad Asad, Pacific Standard

When Kwasi Enin—the Ghanaian-American student accepted by all eight Ivy League schools—first made headlines, he probably never expected to ignite a national conversatio...

April 5, 2014

Why Immigration Reform Keeps Failing - Eric Horowitz, Pacific Standard

Startling new research suggests that conservative opposition to immigration reform may have nothing to do with what’s presented in any legislative bill, but rather how small ...

April 1, 2014

Immigration Policy: Catch and Release - Jessica Vaughan, CIS

A review of internal ICE metrics for 2013 reveals that hundreds of thousands of deportable aliens who were identified in the interior of the country were released instead of remove...

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March 29, 2014

Immigration Reform Is Dead - Benjy Sarlin, MSNBC

You can’t say they didn’t try.Supporters of immigration reform did everything they could to pass a law. They threw their support behind bipartisan negotiations in the S...

March 28, 2014

Border Fencing: One Tool Among Many - Mark Krikorian, NRO

The border fence with Mexico looms large in the ongoing debate over immigration. The Secure Fence Act of 2006, the “Where’s the Fence?” ad in 2007,...

March 27, 2014

Our Broken Asylum System - Dan Cadman, Center for Immigration Studies

This report examines our asylum system, the increase in applications and approvals, and the erosion of checks and balances designed to prevent fraud that have contributed to that i...

March 19, 2014

The House Must Vote on Immigration Reform - AFL-CIO

This week, the AFL-CIO is making a simple request of Congress: the House of Representatives should vote on the bipartisan Senate immigration bill that passed overwhelmingly last Ju...

March 18, 2014

Immigration Enforcement by the Numbers - Matt Graham, BPC

Opinions on the extent to which the U.S. enforces immigration laws vary dramatically. Some contend that enforcement is already extremely tough, while others contend that the govern...

March 12, 2014

The Effects of Immigration Reform - Doug Elmendorf, CBO

As I wrote yesterday, I was very pleased to participate last week in the American Enterprise Institute's World Forum. This blog posting summarizes the comments I made on a pan...

March 1, 2014

The Public Is Divided on Deportations - Pew Research Center

Immigration legislation is stalled in the House, but the public continues to broadly support a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants. At the same time, however, American...

February 26, 2014

The Impact of E-Verify - Pia M. Orrenius & Madeline Zavodny, Dallas Fed

A number of states have adopted laws that require employers to use the federal government’s E-Verify program to check workers’ eligibility to work legally in the United...

February 20, 2014

Focus on Green Cards, Not Citizenship - Ilya Shapiro, Forbes

As chances for immigration reform fade ahead of this year’s congressional elections, the main sticking point seems to be the “pathway to citizenship” for those wh...

February 20, 2014

Is the Kids Act Amnesty Really Just for Kids? - Jon Feere, CIS

For months, some Republicans in the House of Representatives have been promising to introduce immigration legislation that would legalize a significant portion of illegal aliens li...

February 15, 2014

Immigration and the Economy - Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review Online

George Will writes in favor of “immigration reform” today. Most of the column is devoted to responding to conservative arguments against the type of legislati...

February 11, 2014

Legal Immigrants Go to the Back of the Line - Mark Krikorian, NRO

When the president announced his administrative DREAM Act amnesty (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA), skeptics warned that the illegal program would results in delay...

February 8, 2014

More Americans Should Work Abroad - Reihan Salam, Reuters

On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner told members of the press that though immigration is “an important issue in our country” (thanks for that, John), it will be dif...

February 6, 2014

Import Labor, or Import Food - Bob Stallman, Farm Bureau Federation

We’ve all seen the “I Heart (fill in the blank here)” bumper stickers, promos and campaigns that are a dime a dozen. As a farmer, I’m particularly fond of &...

February 4, 2014

The GOP's Step Toward Immigration Reform - David Leopold, AILA

The good news is that the glass is half full.Thursday’s release of the Republican "immigration Reform Principles" is promising because it shows that Speaker John Boehner (R-O...

February 4, 2014

Against City-Specific Immigration Visas - Aaron M. Renn, New Geography

An idea that’s been kicked around by many is to help turn around struggling cities like Detroit by offering geographically limited immigrations visas. That is, to allow forei...

February 3, 2014

A New Way to Track Immigrant Departures - Janice Kephart, CIS

A fledging system to track the departure of foreign nationals leaving by air (hereafter called "exit" for the sake of brevity) may make an appearance by the end of 2014. Or at leas...

February 1, 2014

What Are the GOP's 'Enforcement Triggers'? - Byron York, DC Examiner

The House Republican leadership, meeting here at the party's winter retreat, kept its new immigration reform "principles" as secret as nuclear codes. Old immigration hands on the H...

February 1, 2014

Immigration Reform: We Aren't Getting Closer - Paul Waldman, Prospect

Yesterday, congressional Republicans released a set of principles on immigration reform which are supposed to guide the writing of an actual plan. This has led some optim...

February 1, 2014

The GOP's Immigration Deal Makes No Sense - Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg

House Republicans who want to advance what they call “comprehensive immigration reform” say they’ve found a workable compromise, one that allays the concerns of o...

January 29, 2014

Piecemeal Immigration Reform: It's That Bad - María Enchautegui, Urban

After more than a year of intense national debate over comprehensive immigration reform, both parties are starting to talk about the possibility of piecemeal reform. In November, P...

