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

Foreign Students Are Not a Serious National Security Threat

Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it will terminate the visas of foreign students enrolled at U.S. universities that do not offer in‐​person classes. Prior to the COVID-19 emergency, ICE required foreigners on F-1 student visas to be enrolled in a “full course of study” at a U.S. school where online classes could not account for more … Continue reading Foreign Students Are Not a Serious National Security Threat

About 20,000 U.S. Employers Are Affected by Trump’s Travel Bans This Year

President Trump banned nearly all permanent immigration and temporary workers last month for the remainder of the year. His order will affect as many as half a million workers and immigrants if consulates reopen, other COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted, and migration resumes to last year’s levels. It will also affect about 20,000 U.S. employers seeking to hire … Continue reading About 20,000 U.S. Employers Are Affected by Trump’s Travel Bans This Year

Why Free Countries Should Welcome Freedom-Lovers from Hong Kong

A year ago in March 2019, protests broke out in Hong Kong over concerns that a Beijing-backed piece of legislation would allow Hongkongers to be extradited to mainland China. The fear was that the law would be used to target pro-democracy advocates and anyone critical of the CPC regime, exposing them to the notorious injustice … Continue reading Why Free Countries Should Welcome Freedom-Lovers from Hong Kong

Do Immigrants Make the United States More Left‐​Wing?

Economists Paolo Giuliano and Marco Tabellini wrote new working paper titled “The Seeds of Ideology: Historical Immigration and Political Preferences in the United States.” Helen Andrews at the American Conservative summarizes the paper here with a blog titled: “How Early Immigration Shifted Our Politics Permanently To The Left.” The paper’s authors use a shift-share instrument to see how European immigrants in the early … Continue reading Do Immigrants Make the United States More Left‐​Wing?

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