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Peregrine: Zero Illegal Immigration?

via Hoover Institution
Tuesday, October 27, 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.

Survey ResultsAnalysis and Commentary

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?  

Syrian Refugees
Survey ResultsAnalysis and Commentary

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?

American Flags
New IdeasAnalysis and Commentary

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.  

Main EssayAnalysis and Commentary

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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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.

Survey ResultsAnalysis and Commentary

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.

New IdeasAnalysis and Commentary

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.

Main EssayAnalysis and Commentary

Shifts In The US Immigration Enforcement System

by Marc R. Rosenblumvia Peregrine
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The US immigration debate often feels like the movie Groundhog Day because the same arguments and legislative proposals are replayed in an endless loop. Yet even though the national conversation about immigration policy remains almost unchanged during the past twenty-five years, the immigration enforcement system has been transformed.

Border Patrol
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Securing The Southwest Border Requires Meaningful Immigration Reform

by Sylvia Longmirevia Peregrine
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Moving into an election year, immigration reform is on every politician’s mind yet not what they want to talk about. Border security isn’t far behind as a hot-button political topic.

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Get the Facts!

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JP Conte Fellow in Immigration Studies (ON LEAVE)
Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow
Contributor
Research Fellow
David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow
Research 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.