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Images of the Day: Unemployment Claims Plummeted Faster After $600 Checks Expired

As the nation debates continuing coronavirus stimulus, AEI offers an eye-opening analysis:  Unemployment claims plummeted and the employment picture improved much faster after those $600 checks expired, reestablishing that while we always want to help those who cannot help themselves, government payouts can sometimes reduce incentives and ability to return to the workforce.  And this doesn't even reflect remarkably positive employment reports released by the government since the end dates:

 

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31 Dumb Sensors, Deadly Consequences

The circumstances of U.S. Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez's death this week remain murkier than the Rio Grande River. Agent Martinez succumbed to critical head injuries early Sunday morning. An unnamed partner, who came to Martinez's aid after he radioed for help from a remote area of the Big Bend sector in Texas, also suffered serious wounds…

32 Over DACA, An Acute Case of Trump Panic Syndrome

The entire politico-media complex had a nervous breakdown last week over President Trump's position on DACA. Lawmakers, journalists and activists jumped to all sorts of conclusions when Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that over dinner at the White House on Sept. 13 they reached an "agreement…

33 Crime and Immigration: What's In the Dream Act

Commentary on the DACA controversy frequently notes that the nation's nearly 700,000 so-called Dreamers are a law-abiding group. But a new bill to give DACA recipients full legal status, sponsored by Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake and Democratic Senators Richard Durbin and Charles Schumer, would allow newly legalized Dreamers to…

34 After Trump Acts, DACA Is Now Congress' Problem

Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, who after the departure of Jeff Sessions has emerged as the Senate's leading immigration hawk, says he would support the legalization of all current DACA recipients—nearly 700,000 of them—if Congress would at the same time pass measures to protect Americans workers from the effects of that legalization…

35 Trump-Backed Immigration Bill Has Many Critics, But Voters Like It

Some Democrats and their advocates in the press have been quick to denounce the RAISE Act, the new immigration reform bill proposed by Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue and endorsed by President Trump. "The Trump, Cotton, Perdue bill is rooted in the same anti-immigrant, xenophobic, and isolationist rhetoric that was a cornerstone…

36 How Did the Dems' IT Scandal Suspects Get Here?

Here is a radical proposition: The public has a right to know the immigration status and history of foreign criminal suspects. Their entrance and employment sponsorship records should not be treated like classified government secrets—especially if the public's tax dollars subsidized their salaries. In March, I contacted the D.C. offices of House…

37 Who Owns Border Death Truck Tragedy? Mexico!

Florida truck driver James Matthew Bradley isn't the mastermind of the human smuggling ring that led to the grisly deaths of 10 illegal immigrants in his rig, which authorities found at a San Antonio Walmart over the weekend. He's just a cog in the machine. Bradley may now face the death penalty for transporting up to 100 people crammed in the trailer…

38 While Other Controversies Rage, Work On Border Wall Moves Forward

New revelations come almost by the minute in the Trump-Russia affair. A reasonable observer might conclude that is all that is happening in the Trump administration. But even as those troubles fill news sites and cable TV, administration officials are quietly moving ahead on one of the president's top campaign promises: the construction of a wall on…

39 Not All Refugees Are Welcome

For years, left-wingers would contest my use of the term "open borders lobby" because, they sternly rebuked me, nooooobody in America seriously believes in open borders. Whelp. This weekend, thousands of anti-Trump liberals took to the streets, airports and college campuses chanting "all are welcome" and shrieking "let them…

40 Trump's Radical Approach to Immigration: Enforce the Law

There's one fundamental difference between the new White House and the old when it comes to immigration: Barack Obama ordered his administration not to enforce a number of immigration laws. Donald Trump has ordered his administration to enforce them. Trump's two immigration executive orders, issued last Wednesday, are long, far-reaching, and complicated…

41 Immigration Controversies

Despite controversies that rage over immigration, it is hard to see how anyone could be either for or against immigrants in general. First of all, there are no immigrants in general. Both in the present and in the past, some immigrant groups have made great contributions to American society, and others have contributed mainly to the welfare rolls…

42 Abstract Immigrants in an Abstract World

Why would a country with the world's largest Jewish population, outside of Israel, admit large numbers of immigrants from countries where hatred of Jews has been taught to their people from earliest childhood? This question is ultimately not about Muslims and Jews. It is about discussing immigrants in the abstract, rather than in terms of the specific…

43 Border Surge Solution: Send 'Em to Camp David!

Colorado dodged a bullet. After a stinging backlash from local leaders and Rocky Mountain politicians in both parties, the Obama White House retreated this weekend from plans to dump in our state 1,000 minors who immigrated here illegally. Good riddance to the feckless feds, and don't come back, y'all. Now, let this be a lesson for other communities…

44 Chicken Little Chuckie Schumer: America's Disease-Fighting Phony

Latin America's Zika virus is the latest undocumented immigrant to hit our shores, but have no fear. Self-appointed Zika Warrior Prince Charles Schumer has declared that he is here to stop it. The New York Democrat has a "three-point plan" of attack to build a "firewall" that will prevent an outbreak of the mosquito-borne illness…

45 Stop the Bleeding

There was a painful irony when France's immediate response to the terrorist attacks in Paris was to close the borders. If they had closed the borders decades ago, they might have avoided this attack. Someone once said that the First World War was the most stupid thing that European nations ever did. Countries on both sides of that war ended up worse…

