Hiring Freeze Could Hurt Immigration Control

Though it's been overshadowed by subsequent executive orders on various aspects of immigration, President Trump's federal hiring freeze announcement last week may actually encourage illegal immigration at a time when his administration is supposedly trying to enhance border security. The freeze exempts jobs deemed "necessary to meet national security or public safety responsibilities," but it appears that State Department employees who screen visa applications around the world won't be part of this national security exception.
Topics: Visa Fraud

New Poll: Enforcement Types Aren't all Xenophobes!

In the wake of the UK's Brexit vote and amidst the onslaught of Trump-related immigration stories in the press, I'm ready for a long summer break from the news. I normally listen to NPR for at least an hour per day, read a newspaper or two, and troll Twitter for more time than I care to admit to consume even more news. But this routine has become untenable.

My sons gave me a record player for Father's Day, and I've been using it a lot lately because I cannot stand to hear or read one more story asserting that Americans and Brits who believe in the rule of law and want some form of immigration enforcement are racists, xenophobes, soccer hooligans, Nazis attempting to relive Kristallnacht and so on.

Think Trump Will Be Tough On Immigration? Consider His Company's Use of Guestworkers

A huge part of Donald Trump's surge to the top of the polls in the GOP nomination race is the perception that he's going to be tough on immigration. Exit polls from a number of states have shown that he's the favored candidate among voters who believe immigration is one of the most serious issues we face as a nation. But voters who think Trump will take a tough stand on immigration — legal, illegal, visas, and guestworkers — should consider his company's hiring track record.

The Humane Approach to Europe's Refugee Crisis Is to Get Tough

The conventional wisdom about the refugee crisis in Europe is that the humanitarian approach is to open the borders — let anyone who comes stay indefinitely and provide them with generous subsidies to start a new life in Europe. But this approach has been a complete failure. According to the International Organization for Migration, 3,279 migrants died crossing the Mediterranean in 2014, and 3,771 died in 2015.

Why are these people willing to risk their lives to get to Europe? The stock answer we read in the media is that they are fleeing violence in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere. But the truth is more complex.

Stop All Muslims from Coming to the USA? No—Trump Should Visit Albania Instead

But there are things we can do to make us safer.

In my career as a Foreign Service officer, I asked visa applicants, including many Muslims, a lot of personal questions. What is your salary? Do you have a partner or a spouse? How healthy is your bank account? In attempting to evaluate whether visa applicants would return home after their visit to the United States, there was very little that was off limits. But the one thing that I never asked — not even in the wake of 9/11 — was "Are you a Muslim?"

It's tempting to simply dismiss Donald Trump's proposal to block all Muslims from entering the United States until we "figure out what's going on" as madness and move on. But given the fact that he's the leading GOP candidate and could face Hillary Clinton, a seemingly beatable opponent with a long history of scandals, and the reality that many of his supporters are cheering the deny-Muslims plan, let's imagine what this Trump proposal might look like in practice.

Lessons from Liechtenstein: More Referendums Please

Europe is in the midst of a historic immigration crisis. But the richest country in Europe — one that doesn't have an army or border guards — has barely been affected by the crisis. Liechtenstein is the world's sixth smallest country, with a population of just 37,129. The country, whose name means "bright stone" in German, has the highest gross domestic product per person in the world, when adjusted by purchasing power parity, and an unemployment rate of about 2 percent. While Liechtenstein was once one of the poorer nations in Europe, now some 20,000 Swiss and Austrians commute into Liechtenstein for work each weekday. Many live outside the country because land is scarce in Liechtenstein and prices are high. Others simply cannot get residency permits, let alone citizenship.

What Do Falling Gas Prices Tell Us About the Impact of Illegal Immigration on Consumer Prices?

Amid mounting evidence that President Obama's executive amnesty will cost American taxpayers a bundle, one persistent myth perpetuated by talking heads and members of the media looking to bolster the case for amnesty is the contention that illegal immigration benefits Americans by keeping consumer prices low. Plunging gas prices give us a textbook example of why illegal labor has little or no positive impact on the price of food or just about anything else made with the help of illegal labor.