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AmericanPrinciplesProject - Forbes: Immigration and Economic Growth 


Dear Monetary Policy Observer,

With national attention focused on immigration reform legislation currently working its way through Congress, it’s easy to forget that quantitative immigration laws are fairly recent additions to our nation’s policies.  This latest Forbes article by Ralph Benko takes a look at the economic impact of looser immigration policy into the early 20th century, and how it tied in with monetary policy of the time to foster an era of unprecedented growth.  We hope you find this material of interest.

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Relaxed Immigration Barriers Correlate With Powerful Economic Growth

Ralph Benko

Relaxed immigration correlates with a thriving America. Few remember that most of our grandparents (including those of this columnist) who immigrated to America did so freely. They just showed up and came right in without confronting a crazy quilt of laws or phalanx of DHS agents. Relaxed immigration is part and parcel with economic growth.

People as resource is part of an integrated classical liberal world view. Another great classical thinker, the late Professor Melchior Palyi, formerly chief economist of Deutsche Bank, wrote in The Twilight of Gold 1914-1936: Myths and Realities (Henry Regnery and Company, Chicago, 1972), about a classical era, now mostly forgotten, that was “a golden age.” The era’s leaders offered an integrated worldview, extending to monetary, financial, and … immigration policy. How did it work out?

“Rising living standards of a rapidly growing world population, tremendous capital accumulation, accelerated technological progress, a vastly broadening area of well-organized international trade and finance, of political democracy and individual freedom–all these were the hallmarks of growth in the century between Waterloo and Sarajevo, and of its second half in particular. Toward the end of that period, and for a while thereafter, there was little doubt in the minds of most contemporary observers that such phenomenal developments as the skyrocketing of foreign long-term investments from under $6 billion in 1864 to over $70 billion just before World War I was closely related to the basic monetary institution of the age, the gold standard.…

“The meaning of the gold standard–with its unrestrained and uncontrolled private ownership of gold–cannot be appreciated in isolation from the institutional and psychological background that characterized the civilized world in the decades before 1914. ‘The outstanding feature’ of that period was the unity of the economic world, as has not been achieved at any other time.”

The gold standard was not the only hallmark of this epoch:

“’…there was freedom of travel without passports, freedom of migration, and freedom from exchange control and other monetary restrictions. Citizenship was freely granted to immigrants….”

The Republican Party aspires to the status of the party of economic growth. By branding those who have moved here outside the unenforced laws of a broken immigration system as “illegals” — and opposing a redemptive path to citizenship — some Republicans have, willy nilly, aligned against the policy most conducive to equitable prosperity: comprehensive reform.

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US Senator Kelly Ayotte - Immigration Update: The Border Surge 

Dear Friend and Supporter,

Following up on my most recent message, I wanted to update you on Senate action this week on the immigration reform bill.

Monday evening, the Senate voted 67-27 to begin debate on the border surge amendment I'm cosponsoring that would finally secure our southern border and stop future waves of illegal immigration. The tough border security provisions in the Hoeven-Corker amendment double the number of border security agents at the southern border, double the amount of border fencing, ensure the best border surveillance and security technology is in place, and require full implementation of E-Verify and the electronic entry/exit system at all air and seaports of entry in the U.S. These are tough requirements that must be met before Registered Provisional Immigrants would be eligible for lawful permanent resident (green card) status.

Please see the below Myth vs. Fact section, which includes facts about what this amendment does and counters some of the false information you may have heard.

MYTH: This amendment will allow illegal immigrants to receive green cards before the border is secure.

FACT: The amendment contains triggers which ensure that Registered Provisional Immigrants (RPIs) cannot receive green cards until at least 10 years after the enactment of the bill, AND the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, the Secretary of Defense, the Inspector General, and GAO, certifies that the following five triggers have been met:

  • An additional 20,000 Border Patrol agents have been deployed, maintained and stationed along the southern border, more than doubling the current force.
  • The Comprehensive Southern Border Security Strategy is deployed and operational, meaning the specified technology, infrastructure, and personnel has been procured, funded, and is in current use to achieve effective control of the border. The Strategy must meet certain technological requirements, including: 488 fixed camera systems; 232 mobile surveillance systems; 4595 unattended ground sensors, including seismic, imaging, and infrared; 820 handheld equipment devices, including handheld thermal imaging systems and night vision goggles; 4 unmanned aircraft systems; 17 UH-1N helicopters; 8 AS-350 light enforcement helicopters; 15 Blackhawk helicopters; and 30 marine vessels.
  • The Southern Border Fencing Strategy has been implemented, and at least 700 miles of pedestrian fencing has been completed along the southern border, double the amount that is currently in place.
  • The mandated electronic visa entry/exit system has been fully implemented at all air and sea ports of entry where U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are currently deployed.
  • E-Verify is being used by all employers in the country, making it nearly impossible to work in the U.S. illegally.

