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 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?
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
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
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts took issue on Wednesday with the Trump administration's stance in an immigration case, saying it could make it too easy for the government to strip people of citizenship for lying about minor infractions. Roberts and other Supreme Court justices indicated support for a deported … Continue reading Supreme Court slams Trump immigration case
A lot of activists we don't need farm labor because, "I can grow my own food." They must not eat. Look simply at one of the most popular farm products. The average American eats 117 pounds of potatoes a year, which is about two bushels. A highly efficient potato farm, run by experts with commercial farm … Continue reading If you think America doesn’t need commercial farm labor, you don’t eat
Liberty has nothing to do with national interests. It is about the individual. It concerns the liberty to live your own life, to pursue your own livelihood, and to come and go as you please to anywhere that’s open to you or anywhere you’re invited to go. Everyone Has Rights The implications for immigration policy … Continue reading Why Free Immigration is a Right