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Actual Emergencies Come And Go, But Federal Emergency Declarations Endure

by David Davenportvia Washington Examiner
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

As President Trump considers whether to declare a national state of emergency to build his border wall, few Americans realize they have lived under nearly 30 states of national emergency for most of their lives. Emergencies come and go, but emergency declarations remain. The oldest national emergency still on the books was declared by President Jimmy Carter during the Iran crisis 40 years ago. There are presently national "emergencies" covering everything from vessels in Cuba to democratic processes in Zimbabwe, from exports to cyberwarfare and narcotics trafficking.


Lanhee Chen: Should Trump Abandon The Idea Mexico Will Pay For A Border Wall?

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Fox Business
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the partial government shutdown over the border wall funding debate.

Analysis and Commentary

The Immorality Of Illegal Immigration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Monday, December 31, 2018

New House majority leader Nancy Pelosi reportedly spent the holidays at the Fairmont Orchid on Kona, contemplating future climate-change legislation and still adamant in opposing the supposed vanity border wall.

Analysis and Commentary

The Wall Probably Fails A Market Test

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, December 27, 2018

I was telling a friend today about my recent blog post titled “A Friendly Amendment on the Border Wall.” He hadn’t read the post but quickly understood my point. His reaction: Almost no property owner would take that deal. Of course, whether the owner would take the deal would depend heavily on how much was offered. Make it high enough and many property owners would take the deal.


Illegal Immigration In America: Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses illegal immigration.


Law Talk With Richard Epstein And John Yoo: The Right To Bear Nunchucks

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Ricochet
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Hoover Institution fellows Richard Epstein and John Yoo discuss whether the Supreme Court’s immigration ruling is not as dramatic as it sounds; whether President Trump is in genuine legal trouble this time; whether there is a silver lining to the departure of Jim Mattis; whether being tried for the same crime by your state and the feds is double jeopardy; and what the Bill of Rights has to do with nun-chucks.

Analysis and Commentary

Tucker Carlson Is Wrong

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

"Instead we’re getting waves of people with high school educations or less. Nice people, no one doubts that, but as an economic matter this is insane. It’s indefensible, so nobody even tries to defend it. Instead our leaders demand that you shut up and accept this. We have a moral obligation to admit the world’s poor, they tell us, even if it makes our own country poorer and dirtier and more divided." This is what Tucker Carlson of the Fox News Channel said on December 13 about some immigrants to the United States coming through our southern border.

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Will Newsom Choose To Be A Nuisance, A No-Show, Or A National Leader On Immigration?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, December 13, 2018

What does a California governor-elect do in the time between Election Day and the inauguration?


Victor Davis Hanson On Fox News

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the problems at the border and immigration.


How We Can Help The Migrant Caravan

by George P. Shultz, Pedro Aspevia The Washington Post
Thursday, November 22, 2018

The highly publicized progress by a “caravan” of approximately 5,000 migrants from Central America to the United States underlines a persistent trend. The reason for the trend is obvious. Economic conditions in Central America are grim, and the many young people there have poor prospects for advancement. The countries these migrants are fleeing are also plagued by violence.


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.