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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.

In the News

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. 

The Statue of Liberty.

Abolish Ice? Democrats Ignore The Republicans' Obamacare Lesson

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, July 5, 2018

In this age of instant and Instagram-fueled heroes and martyrs, what do we make of Therese Patricia Okoumou? In case you weren’t paying attention yesterday, she’s the 44-year-old Staten Island resident (born and educated in the Republic of the Congo) who engaged in a very public protest, at a very iconic landmark, on America’s 242nd birthday.


Jeremy Carl On Power Line Ep. 77: Bulldog Edition (20:36)

interview with Jeremy Carlvia Ricochet
Monday, July 2, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Jeremy Carl discusses immigration and nuclear energy.

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The Classicist: Immigration Rhetoric Vs. Reality

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Monday, July 2, 2018

As the right gets serious about illegal immigration, the left goes to new rhetorical extremes.


Lies, Damned Lies, And Immigration Policy

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Friday, June 29, 2018
No policy debate is more filled with dishonesty and duplicity than immigration. The whine of political axes being ground is continually drowned out by Emma Lazarus sentimentalism, “we’re a nation of immigrants” clichés, promiscuous virtue-signaling, and the current weepy melodramas of children “ripped from their mother’s arms.”
In the News

Hyperbole And The Nation's Longest-Running Morality Play

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
In our longest-running national morality play, the breathless tones of blanket news coverage transmit a common theme. Even after President Trump relaxed his “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration, America has lately rediscovered our porous and problematic southern border. The problem is large enough that there is ample room for hyperbole from all sides.


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.