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April 21, 2015

How Immigration Helps Low-Skill Workers - Foged & Peri, VoxEU

Existing studies – largely based on the analyses of large immigration episodes (e.g. Friedberg 2001, Card 1991), and the experience of the US and the UK (Ottaviano and Peri 2...

April 20, 2015

Illegal Immigrants' State and Local Tax Contributions - ITEP

In the public debates over federal immigration reform, sufficient and accurate information about the tax contributions of undocumented immigrants is often lacking. The reality is t...

April 18, 2015

Illegal Reentry Offenses - United States Sentencing Commission

This report analyzes data collected by the United States Sentencing Commission1 concerning cases in which offenders are sentenced under USSG §2L1.2 — commonly called &ld...

April 16, 2015

An E-Verify Fact Sheet - Center for Immigration Studies

In recent years, many states have enacted enforcement-focused immigration laws in an effort to discourage illegal immigration into their jurisdictions. E-Verify, the federally run ...

April 10, 2015

Unaccompanied Child Migration - Marc Rosenblum, Migration Policy

Between 2011 and 2014, the number of Central American children and "family units"—parents traveling with minor children—who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border increased ...

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April 10, 2015

Deferred Action for Federal Accountability - Michael Greve, Library of L&L

DAPA—short for the clunky “Deferred Action for Parental Accountability,” or maybe “Parents of Americans” (I’ve seen both titles)—is the Ob...

April 4, 2015

The Furious Debate Over Tech Worker Visas - Dara Lind, Vox

On April 1, the government started accepting visa applications for high-skilled immigrant workers. But if you're a company thinking about applying for a visa, but haven't done so a...

April 2, 2015

Analyzing the Protection of Children Act - Dan Cadman, CIS

The House Judiciary Committee of the new Congress has begun work in earnest on a number of substantive immigration reform bills — none of which are omnibus — tending in...

April 1, 2015

Obama's Other Immigration Action - Ryan Lovelace, National Review

When President Obama issued a series of executive orders on immigration last November, he unleashed a fierce torrent of criticism for granting millions of undocumented immigrants a...

March 30, 2015

Who Should Get Asylum? - Eleanor Clift, Daily Beast

Granting political asylum to homeschoolers while making it harder for kids fleeing gang violence in Central America to find refuge in the United States is the latest in a wave of l...

March 23, 2015

More Protection for Illegal Workers - Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner

The National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that enforces labor laws, has started an aggressive new push to pursue cases against employers of illegal aliens....

March 20, 2015

Analyzing the Legal Workforce Act - Dan Cadman, CIS

Now that the midterm elections are over, a court has issued a temporary restraining order enjoining key portions of the president’s “executive actions” on immigra...

March 18, 2015

House's Immigration Plan: Mass Deportation - Philip Wolgin, ThinkProgress

The House Judiciary Committee is taking up a bill this week that would make felons out of the vast majority of undocumented immigrants overnight....

March 18, 2015

A Way Out on Immigration Reform - Alan Simpson & Bruce Morrison, NYT

THE goal of fixing our broken immigration system is further away than ever. President Obama’s executive orders — which would allow up to five million of about 11 millio...

March 17, 2015

End Birthright Citizenship - Mark Krikorian, National Review

President Obama has clinched the case for ending automatic citizenship for the U.S.-born children of illegal aliens, tourists, and foreign students....

March 13, 2015

Can Immigration Reverse Population Aging? - Camarota & Zeigler, CIS

In June 2013, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said "Immigrants are more fertile." He and many others have argued for large-scale immigration on the grounds that America's aging so...

March 11, 2015

Is All the Job Growth Going to Immigrants? - Alex Nowrasteh, Cato

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has released a number of reports purporting to show that all employment growth since the year 2000 has gone to immigrants.  ...

March 2, 2015

What Happens at Family Detention Facilities - Lindsay Nash, ACLU

Inside the family detention facilities in Karnes County and Dilley, Texas, hundreds of women wait, wondering what the English-only documents say, whether anyone will help them pres...

February 27, 2015

Hispanic Immigration and Economic Growth - IHS

The Hispanic population will play an increasingly significant role in future U.S. employment growth, accounting for more than 40 percent of growth in the next five years and more t...

