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Analysis and Commentary

Immigrants, Economic Growth, And Job Creation

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Forty-four million plus immigrants constitute over 14% of the U.S. population, the highest share since 14.8% in 1890 and 14.7% in 1910 The current percentage is triple that of the low of 4.7% in 1970. Every year a million immigrants obtain lawful resident status in the U.S. Half of all children born in the U.S. are offspring of immigrants.

In the News

Open Forum: Trump’s Wall Depends On Chief Justice John Roberts

quoting John Yoovia San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, February 25, 2019

John Yoo, professor of law at UC Berkeley, has published the thorough treatise, “The Law Will Be on Trump’s Side If He Declares an Emergency to Fund His Wall,” this month in the National Review. Pursuing Yoo’s argument to the end suggests the U.S. Supreme Court’s final decision will rest with Chief Justice John Roberts.

In the News

What It’s Like To Grow Up In A California Border Town

quoting John Yoovia The Panther
Sunday, February 24, 2019

When senior Alexis Allen was growing up in Chula Vista, California, border security was something that was frequently on her mind. At her school, just north of the San Ysidro border in San Diego county, 75 to 80 percent of students were Hispanic, she said – and 15 to 20 percent lived in Tijuana, Mexico, crossing the border each day to attend her high school.

In the News

Trump Might Have A Solid Case For Emergency Declaration, Analysts Say

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia The Guardian
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Many legal analysts who watched Donald Trump declare a national emergency over immigration on Friday thought the president had weak legal grounds for doing so. In particular, many thought Trump hurt his own case by admitting, right there in the White House Rose Garden: “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster."

In the News

Trump’s Emergency Declaration, John Yoo’s Take

quoting Jack Goldsmith, John Yoovia Powerline
Monday, February 18, 2019

Over the weekend, I linked to Jack Goldsmith’s article on President Trump’s use of national emergency power to come up with the money to build more border fencing. Goldsmith took no position at this early date on the legality of Trump’s move. However, his initial view is that hysteria over it is misplaced and that Trump’s legal position is plausible.

Interviews

Stanford’s Michael McConnell On President Trump’s Declaration Of A National Emergency

interview with Michael McConnellvia Stanford Law School
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McConnell discusses the separation of powers, this latest presidential declaration of national emergency, and the law.

Interviews

Trump’s Declaration Of National Emergency Was Unnecessarily ‘Dramatic’: Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses that the pending legal battle over the national emergency declared by President Trump may all center around “semantics.” Hanson added that it was “psycho-dramatic” to say that the Constitution is “in danger,” pointing to Obama’s actions on the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal and DACA.

In the News

Hold The Hysteria Over Trump’s Emergency Declaration

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Powerline
Saturday, February 16, 2019

President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency and move funds around to pay for more wall building is certain to be challenged in court. The case almost surely will arrive at the Supreme Court.

In the News

ACLU Announces Lawsuit Against President Trump For ‘Illegal’ National Emergency

quoting John Yoovia NTD
Saturday, February 16, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said it was filing a lawsuit against President Donald Trump following his declaration of a national emergency on Feb. 15.

Analysis and Commentary

What Is And Isn’t A Big Deal In Trump’s Executive Actions Related To The Border

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Saturday, February 16, 2019

On Feb. 15, President Trump took a number of legal steps, including declaring a national emergency and invoking emergency authorities, in connection with his efforts to construct a wall on the southern border. There are important senses in which Trump’s actions are a big deal, and important senses in which they are not nearly as big a deal as many contend.

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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.