CEI Today: Senate immigration bill, DOMA & immigration, and Europe's "austerity"


Senate Immigration Bill Passage: Meaningful Victory for Free Market Reform

Thursday, the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) by a substantial margin. The bill will improve border security, increase legal immigration, and legalize the status of immigrants here illegally.

David Bier, Immigration Policy Analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, praised the Senate for its efforts to fix the immigration system, but said that the House must improve on the Upper Chamber's work. "This bill represents a major step forward in America's attempt to modernize its immigration system," Bier said. "But the work is not done-improvements must be made before this bill becomes law."  > Read more

> Interview David Bier


Reason: In Europe Cutting Taxes and Spending Leads to the Best Results

Matthew Melchiorre, the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Warren Brookes Journalism Fellow, has written a report on so-called austerity in Europe showing that many governments, despite their rhetoric, have not cut spending or taxes and that those governments that do implement austerity have experienced better economic performance than countries that did not cut spending and taxes.

Critics of supposed austerity in Europe oftentimes compare the economic performance of European countries from the same date, ignoring the fact that European governments implemented austerity programs at different times. Melchiorre takes this into account in his report.
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> Interview Matthew Melchiorre


Openmarket.org: DOMA Decision: Win for the Rights of U.S. Citizens to Freely Associate with Foreigners

Under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), gay Americans cannot sponsor their partners to enter and reside in the United States. But thanks to the Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Windsor yesterday, that fact will change. > Read more

> Interview David Bier






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June 26, 2013: TSA Full-Body Scanner Transparency

CEI, along with former American Airlines CEO Robert Crandall, submitted formal comments to the TSA regarding its proposed rule for using full-body scanners in airports. Fellow in Land-use and Transportation Studies Marc Scribner discusses the TSA’s lack of transparency and the scanners’ ineffectiveness in deterring terrorism.