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The Case For Immigration
41 minutes | May 6, 2021
Global Neo-Feudalism & the California Exodus
I recently spoke with author Joel Kotkin about his book, The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class. We also talked about the recent large migration of natives and immigrants out of California, what's driving people out of the state, and possible rays of hope.
55 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
How Immigrants Strengthen American Institutions
In this episode, Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Insitute, joins us to discuss his recently released book "Wretched Refuse? The Political Economy of Immigration and Institutions." We cover a range of topics including immigrants' trust in host country institutions, their impact on welfare programs and unions, and the growing partisan divide around the politics of immigration.
33 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
Can Americanness Be Bigger Than Whiteness?
We recently spoke with history professor Johann Neem about his recent article Unbecoming American, which was featured in the Hedgehog Review. Professor Neem describes his family's experience immigrating from India and argues that recent tropes attempting to reduce American identity to nothing more than whiteness make it harder for immigrants to make themselves at home in America.
50 minutes | Nov 28, 2020
U.S. immigration policy from one Venezuelan conservative economist's perspective
In this episode, we chat with Daniel Di Martino, a politically conservative international student from Venezuela and Ph.D. candidate in economics at Columbia University. Daniel recounts his experience growing up in Venezuela and shares his perspective on the nation's ongoing economic and political turmoil. Daniel also assesses the U.S. immigration system from his perspective as an economist, conservative, and Venezuelan. He offers his thoughts on why conservatives should welcome migrants escaping oppressive regimes, the unwarranted skepticism of highly-skilled immigration, and his hopes for an improved immigration system moving forward.
26 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Coming Changes Under Joe Biden
I recently spoke with immigration analyst Sam Peak about what changes to immigration may be coming under President Biden and changing attitudes among some on the Right toward immigration.
47 minutes | Aug 19, 2020
Immigrant New York
I spoke with historian Tyler Anbinder about his book, City of Dreams: The 400 Year Epic History of Immigrant New York. In a wide-ranging conversation, we talked about Irish, German, Italian, and Jewish immigrants; riots, Abraham Lincoln, gangs, anarchists, the abolition of slavery, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Martin Scorsese, and the American Dream.
24 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
The Surprising Origins of America's Most Notorious Anti-Immigration Law
I recently spoke with author Daniel Okrent about his book, The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America.
49 minutes | May 17, 2020
Ilya Somin on Freedom of Movement
We recently spoke with Ilya Somin, law professor at George Mason University, about his new book Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom. His book is available on May 22, 2020 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Free-Move-Migration-Political-Freedom/dp/0190054581
46 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
Was DACA Illegal? Was Trump's Rescission Illegal?
Could DACA be a good policy, but also illegal at the same time? Should we care if a policy is unconstitutional when we like the policy? Ilya Shapiro explains why he supports DACA and relief for young people who were brought into the United States illegally, but thinks that the Obama administration lacked constitutional authority to implement it. I disagree, but Mr. Shapiro's position is intellectually honest and deserves attention. Ilya Shapiro is the director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute.
52 minutes | Feb 23, 2020
Government's Constitutional Hall Pass Against Immigrants
I recently spoke with constitutional scholar, Ilya Somin, about how courts often allow the government to infringe immigrants’ basic rights (such as free speech, freedom of religion, and equal protection) in a way they would never allow against US citizens. Professor Somin warns that these abuses often end up affecting US citizens. He also explains how the legal theory allowing these double standards, "the plenary power doctrine," was invented nearly a century after the ratification of the constitution by the same Supreme Court justices who invented the doctrine of "separate but equal" allowing segregation against blacks. Professor Somin’s forthcoming book: https://www.amazon.com/Free-Move-Migration-Political-Freedom/dp/0190054581/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=ilya+somin&qid=1582529358&sr=8-1 Professor Somin's faculty profile: https://www.law.gmu.edu/faculty/directory/fulltime/somin_ilya
43 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
Immigrants Sending "Our" Money Overseas?
I recently had an entertaining and thought-provoking conversation with economist David Henderson about whether immigrants have the right to do what they want with the money they earn at work, the large sums of money immigrants in the United States send to their families in their home countries in the form of remittances, Trump's proposals to stop or tax these remittances, the effectiveness of these private remittances compared to government-to-government foreign aide, and the idea of selling visas as a way to cut the deficit. More information about David Henderson Professor Henderson's blog: https://www.econlib.org/author/dhenderson/
53 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
The War On The Irish Poor
I recently spoke with Hidetaka Hirota, an historian of American immigration and deportation law, about the thousands of Irish immigrants deported and excluded from Massachusetts and New York in the first half of the 1800s, and how these two states' immigration bureaucracies served as models for future federal immigration agencies. Expelling the Poor Hidetaka Hirota
69 minutes | Aug 17, 2019
Immigration & the American Worker
Labor economist Geovanni Peri explains how immigration affects American workers, whether it pushes American workers to acquire new skills and education, whether immigration creates winners and losers, how it affects federal and state budgets, how the influx of nearly 100,000 Cuban refugees in 1980 affected the Miami job market, and how the Arizona crackdown in the 2000s affected the job market and agricultural production there.
52 minutes | Apr 29, 2019
The Dream Act & Deferred Action, A Partial History
I recently spoke with Don Riding, former local INS & USCIS field office director for Fresno, CA, about why the “Dream Act” failed, the history of “deferred action”, why he supports the Dream Act but not DACA, why deporting millions of immigrants already living here would be a nightmare, how Republicans and Democrats undermine practical compromises, the time John Lennon almost got deported, how in the past US citizen women lost their US citizenship upon marrying a foreigner, and many other interesting immigration topics.
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