Peregrine

Peregrine

Issue 1502

Zero Illegal Immigration?
Main Essay
Main Essay

Immigration Enforcement: Is Zero Illegal Immigration Possible?

by Theresa Cardinal Brownvia Peregrine
Monday, October 26, 2015

As the 2016 presidential campaign kicks into high gear, voters are hearing calls from many candidates to step up immigration enforcement and secure the border. Such calls are not new, and the suggested methods for doing so–border walls, employment verification, and even increased deportations–have been part of the debate over immigration for decades.

New Ideas
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New Ideas

Immigration Will Make America More Unequal, And That’s A Good Thing

by Scott Sumnervia Peregrine
Monday, October 26, 2015

There is substantial evidence that the immigrants from Asia tend to include a disproportionate number of highly skilled scientists, doctors and engineers.  

New Ideas

Zero Illegal Immigration: A Thought Experiment (With Time Travel)

by Michael A. Clemensvia Peregrine
Friday, October 23, 2015

No one wants more illegal immigration. So isn’t zero illegal immigration a good idea? We could think through problems like this in at least three ways: a moral argument, a national interest argument, and an economic argument.

Survey Results
Syrian Refugees
Survey Results

Immigration Policy: The Survey On The Treatment Of Refugees And Reducing Illegal Immigration

via Peregrine
Monday, October 26, 2015

Albert Einstein immigrated to the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany. This year, millions of Syrians are seeking refuge in neighboring countries in the Middle East and Europe... but do experts support maintaining and perhaps expanding the traditional American openness to nearly one hundred thousand refugees per year?

Survey Results

Tweets On US Responsibility To The Syrian Refugee Crisis

via Peregrine
Monday, October 26, 2015

The Hoover Institution’s Conte Initiative on Immigration Reform conducts a quarterly survey of leading thinkers. Survey Respondents were asked what they would tweet if asked what the responsibility and proper policy response of the United States should be to the Syrian refugee crisis?  

Survey Results

Letter from the Editor: The Ideal Level of Immigration

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Monday, October 26, 2015

What is the goal of immigration policy? The state of public debate and media coverage would lead you to believe that the United States has a broken immigration system and that the remedy should focus on securing the southern border to achieve zero illegal immigration.

Basic Facts
Basic Facts

Basic Facts: Zero Illegal Immigration

by Tom Churchvia Peregrine
Monday, October 26, 2015

The Pew Research Center estimates that there were about 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States in 2014, down from a high of 12.2 million in 2007. After falling by about one million after the Great Recession, the number of unauthorized immigrants has stabilized, as net inflows have been close to zero for several years.

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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.

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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.

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Reactions to President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Reform

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Basic Facts

Background on the Facts: The Question of Work Visas

by Tom Churchvia Peregrine
Monday, October 6, 2014

The United States issued more than 60 million “entry” visas in 2013 to foreigners who intended to visit the country but not immigrate permanently. Most went to individuals who came temporarily for pleasure (48 million) or business (6 million). Another three million went to individuals and their families to work in the United States, and 1.7 million went to foreign students.

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Peregrine is an online journal about US immigration policy that provides background facts, surveys, and opinion essays by scholars from a variety of perspectives. Each issue of Peregrine  addresses a different aspect of immigration, looking to educate as well as identify areas of agreement among experts and the public on incremental policy changes. This free publication will be published online and will also be available as a downloadable PDF.

The starting point for Peregrine is an awareness of America’s unique status as a nation of immigrants. From pilgrims to pioneers to huddled masses yearning to breathe free, Americans are a peregrine people. The country’s pathway to citizenship has been open for centuries and even now welcomes more than one million foreigners as permanent, legal residents every year. The United States is also a nation of laws, balancing natural rights with sovereign democracy. To maintain America’s strengths as a nation of immigrants and a democracy of laws, Peregrine provides an arena in which the best reform ideas will be published, discussed, and analyzed.

Peregrine is led by Tim Kane, editor, and Tom Church, managing editor, as part of the Hoover Institution Conte Initiative on Immigration Reform. The journal relies on contributions from the membership of Hoover's Working Group on Immigration Reform, co-chaired by Edward Lazear and Tim Kane.