The Case for an Immigration Tariff: How to Create a Price-Based Visa Category

The current U.S. immigration system favors non-economic immigrants. About 81 percent of new immigrants are family members of American citizens or green card holders, whereas only 5 percent earn green cards for employment or investment purposes. Our rapidly changing economy requires a more dynamic immigration system that allows in types of economic immigrants who are barred under the current system. In a new study, Cato scholar Alex Nowrasteh proposes an additional visa category that would allow foreigners to work and live legally in the United States after paying a tariff.

How Legalizing Marijuana Is Securing the Border: The Border Wall, Drug Smuggling, and Lessons for Immigration Policy

President Trump has repeatedly cited drug smuggling as a reason to build a wall along the Southern border. But a new study from Cato scholar David Bier shows that, if stopping drug smuggling is the goal, a border wall is about the worst possible investment. “If Congress wants to address drug smuggling,” says Bier, “it should legalize marijuana nationwide and invest in better ports of entry, not build a wall.” Furthermore, argues Bier, the same lessons that drug smuggling have provided should apply to illegal immigration, cutting demand for illegal immigration by making more legal options available to immigrants.

Global Freedom Falls Slightly According to New Human Freedom Index

The United States ranks 17th in the fourth annual Human Freedom Index (HFI), the most comprehensive measure of freedom ever created for a large number of countries around the globe. Overall, the report finds global freedom has fallen slightly since 2008. “The Rule of Law continues to be a weak point for the United States, which has relatively low ratings when it comes to such areas as the protection of property rights, the enforcement of contracts, and criminal justice,” said says co-author Ian Vásquez. “The Rule of Law plays a fundamental role in upholding liberty, so anyone who cares about freedom in the United States should be concerned with its evolution.”

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