Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s “Travel” Ban

The Supreme Court has ruled that President Trump’s order to restrict travel from several majority Muslim countries to the United States was within his authority. Cato scholar David Bier argues that, as a matter of policy, no president should be given such broad power to determine immigration law. “While the travel ban currently affects only a small share of immigrants and foreign travelers,” says Bier, “all legal immigrants should be concerned that the president will wield this power against them next. Congress should immediately intervene to preserve its power to determine immigration policy.”

Alternatives to Detention Are Cheaper than Universal Detention

President Donald Trump recently modified his policy of separating children from their families. His new executive order requires the children of border crossers to be detained with their family members. Although a slight improvement over family separation, Trump’s decision raises different questions of whether detaining families together violates the 1997 Flores Settlement, whereby children have to be released after 20 days, which would necessitate family separation. According to Cato scholar Alex Nowrasteh, the potential Flores problem could be mitigated entirely by Trump if he relied on alternatives to detention (ATD) programs instead of uniform detention of all border crossers. This would allow him to claim that he ended catch and release without detaining migrant families at taxpayer cost.

Immigration and the Welfare State

Immigrant consumption of welfare benefits through means-tested or entitlement programs is a complex issue as myriad programs have different eligibility requirements that vary by state. In a new brief, Cato scholars Alex Nowrasteh and Robert Orr analyze the data and show that, overall, immigrants are less likely to consume welfare benefits and, when they do, they generally consume a lower dollar value of benefits than native-born Americans.

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