Alex Nowrasteh

A dearth of workers is slowing our recovery from the economic devastation wrought by COVID-19. Overly large unemployment insurance checks, an expanded welfare state and immigration restrictions have reduced the supply of...
My colleagues Emily Ekins and David Kemp just released an excellent new survey on how Americans view immigration and identity.
The federal State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) compensates states and localities for correctional officer salary expenses for incarcerating illegal immigrants.
National conservatives have latched onto the idea that cutting immigration will increase wages despite all 
immigration
The American Compass recently published a series of pieces about the economic successes of the Trump administration and whither national conservatism after his defeat by Joe Biden.
border patrol
In response to COVID-19, the Trump administration ordered immigration enforcement agencies along the border to expel those apprehended under 42 U.S.C. § 265.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided seven poultry plants in August 2019 and detained over 680 people on suspicion that they were illegal immigrant workers. ICE eventually released 300 of them and prosecuted or...
H1B Visa
The Trump Administration is reportedly working on an executive order to ban the issuance of new H-1B visas. His order is expected to be issued before the end of this month.
jobs
President Trump recently said that there were two reasons for virtually halting all immigration to the United States in response to COVID-19.
green card cap
The United States’ immigration system favors family reunification, even in the so‐​called employment‐​based categories. The family members of immigrant workers must use employment‐​based green cards despite the text of the...
Texas is the only state that keeps the records of the immigration statuses of those arrested and convicted of state‐​level crimes, thus giving the public its best opportunity to study the crime rates of illegal immigrants...
Spencer Raley at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) published a short blog post critical of a blog post that I had written about how State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) data for the state of...
By allowing illegal immigrants to get work visas, by not punishing them or employers for coming forward, and by making work visas available to future migrants, almost all future and current illegal immigrants could be...
Recent news reports suggest that Joe Biden will propose a s
immigration application
Freer immigration could potentially lead to trillions of dollars in additional annual global output. 
immigration services
Gallup has been polling Americans about whether they want immigration levels to decrease, increase, or remain the same since 1965.
immigration to US
Gallup produces the longest‐​running poll on immigration going back to 1965. Since then, it has asked the same question:
President Trump tweeted last week that he was going to sign an executive order to temporarily halt all immigration to the United States in response to COVID-19.
The American legal immigration system is in desperate need of reform. 
immigration quiz
Like most public policy issues, immigration is difficult to understand. The issue has complex effects on American society and the world at large. This difficulty doesn’t prevent most people from forming strong opinions on...

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