Sign the petition for Dr. Noah Carl

This post was originally published on this siteFree speech is about more than just the First Amendment’s limitation on government power. It’s a principle that should underlie all political discourse. When institutions that promote themselves as open platforms banish those with whom they disagree, it has the same kind of chilling effect as government censorship. … Read moreSign the petition for Dr. Noah Carl

Video of event with Michelle Malkin

This post was originally published on this siteIt went well. The transcript and all videos can be found here. I’ve embedded my section below. (If you read the transcript or watch the unedited video from Facebook, you’ll note a few strange interjections. We were having a problem with the computer screen flickering.) Please follow and … Read moreVideo of event with Michelle Malkin

Panel event with Michelle Malkin

This post was originally published on this siteOn Friday, March 1, at 4:00 pm at the National Press Club, I’ll be appearing on a panel with Michelle Malkin. We”ll be discussing high-skill immigration, and the starting point will be my new report discussed in the previous post. Admission is free, and there will be food … Read morePanel event with Michelle Malkin

Highly-Educated Immigration ≠ Highly-Skilled Immigration

This post was originally published on this siteI have a new report out this week with a self-explanatory title, “Foreign-Educated Immigrants Are Less Skilled Than U.S. Degree Holders.” Here’s the summary chart: And here’s the conclusion: Although skilled immigration may be desirable, policy-makers must be cautious in using foreign degrees as proof of those skills. … Read moreHighly-Educated Immigration ≠ Highly-Skilled Immigration

The threat to English

This post was originally published on this siteMy first piece for American Greatness is out today. It deals with the issue of language assimilation. A sample: For decades, immigration enthusiasts have offered conflicting assurances to skeptics who perceive a lack of assimilation among newcomers. Multiculturalism is a great gift to the United States, so why … Read moreThe threat to English

Faith in the unelected

This post was originally published on this siteI have a new essay out this morning on the power of unelected officials within the government. It grew out of my frustration that judges are invoking “non-partisan experts” in the bureaucracy to strike down White House policies. Here’s a sample: Take Trump’s executive order that disqualified some … Read moreFaith in the unelected

The 28 counties where a majority of school-age children speak Spanish at home

This post was originally published on this siteIt is no surprise to see California and Texas well represented on this list, but look at Kansas, Nebraska, and Washington. Concentrations of Spanish speakers can be found farther north than most people realize. County, State Total, ages 5-17 speak Spanish at home, 5-17: % 5-17 who speak … Read moreThe 28 counties where a majority of school-age children speak Spanish at home

Just say no to the two-minutes hate

This post was originally published on this siteWhen the media claimed that white Catholic Trump-supporting boys mocked an elderly American Indian at a demonstration, several of my fellow conservatives participated in the two-minutes hate against the boys, fanning the flames of Outrage Culture with over-the-top condemnations. After the story collapsed, apologies of the “I shouldn’t have … Read moreJust say no to the two-minutes hate

Kavanaugh coda

This post was originally published on this siteI wrote three NR pieces on Brett Kavanaugh after he was nominated. The first criticized prediction models purporting to locate his ideological position among the sitting justices. The second congratulated him for his inspired defense against accusations of sexual misconduct. The third noted that he would help determine … Read moreKavanaugh coda

“The most conspicuous failure of high-immigration globalism”

This post was originally published on this site Dear @realDonaldTrump: Public reporting states the killer in the terrorist attack was born in Strasbourg, France. So before you make any more despicable statements that use the deaths of innocent people for your own purposes, get your facts straight.#WednesdayWisdom https://t.co/izMIFUwhFU — Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 12, 2018 … Read more“The most conspicuous failure of high-immigration globalism”

On the new public charge rule

This post was originally published on this siteAs I discussed here last spring, the Trump Administration has proposed a new rule to enforce the statutory ban on admitting any alien who is “likely to become a public charge.” The new definition of public charge will be “an alien who receives one or more public benefits.” … Read moreOn the new public charge rule

The most amazing turnaround

This post was originally published on this siteU.S. oil production peaked in 1970 and then began a slow, decades-long decline. Like most people, I assumed the decline would continue indefinitely. It seemed we had extracted most of the oil that was cost-effective to extract, and now other countries could produce oil more cheaply. In 2008, … Read moreThe most amazing turnaround

We’ve reached full generality

This post was originally published on this siteA perplexing tweet has been making the rounds: Immigration is a reproductive justice issue. Everyone should be allowed to live in freedom and without fear. #DreamActNow — Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) November 9, 2017 An old cliche in Washington is to pretend that one’s pet issue is a matter … Read moreWe’ve reached full generality

Two new papers on immigrant assimilation

This post was originally published on this siteToday the Center for Immigration Studies published a new study from me on the grandchildren of low-skill immigrants. Do they close the socioeconomic gap? From the executive summary: The intergenerational assimilation of low-skill immigrants is an important issue in the broader immigration debate. If the children and grandchildren … Read moreTwo new papers on immigrant assimilation

Who is a public charge?

