Why Americans support birthright citizenship

Last week I appeared on Hill.TV’s What America’s Thinking with Jamal Simmons to discuss what the public thinks about birthright citizenship. President Trump has proposed using an executive order to curtail birthright citizenship, which confers automatic citizenship on children born in the United States regardless of their parents’ nationality. Constitutional legal scholars say the president doesn’t have the authority to do this. What … Continue reading Why Americans support birthright citizenship

4 reasons Americans need more immigration

Economist think so too. AP Photo/Jose Luis MaganaBryan Keogh, The Conversation and Nicole Zelniker, The Conversation One of President Donald Trump’s main arguments for his “zero tolerance” immigration policy is that immigrants are bad for the economy and cost U.S. citizens jobs. Is he right? Economists and other scholars have been tackling this topic for … Continue reading 4 reasons Americans need more immigration

Polls show growing numbers of voters back increased immigration

The most fascinating phenomena of American politics is the increasingly anti-immigration opinions of politicians like Donald Trump that contrasts with an increasingly pro-immigrant public opinion.  Gallup has asked the same poll question on immigration since 1965: “In your view, should immigration be kept at its present level, increased, or decreased?”  Gallup’s question does not separate legal from … Continue reading Polls show growing numbers of voters back increased immigration

More visas reduce illegal immigration

In the latest edition of the Cato Journal, economist Bryan Roberts argues that immigration enforcement has significantly diminished the flow of illegal immigrants across the Southwest border. Contra Roberts, sociologist Doug Massey argues that border enforcement had virtually no impact on the flow of unlawful immigrants prior to 2010. This post takes a slightly different approach and uses additional sources … Continue reading More visas reduce illegal immigration

Illegal Immigration is Way Down, Should We Thank Trump?

Illegal immigration is at its lowest point since the Great Depression. President Trump has claimed success, but nearly all of the decrease occurred under prior administrations. The president’s campaign rhetoric does appear to have caused a small increase in illegal immigration prior to assuming office. Because immigrants moved up their arrival dates a few months, … Continue reading Illegal Immigration is Way Down, Should We Thank Trump?

Courts Shouldn’t Join the #Resistance

Last week’s travel-ban ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is a travesty. Not because the underlying policy is anything to write home about. As I wrote when the second executive order came out in March, “[r]efugees generally aren’t a security threat, for example, and it’s unclear whether vetting or visa-issuing procedures in the six … Continue reading Courts Shouldn’t Join the #Resistance

Why immigration prohibitionists always destroy their own economies

In his now-classic work The Myth of the Rational Voter, Bryan Caplan identifies four systematic biases about economics held by the average citizen: make-work bias (an inclination to overestimate the disadvantages of temporary job destruction due to productivity increases), anti-market bias (a tendency to overlook the benefits of the market as a coordination mechanism), pessimistic … Continue reading Why immigration prohibitionists always destroy their own economies