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Donald Trump’s Immigration Myths

By Alex Nowrasteh – Donald Trump’s newly released immigration position paper is the precise mix of fantasy and ignorance that one would expect from the newly self-described Republican. Trump’s policies would grind down economic growth, slow assimilation and ultimately fail to rein in unlawful immigration. Trump’s proposal boils down to building a wall along the southern border and beefing […]

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Sanctuary City v. Priority Enforcement Program: Pure Politics?

by Alex Gonzalez – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says that the will “use fast-track procedures to crack down on “sanctuary” policies for undocumented immigrants if a special session were to be called.” Nevertheless, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) own federal program guidelines clearly state that county jails should: maintain custody of the priority individual for a […]

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Syrian Refugees Don’t Pose a Serious Security Threat

By Alex Nowrasteh – Of the 859,629 refugees admitted from 2001 onwards, only three have been convicted of planning terrorist attacks on targets outside of the United States, and none was successfully carried out. That is one terrorism-planning conviction for every 286,543 refugees that have been admitted. To put that in perspective, about 1 in […]

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Appeal to Cruz

Appeal to Cruz To: two staffers for Senator Ted Cruz’ run for President Thank you for offering to get a response from Cruz or someone who can speak for him. I am by no means being patronizing when I say I have deep respect for someone who can take a case to the Supreme Court […]

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Enforcement Didn’t End Unlawful Immigration in 1950s, More Visas Did

By Alex Nowrasteh – In last night’s Republican Presidential debate, Donald Trump argued that President Eisenhower immigration enforcement plan called Operation Wetback (Trump didn’t use that horrendous name) drastically reduced unlawful immigration in the early 1950s. He said: “Let me just tell you that Dwight Eisenhower. Good president. Great president. People liked him. I liked […]

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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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E-Verify’s fatal problems

Undocumented Economists say we need E-Verify to stop the huge cost of “amnesty”. In fact, Without E-Verify, there probably is no other strategy for reducing our undocumented immigrant population. But E-Verify doesn’t stop “amnesty”. Which is fortunate because “amnesty” gives citizens more than it takes. Meanwhile, E-Verify may cost us everything. Here are E-Verify problems […]

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Government’s Dangerous Sixth Estate

By Sharon Sebastian – Threat, danger or a growing menace, it is all of those. Like in-coming from multiple directions, its onerous policies portend extensive upheaval and damage in the lives of Americans. It simultaneously provides free stuff for some while placing harsh restrictions on others. In time, all will suffer its consequences. It is […]

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Huckabee, my man!

Huckabee said if an immigrant comes out of admiration for our founding principles, common sense says we should let him, and not argue about the numbers. He hasn’t said that in his Iowa speeches, national debates, or on his website, but based on what he told a small Iowa crowd last month and an interviewer […]

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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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