46 A Closetful of Hillary Clinton's Immigration Costumes

When it comes to immigration policy, Hillary Clinton's had more career costume changes than her new BFF Katy Perry. This week, Clinton donned her militant, pro-illegal immigration mask and vowed to out-executive amnesty her old pals at the White House. "I will go as far as I can, even beyond President Obama," she bragged, "to make sure…

47 Another Cynical Democratic "Citizenship USA" Voter Drive

There's only one time when you can depend on the chronically backlogged, recklessly inefficient Department of Homeland Security to perform smoothly: election season. While hundreds of thousands of visa overstayers and deportation fugitives remain on the loose, federal bureaucrats at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are hastily…

48 Documented Irresponsibility

People who entered the United States illegally may be called "undocumented" in politically correct circles, but what is all too well documented is the utter irresponsibility of both political parties in dealing with immigration issues. Both Democratic and Republican administrations have left the border with Mexico porous for years -- porous…

49 The Democrats' Trump Card

President Obama seems on the verge of the most abject diplomatic capitulation in American history -- to Iran, our bitterest enemy -- and Republicans are arguing about Donald Trump? The prospect of a deal with Iran is dumbfounding and infuriating, as the U.S. held all the cards in the protracted negotiations and yet executed serial surrenders to the…

50 Is Your Church Abetting Sanctuary Nation?

The random, heartless murder of a young tourist on San Francisco's Pier 14 by a five-time illegal alien deportee who benefited from the "progressive" city's sanctuary policy has law-abiding Americans, law enforcement officials and political opportunists of all stripes up in arms. But for decades, feckless government leaders ignored the pleas…

51 SleazeBob Menendez's 36DD Visa Program

America has an alphabet soup of visa programs for foreigners to choose from: B-1 for business visitors, B-2 for tourists, EB-5 for investors, F-1 for students, and so on. All are overwhelmed, loosely monitored and riddled with fraud and corruption. According to the recently unsealed federal indictment against him, sleazy Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J.,…

52 The Green-Card Racket for Beltway Cronies

Can we stop putting America up for sale to the most politically connected bidders yet? Where is our self-respect? Since 2001, I've warned about the systemic and bipartisan corruption of America's EB-5 immigrant investor visa program. The latest report from the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general -- which outlines the meddling and pandering…

53 On Obama’s Amnesty, Senate GOP Shouldn’t Outsource Responsibility to Judges

A ruling from a federal judge in Texas has put a temporary halt to President Barack Obama’s amnesty program for as many as five million illegal immigrants. According to some Senate Republicans, it may be just enough cover to abandon legislative efforts challenging the assault on the rule of law. “Most of us felt like the courts gave us…

54 Comprehensive Timeline Details Obama Admin Thrashing of Immigration Laws

A new report by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) shows the incredible extent to which President Barack Obama is thrashing U.S. immigration law. The report chronicles a timeline of abuse beginning in January 2009 and ending on February 13, 2015 – the day the House Judiciary Committee revealed a little-known program to give illegal immigrants with…

55 Reining in Obama’s Executive Amnesty in Senate GOP’s Hands

With a March 1 deadline looming, it’s up to Senate Republicans to corral enough votes to fund the Department of Homeland Security before it goes into a temporary shutdown. At least, that’s the message coming from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). “You know, in the gift shop out here, they’ve got these little booklets on how…

56 Report: Obama Administration Operating Parallel Immigration System

February is the month Republicans in Congress chose to challenge President Barack Obama’s unilateral immigration amnesty. Instead of holding up the entire federal budget two months ago, GOP leaders decided to pass two bills – one to fund most of the bureaucracy for the next year, another to prop up the Department of Homeland Security only…

57 How to Defund Obama’s Executive Amnesty

It’s taken almost a month, but it is now becoming clearer how Republicans in Congress can stop President Barack Obama’s decision to grant amnesty and work permits to as many as five million illegal immigrants, if not more, depending on the specifics of the proposed actions. To recall, President Obama announced on November 20 that he is…

58 How Much Will Obama’s Immigration Amnesty Cost Your State?

As Republicans in Congress debate how best to respond to President Barack Obama’s unilateral and unconstitutional immigration amnesty, state governments are wondering how they will pay for this massive new unfunded mandate. Consider the impact on New York, Nevada, Texas and California. One of the leaders of the New York Senate anticipates that…

59 Senator Cruz: Secure the Border, End the Amnesty, and Celebrate Legal Immigration

This op-ed originally appeared in The Texas Tribune on August 13, 2014. We should welcome a debate over how to secure our borders and reform the legal immigration system. That’s not a debate, however, that President Obama and his supporters are willing to have. Instead, they are devoted to amnesty — and they’re holding the…

60 Senator Sessions: Every Citizen Must Demand To Know Where Their Senator Stands On President's Planned Executive Amnesty

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Ranking Member of the Budget Committee, delivered the following prepared remarks on August 5, 2014, regarding the urgent need for the Senate to consider House-passed legislation to block the President's planned executive amnesty and grant of mass work…

 
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"In case you missed it over the Thanksgiving weekend, the country's public health establishment admitted it has tortured your children for eight months for no apparent reason.Sixty million American children have been languishing in their rooms since spring, sitting in front of screens, learning nothing, isolated from human contact, in many cases driven to mental illness -- and there was no reason…[more]
 
 
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