Alex Nowrasteh

Alex Nowrasteh is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute and a Contributor at The American Project at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy.

In Praise of American-Style Citizenship


On July 9, 1868, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution became law and granted birthright citizenship to all those born in the United States who are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. government. The purpose of the citizenship clause of that amendment was to overturn the 1857 Dred Scott v. Sandford decision, in which […]

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Rekindling the Dream


Martin Luther King Jr. is now memorialized with an imposing statue on the D.C. National Mall. While the honor is long overdue, his legacy should not end with a statue. A fitting practical tribute would be to tear down legal barriers that continue to hinder the equality and opportunity he fought for. Three such policies […]

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The Nobel Case for Immigration


Only 1 in 20 people on earth live in America. But Americans won 4 of 11 Nobel prizes this year. Last year, it was 8 of 9. Many of those American laureates are immigrants. Today, about 1 in 8 Americans are foreign-born, but 1 in 4 American Nobel laureates since 1901 are foreign-born. Immigrants, it […]

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Trading on the Recession


China recently overtook Japan as the second largest national economy in the world. Thirty years ago, when China began liberalizing its economy under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping, it was one of the poorest nations in the world. China has come a long way since then. Millions of its citizens have been lifted out of […]

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Fixing America’s Immigration Black Market


From Arizona to the U.S. Senate, immigration is at the forefront of the national debate. Much of the concern revolves around this fact: There is an enormous immigration black market in the United States. Millions of undocumented immigrants and temporary workers enter and leave every year. Legality is considered strictly optional. This problem will not […]

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