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.