Immigration

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    An interesting parallel in tax and immigration debates

    Reihan Salam of National Review Online points out an interesting dimension of the argument for a much higher top marginal tax rate. One story I’ve often heard on the left is that low marginal tax rates don’t just nudge high-income professionals and corporate executives and the like towards…
    Mitch Kokai, January 11, 2019
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    About those concerns involving noncitizens and welfare

    Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner highlights a new report that will do nothing to calm those who are concerned about the impact of immigration on the United States. A majority of “non-citizens,” including those with legal green card rights, are tapping into welfare programs set up…
    Mitch Kokai, December 4, 2018
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    Tata touts Trump’s decision to send troops to the border

    Tony Tata writes at FoxNews.com about President Trump’s deployment of troops to the southern border. President Trump was right to order troops to our border with Mexico to reinforce our overworked law enforcement officials and protect our sovereignty. For nearly 100 years, the U.S. Border Patrol has defended…
    Mitch Kokai, November 26, 2018
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    The importance of following the law

    Victor Davis Hanson warns at National Review Online that an unwillingness to follow the law leads to serious negative consequences. What makes citizens obey the law is not always their sterling character. Instead, fear of punishment — the shame of arrest, fines, or imprisonment — more often makes…
    Mitch Kokai, November 2, 2018
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    National Review columnist on birthright citizenship: Bad policy, but we’re probably stuck with it

    Robert VerBruggen of National Review Online analyzes the debate over birthright citizenship. President Donald Trump has hinted that he plans to eliminate birthright citizenship — under which virtually all those born on U.S. soil are automatically granted U.S. citizenship, even if their parents are illegal immigrants — via…
    Mitch Kokai, November 1, 2018
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    Calming down about the caravan

    Count David French of National Review Online out of the group of pundits and prognosticators offering over-the-top warnings about the impact of a migrant caravan south of the border. If you believe that America is and should remain a nation of laws and borders — and if you…
    Mitch Kokai, November 1, 2018
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    Immigration study yields shocking conclusion: Consequences matter

    Only an academic would be shocked by the research findings Charles Fain Lehman reports for the Washington Free Beacon. Prosecuting illegal immigrants, or banning them from obtaining a visa, substantially reduces their likelihood of attempting to cross the border a second time, a new study concludes. Although it…
    Mitch Kokai, October 3, 2018
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    Did Obama Impose Much Harsher Penalties on Illegal Border-Crossers than His Predecessors?

    Why yes, yes he did! What’s more, according to a newly released paper called, “Deterring Illegal Entry: Migrant Sanctions and Recidivism in Border Apprehensions,” Obama’s get-tough approach worked. Here’s the abstract: In this paper, we use administrative records from the U.S. Border Patrol to examine how penalizing…
    Jon Guze, October 2, 2018