Alex Nowrasteh joins Adam Camac to discuss immigration reform, immigration-related controversies, such as DACA, the DREAMers, a potential border wall, and Trump’s travel ban, and arguments in favor of a more open immigration system.

About the Guest

Mr. Nowrasteh is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. His work has appeared in most major US publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The Washington Post. He is a co-author of Open Immigration: Yea & Nay.

You can follow his work via the Cato Institute’s website, and you can find him on Twitter.

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Book Mentioned
1. Open Immigration: Yea & Nay by Alex Nowrasteh and Mark Krikorian

Related Video
1. Alex Nowrasteh, from the CATO Institute, Debates Tucker Carlson on Illegal Immigration (February 21, 2017)

Related Article
1. Don’t End DACA: The Immigration Program Trump Must Save by Alex Nowrasteh (August 31, 2017)

Resources Mentioned
1. Cato Institute
2. Alex Nowrasteh’s Cato Institute Scholar Page
3. Cato Institute’s Immigration Topic Page
4. Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity

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  • I’d like to get people’s thoughts on my short blog regarding the social contract and immigration: <span style=”font-size: medium;”></span>

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  • One of the more challenging issues Libertarians contend with is the philosophical support for open borders. How open should they be given the potential for importing violent jihadists?

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  • How many of you in here support FairTax ( I feel like FairTax coupled with amnesty and an easy naturalization process would be a recipe for economic growth. Just a theory. What do you guys think?

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  • Donald Trump knows that raising the minimum wage puts people out of work, and he wants to use it for exactly that purpose. In a position paper (yes, Trump actually has position papers), he proposes raising the minimum wage for H-1B workers so that fewer of them will get jobs: Increase prevailing wage for H-1Bs. We graduate two times more Americans with STEM degrees each year than find STEM jobs, yet as much as two-thirds of entry-level hiring for IT jobs is accomplished through the H-1B program. More than half of H-1B visas are issued for the program’s lowest allowable wage level, and more than eighty percent for its bottom two. Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give these coveted entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the U.S., instead of flying in cheaper workers from overseas. This will improve the number of black, Hispanic and female workers in Silicon Valley who have been passed over in favor of the H-1B program. This is part of Trump’s hostility toward all foreigners; in the same paper, he repeats his intention to build a wall along the Mexican border and implies that immigrant workers are terrorists. The point here, though, is that he has enough business experience to recognize that a legal minimum wage which is higher than the market value of work doesn’t help people who are looking for jobs, but puts them out of work. He agrees with the “left” in wanting to raise minimum wages, but he not only admits but intends that it will put people out of work.

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