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David Bier

David Bier is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He is an expert on visa reform, border security, and interior enforcement, and his work has been cited in theWashington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Politico, and many other print and online publications.

From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Bier drafted immigration legislation as senior policy advisor for Congressman Raúl Labrador, a member of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. Previously, he worked as the immigration policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and most recently as the director of immigration policy at the Niskanen Center.

Mr. Bier has a B.A. in political science from Grove City College in Pennsylvania.

David Bier's Articles

For Refugees, the US Labor Market Is Better Than Germany's

Germany makes a web of red tape for immigrants  trying to work that even Germans can't understand it.

- October 09, 2016

Latino Support for Liberty Defies Stereotype

Latino views track libertarian views as closely as any other demographic.

- August 18, 2016

Fact-checking Trump: Is "Record Immigration" Causing Higher Unemployment?

Immigration rates are nowhere near "record" levels, and higher immigration coincides with lower unemployment.

- August 06, 2016

A Ban on Refugees Would Shut Out More Christians than Muslims

Shutting down the refugee program would injure people of all faiths.

- August 01, 2016

"The Line" for Green Cards Is So Long You Might Die of Old Age Waiting

High-skilled Indian workers could be waiting somewhere between 50 and 350 years.

- July 29, 2016

How Immigration Restrictions Are like Occupational Licensing

Immigration laws are a maze of protectionist regulations worse than any licensing scheme — by design.

- July 25, 2016

How We Could Easily Save Refugees with American Families

They are coming either way — let’s just make sure that it’s not in a body bag.

- July 21, 2016

Muslim Americans Are More Likely to Reject Violence than Many Groups

The shooting in Orlando does not change the fact that Muslim Americans as a whole are more opposed to violence than many other Americans.

America Accepts a Tiny and Shrinking Share of Refugees, Displaced

There is a worldwide refugee crisis, but the US government is accepting the smallest share in decades.

- May 07, 2016

Forget Trump. Most Republicans Oppose Mass Deportation.

Regardless of the nominee, Republicans want immigration reform to include legalization.

- May 02, 2016

Syrian Refugees Refute and Undermine ISIS Propaganda

“I want to keep painting the image to all of my family and friends about the goodness of the American people.”

- April 07, 2016

What Syrian Refugees Love about America Is Liberty

"We want [our children] to live in liberty and have choices in life and be able to make their own decisions."


- March 30, 2016

5 Reasons Banning Refugees Will Make Us Less Safe

Accepting refugees isn't merely humanitarian, it's also good for national security.

- March 24, 2016

Why Anti-Immigration Policies Will Increase the Illegal Population

Ted Cruz and Donald Trump want to end birthright citizenship and seal the border; here's why that will backfire.

- February 22, 2016

Are Immigrants Causing Wage Stagnation?

On his way to attacking corporate profits, President Obama implied that immigrants are hurting average incomes. He's wrong about both.

- January 19, 2016

Is Ted Cruz Right?

Would high skilled Americans oppose immigration if immigrants were higher skilled?

- January 12, 2016

The Five Biggest Immigration Myths of the GOP Debate

Republican candidates said some wildly inaccurate things about immigration — and Donald Trump doesn't even make the list.

- December 18, 2015

4 Selfish Reasons to Take in Syrian Refugees

Accepting Syrian refugees poses little risk and has several major upsides for Americans. 

- December 01, 2015

6 Reasons to Welcome Refugees after Paris

Refugees weaken the Islamic State, and they are less likely to commit terrorism than other immigrants or even Americans. 

- November 16, 2015

The Holocaust and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

No refugee has ever carried out a terrorist attack in the United States, but our fear is leaving thousands to be starved, drowned, and murdered overseas.

- October 26, 2015

Chinese Women Give Birth in the US to Thwart the One-Child Policy

Anti-immigration groups want to help Chinese population control by prosecuting women who escape it.

- September 24, 2015

We Accept Refugees to Save Their Lives, Not to Fix Their Countries

Letting in Syrian refugees won't stop the civil war, but it will save people who will otherwise die in it.

- September 21, 2015

5 Reasons Serious TV Debates Are Impossible

If you’re looking for a sober dialogue on the state of American public policy, don’t watch presidential debates.

- September 18, 2015

5 Charts that Show Trump's Immigration Paper Is Nonsense

Almost every single thing Trump claims about foreigners and the economy is false or misleading.

- August 19, 2015

Two-Thirds of Americans Oppose Cutting Legal Immigration

Americans overwhelmingly support admitting legal immigrant workers.

- August 11, 2015

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