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

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?  

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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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Peregrine: Equilibrium for Immigrants

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

The question posed in this inaugural issue of Peregrine is deceptively simple and profoundly misleading.  What it asks us to do as legal and economic analysts is to make some empirical judgment as to the number and composition the immigration population.

Immigration

The Peregrine Podcast: “The Need for Skilled Immigration” with Clint Bolick

by Clint Bolickvia Peregrine
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Clint Bolick explains why immigration reform needs to focus on America’s economic needs rather than on family unification.

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New Ideas

Peregrine: More Skills, Fewer Chains

by Clint Bolickvia Peregrine
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

When the annual ceiling on high-skilled visas America granted for 2014 is hit in a matter of days, we know something is wrong. Likewise, when Alabama and Georgia lose billions of dollars in agricultural output after their laws chased away illegal immigrant workers, something is wrong.

Immigration

The Peregrine Podcast: “Dispelling Immigration Fears” with John Cochrane

by John H. Cochranevia Peregrine
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

John Cochrane addresses the most persistent concerns about increasing immigration to the United States, from wage suppression to assimilation.

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Basic Facts

Background on the Facts: The Right Number of Americans?

by Tom Churchvia Peregrine
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

1 out of every 8 people in the United States is a first-generation immigrant. 45 percent of them are American citizens, which means that 1 in 20 of the current American population acquired citizenship after coming to the States. America remains a nation of immigrants. It relies on them to be sources of entrepreneurship and population growth – and, ultimately, proof to the rest of the world that America is still the land of opportunity.

Main Essay

Peregrine: What is the Optimal Number of Immigrants to the US?

by John H. Cochranevia Peregrine
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Two billion, two million, fifty-two thousand and thirty-five (2,002,052,035). Seriously. The United States is made up of three and a half million square miles, with 84 people per square mile...

Survey Results

American Immigration in the 21st Century

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Monday, June 23, 2014

Peregrine is an online journal with a unique mission.  Each issue will address one topic out of the many elements related to immigration in the US. This inaugural issue, in fact, asks the most basic question of all: What is the right amount of legal immigration?

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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.