New report and video on employment discrimination against U.S. workers

Last Thursday I published a new report through the Center for Immigration Studies called “No Americans Need Apply.” CIS hosted a panel event the same day featuring myself, Peter Kirsanow, and Kevin Lynn. Excerpts from the report and the event are below. This report examines real-world case studies of the negative effects of immigration on … Read moreNew report and video on employment discrimination against U.S. workers

New report and event video on immigrant healthcare costs

I published a new CIS report this week entitled, “The Cost of Immigrant Medicaid Coverage Under Current Policy,” which establishes the context for proposals to possibly expand eligibility to include illegal immigrants. CIS also put together an event at the National Press Club. Here’s my short talk: Please follow and like us:

“The truth about teacher pay” published in National Affairs

Top billing! I can’t recall that happening before. The full text is available ungated. Here’s a preview: …[A]n inordinate focus on teacher salaries feeds unrealistic expectations for the profession. Although teacher quality certainly matters, most of the variance in student achievement is associated with factors outside the classroom. Just as current teachers should not be … Read more“The truth about teacher pay” published in National Affairs

Justice on Trial reviewed

I followed Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process rather closely – closely enough that I could write a 2,500-word treatise explaining that the assault charges against him were almost certainly false, and that his opponents’ refusal to engage with the evidence was alarming. Still, I learned a lot from Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino’s new book, Justice … Read moreJustice on Trial reviewed

New piece in Quillette: Free speech is about more than the First Amendment

I’m pleased to appear in Quillette this week on a topic that I had been wanting to write about for a long time — namely, the importance of recognizing free speech as a cultural value rather than simply a restraint on the government. The piece has received a decent amount of attention. From the conclusion: When … Read moreNew piece in Quillette: Free speech is about more than the First Amendment

The College Board’s “adversity score” perpetuates the myth of SAT bias

[I originally wrote this for NR, but I’m reposting here because this perspective has not received enough attention.] A common defense of affirmative action in college admissions is that it simply adjusts for difficult childhood circumstances. Under this theory, students from underrepresented groups score below their true ability level on the SAT due to poverty … Read moreThe College Board’s “adversity score” perpetuates the myth of SAT bias

Sign the petition for Dr. Noah Carl

Free speech is about more than just the First Amendment’s limitation on government power. It’s a principle that should underlie all political discourse. When institutions that promote themselves as open platforms banish those with whom they disagree, it has the same kind of chilling effect as government censorship. Academic freedom is an especially important subset … Read moreSign the petition for Dr. Noah Carl

Panel event with Michelle Malkin

On Friday, March 1, at 4:00 pm at the National Press Club, I’ll be appearing on a panel with Michelle Malkin. We”ll be discussing high-skill immigration, and the starting point will be my new report discussed in the previous post. Admission is free, and there will be food provided, so please come. WASHINGTON, D.C. (February … Read morePanel event with Michelle Malkin

Highly-Educated Immigration ≠ Highly-Skilled Immigration

I have a new report out this week with a self-explanatory title, “Foreign-Educated Immigrants Are Less Skilled Than U.S. Degree Holders.” Here’s the summary chart: And here’s the conclusion: Although skilled immigration may be desirable, policy-makers must be cautious in using foreign degrees as proof of those skills. This report has shown that immigrants with … Read moreHighly-Educated Immigration ≠ Highly-Skilled Immigration

The threat to English

My first piece for American Greatness is out today. It deals with the issue of language assimilation. A sample: For decades, immigration enthusiasts have offered conflicting assurances to skeptics who perceive a lack of assimilation among newcomers. Multiculturalism is a great gift to the United States, so why worry? Also, assimilation is proceeding apace, so, … Read moreThe threat to English

Faith in the unelected

I have a new essay out this morning on the power of unelected officials within the government. It grew out of my frustration that judges are invoking “non-partisan experts” in the bureaucracy to strike down White House policies. Here’s a sample: Take Trump’s executive order that disqualified some transgender people from military service. In halting … Read moreFaith in the unelected

The 28 counties where a majority of school-age children speak Spanish at home

It is no surprise to see California and Texas well represented on this list, but look at Kansas, Nebraska, and Washington. Concentrations of Spanish speakers can be found farther north than most people realize. County, State Total, ages 5-17 speak Spanish at home, 5-17: % 5-17 who speak Spanish at home Starr, Texas 14,649 13,693 … Read moreThe 28 counties where a majority of school-age children speak Spanish at home

Just say no to the two-minutes hate

When the media claimed that white Catholic Trump-supporting boys mocked an elderly American Indian at a demonstration, several of my fellow conservatives participated in the two-minutes hate against the boys, fanning the flames of Outrage Culture with over-the-top condemnations. After the story collapsed, apologies of the “I shouldn’t have rushed to judgment” variety were issued. One … Read moreJust say no to the two-minutes hate

Kavanaugh coda

I wrote three NR pieces on Brett Kavanaugh after he was nominated. The first criticized prediction models purporting to locate his ideological position among the sitting justices. The second congratulated him for his inspired defense against accusations of sexual misconduct. The third noted that he would help determine the crucial “median justice” in the event … Read moreKavanaugh coda

“The most conspicuous failure of high-immigration globalism”

Dear @realDonaldTrump: Public reporting states the killer in the terrorist attack was born in Strasbourg, France. So before you make any more despicable statements that use the deaths of innocent people for your own purposes, get your facts straight.#WednesdayWisdom https://t.co/izMIFUwhFU — Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 12, 2018 Unfortunately, the Strasbourg attack makes an NR piece … Read more“The most conspicuous failure of high-immigration globalism”

