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Peregrine: “Immigration Reform and the Central American Surge” with Madeline Zavodny

interview with Madeline Zavodnyvia Peregrine
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How an influx of unexpected immigrants derailed reform efforts.

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Peregrine: “Reforming Guest Worker Visas” with Alex Nowrasteh

interview with Alex Nowrastehvia Peregrine
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How a series of commonsense reforms can change the US treatment of foreign workers.

Peregrine: “Immigration Reform: What the Experts Say” with Timothy Kane

interview with Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Examining those policy solutions members of Hoover’s immigration group believe are essential to reform.

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Analysis and Commentary

The Case for Open Borders

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Alex Tabarrok has a splendid post "the case for open borders" on Marginal Revolution.

In the News

The Conservative Case for Immigration Reform

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia National Review Online
Thursday, July 31, 2014

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

Immigration Reform

The Right Number of Legal Immigrants?

interview with Timothy Kanevia CATO Daily Podcast
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Research Fellow Tim Kane discussed immigration on the CATO Daily Podcast. 


John Cochrane on the Peter Schiff Show

interview with John H. Cochrane via Peter Schiff Show
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Senior Fellow John Cochrane discussed current events on the nationally syndicated Peter Schiff Show.

Chainlink fence
Analysis and Commentary

The Solution to Border Disorder

by Jeb Bush, Clint Bolickvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In recent months, tens of thousands of young Central American refugees have illegally poured across the U.S-Mexico border. It is the latest consequence of the failure of President Obama and Congress to overhaul America's broken immigration system.

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Analysis and Commentary

Border Crisis Is Unfair, But No Surprise

by Timothy Kanevia
Friday, July 18, 2014

Watching the flood of immigrant children from Central America seeking, and gaining, entry into the United States, one is struck by the chaos at all levels. It is a crisis, but hardly a surprise.

Facts on Immigration

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

With Congress considering taking up immigration reform, workable policies can best be advanced with facts and data that confirm the many benefits immigration provides our country and the economy. This fact sheet offers unbiased information to inform a constructive dialogue about policy reform.


Get the Facts!

The Hoover Institution's Conte Initiative on Immigration Reform is the result of significant scholarly workshops and conversations among academics, politicians, and Hoover fellows who are concerned with America's current immigration system.

The current system is complicated, restrictive, and badly in need of reform. It is ineffective at its stated goals of allowing sufficient immigration and punishing transgressors who overstay their visas or cross our borders illegally. A working group has been formed under this initiative that aims to improve immigration law by providing innovative ideas and clear improvements to every part of the system – from border security to green cards to temporary work visas. Our efforts are provided by Hoover scholars and leading affiliated thinkers and reformers from both sides of the aisle. Our membership is united by only one common theme: Our current system is broken and needs to be reformed.

Edward Lazear and Tim Kane co-chair the project as part of Conte Initiative on Immigration Reform with management and research support from Tom Church.