There Is No Party of Immigration in American Politics

Plus: A listener question concerning the key to a libertarian future—should we reshape current systems or rely upon technological exits like bitcoin and encryption?


In this week's The Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, and Peter Suderman delve into U.S. immigration policy, prompted by the recent lifting of Title 42, a dreadful COVID-era hangover that restricted the ability of migrants to seek asylum.

1:51: Title 42 migrant expulsions finally come to an end.

23:50: The Congressional Budget Office's budget outlook projects a federal budget deficit of $1.5 trillion in 2023 alone.

35:05: Weekly Listener Question

45:53: Donald Trump's CNN town hall appearance

49:04: This week's cultural recommendations

Mentioned in this podcast:

"Is Biden Replacing Bad Border Policy With Worse Border Policy?" by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Biden Keeps Another Trump Border Policy in Place," by Fiona Harrigan

"The End of Title 42 Expulsions of Migrants—and What Comes Next," by Ilya Somin

"US Regains Pre-Trump, Pre-Pandemic Immigration Levels," by Ilya Somin

"Biden's New Trump-Lite Asylum Policy Proposal," by Ilya Somin

"A Historic Refugee Crisis Miscast As a Border Emergency," by Stuart Anderson

"Biden's Immigration Plan Lays Out a Tougher Border, New Legal Pathway for Some Migrants," by Fiona Harrigan

"How Immigrants Make America Great Again (and Again and Again)," by Nick Gillespie

"How Mass Immigration Stopped American Socialism," by Alex Nowrasteh and Benjamin Powell

"The GOP's Suicide Pact on Immigration," by Nick Gillespie

"The Debt Ceiling Fight Is a Reminder of America's Dire Fiscal Future," by Veronique de Rugy

"Biden Falsely Bragged About Lowering the Budget Deficit. Now, It Is Predictably Rising Again." by Eric Boehm

"The House GOP Debt Ceiling Plan Would Restore Spending Caps. Good." by Eric Boehm

"Vivek Ramaswamy Is Wrong About the National Debt," by Nick Gillespie

"Nobel Prize–Winning Economist: Democrats Are Committed 'To Spending Other People's Money,'" by Nick Gillespie

"Why We Need To Shrink the National Debt, and Fast!" by Nick Gillespie and Mark McDaniel

"CNN Gave Trump a Megaphone, and He Used It Exactly As You'd Expect," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

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Audio production by Ian Keyser; assistant production by Hunt Beaty.

Music: "Angeline," by The Brothers Steve