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How to run America like a business

Matthew Yglesias has a plan: If you’re trying to look at America from a balance-sheet perspective the problem is very clear. It’s not “entitlements” and it’s not “Social Security” and it’s not “Medicare” and it’s not “health care costs” it’s...

By Ezra Klein  | February 25, 2011; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Immigration  
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In praise of Jeb Bush

I think Jon Chait gets Jeb Bush very wrong here. When Bush says that "second-generation Hispanics marry non-Hispanics at a higher rate than second-generation Irish or Italians" and that "second-generation Hispanics' English language capability rates are higher than previous immigrant...

By Ezra Klein  | January 17, 2011; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Immigration  
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Congress should pass the DREAM Act

Here's what the DREAM Act does: If you're an illegal immigrant who can show proof that you were brought to this country while still a child and have lived here since, you can apply for a "conditional" status that becomes...

By Ezra Klein  | December 3, 2010; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Immigration  
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Should states set their own immigration quotas?

The Kauffman Foundation has a report out ranking the "new economy" states. Their methodology "measures the extent to which state economies are knowledge-based, globalized, entrepreneurial, IT-driven and innovation-based – in other words, to what degree state economies’ structures and operations...

By Ezra Klein  | November 22, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Immigration  
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'Illegal immigrants'

Over the years, I've gotten a lot of criticism for preferring the term "illegal immigrants" rather than embracing "undocumented immigrants," or something similar. Nicole at PostBourgie explains my thinking better than I could: For the record, I don’t like the...

By Ezra Klein  | October 12, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Immigration  
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The futility of border spending in one graph

One of the points I made in my column on immigration was that it doesn't make much sense to orient our system around family unification rather than economic need. We should set our immigration policies to maximize their benefit to...

By Ezra Klein  | September 27, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Immigration  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Column: The payoff from immigration, Ezra Klein , September 27, 2010
The evidence on anchor babies, Ezra Klein , August 12, 2010
Reform first, then enforcement, Ezra Klein , April 30, 2010
The political case for immigration reform, Ezra Klein , April 12, 2010
Why immigrants get short shrift on health reform, Washington Post editor , April 5, 2010
 
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