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Walls or Bridges? A Debate on U.S. Immigration Policy under Trump

Tue, Feb 28, 2017, 4:00pm - 5:30pm


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Walls or Bridges? A Debate on U.S. Immigration Policy under Trump


Alex Nowrasteh, Matthew J. O’Brien, and Paul Coyer (moderator)

February, 28 • 4:00 PM


The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW • Washington, D.C.



With immigration likely to be one of the cornerstone issues of Donald Trump’s presidency the debate over immigration, particularly in regards to national security, is far from resolved. At this event Mr. O’Brien and Mr. Nowrasteh will debate the many important issues concerning immigration to the U.S.


Alex Nowrasteh is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. His popular publications have appeared in the Wall Street JournalUSA Today, the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, and elsewhere. His academic publications have appeared in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Fletcher Security Review, and Public Choice. He coauthored, with Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, the booklet Open Immigration: Yea and Nay (Encounter Broadsides, 2014). He is a native of Southern California and received a BA in economics from George Mason University and a Master of Science in economic history from the London School of Economics.

Matthew J. O’Brien joined FAIR in 2016 and is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. In the past he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, in both the government and private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR, Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). There he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from national security threats. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University Of Maine School Of Law.

Dr. Paul Coyer is a Research Professor at IWP, a contributor in the area of foreign policy, with a focus on Eurasia, for Forbes, and is a Contributing Editor for Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy, published by the Institute for Religion and Democracy. He also serves as an Associate Professor at the École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, and is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

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