This post was originally published on this siteAfter dropping hints for more than a year, the Trump Administration now appears to be serious about discouraging immigrant welfare use. Longstanding law forbids entry (or adjustment to green-card status) of any immigrant who “is likely to at any time become a public charge.” Unfortunately, U.S. Citizenship and … Read moreWho is a public charge?

On ethical issues, go hard or go home

This post was originally published on this siteRuth Marcus spurred quite a discussion earlier this month with her Washington Post column, entitled “I would’ve aborted a fetus with Down syndrome. Women need that right.” Ms. Marcus’s argument was nothing if not blunt. In fact, she elevated the debate by clearly laying out the competing moral … Read moreOn ethical issues, go hard or go home

“Low-Skill Immigration: A Case for Restriction” published in American Affairs

This post was originally published on this site Last fall, I participated in a Center for Immigration Studies panel entitled “Immigration and Less-Educated American Workers,” alongside University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax and political scientist Charles Murray. The panel was perhaps most notable for Murray’s revelation that, despite his libertarian instincts, he had come … Read more“Low-Skill Immigration: A Case for Restriction” published in American Affairs

Abolish the diversity lottery

This post was originally published on this siteEarly reports indicate that Sayfullo Saipov, the terrorist who killed eight people when he drove his truck down a bike path in Lower Manhattan, came to the U.S. by winning the “diversity lottery” — a program that randomly distributes about 50,000 green cards each year to people from countries … Read moreAbolish the diversity lottery

“We support free speech, but [we don’t support free speech].”

This post was originally published on this siteThose who follow me on Facebook know that I enjoy quoting the various “We support free speech, but…” excuses from censors as they explain why they fired or disinvited or blacklisted people whose views they don’t like. Remarkably, two different vice presidents at Google used this formulation in … Read more“We support free speech, but [we don’t support free speech].”

“California Fails the Immigration Test” published at Real Clear Policy

This post was originally published on this siteFrom my perspective, much of the immigration debate takes place on the right. Traditional conservatives feel that mass immigration is a cultural and economic disruption, while libertarian-leaning conservatives emphasize how immigration makes the American economy more efficient. To the extent that progressives are involved in the immigration debate, … Read more“California Fails the Immigration Test” published at Real Clear Policy

When is the March for Large-Scale Preregistered Replications?

This post was originally published on this siteWhy are progressives calling this weekend’s demonstration the “March for Science”? Why not the “March for Equality,” or the “March for the Environment,” or even the “March for NIH Funding”? The reason, of course, is science-gilding, the covering of one’s ideological positions with the veneer of scientific objectivity. … Read moreWhen is the March for Large-Scale Preregistered Replications?

Would you fly “Liberty Air”?

This post was originally published on this siteWith bad flying experiences in the news again, I thought I’d resurrect this article of mine, which made the case for allowing airlines to determine their own security procedures. (You can tell the article is ancient because of the reference to a Blackberry.) Here’s how it starts: Let … Read moreWould you fly “Liberty Air”?

“California’s Bilingual Gamble” published in The American Conservative

This post was originally published on this siteI have a new essay in The American Conservative, on the dangers of nationwide bilingualism. The piece is on the long side (2,600 words) but hopefully an entertaining read. It’s chock-full of statistics, studies, and anecdotes. A sample: Separate media lead to separate political messages. We often hear of … Read more“California’s Bilingual Gamble” published in The American Conservative

What the National Academies study does not say

This post was originally published on this siteThe National Academies of Sciences (NAS) recently published a mammoth, book-length study of the economic impact of immigration. It features comprehensive reviews of the existing literature as well as original analyses, with the underlying finding that immigration has both benefits and costs. How people weigh those effects determines their position … Read moreWhat the National Academies study does not say

Video and reaction to panel event

This post was originally published on this siteOur panel on Monday, titled “Immigration and Less-Educated Workers,” was a success. My thanks to the whole Center for Immigration Studies staff for putting on a good show. Video of my presentation is embedded below. CIS has the rest of the videos — including Amy Wax, Charles Murray, … Read moreVideo and reaction to panel event

Panel event on Monday, September 26th

This post was originally published on this siteThis Monday I’ll be presenting my recent paper, “Immigrants Replace Low-Skill Natives in the Workforce,” with commentary by Amy Wax and Charles Murray. Please attend. It’s free, and you don’t even have to register. WHAT: Panel discussion on immigration and the crisis of labor-force dropoutWHEN: Monday, September 26, … Read morePanel event on Monday, September 26th