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Analysis and Commentary

North America Is Much Richer Than Latin America. Is This Fact Relevant For Immigration Policy?

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Economists measure gross domestic product per capita (at purchasing power parity, PPP) as the value of all final goods and services produced within a country in a given year divided by the average (or mid-year) population for the same year.

In the News

Donald Trump's National Emergency Declaration Could Jeopardize Wall Construction, Legal Experts Say

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia Newsweek
Monday, March 11, 2019

President Donald Trump's decision to pursue wall construction through a national emergency declaration could jeopardize his ability to build a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, legal experts told The Texas Tribune.


Border Security Officials Gearing Up For Record Number Of Migrant Families Trying To Enter US

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Monday, March 11, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses whether President Trump's nation emergency declaration passes constitutional muster.

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Area 45: The Roberts Court With Adam White

interview with Adam J. Whitevia Area 45
Monday, March 11, 2019

Is Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts the most influential individual in a divided Washington?

Analysis and Commentary

America’s Great Immigration System

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, March 8, 2019
‘The comic thing about this drama is that no one is even pretending there is a real emergency.” So says Neeraj Kaushal, 57, a professor of social policy at Columbia who has just published a bracing book on U.S. immigration policy. Her thesis: Far from presenting an emergency, as President Trump contends, America’s immigration system is the best in the world.
Immigration Reform
Analysis and Commentary

The Case For More Immigration

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Fortunately, we can handle his concern. The reason is that most of the U.S. welfare state is aimed at the elderly, not the poor, and most immigrants are young. Expenditures on Social Security, Medicare, and the nursing home component of Medicaid vastly exceed expenditures on narrowly defined welfare, food stamps, housing subsidies, and the part of Medicaid aimed at the non-elderly poor. 

Analysis and Commentary

There’s A Way To Make Immigration Great Again, Writes Raghuram Rajan

by Raghuram Rajanvia The Print
Thursday, February 28, 2019
When the community is dysfunctional, alienated individuals need some other way to channel their need to belong. Populist nationalism offers one such appealing vision of a larger imagined community — whether it is white majoritarianism in Europe and the U.S., the Islamic Turkish nationalism of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party, or the Hindu nationalism of India’s Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

Law Talk With Richard Epstein: Well Dressed

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Ricochet
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein and John Yoo discuss whether Michael Cohen’s testimony will change anything about the case against Trump; can the president’s emergency measures to build a border wall stand up in court;  whether the Supreme Court’s blow against civil asset forfeiture actually represents a constitutional error; and is a group of states about to take down the electoral college?


Trump Base Wants Immigration Compromise

by Timothy Kane mentioning Douglas Riversvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

[Subscription Required] Why can’t lawmakers in Washington compromise on immigration? Conventional wisdom blames President Trump’s political base, with its uncompromising hostility toward immigrants. That turns out to be nonsense.

In the News

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

quoting John Yoovia SF 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.


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.