The Biden Administration Is Breaking Its Promise Not to Seize Property for the Border Wall

On January 20, President Biden issued a proclamation that the government would stop construction on the US-Mexico border wall for 60 days to determine whether land needed to be confiscated to continue the project. The 60 days came and went with no decision, and now a federal judge has handed down a court order giving … Continue reading The Biden Administration Is Breaking Its Promise Not to Seize Property for the Border Wall

Ocasio-Cortez Berated, Falsely Accused Border Patrol Agent, Memos Say

An “agitated and animated” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., began “pointing and screaming” at a female agent during a 2019 visit to a Border Patrol station in El Paso, Texas, according to government documents. “I as a woman of color do not feel safe here,” Ocasio-Cortez told the female agent, according to an official memorandum that … Continue reading Ocasio-Cortez Berated, Falsely Accused Border Patrol Agent, Memos Say

187 Million Immigrants Have Moved to Freer Countries

A great benefit of immigration is that it allows people to escape all kinds of tyranny. As George Mason University’s Ilya Somin has written in his excellent Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom, “Empowering more people to vote with their feet can save millions from lives of poverty and oppression, and expand opportunities … Continue reading 187 Million Immigrants Have Moved to Freer Countries

How Anti‐​Immigrant and Anti‐​Gun Advocates Make the Same Bad Arguments

The Biden administration has made priorities of both immigration reform and gun control, the latter being given particular salience by recent mass shootings in Atlanta, Boulder, and Indianapolis. Yet if those in the administration want to make better policy in both areas, they should realize that bad arguments against immigration—ones often used by the previous … Continue reading How Anti‐​Immigrant and Anti‐​Gun Advocates Make the Same Bad Arguments

On Vaccine Passports, Free People Require Free Movement

“Vaccine passports” are the latest in a long line of unusual terms we’ve all become familiar with over the past year. The Washington Post reports the Biden Administration is working to coordinate a national program that would require citizens to show proof of their vaccine status in order to travel or enter public places, but … Continue reading On Vaccine Passports, Free People Require Free Movement

Wages Did Not Rise in Arizona After SB1070

National conservatives have latched onto the idea that cutting immigration will increase wages despite all of the evidence to the contrary. One of the pieces of evidence they cite most is a 2016 article in the Wall Street Journal that states that wages for construction and farm occupations in Arizona went up by 10 percent and 15 percent, respectively, in the 4 years after Arizona … Continue reading Wages Did Not Rise in Arizona After SB1070

The House Could Vote on These 10 Immigration Bills in March

The ten immigration bills that passed last Congress cover a wide range of topics, including legalization of certain Dreamers and farm workers, green card reforms for high skilled workers, standards and oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), restrictions on presidential authority, and greater legal protections for people detained by DHS agencies.

President Trump Reduced Legal Immigration. He Did Not Reduce Illegal Immigration

President Trump entered the White House with the goal of reducing legal immigration by 63 percent. Trump was wildly successful in reducing legal immigration. By November 2020, the Trump administration reduced the number of green cards issued to people abroad by at least 418,453 and the number of non‐​immigrant visas by at least 11,178,668 during his … Continue reading President Trump Reduced Legal Immigration. He Did Not Reduce Illegal Immigration

What Increases Public Support for Immigration? Results from a New Experiment

America has a rich history of immigration—a longstanding tradition most Americans embrace. Earlier this year Gallup found that 77% of Americans say immigration is a “good thing” for the country. This belief crosses partisan lines: majorities of both Republicans (62%) and Democrats (89%) agree. However, despite overwhelming favorability toward immigration, only about a third of Americans want to increase … Continue reading What Increases Public Support for Immigration? Results from a New Experiment