Last updated on: 1/21/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

David Bier Biography

Title:
Policy Advisor to US House Representative Raúl Labrador (R-ID)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“The immigration system’s major problem is that its restrictions create huge incentives to immigrate illegally. Yet the debate has not focused on addressing this issue, but on perpetuating the notion that somehow more money, more guards, more prisons, more penalties, and more laws will fix it.

The solution to illegal immigration is simple: legalize immigration. This does not mean eliminating borders, creating easy citizenship, or destroying our sovereignty. It means an orderly and accessible process for entry, something that does not exist today. Wait times for family-sponsored green cards from Mexico stretch over a decade, and employment-based green cards for low-skilled workers are limited to 5,000, or 0.075% of the number needed to cover all undocumented immigrants from Mexico. This means, for most immigrants, there is no option for legal entry.”

“No Real Differences between Presidential Candidates on Immigration,” huffingtonpost.com, Oct. 1, 2012

[Editor’s Note: David Bier expressed a Con E-Verify position in a Jan. 10, 2013 op-ed titled “E-Verify: Immigration Reform’s Threat to Legal Workers,” published on Forbes.com.]

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Policy Advisor, US House Representative Raúl Labrador (R-ID)
  • Senior Editor, The Skeptical Libertarian
  • Op-ed contributor, Washington Examiner and Washington Times
  • Blogger, OpenMarket.org and GlobalWarming.org
  • Former Immigration Policy Analyst, Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • Former blogger, Huffington Post
  • Former columnist, Daily Caller
  • Former contributor, The American Spectator
Education:
  • Degrees in Political Science and Philosophy, Grove City College
Other:
  • Has had work published in The Freeman, The Commentator, Reason, and Kyiv Post
  • Has been cited by Politifact and the Washington Post
  • Has appeared on Fox Business and Al Jazeera
  • Twitter handle: @myfreesociety
Quoted in:
  1. Should E-Verify Be Mandatory for All Employers?