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Immigration Reform: Toward Free Trade in Labor

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Immigration Reform
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Most of the modern discussion on immigration policy is directed to the question of which aliens who enter into the United States should be allowed a path to citizenship and why.  In dealing with that topic, Gary Becker a

Tricky Issues Remain In the Battle Over Comprehensive Immigration Reform

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Immigration Reform
Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Senate voted on June 11 to proceed with debate on comprehensive immigration reform legislation.  While the bill cleared a major hurdle, its fate still very much hangs in the balance.  Majority Leader Harry Reid has suggested that he’d like to see the Senate act on the legi

Immigration Value

How should we value immigrants, and how should that affect immigration reform?

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Immigration Reform
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

How should we value immigrants? Most of the discussion in the immigration debate leaves implicit this key question.

Immigration Value

Valuing Immigrants

by Clint Bolickvia Immigration Reform
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The debate over US immigration has persisted for nearly 350 years.  The cast has changed but the arguments have not.  Benjamin Franklin famously warned about the “Germanization” of Pennsylvania, predicting that German immigrants would no sooner abandon their language or cultur

Immigration Value

Immigration Policy: Purpose and Unintended Consequences

by John H. Cochranevia Immigration Reform
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The immigration policy discussion and legislative proposals suffer from a huge gaping problem: nobody can articulate what the point is. What are the objectives? People want to come to the United States, work, pay taxes, start businesses, buy houses, and join our society.

Immigration Value

Immigration and Redistribution: The Changing Basis for Evaluation

via Immigration Reform
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Since passage of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act establishing the family reunification basis for immigrant admission, the number of immigrants coming to the United States has increased dramatically.  But while the skills and education required for upward economic mobi

Immigration Value

Treating Immigrants Like Strangers

by Bryan Caplanvia Immigration Reform
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Immigrants are strangers, and we should treat them accordingly.


The Hoover Institution’s Conte Initiative on Immigration Reform is the result of numerous conferences, meetings, and conversations during the past year among academics, politicians, and Hoover fellows who are concerned with the structure and outcomes of America’s immigration system. Chaired by Hoover senior fellow Edward Lazear, the initiative examines legal and illegal immigration. The guiding principle is to identify clear improvements to what most agree is an unfair and inefficient immigration system.

The “Immigration Reform” channel on Hoover’s Advancing a Free Society blog is an online space that will provide facts and analysis, with the goal of informing the debate on immigration reform as it unfolds across public and legislative spaces. By providing unbiased information to decision makers and other interested parties and by stripping away obfuscation, the Conte Initiative hopes to assist in the creation of an appropriate immigration system for the United States.