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President Obama’s mixed legacy on immigration

By Alex Nowrasteh – President Obama has a mixed record on immigration. On one hand, he is the most stringent enforcer of immigration laws in American history — far outstripping the deportation numbers of the George W. Bush and earlier administrations. On the other hand, his executive actions have helped shield large swaths of illegal […]

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How to Deal with Immigrant Crime

By Alex Nowrasteh – 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. government have been charged with 135 homicide-related crimes according to information obtained by the House Judiciary Committee. Many of those criminals were released […]

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The Refugee Crisis & Why America is Different: Part II

This post was originally hosted at Musings On the Right. In the last essay, I wrote about the value of cultural assimilation, as well as the role that culture plays in both negative and positive policy outcomes. Given this fact, it seems that Europe, and soon America, will face a major challenge. As the Near East […]

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DACA in Court: the threat, the opportunity

Needed: Dreamers to ask lawyers; lawyers to join a unique Amicus Two days ago the Supreme Court agreed to decide a case that will determine whether millions who were brought to the U.S. by their parents as children get to stay in the only country many of them have ever known. The deadline is fast […]

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The Refugee Crisis: Why America Is Different

  As someone interested in immigration from a conservative, American perspective, the recent refugee crisis in Europe is of major fascination to me. For starters the genuine human tragedy is palpable. Even the most stringent of nativists must be moved by the images of humanity dying en mass in the Mediterranean Sea. Furthermore even the […]

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Worse than Obama?

It is hard to imagine any greater threat to our nation than Obama’s 8 years, until you consider that had Republicans been in charge, we would be under E-Verify and Real ID by now. By Dave Leach. Posted November 26, 2015, Thanksgiving. If anything written here is wrong, please correct me. I like thoughtful, well-sourced […]

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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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