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Things to Know about Obama’s Immigration Action

via Peregrine
Thursday, December 18, 2014

President Obama announced executive action about how the U.S. would enforce immigration law on November 20, 2014.  Reactions were far-ranging, often contradictory. We asked a panel of 39 immigration policy experts to review 20 different statements about Obama’s executive action.

Pen and Paper
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Reactions to President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Reform

via Peregrine
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Hoover Institution’s Conte Initiative on Immigration Reform conducts a quarterly survey of leading thinkers. Following President Obama’s recent announcement of executive action, we received responses from 39 experts, some of whom are quoted here.

Chainlink fence with an american flag.
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Immigration Action: Bad Law, Good Policy?

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

President Obama announced executive action about how the U.S. would enforce immigration law on November 20, 2014, accompanied by multiple official memos from the Department of Homeland Security and other executive branch agencies responsible for enforcement.

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Immigration Isn’t Killing The Middle Class

by Timothy Kanevia Washington Post
Monday, December 15, 2014

Imagine the United States is an island with seven people on it, including you and me. Along comes a sailboat with an immigrant who joins the economy and, according to a popular myth, steals a job from one of us.


Edward Lazear on the John Batchelor Show (20:04)

interview with Edward Paul Lazearvia John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Senior Fellow Edward Paul Lazear discusses possible GOP strategies for immigration reform on the John Batchelor Show.


Edward Lazear on Santelli Exchange

interview with Edward Paul Lazearvia CNBC
Friday, December 5, 2014

Senior Fellow Edward Lazear discusses the most recent jobs report and immigration reform on CNBC's Santelli Exchange.

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An Immigration Game Plan For The New Congress

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, December 4, 2014

President Obama ’s unilateral action on immigration angered many in Congress and among the public. With Republicans taking control of Congress, it is tempting to respond aggressively. Instead, a more measured and constructive approach would move the country forward and address the concerns that the voters expressed in the recent election.

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Tim Kane on the John Batchelor Show (19:13)

via John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Research Fellow Tim Kane discusses results from a survey conducted by the Hoover Immigration Reform Working Group on the John Batchelor Show.


Lanhee Chen on Bloomberg TV

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg
Friday, November 21, 2014

Research Fellow Lanhee Chen discusses possible GOP responses to President Obama's immigration reform on Bloomberg TV.

Immigration Reform
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GOP Can Trump Obama’s Bad Immigration Plan

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Let’s be clear: President Barack Obama isn’t really fixing the broken U.S. immigration system.


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.