February 26, 2015

Obama's Stop-Fingerprint-and-Deport Program - Shikha Dalmia, Reason

The administration this week appealed the block that a conservative Texas judge known for his hawkish views on immigration placed on President Obama’s executive action handin...

February 26, 2015

The Political Assimilation of Immigrants - Wilson & Nowrasteh, Cato

Many skeptics of immigration reform claim that immigrants and their descendants will not politically assimilate and will consistently vote for bigger government for generations.1&n...

February 24, 2015

The Cost of Deporting 5 Million Immigrants - Philip E. Wolgin, CAP

One month ago, the House of Representatives passed a funding bill for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, that if enacted, would end the immigration di...

February 23, 2015

Immigration and the End of the Rule of Law - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

This past week, liberals cried foul when a federal district court in Brownsville, Texas sided with the 26 states that have sued to try and prevent the administration from impl...

February 20, 2015

The Conservative Case for Deferred Action - Michael Kagan, Salon

Judge Andrew S. Hanen’s injunction against President Obama’s expanded deferred action policies for immigrants will not be the last word on the matter. But it should send the pr...

February 20, 2015

A Flawed Immigration Ruling - John Yoo, National Review Online

Opponents of President Obama’s immigration policy may want to temper their praise of federal judge Andrew Hanen’s decision this week, which blocked the administration&r...

February 18, 2015

An Immigration Action Is Halted - Hans von Spakovsky, Daily Signal

The 26 states that sued President Obama over his unilateral amnesty plan for illegal aliens won a major battle on Monday when a federal judge issued a temporary injunction against ...

February 18, 2015

Obama Foes Got the Judge They Wanted - Ruth Marcus, Washington Post

One thing that is certain about Monday's ruling by a federal judge in Texas blocking implementation of President Obama's executive actions on immigration reform -- it won't be the ...

February 13, 2015

Non-Citizens Shouldn't Get Welfare - Alex Nowrasteh, Cato Institute

President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, known as the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the Deferred Action for Ch...

February 11, 2015

Immigrant Vaccination Rates Are a Legitimate Concern - CIS

The spread of measles in the United States is undoubtedly driven by insufficient vaccination among natives. But this does not mean that the vaccination rate among immigra...

February 10, 2015

IRS's Illegal Immigrant Tax Credit Plan - Rick Manning, ALG

If this isn't the last straw in the funding debate over President Obama's unlawful executive amnesty decree, then there is no outrage that will move Senate Democrats to some form o...

February 7, 2015

'Amnesty Bonuses' in the Tax Code - Daniel Halper, The Weekly Standard

President Barack Obama has promoted his recent executive action on immigration by arguing that he’s only deferring action – holding off on enforcement of the current im...

February 2, 2015

Are All the Jobs Going to Immigrants? - Lori Robertson, FactCheck.org

Rick Santorum touted a shocking statistic to Iowa voters: Of the “6 million net new jobs created in America” since 2000, “all of them” are held by immigrant...

January 27, 2015

The GOP's Border Bill Would Be a Disaster - Dara Lind, Vox

Congress has been pushing to pass bill that turns border security into a matter of zero tolerance: by 2020, every single person entering the US from Mexico illegally must be appreh...

January 26, 2015

The Struggles of Undocumented Undergrads - UCLA UndocuScholars

Amidst the turbulent crosscurrents of immigration reform, nearly a quarter of a million undocumented undergraduates are struggling to find their way in higher education. Their limi...

January 23, 2015

Immigration: Entrepreneurship Fix - Dane Stangler, Kauffman Foundation

Would immigration reform really boost American entrepreneurship rates? With President Obama’s executive action on immigration, stagnant rates of business creation, and n...

January 23, 2015

CBO Casts Doubt on Amnesty Benefits - Center for Immigration Studies

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report last week on the fiscal effects of immigration. Perhaps because it offers a theoretical discussion rather than new numbers...

January 16, 2015

Immigration Policy and the Federal Budget - Congressional Budget Office

During the past two years, the Congress has considered proposals to modify the nation’s immigration system. The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Moderni...

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

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 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 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 ...

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...