Alex Nowrasteh, reason

Alex Nowrasteh


Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Alexander:

A Clear and Present Lack of Danger

We can stop obsessing about Islamic terrorists crossing the Southern border. → Read More

How Mass Immigration Stopped American Socialism

Relatively open borders helped halt the early 20th century welfare state. → Read More

Let the Afghan People Come

Joe Biden doesn’t have to feel bad about bringing the troops home if he lets the persecuted come here. → Read More

Let the Afghan People Come

Joe Biden doesn’t have to feel bad about bringing the troops home if he lets the persecuted come here. → Read More

President Trump Reduced Legal Immigration. He Did Not Reduce Illegal Immigration

The population of illegal immigrants remained about the same as when he took office. → Read More

Do the 2020 Exit Polls Show that Hispanic Voters Dislike Immigration?

Exit poll data are being used by political pundits to produce partisan talking points about immigrant and Hispanic assimilation and voting patterns — don’t believe them. → Read More

Sanctuary Cities Reduce Deportations Without Increasing Crime

Hausman’s work is the best so far on how sanctuary city immigration policies affect crime rates. → Read More

21 People Died in Immigration Detention in 2020

Deaths in ICE detention centers have risen drastically during the COVID-19 pandemic after years of being relatively low. → Read More

Do Immigrants Make the United States More Left-Wing?

How immigrants affect the size and growth of government is a complex issue. Our regression results taken together suggest that a larger share of immigrants at the state level is correlated with slower growth in state per‐​capita government expenditures. → Read More

Immigrant Health Care Workers by Occupation and State

Immigration has already increased the supply of health care workers in the United States and can do a lot more going forward. → Read More

12 New Immigration Ideas for the 21st Century

Policy analysts, economists, political scientists, journalists, and advocates from around the world offer new policy suggestions that future Congresses could use to liberalize the legal immigration system. → Read More

How U.S. Travel Restrictions on China Affected the Spread of COVID-19 in the United States

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump imposed travel restrictions on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to slow its spread to the United States. We use the synthetic control method (SCM) under eight different specifications to see whether the travel restrictions slowed the domestic spread of COVID-19. In most specifications, the travel restriction had no effect on the number of… → Read More

An Alternative History of American Immigration

An alternative history of the United States if we had significantly liberalized immigration policies. → Read More

Florida Avoids E-Verify Mandate

President Trump has seen through E‑Verify’s failures and abandoned it—Governor DeSantis and the Florida state legislature should too. → Read More

Illegal Immigrants in Europe

The United States has one big lesson to learn from Europe’s experience with illegal immigration: A free movement zone with comparatively poorer countries can reduce illegal immigration. → Read More

Immigration and Homicide Rates in New York City: 1850-2017

More immigrants, less crime. → Read More

Deportation Rates in Historical Perspective

President Obama removed more people from the United States, no matter how you dice the numbers than any other president. → Read More

E-Verify Is Not an Effective Immigration Enforcement System, as Mississippi ICE Raids Show

Recent raids in Mississippi show that E-Verify is a weak and failed program, and if E-Verify lived up to its expectations, those workers would never have been employed in Mississippi in the first place → Read More

The Use of Euphemisms in Political Debate

Euphemisms tend to serve as signals of political-tribal membership, but also as means to convince ambivalent voters to support one policy or the other. → Read More

Terrorists by Immigration Status and Nationality: A Risk Analysis, 1975–2017

Terrorism is a hazard to human life and material prosperity that should be addressed in a sensible manner whereby the benefits of actions taken to contain it outweigh the costs. Foreign-born terrorists were responsible for 86 percent (or 3,037) of the 3,518 murders caused by terrorists on U.S. soil from 1975 through the end of 2017. Of the other 481 murder victims of terrorists, 413 were… → Read More