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Rather Than Charging Directly at Obama’s Executive Order, Republicans Should Circle Behind Him and Offer Their Own Immigration Reform Package

Governing by executive order is no way to run an immigration policy, let alone an entire government. But the resort to unilateral action does not happen in a vacuum; it is borne out of poorly written, arbitrary and confusing laws. The GOP-controlled Congress should respond to Obama’s executive order by passing a bill that simplifies the immigration system.

Our immigration laws are “second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity,” according to California Associate Justice Harry E. Hull Jr. Like the income tax code, our immigration laws contain numerous provisions for the president to exercise arbitrary power, inflict cruel punishments for minor offenses

at Nov 21, 2014 11:39 AM
       

President Obama's Immigration Speech (Video & Transcript)

My fellow Americans, tonight I’d like to talk with you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.   Read more »

at Nov 21, 2014 10:34 AM
       

Tune Into Cato's Live Stream to Get Your Immigration Questions Answered

I will be answering questions about the executive order this morning at 11am EST/10am CST.

Here is where you can watch: www.cato.org/live

Submit your questions by tweeting: #catoconnects and follow @catoevents

Hope to hear some of your questions!   Read more »

at Nov 21, 2014 9:43 AM
       

More Than 100 Texas Business Owners Urge Republicans in Congress to Pass Immigration Reform Now

Houston, Texas — Today several conservative and business leaders in Texas called on the Texas delegation to work toward passing meaningful immigration reform in Congress as soon as possible. Participating in today’s event were Norman Adams, Texans for Sensible Immigration Policy, Pat Kiley, CEO of Kiley Advisors and former Director of Associated General Contractors, Charles Foster of Foster law firm and Greater Houston Partnership, Darlene East, President of Holes Inc., Kevin Carroll, Gringos Mexican Kitchen franchisee, and Alan Nash attorney retired from Mitchell Energy (Republican Delegate).

"We need Congressional legislation to fix our broken immigration system. An executive order will likely address less than 20% of undocumented immigrants. We need a modern immigration system that drives our economy rather than ignores it.”

at Nov 19, 2014 2:55 PM
       

Immigration Bolsters American Freedom

There is much to agree with in Richard Samuelson’s essay. My disagreement arises from three main sources. First, Samuelson undervalues how important relatively freer immigration is for maintaining American values and institutions. Second, his view of the country’s past assimilation of immigrants is too rosy. Third, his pessimism concerning the assimilation of current immigrants is largely unfounded.   Read more »

at Nov 18, 2014 5:00 PM
       

Obama's plan for executive order on immigration reflects reality

The following article is authored by Stan Marek and originally posted in the Houston Chronicle.

Now that the election is over, political news has quickly become dominated by the impending immigration showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republicans on Capitol Hill. In my opinion as an employer, the president's intent to use an executive order to extend legal status to millions of

at Nov 17, 2014 11:41 AM
       

President Obama’s Plan to Address Immigration Solves Nothing

Yesterday, a source close to the White House leaked what they claim is the administration’s plan to address immigration – a 10-point executive action that, among other provisions, would suspend deportation orders for up to 4.5 million unauthorized immigrants. ImmigrationWorks president Tamar Jacoby made the following statement:


Many reform advocates are celebrating, but the truth is this should be a sad day for anyone who supports a real fix for immigration.   Read more »

at Nov 13, 2014 11:34 AM
       

Senator Cornyn to President: Work with GOP on Immigration Reform

The American people sent a strong message Tuesday that they want Washington to work together, and I made clear to the President that we should tackle immigration reform together on a step-by-step basis, beginning with border security and respect for the rule of law.

Unfortunately the President's promise to unilaterally go around Congress ignores the message voters sent on Election Day. It is my sincere hope that he will reverse course and work with us – not around us – to secure the border and achieve real reforms to our immigration system.   Read more »

at Nov 8, 2014 8:52 PM
       

Guest Worker Visas and the Components to Make Them Politically, Economically, and Legally Successful

Expanding and liberalizing America’s lawful immigration system is the easiest way to boost economic growth and is also the key to stopping unlawful immigration. After a century of reforms that enhanced and centralized bureaucracy, federal immigration policy is a labyrinth of restriction and dysfunction. US immigration laws are now, as Associate Justice Harry E. Hull Jr. wrote, “second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity.”   Read more »

at Oct 15, 2014 4:30 PM
       

We Need to Uncap the Number of H-1B Visas

On Oct. 1, a new round of foreign H-1B guest workers will began to work in the United States. H-1B visas are for skilled workers in specialty occupations, mainly in engineering and computer occupations. H-1B visas are an important, albeit flawed, mechanism for highly skilled immigrants to enter the United States and contribute to our economy.

Only 85,000 H-1B visas are set aside for American firms to sponsor each year. The approval process begins on April 1 and the approved workers can begin working on Oct. 1. H-1B visas

at Oct 8, 2014 11:42 AM
       

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