Alex Nowrasteh

Thomas Sowell is an influential and prolific writer whose books span the social sciences. My shelves are full of them, decorated with underlines, marginalia, and dog‐​eared pages.
The US Border Patrol had over 6.3 million encounters with illegal immigrant border crossers from the beginning of the Biden administration in January 2021 to December 2023.
The recent Supreme Court case about affirmative action in university admissions (SFFA v. Harvard) paralleled a broader social debate over meritocracy.
From December 2022 to February 2023, encounters of migrants crossing the southwest (SW) border with Mexico are down 39 percent. President Biden’s immigration and border plan that expanded legal migration to the United States...
The total number of encounters along the southwest (SW) border with Mexico dropped by 37.9 percent in the month following President Biden’s new immigration and border plan. President Biden framed his plan as an immigration...
The immigration system of the United States favors family reunification even in the so‐​called employment‐​based (EB) green card categories. Under current interpretations of U.S. immigration law, family members of immigrant...
PragerU recently released a video by podcaster and influencer Will Witt titled “Who Cares about Illegal Immigration?” PragerU has released
The flow of illegal immigrants across the southern border has markedly risen over the last several years. In FY2021, Border Patrol had 1,662,167 encounters with illegal immigrants and other border crossers. So far in FY2022...
Based on data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation, we find that immigrants consume 28 percent less welfare and entitlement benefits than native‐​born Americans on a per capita basis.
The Biden administration needs to rapidly reverse this situation, recover the lost visas through legislation, and go even further or the U.S. economy will suffer long run drags on its growth.
Political debate in the modern world is only possible after memorizing a list of euphemisms, and there is no shortage of public opprobrium for those who talk about certain topics without using them.
The flow of illegal immigrants across the southern border has markedly increased over the last several years. In FY2021, Border Patrol had 1,659,206 encounters with illegal immigrants and other border crossers along the...
The Cato Institute is launching a new online game called the Green Card Game. Americans will—for the first time—see firsthand what it’s like to try to get a green card, or permanent residence, in the United States
Government spending in the United States is enormous. Federal and state governments spent over $9 trillion in 2022 on the welfare state, defense, health care, education, and other areas. Taxes and borrowing fund that...
Total government spending on the welfare state amounted to about $2.6 trillion in 2020. In that year, the federal government spent roughly $2.4 trillion on welfare and entitlement programs, an amount equal to approximately...
The U.S. immigration system is too restrictive and bureaucratic. The result is chaos along the U.S.-Mexico border, wait times for legal visas that sometimes extend for decades, and a reduction in economic and cultural...
border patrol
The immigration system of the United States is more restrictive than most other developed countries. As my colleague David Bier has shown, the foreign‐​born U.S.
A recent Tucker Carlson segment argued that the increase of illegal immigrants coming across the border in recent years caused the rise in homicides in Houston, Texas. Using crime data given to me by the Texas Department of...
The rise of ultra‐​progressive ideologies and the decline in patriotic sentiment are two broad cultural trends that worry American conservatives.
In historical perspective, the percent of criminal individuals apprehended by Border Patrol is low at about 1 percent in 2021.

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