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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.

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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.”
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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.
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Progressives Should Back Up Their Rhetoric On Immigration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

There are lots of short-term solutions to address the wave of immigrants who have swarmed the border in an effort to enter the U.S. illegally.

Interviews

Lanhee Chen: What Happens After The Supreme Court Upholds President Trump's Travel Ban?

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia KCRW
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the Supreme Court upholding President Trump's travel ban.

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Why This Immigration Psychodrama Will Also Pass

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Monday, June 25, 2018

A month from now there will be a new manufactured news story that Donald Trump is savage, represents an existential danger, or is unhinged. We will hear of another Trump official cornered and driven out from a liberal-owned Beltway or New York City restaurant. An unhinged Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) will rant some more about impeachment.

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Empathy, But Also Realism, Are Necessary In Facing Immigration

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, June 25, 2018

I am an immigrant — a legal one. Over a period of 16 years, I’ve gone through a succession of work visas, acquired a green card, married an American citizen (herself an immigrant), passed the citizenship test, and in just 17 days will take the naturalization oath, accompanied by my wife and our two American-born sons.

Interviews

Shelby Steele: Has Washington Created The Immigration Crisis For Votes?

interview with Shelby Steelevia Fox News
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Shelby Steele discusses the ongoing immigration and border issues.

Analysis and Commentary

Weaponizing Compassion

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Friday, June 22, 2018

The Democrat "resistance" has managed to break its own record for hysterical and hypocritical invective. Literalizing the clichéd punch line of a thousand gags––"Will no one think of the children!!!" ––the Dems are hyperventilating about the illegal alien parents and their children being separated upon detention, as the law requires. Once again, we see how much "conspicuous compassion," as Alan Bloom called it, has become a weapon of politics, one that damages our security and interests.

Analysis and Commentary

Henderson On Radical Markets

by David R. Hendersonvia The Library of Economics and Liberty
Thursday, June 21, 2018

In Radical Markets, University of Chicago law professor Eric Posner and Microsoft senior researcher Glen Weyl propose a radical restructuring of property rights, immigration policy, and voting, as well as a substantial change in corporate law.

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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.