I recently spoke with constitutional scholar, Ilya Somin, about how courts often allow the government to infringe immigrants’ basic rights (such as free speech, freedom of religion, and equal protection) in a way they would never allow against US citizens. Professor Somin warns that these abuses often end up affecting US citizens. He also explains how the legal theory allowing these double standards, "the plenary power doctrine," was invented nearly a century after the ratification of the constitution by the same Supreme Court justices who invented the doctrine of "separate but equal" allowing segregation against blacks.
Professor Somin’s forthcoming book: https://www.amazon.com/Free-Move-Migration-Political-Freedom/dp/0190054581/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=ilya+somin&qid=1582529358&sr=8-1
Professor Somin's faculty profile: https://www.law.gmu.edu/faculty/directory/fulltime/somin_ilya
I recently spoke with Robert Haglund, a marketing expert, former intelligence analyst for the Air Force, and producer for conservative podcasts and talk shows. Robbie is also editor of this podcast.
We talked about his experience training U.S. military personnel to negotiate with Iraqi tribal leaders, the challenges of cross-cultural dialogue, how cultural divisions in the United States affect the immigration debate, whether its worth while talking to immigration skeptics (yes), whether all opposition to immigration is racist (no), whether Obama's presidency proves that no common ground can be found, recognizing the right time and place to discuss and debate immigration, whether it's cowardly to refrain from accusing people of racism, and the importance of intellectual honesty in building trust with people with different political opinions.
I recently had an entertaining and thought-provoking conversation with economist David R. Henderson about whether immigrants have the right to do what they want with the money they earn at work, the large sums of money immigrants in the United States send to their families in their home countries in the form of remittances, Trump's proposals to stop or tax these remittances, the effectiveness of these private remittances compared to government-to-government foreign aid, and the idea of selling visas as a way to cut the deficit.
More information about David R. Henderson
Professor Henderson's blog: https://www.econlib.org/author/dhenderson/