On the new public charge rule

As I discussed here last spring, the Trump Administration has proposed a new rule to enforce the statutory ban on admitting any alien who is “likely to become a public charge.” The new definition of public charge will be “an alien who receives one or more public benefits.” That replaces the old interpretation of a … Read moreOn the new public charge rule

The most amazing turnaround

U.S. oil production peaked in 1970 and then began a slow, decades-long decline. Like most people, I assumed the decline would continue indefinitely. It seemed we had extracted most of the oil that was cost-effective to extract, and now other countries could produce oil more cheaply. In 2008, no one was expecting a sudden recovery. … Read moreThe most amazing turnaround

We’ve reached full generality

A perplexing tweet has been making the rounds: Immigration is a reproductive justice issue. Everyone should be allowed to live in freedom and without fear. #DreamActNow — Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) November 9, 2017 An old cliche in Washington is to pretend that one’s pet issue is a matter of national security, or of public health, … Read moreWe’ve reached full generality

Two new papers on immigrant assimilation

Today the Center for Immigration Studies published a new study from me on the grandchildren of low-skill immigrants. Do they close the socioeconomic gap? From the executive summary: The intergenerational assimilation of low-skill immigrants is an important issue in the broader immigration debate. If the children and grandchildren of low-skill immigrants eventually rise to the … Read moreTwo new papers on immigrant assimilation

Who is a public charge?

After dropping hints for more than a year, the Trump Administration now appears to be serious about discouraging immigrant welfare use. Longstanding law forbids entry (or adjustment to green-card status) of any immigrant who “is likely to at any time become a public charge.” Unfortunately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has regulated that law … Read moreWho is a public charge?

On ethical issues, go hard or go home

Ruth Marcus spurred quite a discussion earlier this month with her Washington Post column, entitled “I would’ve aborted a fetus with Down syndrome. Women need that right.” Ms. Marcus’s argument was nothing if not blunt. In fact, she elevated the debate by clearly laying out the competing moral claims and explaining how she weighs them. … Read moreOn ethical issues, go hard or go home

“Low-Skill Immigration: A Case for Restriction” published in American Affairs

Last fall, I participated in a Center for Immigration Studies panel entitled “Immigration and Less-Educated American Workers,” alongside University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax and political scientist Charles Murray. The panel was perhaps most notable for Murray’s revelation that, despite his libertarian instincts, he had come around to the position that we should “shut … Read more“Low-Skill Immigration: A Case for Restriction” published in American Affairs

Abolish the diversity lottery

Early reports indicate that Sayfullo Saipov, the terrorist who killed eight people when he drove his truck down a bike path in Lower Manhattan, came to the U.S. by winning the “diversity lottery” — a program that randomly distributes about 50,000 green cards each year to people from countries that are not major immigrant senders. The … Read moreAbolish the diversity lottery

“We support free speech, but [we don’t support free speech].”

Those who follow me on Facebook know that I enjoy quoting the various “We support free speech, but…” excuses from censors as they explain why they fired or disinvited or blacklisted people whose views they don’t like. Remarkably, two different vice presidents at Google used this formulation in their reactions to employee James Damore’s common-sense … Read more“We support free speech, but [we don’t support free speech].”

“California Fails the Immigration Test” published at Real Clear Policy

From my perspective, much of the immigration debate takes place on the right. Traditional conservatives feel that mass immigration is a cultural and economic disruption, while libertarian-leaning conservatives emphasize how immigration makes the American economy more efficient. To the extent that progressives are involved in the immigration debate, it is generally as advocates for the … Read more“California Fails the Immigration Test” published at Real Clear Policy

When is the March for Large-Scale Preregistered Replications?

Why are progressives calling this weekend’s demonstration the “March for Science”? Why not the “March for Equality,” or the “March for the Environment,” or even the “March for NIH Funding”? The reason, of course, is science-gilding, the covering of one’s ideological positions with the veneer of scientific objectivity. It’s very tempting. Ideological debates are messy … Read moreWhen is the March for Large-Scale Preregistered Replications?

Would you fly “Liberty Air”?

With bad flying experiences in the news again, I thought I’d resurrect this article of mine, which made the case for allowing airlines to determine their own security procedures. (You can tell the article is ancient because of the reference to a Blackberry.) Here’s how it starts: Let us imagine there were a major airline … Read moreWould you fly “Liberty Air”?

“California’s Bilingual Gamble” published in The American Conservative

I have a new essay in The American Conservative, on the dangers of nationwide bilingualism. The piece is on the long side (2,600 words) but hopefully an entertaining read. It’s chock-full of statistics, studies, and anecdotes. A sample: Separate media lead to separate political messages. We often hear of “dog whistles” and “coded language” that politicians … Read more“California’s Bilingual Gamble” published in The American Conservative

What the National Academies study does not say

The National Academies of Sciences (NAS) recently published a mammoth, book-length study of the economic impact of immigration. It features comprehensive reviews of the existing literature as well as original analyses, with the underlying finding that immigration has both benefits and costs. How people weigh those effects determines their position on the overall issue. For a general … Read moreWhat the National Academies study does not say

Video and reaction to panel event

Our panel on Monday, titled “Immigration and Less-Educated Workers,” was a success. My thanks to the whole Center for Immigration Studies staff for putting on a good show. Video of my presentation is embedded below. CIS has the rest of the videos — including Amy Wax, Charles Murray, and Steven Camarota — collected here. The … Read moreVideo and reaction to panel event

Panel event on Monday, September 26th

This Monday I’ll be presenting my recent paper, “Immigrants Replace Low-Skill Natives in the Workforce,” with commentary by Amy Wax and Charles Murray. Please attend. It’s free, and you don’t even have to register. WHAT: Panel discussion on immigration and the crisis of labor-force dropoutWHEN: Monday, September 26, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. WHERE: National Press … Read morePanel event on Monday, September 26th