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  • Diverse GOP Voices Emphasize Immigrant Contributions

    August 30, 2012
    [caption id="attachment_59817" align="alignleft" width="266"] Former-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice[/caption] Even as the Republican National Committee adopted a platform advocating strict immigration enforcement, several influential party leaders are pushing for more openness. The Texas Republican Party managed to slip a new guest worker program into the platform, and party leaders from Tea Party Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice emphasized the important contributions immigrants make to American society. Thanks to the Texas GOP delegates, the Republican platform now calls for “a legal and reliable...
  • Imagine There Are No Countries

    August 20, 2012
    “Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do,” John Lennon once told us. Ignoring Lennon's grammatical error, that is exactly what University of Wisconsin-Madison economist John Kennan tried to do in a new paper released this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Kennan modeled the world economy without immigration restrictions and found that free labor mobility could have a dramatically positive effect on global GDP. “The estimated gains from removing immigration restrictions are huge,” he concluded, “more than $10,000 a year for a randomly selected worker from a less-developed country (including nonmigrants)… with a relatively small reduction in the real wage in developed countries, and even this effect disappears as the capital-labor ratio adjusts over time; indeed if immigration...
  • CEI Podcast For July 19, 2012: Congress Takes On High-Skilled Immigration Reform

    July 19, 2012
    Congress will soon vote on a package of reforms for holders of the H-1B visa for high-skilled immigrants. Policy Analyst David Bier unpacks the proposed reforms.
  • Obama Administration Urged Self-Reliant Hispanics To Go On Food Stamps

    July 16, 2012
    The government encouraged self-sufficient Hispanics to apply for food stamps, in a Spanish-language radio campaign that continued until English speakers finally became aware of it, triggering a furor on talk radio. As Mickey Kaus notes, the Obama administration ran an ad campaign consisting of:
    radio “novelas” that urged Spanish-speakers to wise up and get on the dole. (“In one of these, an individual tries to convince a friend to enroll in food stamps even though that friend declares: ‘I don’t need anyone’s help. My husband earns enough to take care of us,” says GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions, describing the novelas. “The first individual replies back: ‘When are you going to learn?’”)...
  • Wrongfully Detained Citizen Challenges Immigrant Detention Regime

    July 10, 2012
    “What's needed is immigration reform that finally lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and as a nation of immigrants,” President Obama told Latino leaders last month. “But our current immigration system doesn’t reflect those values.” The president is right -- America’s immigration system doesn’t reflect this country’s traditional values, but even as he campaigns as the pro-immigrant candidate, his record-breaking detention and deportation regime rages onward. President Obama has deported 1.2 million people in his first three years in office -- a record head count, even as actual undocumented immigration has plummeted to record lows. What has fueled the administration’s...
  • A Dream Deferred: An Independence Day Story About Becoming An American Citizen

    July 5, 2012

    On July 4, Popehat's Ken White posted a touching story about Filipino World War II veterans belatedly given their promised American citizenship in the early 1990s after 54 years of waiting. White's boss at the time, Judge Ronald Lew, administered the citizenship oath to eight of these elderly men, who came to the VFW Post to be naturalized even though they were too old and infirm to stand:

    These men, born Filipinos, answered America’s call in World War II and fought for us. President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked the men of the Philippines to fight, promising them United States citizenship and veterans benefits in return. 200,000 fought. Tens of thousands died. They weathered the brutal conditions under Japanese occupation, fought a valiant guerrilla war, and in...

  • How Restricted Borders Replaced Free Migration

    July 2, 2012
    By the late 19th century, liberalism had essentially defeated mercantilism as the West's dominant economic philosophy. With its ascent, state attempts to control trade and travel were limited. In 1872, British Secretary of State Earl Granville stated unequivocally that, “by the existing law of Great Britain, all foreigners have the unrestricted right of entrance and residence in this country.” Two decades later...
  • Georgia Offers "Amnesty" to Businesses From Its Tough Immigration Law

    June 26, 2012
    More amnesty from immigration laws by prosecutorial discretion! No, not the president’s order to defer deportation for certain children of undocumented immigrants, but the decision by Georgia’s Department of Audits and Accounts and Department of Labor to refuse to go after local government agencies who have yet to comply with their state’s E-Verify mandate -- further evidence that immigration restrictionists, like Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, may oppose the president’s particular use of discretion, but they do not oppose it on principle. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found that many local agencies failed to confirm that they are using E-Verify -- the online employment verification program designed to catch undocumented workers -- by the deadline established in the state’s tough immigration law, HB...
  • Supreme Court Limits Arizona's Anti-Immigration Law

    June 25, 2012
    The Supreme Court has struck down portions of Arizona’s SB 1070 -- the controversial immigration law that targets undocumented migrant workers. The Court ruled that federal law preempted sections that allowed for arrests without warrants, required immigrants to carry “alien registration documents,” and made it a criminal offense for undocumented workers to work or solicit work. Even though the Court upheld a section that requires police officers to check immigration status, these significant revisions are still a modest victory for...
  • President's Deportation Order Is Legal

    June 21, 2012
    "[Immigration enforcement] has prosecutorial discretion and exercises it every day." That was not President Obama defending his administration's decision last week to defer deportation for several hundred thousand young undocumented immigrants -- it was Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Commissioner Doris Meissner discussing her agency's authority back in the year 2000. This might surprise people who believe that the president invented the authority to issue such...


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