MYTH: This amendment does nothing to discourage visa overstays.

FACT: Visa overstays currently account for 40% of those unlawfully present in our country. In addition to the exit system, the amendment mandates the initiation of deportation proceedings for at least 90% of visa overstays- holding DHS accountable for failing to enforce the law and targeting an issue that is at the core of a policy of de facto amnesty. The amendment also requires extensive reporting to Congress every six months to facilitate oversight of the overstay issue.

MYTH: The Hoeven-Corker amendment grants instant amnesty.

FACT: In order to transition to lawful permanent resident (green card) status, unlawful immigrants would be required to pay a fine, pass criminal and national security background checks, and start paying taxes. Only after ALL FIVE "triggers" of the amendment have been fully implemented AND at least 10 years have passed can RPIs apply for a green card.

I hope you find this information helpful, and I look forward to providing another update later in the week.

Thank you for your friendship,

Kelly Ayotte
Kelly Ayotte
U.S. Senator


CEI Today: Free market carbon tax?, Senate immigration vote, and #ceigala roundup

CARBON TAX - MARLO LEWIS Cato Institute’s Regulation Magazine Features Article on “The Case for a Carbon Tax from a Free Market Perspective”
The lead article in the summer issue of Regulation magazine, the Cato Institute’s flagship publication, is titled “What is the right price for carbon emissions?”  The author is Bob Litterman, a Ph. D. economist who is currently a partner in a NYC-based hedge fund.

These articles were described by someone at Cato as “exploring the case for a carbon tax from a free market perspective.”  But I don’t see anything resembling a free market case for a carbon tax being made in Litterman’s article or in the pro-carbon tax comments of Pindyck and Hsu.

Nor can I find anything in Litterman’s background or in the references in his article to suggest that he is a free market economist.  He was at Goldman Sachs in high positions for twenty-some years and is a member of the board of the World Wildlife Fund. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

SENATE IMMIGRATION VOTE - DAVID BIER E-Verify National ID System Threatens Americans’ Privacy


The Senate immigration bill would create a centralized database with photos of every legal U.S. worker or potential worker. It does this by combining the Social Security database – names, addresses and Social Security Numbers – with passport and state ID photos (p. 1317). The bill incentivizes states to provide photos by offering hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange for making them accessible to the federal government (p. 1377). > Read more

> Interview David Bier


The Washington Post: The outspoken Kentucky Republican was keynoting the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s annual gala Thursday when he mocked the “charade” shut-downs of the sequester: Many  Senate entrances have been closed, but the Capitol police officers guarding them haven’t been furloughed, he said, just “reassigned.”

K Street Magazine: Annual Libertarian Dinner Gets Shaken, Not Stirred

The outspoken Kentucky Republican was keynoting the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s annual gala Thursday when he mocked the “charade”
shut-downs of the sequester: Many  Senate entrances have been closed, but the Capitol police officers guarding them haven’t been furloughed, he said, just “reassigned.” Rand Paul gave the keynote address at the annual Competitive Enterprise Institute dinner Thursday night in Washington DC. The sold out crowd of free market advocates eagerly awaited red meat from the Kentucky senator and they were not disappointed.  

Paul began with a full frontal assault on the Obama Administration mocking them as the "Old MacDonald" white House, "You know, here a scandal, there a scandal, every where a scandal."

Sen. Rand Paul keynoted, drawing laughs for his jabs on NSA, furloughing the Capitol police, and spending hundreds of thousands to discover pizza is the best food to eat on Mars. 

The event's theme was James Bond (the title of a staff-made spoof video: "Capitalism Never Dies"), and the group's president, Lawson Bader, sported a kilt in tribute to Sean Connery. Cracks at the IRS and NSA abounded, along with a general air of righteousness.




