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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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Recognize Hispanic Medal of Honor Winners

Usually around a discussion of Hispanic immigration is an implicit, and sometimes explicit, argument that somehow these immigrants don’t contribute much. Whereas past immigrants (read: me and mine) contributed to America, it somehow goes assumed that recent immigrants and in particular Hispanic immigrants and their descendants don’t really put their time into America. Thus immigration […]

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Illegal Immigration Surged Because We Curtailed Legal Worker Migration 50 Years Ago

By Alex Nowrasteh – Today marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. It removed the atrocious racial barriers in immigration law but also restricted economic migration—especially from the Western Hemisphere. We continue to struggle with its mixed legacy, particularly now that a spotlight is shining […]

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God’s judgment on immigration quotas

Leading up to the Great Depression, the mistreatment of Jewish and Latino immigrants was different, but equally serious, and was partly its cause. When we compare the mistreatment of Jewish immigrants with that of Latinos, we see the mistreatments were different, but equal serious triggers A couple of years ago I  noted the correlation between […]

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Ronald Reagan and his take on immigration amnesty

Amnesty is defined as forgiveness, a very Christian concept, but the term has been tainted in the extreme rhetoric that is the immigration debate today. Ronald Reagan, however, understood that many of the foreign nationals who come here undocumented or whose legal residency lapsed were inherently honest and good, just desperate for a better way […]

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Opening Día: Hispanics and Baseball

Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball. — Jacques Barzun As Joe DiMaggio once observed, you just get this special kick on Opening Day. For me baseball is in my blood, though I was never terrific at it. My family grew up where the Dodger Stadium is now […]

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The Bilingual Panic: A Look Into the Past

A major fear that some may have regarding immigration, especially with removing immigration restrictions and creating more legal pathways, is that today’s immigrants have no desire to assimilate, in particular linguistically. The focal point for this fear is the Spanish language. Misconceptions about the rate of linguistic assimilation among Latin American immigrants and their kids […]

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Immigrants ARE “American Exceptionalism”

By Bill Walker – Immigrants have become more, not less important as technology grows more complex. Immigrants in the 1800s built the nation’s railroads, but today’s immigrants have built the information economy. 60% of our 25 largest tech companies were founded by first- or second-generation immigrants. Apple, IBM, Google, Oracle, Amazon, Intel, Ebay, EMC, Texas […]

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Immigration: The Perennial Moral Panic

It is fairly common for thinkers from De Tocqueville to George Friedman to characterize America as a “young nation.” As is befitting youth, America tends to have fairly short collective memory. Thus we end up finding ourselves beset with the same problems, but each time we are convinced they must be new. Case in point […]

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Immigration: A Safety Valve for Corruption?

An interesting argument against immigration reform (and letting in poor immigrants from Mexico and Central America in general) that occasionally makes the rounds is that immigration is actually bad for the poor in Mexico and Central America. Follow along with me, if you can. The argument goes that general corruption, a lack of accountability, pervasive […]

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