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Issue 1403

Executive Action & Immigration Reform
Main Essay
Main Essay

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.

New Ideas
New Ideas

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.

New Ideas

Obama's Amnesty Problem

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 24, 2014

Unilateral presidential action is not the proper response to the thorny issue of immigration.

Immigration
New Ideas

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.

New Ideas

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.

New Ideas

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.

Survey Results
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.

Immigration Reform
Survey Results

Long-Term impact of Obama’s Immigration Action

via Peregrine
Friday, December 19, 2014

President Obama announced executive action about how the U.S. would enforce immigration law on November 20, 2014.  We asked a panel of 39 immigration policy experts to review the long-term impacts.

Pen and Paper
Survey Results

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.

Border Patrol
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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.

Chainlink fence with an american flag.
Survey Results

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.

Basic Facts
Basic Facts

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.

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