Immigration Reform in the Era of Trump

How America can relight the lamp beside its golden door.


HD Download

As president Trump's immigration crackdown prompts nationwide protests, Reason Foundation convened three policy experts in Washington, D.C., to discuss the moral and economic case for reform.

The experts' conclusions are startling. Left unchanged, the current immigration system is likely to prevent the president from reaching his four percent economic growth target. Further tightening of immigration regulations could provoke a recession. Foreseeable consequences of a continued crackdown against immigration include the loss of entrepreneurship, a major financial blow to American higher education, and the creation of a police state.

Panelists differed on whether Trump's so-called "Muslim ban" was motivated by incompetence or malice.


Ilya Somin—Law professor, George Mason University. Contributor, The Volokh Conspiracy, at The Washington Post.

Tim Kane—Economist, Hoover Institution at Stanford University; editor of Peregrine, an immigration journal.

Shikha Dalmia—Senior Analyst, Reason Foundation.

Produced by Todd Krainin. Cameras by Krainin and Ian Keyser.

Click below for full text, links, and downloadable versions.


Subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Like us on Facebook.

Follow us on Twitter.

Subscribe to our podcast at iTunes.