Welcome to the roundup of notable coverage and announcements from the Niskanen Center for the week of Friday, September 11.


Matthew La Corte wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on how the U.S. private sector could help with the current refugee crisis. He cited examples of successful private-sponsorship immigration and argued that an American version could provide safety for refugees without increasing the costs for the taxpayer.

Mattew La Corte also wrote an article for the Foundation of Economic Education that presented five ways the private sector could assist with the ongoing refugee crisis. Ranging from private sponsorship of refugees to state programs, the proposals by Mr. La Corte would allow the U.S. to economically and effectively accept more refugees.

The Niskanen Center was cited by the National Immigration Forum in a press release discussing conservative pushback against anti-immigrant rhetoric in the GOP presidential campaigns.

Civil Liberties / Technology:

Ryan Hagemann discussed the changes that the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks wrought on the United States in a piece for Townhall. He wrote about how the balance between security and civil liberties changed, and what America should pursue in terms of that balance moving forward.

Addressing the rise of autonomous vehicles in an article for Watchdog, Mr. Hagemann writes about the economic benefits that could be garnered from the development of self-driving cars – and how policymakers and regulators should encourage innovation.

In another article for Watchdog, Mr. Hagemann discusses the trend of U.S. states moving towards the federal information-sharing style of cybersecurity. Mr. Hagemann argues that the focus on sharing information diverts attention from more pressing cybersecurity concerns, such as creating a better informed and security-aware public.