The Danger of President Trump's Outbursts on Immigration

In my work at the Center for Immigration Studies, I have tried to make the case that there are reasonable and respectable reasons to limit immigration. That is why I have frequently found President Trump's comments on the subject to be not just repugnant but destructive.

Amidst Anger at Trump, Guatemalan Columnist Chides Her Own Government

There is plenty of outrage in Guatemala and other Latin American countries over President Trump's already infamous comments about the quality of certain countries that send immigrants to the United States. But columnist Claudia Nunez, writing in the Guatemalan Newspaper Siglo 21 has used the occasion to criticize the leaders of migrant-sending countries for failing to provide opportunities for their people on the home front.

Gang of Six "Deal" on DACA Is Not Serious

A group of six senators has come up with what they call a "bipartisan deal" on a DACA amnesty, but judging by details obtained by the Center, the aim is actually maximum amnesty, minimum border security and no cuts to legal immigration, and not a good faith effort to reach a deal with either the House of Representatives or the president.

On Public Radio, Cato Analyst Turns Immigration Statistics Upside Down

Duke University historian Nancy MacLean presents a pointed observation about the Cato Institute in her new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America. She observes that Cato, founded with millions of dollars from billionaire businessman Charles Koch, "would be unbending it its advocacy, whether for taking an axe to taxes, revoking government regulation, ending social insurance, or presenting unfettered personal liberty as the answer to all problems."

US Absent from Mexico Talks on 'Global Compact for Migration'

The Trump administration earlier this month decided to end its participation in the United Nations "Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration" days before a meeting in Mexico City. The withdrawal was to be expected, but by pulling out prior to the multinational gathering, the administration missed an opportunity to make a case to world leaders for its approach to migration.

DHS Releases FY 2017 Enforcement Statistics

The immigration enforcement numbers for Fiscal Year 2017 released today by the Trump administration show very good progress in restoring the integrity of our immigration system and reversing the disastrous policies of the previous administration. In particular, I am encouraged to see a 25 percent increase in interior removals, which had plunged to a 10-year low last year, and an increase in enforcement directed at criminals and fugitives – and particularly gang members.

A Tribute to Otis Graham

Otis L. Graham, Jr., founding chairman of the Center for Immigration Studies Board, died recently at his home in California. I would like to write a few words of tribute for this remarkable man, for whom I will always feel respect, admiration, and affection.