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ICE Air provides one-way flights home for immigrants that the US is deporting. Story at the WSJ. More photos here. Absurd comment of the day:"For a lot of these immigrants, it has been a long journey to the U.S.," said Michael J. Pitts, chief of flight operations for deportations and removals at ICE. "This is […]

Posted 21 Oct 2008 in Blog, Immigration, Mexico, United States
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It is bad enough that governments conspire to keep foreigners out. It is even worse when governments conspire to keep their own citizens from leaving. Violating Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that every one has the right to leave a country, including their own, the Cuban and Mexican governments […]

Posted 21 Oct 2008 in Blog, Cuba, Immigration, Mexico, United States
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America is paying the price for Congress’s failure to enact comprehensive immigration reform last year. In the biggest crackdown for two decades, high-profile raids on companies suspected of hiring illegal immigrants are proliferating. And the upshot? A lot of pain for very little gain. Honest employers are being penalised for hiring workers whose credentials they […]

Posted 08 Jul 2008 in Blog, Immigration, United States
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Federal immigration officials raided an Iowa meatpacking plant this month in what is being called the largest operation of its kind in U.S. history. Nearly 400 of the plant’s 900 employees were arrested on immigration charges. Do you feel safer? Thus begins a generally excellent editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal, pointing out the absurdities […]

Posted 27 May 2008 in Blog, Immigration, United States
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America’s annual dash to hire skilled foreign professionals is already over. It began, perhaps appropriately, on April Fool’s Day and within a week the 65,000 quota was filled. High-tech employers said their inability to get visas to import workers would force them to expand their operation overseas. Robert Hoffman, vice president of Oracle Corp., said […]

Posted 09 Apr 2008 in Blog, Britain, Immigration, United States
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Washington Post, 6 April 2008. Like it or hate it, NAFTA is not a big deal for the US economy – and renegotiating should not be a priority for the new president

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Read my article in the Washington Post here. Tweet

Posted 05 Apr 2008 in Blog, Trade, United States
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Indians account for 38% of doctors in the US, 36% of scientists at Nasa, and 34% of employees at Microsoft, 28% at IBM and 17% at Intel, Prospect reports, quoting The Times of India, 11/3/8. Tweet

Posted 31 Mar 2008 in Blog, Immigration, India, United States
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As a politics junkie, I find the US presidential race exciting – certainly better than Gordon Brown’s ignominious coronation – but not particularly inspiring. I’m not wild about any of the candidates. I find Hillary Clinton uninspiring: a robotic, machine candidate, with a nasty streak and an offputting sense of entitlement. That’s a pity. Her […]

Posted 07 Feb 2008 in Blog, Politics, United States, US elections
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I have to say a big thank you to Gene Epstein, economics editor of Barron’s, who recommends both my books as gifts "that promote thought". Tweet

Posted 12 Jan 2008 in Blog, Globalisation, Immigration, United States
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I was a guest on Culture Shocks with Barry Lynn, a US talk radio show,  talking about immigration. Listen to it here. Tweet

Posted 17 Nov 2007 in Blog, Immigration, United States
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Posted 18 Oct 2007 in Blog, Immigration, United States
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Posted 17 Oct 2007 in Blog, Immigration, United States
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I spoke at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC, last month about my book, with comments by Stuart Anderson of the National Foundation for American Policy. Watch it here. Tweet

Posted 01 Oct 2007 in Blog, Immigration, United States
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By Nick Schultz. Read it here Tweet

Posted 17 Sep 2007 in Blog, Immigration, United States
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I was interviewed on WNYC radio by Leonard Lopate, a conversation that I very much enjoyed. Listen here.

Posted 13 Sep 2007 in Blog, Immigration, Media, United States
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The speech I gave at the Carnegie Council in New York focuses on the ethics of the immigration debate. Listen here.

Posted 13 Sep 2007 in Blog, Immigration, Media, United States
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I am currently in the US promoting the publication of Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them by Princeton University Press. Tweet

Posted 10 Sep 2007 in Blog, Immigration, United States
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Immigrants features on the Page 69 test, a bookish site run by Marshal Zeringue. Check it out. Tweet

Posted 19 Aug 2007 in Blog, Immigration, United States
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As Stephen Dubner points out on the Freakonomics blog, there is a fascinating and moving article in the New England Journal of Medicine by  Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, the director of the brain-tumour stem-cell laboratory at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Tweet

Posted 09 Aug 2007 in Blog, Immigration, United States