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Tim Kane on the Lars Larson Show

interview with Timothy Kanevia Lars Larson Show
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Research Fellow Tim Kane discusses immigration reform on the Lars Larson Show.

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There's A Better Way To Do Immigration Reform

by Timothy Kanevia Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Immigration is the definitive wedge issue in American politics, but it doesn't have to be. When the Senate's Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act failed to pass the House this year, it was the third such failure of comprehensive reform in a decade.


Tim Kane on the John Batchelor Show (19:16)

interview with Timothy Kanevia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Research Fellow Tim Kane discusses Peregrine, immigration, and guest worker visas on the John Batchelor Show.

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Peregrine: “Immigration Reform and the Central American Surge” with Madeline Zavodny

interview with Madeline Zavodnyvia Peregrine
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How an influx of unexpected immigrants derailed reform efforts.

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Peregrine: “Reforming Guest Worker Visas” with Alex Nowrasteh

interview with Alex Nowrastehvia Peregrine
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How a series of commonsense reforms can change the US treatment of foreign workers.

Peregrine: “Immigration Reform: What the Experts Say” with Timothy Kane

interview with Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Examining those policy solutions members of Hoover’s immigration group believe are essential to reform.

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The Case for Open Borders

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Alex Tabarrok has a splendid post "the case for open borders" on Marginal Revolution.

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The Conservative Case for Immigration Reform

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia National Review Online
Thursday, July 31, 2014

The debate over immigration reform, intensified by the surge of unaccompanied child migrants at the U.S.–Mexico border, has many conservatives worried. Republican strategist Lanhee Chen explained that conservative opposition to immigration reform in the United States “is a very visceral reaction to what America should be about.” According to conservative opponents of immigration reform, immigrants will change America

Immigration Reform

The Right Number of Legal Immigrants?

interview with Timothy Kanevia CATO Daily Podcast
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Research Fellow Tim Kane discussed immigration on the CATO Daily Podcast. 


John Cochrane on the Peter Schiff Show

interview with John H. Cochrane via Peter Schiff Show
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Senior Fellow John Cochrane discussed current events on the nationally syndicated Peter Schiff Show.


The Hoover Institution's Conte Initiative on Immigration Reform is the result of significant scholarly workshops and conversations among academics, politicians, and Hoover fellows who are concerned with America's current immigration system.

The current system is complicated, restrictive, and badly in need of reform. It is ineffective at its stated goals of allowing sufficient immigration and punishing transgressors who overstay their visas or cross our borders illegally. A working group has been formed under this initiative that aims to improve immigration law by providing innovative ideas and clear improvements to every part of the system – from border security to green cards to temporary work visas. Our efforts are provided by Hoover scholars and leading affiliated thinkers and reformers from both sides of the aisle. Our membership is united by only one common theme: Our current system is broken and needs to be reformed.

Edward Lazear and Tim Kane co-chair the project as part of Conte Initiative on Immigration Reform with management and research support from Tom Church.