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Guest Worker Visas and the Components to Make Them Politically, Economically, and Legally Successful

Expanding and liberalizing America’s lawful immigration system is the easiest way to boost economic growth and is also the key to stopping unlawful immigration. After a century of reforms that enhanced and centralized bureaucracy, federal immigration policy is a labyrinth of restriction and dysfunction. US immigration laws are now, as Associate Justice Harry E. Hull Jr. wrote, “second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity.”   Read more »

at Oct 15, 2014 4:30 PM
       

Immigration talk simmers, but does not boil over, at Central Texas congressional town hall

BASTROP – Now that Congress is on recess following an ugly meltdown over immigration and border security last week, lawmakers in Texas and around the country are diving into the time-honored tradition of trying to explain what just happened and listening to voters’ frustrations during town halls in places big and small.

at Aug 8, 2014 10:13 AM
       

The Conservative Case for Immigration Reform

The debate over immigration reform, intensified by the surge of unaccompanied child migrants at the U.S.–Mexico border, has many conservatives worried. Republican strategist Lanhee Chen explained that conservative opposition to immigration reform in the United States “is a very visceral reaction to what America should be about.” According to conservative opponents of immigration reform, immigrants will change America.   Read more »

at Aug 6, 2014 1:33 PM
       

Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris choose politics over leadership on Central American children issue

The crisis resulting from tens of thousands of Central American children traversing dangerous territory to cross our porous border is one that demands leadership. But don’t look for it from those who currently occupy California’s highest offices.

In a Friday story, the Los Angeles Times discovered that for California governor aspirants Gavin Newsom (D) and Kamala Harris (D), politics trumps all.   Read more »

at Jul 24, 2014 9:42 AM
       

Family Reunification and Other Explanations for the Border Surge of Unaccompanied Children

There are two main issues surrounding the increase in the migration of unaccompanied children (UAC) and asylum seekers in recent years that have recently reached crisis proportions. The first is the treatment of those children who are apprehended by Border Patrol and how American policy is reacting to the surge.

The second is explaining why UACs are coming. Below I will lay out three different theories that attempt to explain the surge in UACs. Each theory has some merit and I present evidence in support and opposition to each one.   Read more »

at Jul 2, 2014 5:12 PM
       

Are you sick and tired of Congress avoiding immigration reform?

When I get a phone call from a media source saying they want to interview me, I know they have “program time” to fill. And as a participant, I am the “filler.” I never turn them down, but I am seldom optimistic about the results.

CNN called me last week and said they wanted me to talk about immigration. I am amazed how many people watched it. Best part, no negatives...so far!   Read more »

at Jun 26, 2014 11:47 AM
       

David Brat’s Immigration Stance Doesn’t Square with His Free-Market Flair

David Brat won a stunning and surprising victory in last week’s primary election in Virginia, unseating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). But Brat doesn’t seem to understand the very issue that seems to have dominated his historic upset and propelled him to Capitol Hill.

Brat considers himself a free-market conservative, claiming on MSNBC following his unexpected win that he’s against “any distortion to free markets.” Brat also campaigned against immigration reform, saying that “It’s the most symbolic issue that captures the difference between myself and Eric Cantor in this race.”

at Jun 17, 2014 12:25 PM
       

Sid Miller talks Immigration at GOP State Convention

Former State Rep. Sid Miller, candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, stopped by the GOP Impact booth at the 2014 GOP Convention. He responded to questions relating to immigration and shared his vision for a plan that he would support, which includes securing the border and implementing a guest worker program. He also discussed the importance of reaching out to the Hispanic community and embracing them into the Repubican Party.   Read more »

at Jun 9, 2014 10:51 AM
       

Alex Nowrasteh, Cato Institute, Discusses Immigration Policy at 2014 Republican Party of Texas Convention

We visited with Alex Nowrasteh at the 2014 Republican Party of Texas State Convention. Alex is an Immigration Polity Analyst for Cato Institute and has spent countless hours researching facts about immigrants and their effect on this nation. He speaks about the misinformation and flawed data used by other organizations, like NumbersUSA.

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at Jun 7, 2014 8:57 AM
       

The Future of the Republican Party Hangs in the Balance

As the delegates to the Texas Republican State Convention gather to craft the Party’s message for the general election cycle, no issue seems to animate the base more than illegal immigration. While the delegates will discuss a number of important and complex issues, this week, the “main stage” debate will center on whether or not we should remove the guest-worker language from the Party Platform.

The guest-worker component, or "The Texas Solution," as it has been called, was added to the Party Platform just two years ago

at Jun 6, 2014 9:32 AM
       

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