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.
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.
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.
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?
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).
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.”
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”?
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.