All this week, the Cato Daily Podcast (subscribe!) has tackled the myths, errors, and underappreciated elements of immigration policy. President Donald Trump has made a massive reduction in legal immigration a centerpiece of his second year in office, and the sales pitch he’s made on behalf of that plan hinges on a number of false or misleading claims about the costs and benefits of immigration. In case you missed them, here are my discussions with Alex Nowrasteh, David Bier, and Matthew Feeney:
- Puncturing Persistent Myths about Immigrant Crime
- Trump Immigration Plan Would Dramatically Reduce Legal Immigration
- The New and Old Tech of Border Surveillance
- The Vast Powers of Customs and Border Protection
- Fear of Terrorism Drives Anti‐Immigrant Push
And, not to be left out, Jim Harper discussed his recent paper on new national ID systems including E‑Verify, the deeply flawed employment verification system aimed at keeping undocumented immigrants from working in the United States.
Here’s more of Cato’s work on immigration.