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New Immigration Journal from the Hoover Institution: Peregrine

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The Hoover Institution has launched a new journal titled Peregrine: American Immigration in the 21st Century. According to the introductory essay by Timothy Kane:

Peregrine is an online journal with a unique mission. Each issue will address one topic out of the many elements related to immigration in the US. This inaugural issue, in fact, asks the most basic question of all: What is the right amount of legal immigration? Historically, the Americas were open to all who could get here. The United States was a nation of immigrants before, during, and after the founding fathers rebelled from the King of England and declared their independence. Even today, over one million foreigners migrate to the US legally and permanently every year -- a greater amount than any other country on Earth.


Each issue of Peregrine will consider a handful of new ideas for pragmatic, incremental reform. The topic of this inaugural issue is the optimal scale of legal migration.

Essays aren't available yet, from what I can tell as of this writing, but each article brings with it a podcast interviewing one of the authors. Here's the first, featuring the University of Chicago's John Cochrane.

I'm excited about this, and I really hope it moves the conversation forward.

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Tom Church writes:


I'm involved with Peregrine - we're rolling out essays + podcasts each day this week.

Future topics include working visas in America, border security (and the idea of open borders), opinions on the ideal STEM visa policy, and American culture and assimilation.

Glad you're excited!

Art Carden writes:

@Tom: Thanks for putting this together. I read Cochrane's essay yesterday and really enjoyed it (I posted it on Reddit).

Quynh Nguyen writes:

One million. Two million. Ten million. One billion. Two billion.

My point? It does not matter.

I am an immigrant myself. Just like every other immigrants, my family and I arrived to America with hopes to pursue the American dream. America grants us opportunities and independence which we don't receive from underdeveloped countries, such as Viet Nam or Philippines.

Many Americans fear that with an influx of immigrants, wages will go down more than what they would have been or jobs will be stolen. However, you must realize that immigrants take on arduous labor that other Americans do not work. For instance, they are willing to work in crops and construct houses and roads. Clearly, they do not have the intention to cause any harm to other Americans. They simply just want to make money to support their families and the rest of their relatives who are left behind in their native homes and to receive a decent education. Immigrants work hard, pay taxes, and do not complain.

Furthermore, with the arrival of immigrants, Americans are exposed to every culture's unique beauty. We now have many different types of restaurants, such as Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, etc. In addition to the chance to taste every culture's tasty dishes, immigrants bring new job opportunities for people by opening restaurants.

Immigration benefits the American economy, not hurt it.

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