Sometime soon, it seems, President Obama will announce he’s taking executive action on immigration, both legal and illegal. In a new note, Goldman Sachs speculates what those actions might be, exactly. Its informed guesses: (a) excluding dependents from the cap on employment based green cards, (b) recapturing employment-based green cards. (c) allowing dependents of H-1B visa holders to work. Overall, Goldman thinks these changes would expand the US labor force by by 170,000 to 375,000, “equivalent equivalent to 0.1% to 0.25% of the US labor force.” read more
Check out the top pieces we’re reading today on the economy, technology, family, and more. 1.) Working from home seems more legitimate if you have a kid, according to this piece from The Atlantic. “And dads, a study finds, are typically granted more leeway than moms.” read more
From Stanford’s Vivek Wadhwa in Politico: Skilled immigrants are more important to the United States than ever, because it is on the verge of a major reinvention. Its scientists and entrepreneurs are setting the wheels in motion to solve humanity’s … read more
Illegal immigration has spiked in recent months resulting in both an intense political debate and a humanitarian crisis. AEI resident fellow Michael Barone analyzes the cause of this surge in immigrants across the United States’ southern border and the solutions … read more
The Economist highlights the key takeaways from a new study of the economic impact of immigration on 20 nations, “Immigration, Search, and Redistribution: A Quantitative Assessment of Native Welfare” by “Michele Battisti, Gabriel Felbermayr, Giovanni Peri, and Panu Poutvaara.” First, simply shutting the … read more
Watch AEI’s James Pethokoukis talk about the Republican Party’s stance on immigration on CNBC’s “Power Lunch”: Follow James Pethokoukis on Twitter at @JimPethokoukis, and AEIdeas at @AEIdeas.
Noah Smith writes an excellent BloombergView piece on why the US needs more high-skilled immigrants. This bit nicely sums up his case: They represent one of the last big juicy pieces of low-hanging fruit out there for the taking. They start lots … read more
Well, that didn’t take long. Apparently the president responsible for the current border crisis is not Barack Obama, but rather — you guessed it — George W. Bush. In story titled “Immigrant Surge Rooted in Law to Curb Child Trafficking,” … read more
When it comes to immigration policy, President Obama and Congress’s chickens have come home to roost. Both parties’ failure to enact a coherent immigration policy has played a key role in the latest immigration crisis: tens of thousands of children … read more
In the previous post I mentioned a really fascinating PowerPoint presentation by analyst Mary Meeker. Above is another slide, this one on the importance of immigration to the US economy. Follow James Pethokoukis on Twitter at @JimPethokoukis, and AEIdeas at @AEIdeas.