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Common Arguments against Immigration

By Alex Nowrasteh – 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 are the main arguments against immigration and my quick responses to them: 1. “Immigrants […]

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#NeverTrump is NeverBiblical, maybe NeverSmart

A situation once arose in the Bible where the choice of the majority then, compared with Trump’s nomination now, makes it look like the Pope really is running for President. Then, the majority voted to dispense with the time-wasting gradual erosion of their freedoms, and to just hand over all their freedoms in a single […]

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Chapman: very near the truth

I was startled by a statement you made in “Trump’s Economic Fraud”. In making your case that presidents really have little power to keep lavish promises to create new jobs because of limits way beyond their control, you wrote, “the next president will face headwinds — sluggish growth abroad, an aging population and an immigration […]

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Your Chance to Message Trump

Donald Trump is hosting a survey asking us what points he should make in his debates with Hillary. (Sept 26, Oct 9, 19; VP debate, Oct 4) The survey doesn’t just let you pick from multiple choice canned answers to finely spun questions, but lets you write your own answers to unusually spin-free questions. The […]

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AARP’s Stake in Immigration Reform

AARP wants to save Social Security – there are only 2.5 taxpayers for every recipient. More immigration would directly raise that threatening ratio. AARP, the organization for senior citizens, is pushing hard for reform of Social Security. John Hishta, the Sr. Vice President of Campaigns for AARP, spoke in Des Moines Wednesday morning about the […]

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Personal to Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz sent me an email today asking for money. What was different was that it begins: “Ted Cruz Personal Email — May Include Privileged Communication” By Dave Leach, April 18, 2016 Dreaming about really writing a personal letter to Cruz, I wrote the rest of the day. Until more email with the same message […]

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Republican & Democrat Immigration Platforms similar

Is There Really a Difference Between the Republican and Democrat Platforms on Immigration? Side by side comparison of how the Republican and Democrat parties say they want to change immigration law reveals no clear, substantial difference. That is, the party platforms (the formal positions voted for by a majority of activists within each party) provide […]

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The Real Threat to America Is Not Immigrants, but Ourselves

By Marian L. Tupy and Alex Nowrasteh – Donald Trump’s ascendancy in the race for the GOP’s presidential nomination has placed immigration in the center of our political discourse. Writing in defense of Trump’s anti-immigrant views, Pat Buchanan, himself an erstwhile GOP presidential candidate, warned, “Will the West endure or disappear by the century’s end as […]

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Whose Expertise Inspired Our Immigration Laws?

Who are the expert witnesses who advised Congress to create the scores of different visas with their thousands of requirements in the U.S. Code, agency regulations, and case law, that are too complicated to apply for without an immigration lawyer? What science persuaded Congress that is the best system for citizens? By Dave Leach. Posted […]

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Setting Immigration Quotas – the Mystery of the Wages

Summary: What is the science that documents that our immigration quotas are the magic number, below which all immigration blesses us and above which all immigration destroys us? Are quota levels ever questioned? Missing from the national discussion is any realization that quotas are set without reference to any measure of how many immigrants we […]

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