There was a point where President Trump and his trade advisers suggested he wanted a world with "zero tariffs, zero barriers, zero subsidies." Cato experts argued at the time that these stated objectives contravened statements the President made over the course of decades, and at any rate the President's actions were unlikely to achieve these objectives. President Trump's trade policy has been protectionist, abusive of the constitutional separation of powers, destructive to U.S. alliances, and fundamentally flawed as a strategy to achieve its stated goals.
Criminal Immigrants in Texas in 2017: Illegal Immigrant Conviction Rates and Arrest Rates for Homicide, Sex Crimes, Larceny, and Other Crimes
Immigrant criminality is an important public policy concern because some American voters believe that illegal immigrants have a higher crime rate than American citizens. A new brief from Cato scholar Alex Nowrasteh uses Texas Department of Public Safety data to measure the rate at which individuals were convicted and arrested by crime and immigration status in Texas in 2017. The results show that in Texas in 2017, illegal immigrants were 47 percent less likely to be convicted of a crime than native-born Americans and legal immigrants were about 65 percent less likely to be convicted of a crime than native-born Americans.
The directors and staff of the Cato Institute, and indeed friends of liberty throughout the world, are saddened by the passing of David Koch. David’s accomplishments as a businessman and philanthropist are estimable. But we most remember and admire him for his efforts to advance liberty in the United States and around the world, and his steadfast dedication to libertarian principles. The Institute, the Cato community, and our work benefited greatly from his service, insight, generosity, and example. We will not forget the many ways in which he contributed to our mission.
- "Remembering David Koch," by Robert A. Levy and Peter Goettler