Rational Middle

Business, political, and faith community leaders met recently at the Center For Houston’s Future for an event titled Securing the Texas of Tomorrow: Building through Practical Immigration Reforms to examine how the broken U....
Making employers the scapegoat for lawmakers’ intransigence didn’t work before, and it won’t work now. At the very least, if we want employers to keep the undocumented off their payrolls, they need tools that actually work...
What we need is a common-sense solution that addresses the humanity of undocumented migrants, the horror of child labor, the nationwide labor shortage, and a multitude of complex societal issues directly impacted by the...
In this 17-minute episode of Rational Middle podcasts, host Omar Gallaga interviews Douglas Holtz-Eakin to take a look at immigration through the lens of its economic benefits. Holtz-Eakin is an American economist and is the...
A recent episode of the Rational Middle of Immigration podcast examined common misconceptions about immigration in the US. Show host Melissa Brannan and author and Cornell Professor Glenn Altschuler discuss facts and points...
Immigration policy experts highlighted challenges associated with the US immigration system and called on lawmakers to pass needed legislative solutions including ID and Tax at a recent event hosted by the Center for Houston...
A recent presentation at the University of Saint Thomas in Houston highlighted how challenges associated with the outdated US immigration system have cultivated an inefficient, unethical, and unsafe shadow economy that...
A recent Rational Middle podcast debunked the myth that immigration depresses the labor market opportunities of low-skilled native-born Americans.
The rate of new business creation for the foreign born is almost twice that of native-born Americans, and new businesses are one of the primary drivers for job creation.
We need to recapture that ethic and that commitment to real work. Blue-collar workers aren’t disposable costs, and until our industry abandons its obsession with short-term profit, the housing crisis will continue. 
Immigration experts and business leaders discussed faults of the outdated US immigration system and urged lawmakers to pass bipartisan legislative solutions during a recent gathering at Rice University
Theresa Brown
Theresa Cardinal Brown returns to the Rational Middle of Immigration podcast to discuss “finding the middle” with immigration policies that Republican and Democrat lawmakers can agree on and that would be supported by the...
A recent episode of the Rational Middle of Immigration podcast highlighted the need for sensible immigration reforms in the US and examined how the 118th Congress will handle immigration. Speakers Charles Foster, Houston-...
A recent episode of the Rational Middle of Immigration Podcast discussed the need for solutions to manage flows of migration at the southern border and the use of Title 42 by the Biden Administration to "kick the can down...
A new episode of the Rational Middle of Immigration video docuseries examines challenges associated with underground economies that have manifested in several critical US industries as a result of workforce shortages
The native-born population doesn’t have enough babies to maintain the population size of the US, and in the absence of immigration the US shrinks in size, economic presence, and its abilities to protect its values around the...
The US population is aging largely because American fertility rates are decreasing. On the other hand, immigrants contribute to the working age US population and workforce at a significant rate.
When it comes to divisive topics, immigration is among the most divisive in America today. Voices on either side feel unheard while half-truths and misinformation spring forth from cable news, social media, and even...
Experts on immigration policy discussed challenges facing the U.S. immigration system while calling for effective and attainable solutions for border security and immigration reform during the recent Rational Middle of...

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