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August 3, 2017

The RAISE Act Is an Attack on Legal Immigration

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Earlier this week, Republican Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue unveiled a bill at the White House that would slash the number of immigrants by about 50 percent over the next decade by eliminating several categories of legal immigration.

The purpose of the RAISE Act is to restrict low-skilled immigration in order to raise the wages of American workers.  Unfortunately, the Cotton-Perdue bill would not create a skills-based immigration system, will not increase American wages, and is not a credible bargaining chip in any future negotiations in Congress.

Venezuela Teeters At the Brink of Dictatorship

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Sunday’s fraudulent and illegitimate vote to install a constituent assembly in Venezuela is the definitive step towards consolidating a de jure dictatorship.

It is difficult to conceive the successful installation of a full-fledged dictatorship when you have millions of Venezuelans adamantly opposed to such a move, and thousands of them protesting daily in the streets. However, the regime — in collaboration with Cuba — has firm control over the armed forces and the National Guard. As long as that is the case, it is difficult to foresee any positive changes in the near future.

How should the U.S. respond to the arrival of true dictatorship in Venezuela? 

Cato Wins — Twice — at Anthem Film Festival

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Two films associated with the Cato Institute were recent award recipients at the Anthem Film Festival. School Inc. – Andrew Coulson’s three-part documentary on innovation in education, and Freedom on Trial – the courtroom drama on income inequality, were both honored at the festival. Both films are available for online viewing.