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June 29, 2015

Licensing Undocumented Drivers - Keren Murillo Umpierrez, RCPolicy

Six years ago, James and his wife Regina were two of 2,000 people who received a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation informing them that they had to surrender...

June 25, 2015

ICE's Steep Drop in Enforcement - Jessica Vaughan, CIS

The Obama administration has largely abandoned efforts to enforce the laws against hiring illegal workers, according to internal ICE statistics. In the first five months of this fi...

June 19, 2015

Immigration: Let the States Lead - Alex Nowrasteh, Cato Institute

Texas and California are trying to reform legal migration on their own. The politics in these two states couldn’t be more different, but legislators in both states recently p...

June 18, 2015

Immigration, Trade, and Productivity - Ottaviano et al., VoxEU

International trade in services and immigration are among the fastest growing aspects of globalisation. Using UK data, this column explores the links between these phenomena. Immig...

May 26, 2015

Authorized Status, Limited Returns - Lauren A. Apgar, EPI

Legislators have proposed the increased use of U.S. temporary foreign worker programs, also commonly referred to as “guestworker” programs, as a way to limit unauthorized migra...

May 22, 2015

Economic Benefits of Deferred Action - Lizet Ocampo, CAP

Six months ago, President Barack Obama announced several actions to improve America’s immigration system, including a program dubbed Deferred Action for Parents of ...

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May 21, 2015

A Five-Point Immigration Plan - American Principles in Action

American Principles In Action released a five-point immigration plan to secure the border, fix our broken visa system, and provide a path to legal status for undocumented immigrant...

May 16, 2015

Don't Blame Immigrants for Flat Paychecks - Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg

Does immigration hurt American wages? Some Republican presidential candidates seem to think so....

May 14, 2015

A Statistical Portrait of Hispanics in the U.S. - Stepler & Brown, Pew

There were 54 million Hispanics in the United States in 2013, comprising 17.1% of the total U.S. population. In 1980, with a population of 14.8 million, Hispanics made up just 6.5%...

May 13, 2015

Immigrants Work Without Diplomas - Hershbein & Jacome, Brookings

Education counts for more and more in the labor market, as a recent Hamilton Project paper on prime-age workers confirms. Individuals without a bachelor’s degree ha...

May 9, 2015

The Limited Impact of State DREAM Acts - J.B. Wogan, Governing

Immigration laws, it almost goes without saying, have sparked a great deal of controversy in recent years. That includes Dream Acts, which offer in-state tuition to young undocumen...

May 6, 2015

Hillary's Aggressive Stance on Immigration - Dara Lind, Vox

Hillary Clinton's first campaign speech on immigration told activists exactly what they hoped they'd hear — and much better than they expected to hear — from the likely...

May 4, 2015

The Task Force on New Americans - Mike Gonzalez, Heritage Foundation

President Barack Obama’s belief that immigrants are creating a “hodgepodge” nation—and that this will make it more difficult for conservatives to promote their policies—i...

April 28, 2015

A Record Immigrant Population - Karen Zeigler & Steven A. Camarota, CIS

While they did not receive much attention when they were released last month, new projections from the Census Bureau show the enormous impact of immigration on the U.S. population....

April 27, 2015

Did Immigration Spark a White Backlash? - Robert VerBruggen, RCPolicy

Immigration will mean death for the Republican Party as left-leaning Hispanics increase in number, team up with white liberals and overwhelmingly Democratic blacks, and turn the el...

April 24, 2015

A Correlation Between Immigration, Wages - Rachel Stoltzfoos, DCNF

Wages and share of income for the bottom 90 percent of American wage-earners declined over the past 40 years, as the foreign-born population increased dramatically, data requested ...

April 23, 2015

TPP Equals Mass Immigration - Dick Morris, Creators

Under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement, Congress could lose the power to restrict immigration. We could find ourselves back in the era before the 1920s when th...

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 21, 2015

Did Immigrants Once Live the American Dream? - Dara Lind, Vox

If your ancestors came to the US in the late 1800s or early 1900s (or if you've talked to someone whose ancestors came then) you probably think of them this way: they came to ...

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

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 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 ...

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...