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WINTER 2018 | Issue 9
Is immigration reform Possible?
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No issue animates the tension within American society better than immigration. To some, welcoming immigrants speaks to our identity as an open society and helps sustain our economic growth. To others, a large flow of immigration can lead to a loss of the American identity and a shortage of jobs.
The Catalyst addresses this debate with contributors who focus on the political and cultural forces that stand in the way of modernizing our immigration system. The winter edition also takes a deep look at ways the nation could at last update our immigration laws.
Immigration Reform is Not a Zero-Sum Game
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush joins former Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President and CEO Richard Fisher in discussing obstacles to reform in a video conversation with Bush Institute Executive Director Holly Kuzmich. They also explain what reform might look like, ranging from an appropriate flow of legal immigrants, dealing realistically with illegal immigrants, and securing the border.
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What Are We So Afraid of When It Comes to Immigration?
Perhaps the greatest cultural obstacle to constructing a modern immigration system is the fear of losing our national identity. The anxiety is not unreasonable, which is why The Catalyst asked religious and political leaders, policy experts, immigrants, and students to answer this question: What are we so afraid of when it comes to immigration?
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Jeff Flake and Lamar Smith on the Path Ahead
The Catalyst asked two retiring legislators â€” GOP Sen. Jeff Flake and GOP Rep. Lamar Smith â€” to share their insights on how immigration reform might finally happen. They approach the topic differently, but their experiences from previous congressional skirmishes provide unique insights on the way forward.
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We Are America
Must large waves of legal as well as illegal immigrants change the nationâ€™s identity? Ruben Navarrette , a syndicated columnist and Bush Institute Education Reform Fellow, and Reverend Samuel Rodriguez , president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, address that question. In an email exchange, they discuss how Latinos are integrating into the larger culture.
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Creating One Out of Many
The Bush Instituteâ€™s Col. Miguel Howe , the April and Jay Graham Fellow of the Military Service Initiative, explains how the military successfully assimilates immigrants through instilling every soldier with a shared purpose and set of values. As America once again grapples with the challenges and opportunities of immigration, Col. Howe argues that the nation can learn lessons from the military.
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