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Edward Lazear on Santelli Exchange

interview with Edward Paul Lazearvia CNBC
Friday, December 5, 2014

Senior Fellow Edward Lazear discusses the most recent jobs report and immigration reform on CNBC's Santelli Exchange.

Analysis and CommentaryNew 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.

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Tim Kane on the John Batchelor Show (19:13)

via John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Research Fellow Tim Kane discusses results from a survey conducted by the Hoover Immigration Reform Working Group on the John Batchelor Show.


Lanhee Chen on Bloomberg TV

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg
Friday, November 21, 2014

Research Fellow Lanhee Chen discusses possible GOP responses to President Obama's immigration reform on Bloomberg TV.

Immigration Reform
Analysis and Commentary

GOP Can Trump Obama’s Bad Immigration Plan

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Let’s be clear: President Barack Obama isn’t really fixing the broken U.S. immigration system.


Tim Kane on the Lars Larson Show (9:44)

interview with Timothy Kanevia Lars Larson Show
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Research Fellow Tim Kane discusses President Obama's proposed immigration reform on the Lars Larson Show.

Survey of Immigration Experts–Designing a Better Work Visa

by Timothy Kanevia Analysis
Friday, November 14, 2014

A survey of immigration experts at US universities and think tanks was conducted during August 25–September 5, 2014.  Thirty-five individuals responded. The main topic was temporary guest worker visas. Additional questions were included that addressed two issues in the news: President Obama’s threatened use of executive action to change policy instead of working with legislation and the surge of unaccompanied children from Central America arriving at the US borders and claiming asylum as victims of human trafficking.


Tim Kane on the Lars Larson Show

interview with Timothy Kanevia Lars Larson Show
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Research Fellow Tim Kane discusses immigration reform on the Lars Larson Show.

Chainlink fence with an american flag.
Analysis and Commentary

There's A Better Way To Do Immigration Reform

by Timothy Kanevia Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Immigration is the definitive wedge issue in American politics, but it doesn't have to be. When the Senate's Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act failed to pass the House this year, it was the third such failure of comprehensive reform in a decade.


Tim Kane on the John Batchelor Show (19:16)

interview with Timothy Kanevia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Research Fellow Tim Kane discusses Peregrine, immigration, and guest worker visas on the John Batchelor Show.


Get the Facts!

J.P. Conte Research Fellow in Immigration Studies
Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow
Research Fellow
David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies
Policy Fellow
Rose-Marie and Jack Anderson Senior Fellow
Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow

The Hoover Institution's Conte Initiative on Immigration Reform is the result of significant scholarly workshops and conversations among academics, politicians, and Hoover fellows who are concerned with America's current immigration system.

The current system is complicated, restrictive, and badly in need of reform. It is ineffective at its stated goals of allowing sufficient immigration and punishing transgressors who overstay their visas or cross our borders illegally. A working group has been formed under this initiative that aims to improve immigration law by providing innovative ideas and clear improvements to every part of the system – from border security to green cards to temporary work visas. Our efforts are provided by Hoover scholars and leading affiliated thinkers and reformers from both sides of the aisle. Our membership is united by only one common theme: Our current system is broken and needs to be reformed.

Edward Lazear and Tim Kane co-chair the project as part of Conte Initiative on Immigration Reform with management and research support from Tom Church.