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David J. Bier is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He is an expert on visa reform, border security, and interior enforcement, and his work has been cited in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Politico, and many other print and online publications.

From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Bier drafted immigration legislation as senior policy advisor for Congressman Raúl Labrador, a member and current chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. Previously, he worked as the immigration policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and most recently as the director of immigration policy at the Niskanen Center.

More from David Bier


Trump’s Nationalism vs. Itself

New York Daily News. October 30, 2018.

A Smarter Plan for Immigrant Welfare

The Weekly Standard. October 11, 2018.

New Trump Rule Isn’t about Saving Taxpayer Money — It’s about Keeping Legal Immigrants Out

Washington Examiner. September 24, 2018.

Cato Studies

U.S. Citizens Targeted by ICE: U.S. Citizens Targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Texas

Immigration Research and Policy Brief No. 8. August 29, 2018.

Drones on the Border: Efficacy and Privacy Implications

Immigration Research and Policy Brief No. 5. May 1, 2018.

Extreme Vetting of Immigrants: Estimating Terrorism Vetting Failures

Policy Analysis No. 838. April 17, 2018.

Public Filings

Expert Affidavit on EB-5 Investors in Wang v. Pompeo

Public Comments. July 25, 2018.

Trump v. Hawaii

Legal Briefs. March 23, 2018.

International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump

Legal Briefs. November 17, 2017.


Private Philanthropy and Immigrant Dreamers

June 13, 2018. Policy Forum.

Legal Immigration Reforms for the 21st Century

March 19, 2018. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Opportunities for Reform in 2018: The Domestic Agenda

January 23, 2018. Capitol Hill Briefing.