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Adam Davidson On Immigration

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Monday, March 30, 2015

Adam Davidson has a very nice New York Times Magazine article, "Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant", in favor of "radically open borders." Here's how a top professional journalist and writer puts together the central argument, so much more cleanly than I can do it:

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Class, Race, And Illegal Immigration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Peregrine
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The driving forces behind three decades of de facto non-enforcement of federal immigration law were largely the interests of elites across the political spectrum.

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Immigration - The President Has Again Tried To Circumvent The Constitutional System Of Lawmaking

by William Sutervia Peregrine
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

President Obama is not the first President to use his executive power aggressively. President Lincoln used an Executive Order in 1861 to suspend the writ of habeas corpus. The Supreme Court held that his action was unconstitutional. President Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to change the composition of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1937 in order to gain favorable votes for his New Deal legislation.

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Defiant, Not Deferred, Action

by Michael McConnellvia Peregrine
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Last November, the Obama Administration announced that it will cease enforcement of the immigration laws with respect to some four million undocumented persons. Instead it will award them legal status and work authorizations. Quite apart from whether this is good policy, it is almost certainly bad law.

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The Economic Effect Of Immigration

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Critics of the president’s executive actions on immigration reform go too far when they claim that immigrants are harmful to the US economy. Simplistic appeals to economic logic, gilded with nativist assumptions, hint that the arrival of millions of immigrant workers cannot help but compete for a finite number of American-based jobs.

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Background on the Facts: Executive Action & Immigration Reform

by Tom Churchvia Peregrine
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

On November 20, 2014, President Obama issued a series of memoranda to the cabinet secretaries responsible for overseeing the nation’s immigration system. The actions were expressly not changes in law, although the president proclaimed he had taken actions affecting naturalization, deferred action, parole-in-place, and border security.

Survey Results

Letter from the Editor

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Two weeks after the midterm election of 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration policy in a fifteen-minute televised speech from the White House. The centerpiece was announcing “deferred action” for up to five million undocumented immigrant adults, including work permits and drivers’ licenses for those who register.


Clint Bolick on the John Batchelor Show (32:55)

interview with Clint Bolickvia John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Research Fellow Clint Bolick discusses Jeb Bush's stance on immigration reform on the John Batchelor Show.

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Clint Bolick on the the Larry Kudlow Show (61:20)

interview with Clint Bolickvia Larry Kudlow Show
Saturday, January 3, 2015

Research Fellow Clint Bolick discusses immigration reform on the Larry Kudlow Show.

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Jeb Bush’s Conservative Immigration Agenda

by Clint Bolickvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, January 1, 2015

Pundits who claim he is for ‘amnesty’ are wrong. His goal is to bolster the economy and the nation’s security.


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.