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Immigration Debates Need More Numbers, Fewer Emotions

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Cape Cod Times
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Immigration debates run long on sentimentality and buzzwords, but short on realism. Policymakers navigate competing claims of constituents, regions and partisan interests. Yet assimilation — acculturating and integrating newcomers — has been the goal of immigration worldwide throughout history. Economic opportunities have been crucial. Uncrowded, prosperous countries have attracted the most immigrants.

Analysis and Commentary

Posner And Weyl On Sponsoring Immigrants

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, February 18, 2018

University of Chicago professor Eric Posner and Microsoft employee Glen Weyl wrote last week about their intriguing proposal for immigration. It's titled "Sponsor An Immigrant Yourself," Politico, February 13, 2018.

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Bush(43) On Immigrant Cotton Pickers

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Patriot Post
Friday, February 9, 2018

Former President George W. Bush, a man whose tenure as president included some things to be admired, stepped into the immigration debate this week in support of the Democrats’ DACA duplicity and deceit.


Democrats’ Immigration Radicalism: The Gift That Keeps On Giving For Donald Trump

by Jeremy Carl
Monday, February 5, 2018

The more we talk about the actual reality of U.S. immigration policy, the more we win. 

Analysis and Commentary

An Immigration Puzzle Solved

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, February 4, 2018

To the surprise of some, the Republican Congress largely supports Trump's restrictionist approach to immigration. Apparently Republicans are favoring their nativist base over their traditional allies in business. Why?

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Finally, A Good Argument For The Wall

quoting John H. Cochrane via The Washington Post
Monday, January 29, 2018

The arguments against a wall on our southern border are well known. It is unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient if not useless (but may do wonders for the ladder industry). A wall may actually increase the number of illegal immigrants in the United States (by making it hard for seasonal workers to go back and forth).

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By Granting Amnesty, Are Republicans Signing Their Own Political Death Warrant?

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Townhall
Monday, January 29, 2018

On Friday, conservative actor James Woods let America know exactly what “#DACA is about” in one devastating tweet that included a meme depicting Senate Minority Schoolmarm Chuck Schumer ‘saying,’ “It’s very simple to understand actually – If Americans won’t vote for Democrats, then we’ll import people who will.”


Richard Epstein On Law Talk: Something Fishy

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Ricochet
Sunday, January 28, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses who looks worse in the Mueller investigation, President Trump or the FBI? Is trading DACA for a border wall a grand bargain or a big mistake? Can California prosecute business owners for working with federal immigration authorities? Can blue states sue their way out of the new tax law? Will the Supreme Court overhaul internet taxation? Do federal judges really need clerks? And does the Americans with Disabilities Act protect “obnoxious chronic body odor”?


News Comments

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Friday, January 26, 2018

The tariff and the wall were the big news this week, with some lessons for looming infrastructure.


Victor Davis Hanson Says Everyone Needs A Thicker Skin When It Comes To Talking About Immigration

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Big John and Ramblin' Ray Interviews
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses immigration and notes that people should use words that reflect reality when discussing immigration.


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