Fifty Years after Reform: The Successes, Failures, and the Lessons from the Immigration Act of 1965

On October 3rd, 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Immigration Act of 1965 into law. Widely viewed as a component of the Civil Rights Movement, the 1965 Act liberalized immigration and replaced the last eugenics-inspired portions of the Immigration Act of 1924. On October 2, Cato will host a special conference, commemorating the passage of this landmark law 50 years ago.  The conference will bring together leading researchers, journalists, and policymakers to examine the effects of the law’s legal reforms and how they can help guide Americans in reforming our immigration system today.

The Work versus Welfare Trade-Off: Europe

Welfare benefits in many EU countries are quite high compared to the wages that a recipient could expect to earn from a low-wage or entry-level job. As a result, it is likely that many beneficiaries choose welfare over work.  In a new study, Cato scholar Michael D. Tanner builds on his groundbreaking studies, The Work vs. Welfare Trade-Off and The Work versus Welfare Trade-Off: 2013 with an examination of welfare systems in Europe. Alarmingly, Tanner notes that the United States is actually falling behind some European countries with regard to welfare reform.

Islam and the Spread of Individual Freedoms: The Case of Morocco

Despite Morocco’s strong Islamic history and heritage, the battle for individual freedoms in the country has been making great (if quiet) strides in the past decade.  In a new paper, Moroccan journalist and human rights activist Ahmed Benchemsi examines the roots of the Moroccan movement for individual freedoms, and addresses continuing challenges to its development and advancement. “To score more successes—including changes at the legal and constitutional levels,” says Benchemsi, “the movement needs to unify, engage in marketing and communication efforts, and most importantly adopt a unified agenda and strategy.”

United States Ranks 20th on New Human Freedom Index

The United States ranks 20th on a new index that presents the state of human freedom in the world. The Human Freedom Index (HFI) is the most comprehensive measure of freedom ever created for a large number of countries around the globe. “The U.S. performance is worrisome and shows that the United States can no longer claim to be the leading bastion of liberty in the world,” said co-author Ian Vasquez. “In addition to the expansion of the regulatory state and drop in economic freedom, the war on terror, the war on drugs and the erosion of property rights due to greater use of eminent domain all likely have contributed to the U.S. decline.”

  • Human Freedom Index, by Ian Vásquez and Tanja Porčnik. Co-published by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute in Canada, and the Liberales Institut at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Germany.

Recent Commentary


September 2

Race, Housing, and Education

Featuring Richard Rothstein, Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute; Bartley Danielsen, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University; Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; moderated by Gerard Robinson, Resident Fellow, Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute.

10:00AM to 11:30AM Hayek Auditorium

September 10

E-Verify: The Impact of National Employment Verification on Work, Privacy, and Liberty

Featuring Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute; Jim Harper, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Jessie Hahn, Labor and Employment Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center; and Kristi Boswell, Director of Congressional Relations, Labor/Immigration, American Farm Bureau Federation; moderated by Peter Russo, Director of Congressional Affairs, Cato Institute.

12:00PM to 1:00PM B-340 Rayburn House Office Building

Of Special Note

14th Annual Constitution Day

14th Annual Constitution Day

One of the premier programs we present each year, Cato’s Constitution Day Symposium is a comprehensive critique of the Supreme Court’s just-concluded term, plus a look at the term ahead.

The program concludes with the annual B. Kenneth Simon Lecture, given this year by Steven G. Calabresi, Professor, Northwestern University School of Law.

Each attendee will also receive a free copy of the Cato Supreme Court Review: 2014-2015.

Full schedule and registration information

Special! 10 Copies for $10

Cato Pocket Constitution

To encourage people everywhere to better understand and appreciate the principles of government that are set forth in America’s founding documents, the Cato Institute published this pocket-size edition.

Annual Report

Cato’s 2014 Annual Report

The Cato Institute’s 2014 Annual Report is now available online for immediate viewing. This year’s Annual Report details Cato’s accomplishments, growth, and the wide range of initiatives taken over the past year. In addition, the Annual Report covers Cato’s rapid growth in media impact, multimedia output, publishing projects, and highlights issues Cato is energetically pursuing in the year ahead.

Cato in Times Square

Cato in Times Square

Individual liberty and limited government now light up Times Square. All summer long, Cato’s commitment to stopping the government from overspending, overregulating, policing the world, and invading our privacy will be shining down to passersby from a jumbo screen. To those visiting Cato’s site for the first time: Welcome! We hope you’ll take an opportunity to learn more about our work on the subjects you’ve seen on our screen, along with the wide range of other current, new, and emerging issues Cato scholars are exploring every day.