Jorge Cancino, Univision, June 2, 2023
"The positions taken by lawyers from the Department of Justice (DOJ) show that, contrary to the campaign discourse and the one defended during the first months...
Weill Cornell Medicine, June 2, 2023
"Recent uncertainties regarding the legal status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program underscore the urgency for policymakers to reassess...
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"BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
America is more than a place; it is an idea...
Tim Balk, NY Daily News, June 2, 2023
"A Texas judge who ruled two years ago against the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program heard oral arguments on Thursday in a high...
Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, May 30, 2023
"Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday pledged to challenge a long-standing interpretation of the U.S. Constitution in an attempt to end birthright...
"I'm very passionate about the issue of immigration as a question of
substance, but I'll happily concede I don't know a ton about the
politics. It turns out, however, that people are very confused about how many immigrants
there are and "vastly overestimate the percentage of fellow residents
who are foreign-born, by more than a factor of two, and the percentage
who are in the country illegally, by a factor of six or seven."
Initially that sounds like an optimistic finding. Maybe the reason my
fellow Americans don't share my interest in liberalizing immigration
rules is that they're mis-informed and a few facts will turn them
John Sides and Jack Citrin find (PDF) that this strategy almost certainly won't work:
The public is prone to overestimate the size of minority
group populations. Does providing information about the actual size of
populations affect attitudes towards those groups? We investigate
innumeracy about immigrant populations. As in previous studies, we find
that people tend to overestimate the size of the foreign-born
population, and that these estimates are associated with an individual’s
formal education and with the number of immigrants in the surrounding
context. Then, in two different survey experiments, we test whether
information about immigrants affects attitudes—either by correcting
these overestimates or by priming the annual level of immigration. In
both experiments, the information influenced attitudes very little. We
conclude by noting the potential limits of “information effects” on mass
Put that in my "too bad" file. A related intuition I have that I'd be
interested in reading relevant research on is that when you take the
basic dynamic of population migration out of the "immigration" context,
suddenly people understand it more clearly. When people hear about a
town that's attracting many new residents, they say it's "booming" not
that the newcomers are poaching a fixed supply of jobs. Nobody in Texas
seems to have proposed trying to close the state to migrants from the
Northeast and Midwest; rather, they see the state's attraction to
migrants as one of its strengths. The "foreign-ness" of newcomers from
other countries distracts people from fundamental dynamics that they
understand in other contexts." - Matthew Yglesias, Jan. 9, 2012.