August 25th, 2016
Piketty (2014) argues that capitalism is increasing the share of earning from capital share while shrinking that of wages, thus exacerbating income inequality. Rognlie (2015) criticizes and extends Piketty, showing that the...
August 10th, 2016
Arguments against immigration come across my desk every day but their variety is limited – rarely do I encounter a unique one. Several times a year I give presentations about these arguments and rebut their points. These...
July 21st, 2016
Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam’s recent New York Times article laying out a policy response to Trumpism argues, in part, that their preferred immigration policy will help the GOP avoid the likes of a demagogic megalomaniac...
May 12th, 2016
Earlier this week the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) published a report authored by Jason Richwine on the welfare cost of immigration.
April 27th, 2016
Coauthored by Adam Bates.The Arizona Legislature should not use its state as laboratory for another poorly thought out immigration enforcement bill.
April 14th, 2016
On April 1st, the federal government will begin accepting petitions for hiring workers on the H-1B visa–a temporary visa for skilled workers. H-1B visas for highly skilled workers are annually limited to 85,000 for private...
March 31st, 2016
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump claims he is going to build a wall along the border and get Mexico to pay for it.
January 20th, 2016
State Senator Mike Delph’s (R-Carmel) new bill (SB 285) seeks to control illegal immigration by punishing businesses that repeatedly hire them. Based on experience in other states, this proposed new law would do little to...
December 24th, 2015
The recent Omnibus increased H-2B visas for seasonal non-agricultural workers by not counting some renewals against the annual cap of 66,000.
December 10th, 2015
The National Academy of Sciences recently published a comprehensive report on the pace of immigrant assimilation. Short conclusion: It’s on par with previous waves of immigrants.
August 18th, 2016
More than any other issue, Donald Trump’s stance on immigration will have the biggest impact on post-2016 national politics. His opposition to immigration is his signature and most consistent opinion during the entire...
August 4th, 2016
Do you still think immigrant workers cause unemployment?
June 9th, 2016
Former Republican governor of New Mexico and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has a vision for America fundamentally different from Donald Trump’s. Perhaps the most striking difference is on immigration.
May 5th, 2016
Immigrants are less crime-prone than native-born Americans but that is small solace to those affected by criminals born in another country. Since 2010, 124 unlawful immigrants released by the U.S.
April 20th, 2016
Japan is a developed nation that allows little immigration, thus winning occasional praise from American immigration restrictionists. If the reason for copying Japan’s immigration policy of almost no immigrants is that it...
April 7th, 2016
A recent Wall Street Journal piece explored the economic impact of Arizona’s immigration laws based on a Moody’s Analytics report that hasn’t been published yet. The following is an update on some of my earlier work...
March 16th, 2016
The political class is awash in self-serving theories to explain the rise of Donald Trump. Tim Carney blames differences of opinion between cosmopolitan elites and a nationalist base.
December 31st, 2015
Shortly before Christmas, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report detailing deportations (henceforth “removals”) conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during fiscal year 2015.
December 17th, 2015
Although the threat from immigrant-caused terrorism is low, some small immigration reforms like allowing immigration agents to search social media or to focus their efforts entirely on detecting security concerns rather than...