According to an annual survey conducted in North American and European countries, approximately two-thirds of the people interviewed are concerned that illegal immigrants increase crime, whereas fewer have the same concern about legal immigrants. New research by Paolo Pinotti indicates that legal status does significantly reduce the number of serious crimes committed by immigrants, and that the impact is highest for economically motivated crimes.
- “Clicking on Heaven’s Door: The Effect of Immigrant Legalization on Crime,” by Paolo Pinotti
Prophetic in the insightful analysis it revealed when first published in 2012, The Libertarian Vote: Swing Voters, Tea Parties, and the Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal Center provides details on the millions of American voters who are now the subject of major news stories on the growing influence of libertarian views and factions on the upcoming midterm elections, domestic policies, foreign policy, and much more. The dominating theme of political commentary over the past decade has been that we are a polarized, red vs. blue nation, but between 10 and 20 percent of American voters do not fit squarely into these boxes. The Libertarian Vote offers some of the most authoritative insights available on this large and influential block of voters.
Replacing Obamacare: The Cato Institute on Health Care Reform contains the work of over a dozen national experts who have dedicated their professional lives to enabling effective health care reforms. Issued in 2012, this nearly 800 page work represents the Cato Institute’s best work on Obamacare, focusing on how free markets can make health care better (with an extensive chapter offering a detailed proposal for replacing Obamacare), more affordable, and more secure. By the book’s conclusion, you will clearly understand how the solid, proven solution set forth in Replacing Obamacare can lead to real health care reform.
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Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri raise many issues concerning American policing and the criminal justice system generally. Join Tim Lynch, Director of Cato’s Project on Criminal Justice, for a live Q&A as he discusses the ongoing situation in Ferguson, including the shooting of Michael Brown; police misconduct and officer-involved shootings; the right to protest; the militarization of policing; public safety; and the role of the federal government.
Tune in live online TOMORROW at 3:00 p.m. EST and tweet your questions using #CatoFerguson. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.
As the unfolding events in Ferguson, MO—a town of 21,000 outside of St. Louis—demonstrate, America’s domestic police forces have come to resemble the standing armies the Founders feared.
“Why armored vehicles in a Midwestern inner suburb?,” asks Cato’s Walter Olson. Why fire tear gas canisters at people standing in their own yards? “Shock and awe” tactics are fast becoming the new normal as federal policy has fed an unhealthy warrior mentality among what used to be called “peace officers”—with federal subsidies and Pentagon giveaways of military ordnance.
The clampdown in Ferguson highlights the dangers of our drift toward paramilitary policing, as well as the broader trend of law-enforcement lawlessness documented by Cato’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project.
- “Police Militarization in Ferguson — and Your Town,” by Walter Olson
- “Police Misconduct: The Assault on Civil Liberties,” by Tim Lynch
- “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces,” by Radley Balko
- “Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America,” by Radley Balko
- “Homeland Security Grants Subsidize Dystopia,” by Gene Healy
- PODCAST: “The Reality of Militarized Cops,” featuring Walter Olson
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