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America's Future Foundation presents:

What’s Next for the Marketplace Fairness Act?

Featuring CEI's Jessica Melugin

In May, the Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill purporting to level the playing field between brick and mortar stores and online businesses by requiring Internet retailers to charge consumers state sales taxes across the 50 states. Some supporters say this will bring in “lost” revenue owed by out-of-state vendors and encourage growth of traditional retail, while opponents argue it’s an unconstitutional money grab by politicians that will hurt small businesses through high compliance costs.
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CEI and 19 other free market organizations sent a joint letter to Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor urging a floor vote on the concurrent resolution, H. Con Res. 24, expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy. > View the coalition letter







CEI - Border Security Amendments Won't Work Without Legal Immigration Fix 

Reforms Don't Address Why Workers Enter Illegally, Says CEI Analyst

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13, 2013 — Yesterday, Sen. John Cornyn proposed a major amendment to the Senate immigration bill (S. 744), which would completely replace the bill’s current border security provisions. The proposal—nicknamed the RESULTS amendment—increases security funding in the bill and strengthens the bill’s security “triggers” by delaying the pathway to citizenship for newly legalized immigrants until border patrol has surveillance of the entire border and apprehends at least 90 percent of all attempted illegal entries.

David Bier, Immigration Policy Analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, congratulated the senator for his focus on security, but said the proposals would waste money without changing the legal immigration sections of the bill.

“The senator’s proposal would create a stronger political incentive to secure the border,” Bier said. “But the amendment fails to account for why so many people attempt to enter illegally. Without legal means to enter the United States, border patrol will continue to be overwhelmed by illegal crossings. The bill offers a yearly average of just 45,000 guest work visas over the next four years. In future years, the number could increase to 200,000 annually. But that is still hundreds of thousands fewer than what is needed to meet the border security targets.”

Bier said that the bill should connect border security to guest work visas. “The number of guest work visas should automatically rise in any year that border security fails to meet the 90 percent apprehension rate,” Bier said. “When people are willing to risk their lives and freedom to cross the border, it is a market signal that visa supply is nowhere near visa demand. It should always be less costly to enter this country legally than illegally. Sen. Cornyn’s efforts to drive up the costs of illegal immigration are a good start, but ultimately will only be successful in conjunction with reforms that cut red tape in the legal immigration process.”

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CEI Today: Senate immigration bill, cancer rates & pesticides, and EPA bias 


Senate Immigration Bill Needs Rewrite on Guest Workers, Visa Regs, E-Verify, CEI Analyst Says

On Tuesday, the Senate voted to proceed with debate on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). David Bier, Immigration Policy Analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, applauded the vote but urged senators to address several problems with the bill before voting for final passage.

“This vote demonstrates that the Senate is truly committed to fixing America’s immigration system,” Bier said. “But major changes to the bill are still required if Congress hopes to keep America competitive and prevent future waves of illegal immigration.”

Most importantly, Bier said, the bill’s severe restrictions on guest workers need to be relaxed. > Read more


> Interview David Bier


PESTICIDES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI Cancer Rates Low Among Pesticide Workers

If chemical exposures are a significant cause of cancer, as some environmentalists say, you’d expect that individuals who apply pesticides for a living would have higher cancer rates. But a recent study conducted by the U.K.-based Health and Safety Laboratory indicates, that’s not the case—at least not for pesticide workers. > Read more


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Daily Caller: EPA’s explanation for FOIA bias leaves a lot of questions unanswered

The Environmental Protection Agency has been under fire for weeks over allegations it treats right-of-center groups harshly when they request documents under the Freedom of Information Act but promptly assists left-of-center requesters.

The EPA finally has its response, and it looks like the agency took a page from the Politician Handbook and answered not the questions that were raised by Chris Horner, my colleague at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, but those it created specifically for this situation.
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> Interview Brian McNicoll





JUNE 20, 2013





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What Should Congress Do about Cell Phone Unlocking?

Should copyright law stop you from unlocking your cell phone? Join TechFreedom and CEI on June 17 for a lunch discussion. Opening remarks by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai. 



An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State


This year marks the publication of the 20th anniversary edition of the CEI’s annual survey of the federal regulatory state, Ten Thousand Commandments.

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> See also: Wall Street Journal editorial, Red Tape Record Breakers