Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
“The tiered legalization process I propose contains three different options available to otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants. Under this plan, the individual illegal immigrant could choose one path to legal status and could not switch to another at a later date, except maybe by paying an enormous penalty. This plan assumes no other changes in the immigration laws, no enforcement triggers that would have to be met before legalization could begin, and no regulations that would bar the immigrant from getting a green card through marriage or military service.
The first path is a work permit… The second path is permanent non-citizen residency… The third path should eventually lead to citizenship
Each path to legal status has a different series of benefits and costs. The work permit is the cheapest, but also the most limiting. The permanent non-citizen residency option is more expensive, but allows for the immigrant to sponsor additional immediate family members to immigrate. The green card is the most expensive and can eventually allow the immigrant to become a citizen and participate in America’s political system. Crucially, this system will work only if switching between these tiers is not allowed, except for a large fee."
Alex Nowrasteh, “One Solution to the Immigration Debate,” cato.org, Aug. 19, 2015
Experts Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute, Apr. 2012-present
Former Immigration Policy Analyst, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Sep. 2007-Apr. 2012
"Republicans May Try to Trade 'Dreamers' Amnesty for Comprehensive Immigration Reform — but It Won’t Work," Los Angeles Times, Sep. 7, 2017
"Universal Birthright Citizenship Is Infinitely Superior to any Ethnic-Based Alternative," spectator.org, July 10, 2017
Cowritten with Mark Krikorian, Open Immigration: Yea, 2014
"Repeal and Replace the Immigration and Nationality Act," Washington Examiner, Dec. 3, 2014
"Bad Laws Lead to Bad Executive Orders," usnews.com, Nov. 21, 2014
"The Conservative Case for Immigration Reform," Washington Times, Nov. 18, 2014
"Saving the GOP from Modern Know-Nothingism," Wall Street Journal, Oct. 30, 2014
"The Government Is Denying Due Process to Thousands of Detained Asylum Seekers," townhall.com, Oct. 27, 2014
"Immigration Bolsters American Freedom," Library of Law and Liberty website, Oct. 8, 2014
"We Need to Uncap the Number of H-1B Visas," thehill.com, Oct. 3, 2014
"President Obama's Delayed Action on Immigration Is Part of a Long Pattern," dailycaller.com, Sep. 10, 2014
"The Executive Action Obama Should Take on Immigration," thehill.com, Aug. 29, 2014
"Border Patrols Backfire," USA Today, July 30, 2014
"Why Aren't Child Migrants Fleeing to the U.S. from Nicaragua?," huffingtonpost.com, July 16, 2014
"How Obama Can Fix Immigration without Congress," Washington Post, July 8, 2014
"Unaccompanied Minors and Unintended Consequences," thehill.com, July 8, 2014
"Guest Worker Visas Can Halt Illegal Immigration," cato.org, May 5, 2014
"The Economic Costs of E-Verify," Federalist, Nov. 11, 2013
Has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Houston Chronicle, the Boston Globe, the San Jose Mercury, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Huffington Post, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and other media outlets
Has appeared on Fox News and other television and radio stations
Named one of "20 Immigration Experts to Follow on Twitter" by ABC News on Jan. 4, 2013