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Analysis and Commentary

Heroic Joshua Childress

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, September 10, 2018

And what it shows us about the many ways to a belief in liberty. Reason, on its Hit and Run site, posted an excellent 8-minute interview with Joshua Childress, who resigned as a Border Patrol agent because he no longer believed in the mission.

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Immigration Policy Gets Ugly In 2018

by Timothy Kanevia Eureka
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Fiasco. Disaster. Meltdown. Take your pick. Any one of those descriptions accurately sum up the Republican Party’s handling of immigration policy in 2018—especially the warring caucuses in the House of the Representatives.


Send Us Your Young, Your Educated

by Edward Paul Lazearvia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

[Subscription Required] The U.S. is in the enviable position of having an excess supply of potential immigrants. Only about 1 in 5 who apply for green cards in any year are awarded resident status. This means that America can, to a large extent, choose which immigrants it wants. Whom should it choose?

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The Origins Of Our Second Civil War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

How, when, and why has the United States now arrived at the brink of a veritable civil war?


Lanhee Chen: BART Safety, Leon Panetta, Week In Politics

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia KQED News
Friday, July 27, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses immigration and reuniting families who were separated at the border as well as trade policies and tariffs.

Analysis and Commentary

Alberto Alesina On Immigration And Redistribution

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, July 30, 2018

Alberto Alesina of Harvard University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how people in the US and five European countries perceive the population and characteristics of legal immigrants.

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Immigration Politics And The Perception Of Chaos

quoting Shanto Iyengarvia Cato Institute
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A compelling explanation for why the American immigration system is more restrictive than other developed countries is that voters here do not feel that they have control over the border. Pictures, videos, and the widespread perception that there is chaos on the border caused by illegal immigrants, despite facts to the contrary, have the effect of convincing American voters to be less liberal on the issue than they otherwise would be. 

Analysis and Commentary

Deport The Deplorables?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Deport the Deplorables is a slogan of popular culture, found on bumper stickers, t-shirts, and internet postings. But now the mini-industry of deplorable/deportable sloganeering has made its way into more elite circles.

Analysis and Commentary

Michael Clemens And Kate Gough: Or Means Or

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, July 13, 2018

Congress created the H-2A as a visa for temporary farmworkers: people who do not intend to settle in the United States and eventually become permanent residents. 

Analysis and Commentary

A Sad Anecdote About U.S. Immigration Policy

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, July 9, 2018

“The plural of anecdote is data.” (allegedly said by the late George J. Stigler.) Last Tuesday I drove up to San Jose State University to visit and have lunch with Professor Jeff Hummel. We normally go to the restaurant across the street, a restaurant called Pomegranate. But I noticed that the name had changed: it is now a Vietnamese restaurant. 


Immigration Reform Initiative

The Conte Initiative on Immigration Reform 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.