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.

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American Flags
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

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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

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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?  

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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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The Role of Low-Skill Visas in Immigration Reform

by Douglas Holtz-Eakinvia Peregrine
Monday, October 6, 2014

The phrase immigration reform means different things to different people, largely because such a reform can span many aspects of American life.  Border security, employment law, legal status of the undocumented, visa tracking, sector-specific economic policies, and more are potential components of immigration reform. 

New Ideas

To Grow, America Needs More Legal Work Visas

by Diana Furchtgott-Roth via Peregrine
Monday, October 6, 2014

America’s GDP growth rate is hovering around 2 percent annually, not high enough to create a demand for discouraged workers who have dropped out of the labor force. Would additional immigrants hurt or, possibly, help?

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The Question of Work Visas

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Monday, October 6, 2014

The “year of immigration reform” has not unfolded like anyone expected as recently as the publication of our inaugural issue of Peregrine. Policy makers in Washington didn’t pass any news laws to impact policy, but events on the ground took on a life of their own.

New Ideas

Auctioning Temporary Visas

by Giovanni Peri via Peregrine
Monday, October 6, 2014

The US Immigration system is in deep need of change. In this article I propose an incremental reform that, as such, should be more easily passed and implemented than a comprehensive one. It also introduces an innovative mechanism to select immigrants that will reveal the economic incentives driving immigrants and hiring firms.

New Ideas

Immigration Policy and the Surge

by Madeline Zavodnyvia Peregrine
Monday, October 6, 2014

A year ago, the momentum for immigration reform was in danger of stalling over concerns about how to deal with the 11 plus million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States. No one would have guessed, however, that reform legislation would be derailed by tens of thousands of children from Central America claiming to be victims of human trafficking.

Visas
Main Essay

Guest Worker Visas

by Alex Nowrastehvia Peregrine
Monday, October 6, 2014

Expanding and liberalizing America’s lawful immigration system is the easiest way to boost economic growth and is also the key to stopping unlawful immigration.  After a century of reforms that enhanced and centralized bureaucracy, federal immigration policy is a labyrinth of restriction and dysfunction. US immigration laws are now, as Rutgers law professor Elizabeth Hull wrote, “second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity.” 

Immigration

The Peregrine Podcast: “Rationalizing Immigration” with Lanhee Chen

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Peregrine
Friday, June 27, 2014

Lanhee Chen discusses how to better tailor America’s legal immigration system to the country’s economic needs and considers the political prospects for effective reform.

Immigration
New Ideas

The Economic Priority

by Beth Ann Bovinovia Peregrine
Friday, June 27, 2014

As the drive for US immigration reform becomes bogged down in election-year politics, one facet of the issue seems indisputable: An overhaul of the country’s immigration policy would be a boon to the world’s biggest economy.

Immigration
New Ideas

A More Rational Approach

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Peregrine
Friday, June 27, 2014

It’s hard to define the right number of green cards precisely, but with millions of individuals waiting in line in other countries to get one, it seems fair to say that the current number of approximately one million per year is too low.

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The Peregrine Podcast: “Finding an Immigration Equilibrium” with Richard Epstein

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Peregrine
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Richard Epstein argues that immigration reformers should focus on criteria for admitting new citizens, not trying to establish quotas.

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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.