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Analysis and Commentary

Facts About “The Wall” & The US Government Shutdown

by Timothy Kanevia Balance of Economics
Sunday, January 13, 2019

There’s one bizarre fact that surprises both advocates and opponents of President Donald Trump’s commitment to building a wall along the US-Mexico border. Advocates demand the wall be built, and note that Trump was elected president with this mandate. Opponents insist that a wall must never be built. Just to be clear, we argued against a “Great Wall of Texas” in an Atlantic essay over five years ago.

Analysis and Commentary

The Courts Won’t Stop Trump’s Emergency Declaration Or His Border Wall

by John Yoovia Los Angeles Times
Friday, January 11, 2019

President Trump’s threat to declare a national emergency and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border may not be sound policy, but the president’s critics are wrong when they say he cannot constitutionally do it. If Trump makes good on his plans, he would almost certainly win in court.

In the News

Trump Eases Off Using Disaster Relief Funds For His Wall After Bipartisan Pushback

quoting Alice Hillvia Washington Examiner
Friday, January 11, 2019

The Trump administration is appearing to ease off a plan to use disaster relief funding to build a border wall amid bipartisan pushback, allies say. White House officials told various news outlets Thursday that President Trump is weighing using billions of dollars of Army Corps of Engineers funding allocated for states and territories suffering from storm or wildfire damage, including Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas, and California, in order to get around Congress and build his border wall.

Interviews

Lanhee Chen On The Armstrong And Getty Show

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Armstrong and Getty
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses President Trump's speech on border security.

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The Libertarian: Emergency Powers And The Presidency

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Can President Trump act on immigration without Congress?

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The Ironies Of Illegal Immigration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Mexico does not explain why its citizens wish to leave their birth country — or why they are eager to enter a country ridiculed by the Mexican press and government.

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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.

Interviews

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.

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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.