Monday on the Chad Hasty Show, Dr. Benjamin Powell, director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, gave details on the upcoming Debate on Immigration Policy: Should the United States Significantly Liberalize Immigration Policy?

Powell stated the Free Market Institute's mission is to "Our mission is to promote the study and teaching of free market economics" by teaching classes, working with students, and conducting research, along with some public outreach.

They will host a debate of conservative perspectives on immigration between Dr. Bryan Caplan, economics professor of George Mason University, who supports open borders, and Stephen Balch, director of the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, who opposes liberalizing the immigration position. The debate will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, in the Rawls College of Business on the Texas Tech campus in room 101. There will be a time reserved at the end of the debate for audience Q and A.

Powell also briefly discussed differences between economic debates on the immigration issue and public or political debates. He noted that economic analysts know that immigrants are actually economically beneficial to the country; however, it is really the legal, political, and cultural effects of immigrant assimilation that should be given greater focus. He believes politicians don't take enough of an economic perspective in their discussions.

More information can also be found on the TTU Free Market Institute web page.

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