January 28, 2014

The GOP's Problematic Immigration Plan - Mike Riggs, The Atlantic Cities

The first piece of immigration legislation to make it out of Congressional committee last year was the SAFE Act, passed by the House Judiciary Committee in June 2013. A few bills f...

January 25, 2014

Immigration Can Improve Demographic Trends - Bipartisan Policy Center

Many nations, especially those with advanced economies, face significant demographic challenges. Due primarily to declining fertility rates, the populations of these countries are ...

January 24, 2014

Immigration and the Welfare State - Gochenour & Nowrasteh, Cato

In a standard median voter model, low-income immigration increases the size of the welfare state. Other research suggests evidence for a group-interested voter model, which predict...

January 21, 2014

Innovation Relies on Immigration - Timothy Taylor, Conversable Economist

The U.S. economy relies to an increasing extent on immigrants for its innovative impetus. Consider two figures from William Kerr, writing in the NBER Reporter (2013, Number 4, pp...

January 18, 2014

Why Mexican Immigrants Return Home - MATT

An invaluable look a the face of the return migrant is provided. We learned that this population is returning home on their own, ready to apply their learned experiences and new ta...

January 10, 2014

Immigration Reform Would Increase Inequality - Andrew Stiles, NRO

Five years after winning control of the White House and Congress, Democrats can’t wait a minute longer for a serious conversation about income inequality, a problem that is&n...

December 31, 2013

States Make Progress on Immigrant Rights - Jonathan Blazer, ACLU

As 2013 comes to a close, political pundits will no doubt say that the big immigration story of the year was the paralysis of national immigration reform inside the Washington D.C....

December 28, 2013

Time for Immigration Reform - Sáenz & Dominguez, SEIU/LSR

After a yearlong effort of immigration advocacy -- including 74 one-on-one lobby visits by the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda team and hundreds of thousands of postcards from ...

December 26, 2013

The Immigrant Investor Visa Program: A Success - Robert C. Divine, IIUSA

Senate consideration, and subsequent approval, of USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas’ nomination to a higher position at the Department of Homeland Security gave rise to incre...

December 20, 2013

How Obama Is Enriching Human Smugglers - Byron York, D.C. Examiner

Advocates of immigration reform often argue that sweeping new laws are needed because "the system is broken." But a newly released court opinion suggests the system is br...

December 20, 2013

What Hispanics and Asians Think About Immigration - Pew Hispanic

While lopsided majorities of Hispanics and Asian Americans support creating a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, two new surveys from the Pew Research Center also ...

December 16, 2013

NY's 'China City' Controversy - David North, Center for Immigration Studies

The latest EB-5 investor visa controversy is based on the idea of building an all-Chinese residential and commercial development, China City of America (CCOA), about a 90-minute dr...

December 11, 2013

The Abuse of Immigrants in Custody - American Immigration Council

This three-part series highlights the findings of the Migrant Border Crossing Study—a binational, multi-institution study of 1,110 randomly selected, recently repatriate...

December 2, 2013

Does a Minimum Wage Discourage Immigration? - Bryan Caplan, EconLog

After my Intelligence Squared debate, I had a long chat with my opponent Ron Unz about his latest cause: a huge increase in the minimum wage.  For Unz, the disemployment ...

November 26, 2013

Immigration: Comprehensive or Piecemeal? - Mark Krikorian, CIS

Democrats are appearing to accept the House Republicans' sensible insistence on addressing immigration issues in separate, targeted bills, rather than the Senate's comprehensive, O...

November 23, 2013

What Happened to Immigration Reform? - Molly Ball, The Atlantic

Last week, John Boehner was having breakfast at his customary spot on Capitol Hill, Pete’s Diner, when he was approached by two teenage girls with a video camera. C...

November 21, 2013

How Immigration Reform Would Affect the House - Steven Camarota, CIS

The government counts all persons when apportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives — citizens, green card holders, guest workers, foreign students, and illegal im...

November 18, 2013

Do Immigrants Complement Native Workers? - George J. Borjas, IZA

The theory of factor demand has important implications for the study of the impact of immigration on wages. This paper derives the theoretical implications in the context of a gene...

November 18, 2013

Drop E-Verify From Immigration Reform - Cathy Reisenwitz, Reason

With the clock ticking on the legislative session, President Obama held a Roosevelt Room meeting on immigration reform, even as House Speaker John Boehner dismissed ...

November 14, 2013

A Christian Case for Immigration Reform - Derrick Lynch et al., RCPolicy

Thousands of miles separate our churches, but as faith leaders, we are bound by a shared obligation to advocate on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. We lead congrega...

November 13, 2013

We Need Immigration Courts That Work - Wheeler & Benson, RCPolicy

As pressure mounts on Congress for some form of immigration legislation, a little-noticed and overworked cog in the nation’s immigration-enforcement machinery may get left by the...

November 9, 2013

Making Sense of Immigration Studies - Enchautegui et al., Urban Institute

This report assesses six studies relevant to immigration reform debate. It examines their methods, assumptions, strengths and limitations, and creates a framework for assessing cur...

November 8, 2013

The Plight of Guest Workers - Victoria Bouloubasis, The American Prospect

 Luis Perez sits up on the edge of his bed, a stiff cot mattress resting on a flimsy metal bedframe a few inches above the concrete floor.He’s in the 120-square-foot cin...