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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Two experts debate the extent to which U.S. security is affected by immigration.
Immigration experts Bruce Fein and Marc R. Rosenblum debate the wisdom of offering a path to citizenship for the estimated twelve million illegal immigrants in the United States.
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.
Meghan O’Sullivan argues that the Trump Administration’s immigration ban undermines the United States’ ability to secure Iraqi cooperation against the Islamic State, thereby jeopardizing the United States ability to defeat the terror group.
Writing in the Washington Post, Philip Gordon discusses the impact of the administration’s refugee policy on the Middle East, and warns that the worst could be yet to come.
“In selecting a president who campaigned openly on trade and immigration restrictions, the United States has called a halt to a half century of openness. Whether the next four years become a wholesale retreat from the world or merely a pause for retooling now rests on the shoulders of perhaps the most mercurial and least-experienced man ever elected to the nation's highest office,” argues Edward Alden after the election of Donald Trump.
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.
Emerson Brooking and Janine Davidson, writing in Defense One, assess the state of the special immigration program reserved for Afghan interpreters who have assisted American forces. The authors argue that its renewal is both a strategic and moral imperative.
Patrick McCormick discusses the underlying causes of the "surge of unaccompanied minors" at the United States border.
Mark Lagon and Patrick McCormick discuss the Obama administration's reaction to the recent influx in unaccompanied minors fleeing violence and poverty in South America.
Shannon O'Neil details the immigration policies and reforms that have already begun at the state, city, and municipal level.
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.
Shannon K. O'Neil explains that despite Eric Cantor's loss, the current flood of undocumented children across the southern border only increases the urgency for immigration reform.
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.
Jonathan Tepperman reflects on the United States' international standing after recently becoming a U.S. citizen.
There is surprising bipartisan agreement on most of the Senate bill's provisions and plausible paths on the issues that still divide the two parties, says CFR's Edward Alden.
Marten outlines how U.S. policymakers can deter Russian aggression with robust support for NATO, while reassuring Russia of NATO’s defensive intentions.
Segal offers recommendations for cooperation on issues such as encryption, data localization, and cybersecurity.
Knopf argues that the only remaining path for South Sudan is for an international transitional administration to run the country for a finite period.
The definitive account of the secret war in Laos, which forever changed the CIA from a relatively small spying agency into an organization with vast paramilitary powers. More
CFR President Haass argues for an updated global operating system to address challenges from terrorism to climate change. More
Alden provides an enlightening history of the last four decades of U.S. trade policies and a blueprint for how to keep the United States competitive in a globalized economy. More
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2016 Annual Report. The Annual Report spotlights new initiatives, high-profile events, and authoritative scholarship from CFR experts, and includes a message from CFR President Richard N. Haass.
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