Immigration

News Release

Congress’s Proposed Guest Worker Program Deeply Flawed, Finds New Council Report

Author: Gordon Hanson

While immigration policy reform is long overdue, the solutions now being considered by Congress are unlikely to solve the problem, says a new Council Special Report. By creating a guest worker scheme that replicates the flaws of the current legal immigration system, Congress is failing to understand the economic incentives that drive illegal immigration. “In their efforts to gain control over illegal immigration, Congress and the administration need to be cautious that the economic costs do not outstrip the putative benefits,” warns the report, The Economic Logic of Illegal Immigration.

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Online Debate

What to Do on Immigration

The debate over immigration rages on as Congress tries to reconcile very different approaches to addressing the growing number of illegal immigrants in America. Tamar Jacoby of the Manhattan Institute and Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies discuss how the United States should handle the issue.

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Op-Ed

What to Expect from Obama?

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Following Barack Obama's executive action to give as many as five million immigrants legal status in the United States, Julia Sweig reflects in her column on other potential areas where the President could leave his mark during his last two years in office.

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Op-Ed

Responsibility for the Tragedy

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

As the refugee crisis in Central America intensifies, Julia Sweig reflects in her column on the complex origins of this tragedy and human cost of the failure to address the immigration problem.

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Op-Ed

On Immigration, Look to the States

Authors: Jagdish N. Bhagwati and Francisco Rivera-Batiz
Los Angeles Times

Jagdish Bhagwati and Francisco Rivera-Batiz argue that the United States must adopt a more humane policy regarding illegal immigrants. They argue that top-down approaches such as sanctions, border security, and punishments are not effective. Instead, they propose a shift to a bottom-up reform based on state competition.

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Op-Ed Author: Edward Alden
Atlantic-Community.org

Edward Alden says increased internal and external border enforcement as well as economic crisis has decreased the population of unauthorized immigrants in both Europe and the US. Policies should provide incentives to encourage legal migration rather than just disincentives against illegal migration.

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