The Niskanen Center’s immigration agenda begins with the premise that immigration yields economic and social benefits for the United States. It is also one of the best global anti-poverty policies: Orderly migration reduces human suffering, while enhancing global stability, security, and peace. Pursuing innovative, pragmatic reforms will ensure the U.S. immigration system continues to benefit the American people, immigrants, and the global community.
Cuts to our refugee resettlement program are predicated primarily on the notion that refugees potentially pose a security risk to the U.S. However, these fears are misplaced, as vetting procedures for refugees are quite robust. And in addition to humanitarian motives, refugee resettlement is critical tool used to achieve broader U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives.