Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act Offers Escape to Persecuted Hong Kongers

A bipartisan group of senators and congressmen have introduced new legislation to facilitate the protection of persecuted residents of Hong Kong. The bill responds to China’s new “national security” law that allows mainland China’s national security agencies to operate in Hong Kong and target proponents of Hong Kong independence with up to life in prison. This is similar to … Continue reading Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act Offers Escape to Persecuted Hong Kongers

More Americans Want to Increase Immigration Than Reduce It

Gallup produces the longest‐​running poll on immigration going back to 1965. Since then, it has asked the same question: Thinking now about immigrants — that is, people who come from other countries to live here in the United States, in your view, should immigration be kept at its present level, increased or decreased? For the first … Continue reading More Americans Want to Increase Immigration Than Reduce It

Warding off International Students Will Destroy US Jobs

An ongoing lawsuit filed by the American labor union, The Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, or “Washtech,” is threatening to increase unemployment and damage the ability of the US to attract highly-skilled foreign talent. The target of the lawsuit is Optional Practical Training (OPT), which allows international students to remain in the US for a … Continue reading Warding off International Students Will Destroy US Jobs

H-1B Workers Helping Save Jobs During COVID-19 Recession

The large increase in unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by individual changes in behavior and government policies, have prompted the Trump administration to consider suspending many temporary work visa programs. Among those visa programs on the chopping block is the H-1B visa for skilled foreign workers. In 2019, two‐​thirds of migrants received the H-1B visa to work in computer‐​related occupations with … Continue reading H-1B Workers Helping Save Jobs During COVID-19 Recession

Trump’s H-1B Ban Based on a Misreading of Economic Statistics

On June 22, President Trump banned the skilled worker categories including the H-1B for newly hired skilled professionals. My colleagues and I have already laid out numerous issues with this decision (here, here, here, here, and here). But the proclamation text appears to betray a confusion about basic economic statistics. In his proclamation, the president states: Certain nonimmigrant visa programs authorizing such employment … Continue reading Trump’s H-1B Ban Based on a Misreading of Economic Statistics

Foreign Worker Programs That Trump’s Order Targets Create Jobs for Americans

President Trump announced yesterday that he would suspend several foreign worker programs for the remainder of the year. These visas include the J-1, L-1, H-1B, and H-2B. The president claims that the suspensions are necessary to protect jobs for Americans, but the fact is that these programs create jobs for Americans, and eliminating them will undermine job … Continue reading Foreign Worker Programs That Trump’s Order Targets Create Jobs for Americans

Trump’s Cancellation of Work Visas Will Hurt American Economy

The Trump Administration has just issued an proclamation that will restrict the issuance of many temporary economic migrant work visas. The proclamation will go into effect on June 24 at 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time. The visas affected are the H-1B visa for skilled temporary migrant workers, the H-2B visa for temporary lower‐​skilled non‐​agricultural employment, most J visas, and L visas for intracompany transfers. … Continue reading Trump’s Cancellation of Work Visas Will Hurt American Economy

Trump Visa Freeze Holds Back Economic Recovery and Job Growth

President Trump’s political future has been closely intertwined with the economy’s success since his first day in the White House. Now that the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing government-mandated societal shutdown have sent the economy spiraling into a recession, the president’s hopes of reelection this November largely depend on convincing voters that only he can oversee … Continue reading Trump Visa Freeze Holds Back Economic Recovery and Job Growth

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