Fertility Among Immigrants and Native-Born Americans

The argument that the United States desperately needs immigration because Americans are not having "enough" children is a common theme of opinion pieces and even news coverage. However, the latest data from the Census Bureau's 2019 American Community Survey shows that the fertility of both native-born and immigrant women continues to decline, with the fall-off being more pronounced among immigrants.

PANEL: America’s Covert Border War

A Professional Assessment of the Terrorist Infiltration Threat at the Border

The Center hosted a panel to discuss one of the most politicized, taboo, and chronically misunderstood threats to the U.S. Southwest Border: the national security risk posed by long-haul illegal border entry of migrants from nations of terrorism concern in the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa.

Alejandro Mayorkas: A Portrait of the Intended Nominee for DHS Secretary

The Senate has approved Alejandro Mayorkas for DHS Secretary by a 57 to 42 margin.

But despite largely laudatory media reviews of a Mayorkas appointment, his public service legacy features serial ethical imbroglios, a pointed de-emphasis on immigration fraud and law enforcement, and strong-arm management tactics to spike acceptances of immigration and asylum applications in disregard of eligibility.

Opening the Back Door

The likely revival and expansion of the CAM and PTA programs

The Biden administration is likely to reinstate and expand the Central American Minors and Refugee/Parole program and Protection Transfer Arrangement.

Many eligibility conditions could be lifted for CAM applicants and PTA resettlement spots could be expanded and funding increased.

Related: Border Security Director in Biden's White House

Immigrant Population Growth Slows

‘Trump Effect’ likely explains slowdown

Recently released Census data shows the number of immigrants (legal and illegal) grew more slowly from 2017 to 2019 than in prior years.

In the first two years of the Trump administration, growth in the immigrant population averaged only about 200,000 a year, in contrast to 650,000 a year from 2010 to 2017.

Immigrant and Native-Born Fertility
Immigrant and Native-Born Fertility
Book Panel: America’s Covert Border War
Book Panel: America’s Covert Border War
Mayorkas Approved for DHS Secretary
Mayorkas Approved for DHS Secretary
CAM and PTA Programs
CAM and PTA Programs
Immigrant Population Growth Slows
Immigrant Population Growth Slows

The argument that the United States desperately needs immigration because Americans are not having "enough" children is a common theme of opinion pieces and even news coverage. However, the latest data from the Census Bureau's 2019 American Community Survey shows that the fertility of both native-born and immigrant women continues to decline, with the fall-off being more pronounced among immigrants.

A Professional Assessment of the Terrorist Infiltration Threat at the Border

The Center hosted a panel to discuss one of the most politicized, taboo, and chronically misunderstood threats to the U.S. Southwest Border: the national security risk posed by long-haul illegal border entry of migrants from nations of terrorism concern in the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa.

The Senate has approved Alejandro Mayorkas for DHS Secretary by a 57 to 42 margin.

But despite largely laudatory media reviews of a Mayorkas appointment, his public service legacy features serial ethical imbroglios, a pointed de-emphasis on immigration fraud and law enforcement, and strong-arm management tactics to spike acceptances of immigration and asylum applications in disregard of eligibility.

The likely revival and expansion of the CAM and PTA programs

The Biden administration is likely to reinstate and expand the Central American Minors and Refugee/Parole program and Protection Transfer Arrangement.

Many eligibility conditions could be lifted for CAM applicants and PTA resettlement spots could be expanded and funding increased.

Related: Border Security Director in Biden's White House Will Come from the UN

‘Trump Effect’ likely explains slowdown

Recently released Census data shows the number of immigrants (legal and illegal) grew more slowly from 2017 to 2019 than in prior years.

In the first two years of the Trump administration, growth in the immigrant population averaged only about 200,000 a year, in contrast to 650,000 a year from 2010 to 2017.

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In Defense of Biden's Detention of Immigrant Minors at the Border

Some light on a hotly contested issue

"Unaccompanied" alien minors are endangered and traumatized during the trip to the border, and therefore, the government must discourage their entry. That means removing the incentives for their parents to have them smuggled into the United States. To do that, though, we have to recognize what those incentives are.

Abolishing Deportation Officers

Reported reorganization plan would eliminate the capacity for routine immigration enforcement

The Biden administration hopes to cripple immigration enforcement permanently by converting deportation officers into special agents who are allowed to enforce only a few criminal immigration violations, according to several credible reports. My sources believe that this proposal is one element of a scheme that will be presented as a re-organization of ICE to make it more efficient by abandoning routine, "administrative" immigration enforcement.

ICE's Enforcement Guidance Wastes the Resources It Claims To Be Conserving

Bad people want to do harm. Stopping them just got a whole lot harder.

This would all be darkly humorous if it weren't so frightening. There are bad people in this world who pose a threat to this country, and bad people here who want to harm the community or individuals therein. Not all, or even most, but some. Stopping them just got a whole lot harder.