Lyman Stone
Lyman Stone
Lyman Stone
Lyman Stone is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, and an Advisor at the consulting firm Demographic Intelligence. He and his wife serve as missionaries in the Lutheran Church-Hong Kong Synod. He also writes about migration issues on his blog "In a State of Migration." He was formerly an agricultural economist at USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. He has an MA in international trade policy from the George Washington University. Opinions expressed are solely his own, though his wife Ruth occasionally agrees with him
The Real Border Crisis Is About Foreigners Gaming America’s Asylum Laws

We need a wall, but we also need the resources to defend the wall: judges to convict violators, court officers to manage detention centers, etc.

John Chau’s Death Was A Missionary Failure Nobody Should Emulate

For orthodox Christians who hold to the revealed truth of scripture and believe in gospel-focused missions, this whole media circus about John Chau is frustrating.

Why Birthright Citizenship Is Good For America

Birthright citizenship creates birthright loyalty, whereas denying citizenship to foreign children helps alienate the entire family and slows down assimilation.

Steve King Isn’t A Nazi, But He Still Shouldn’t Be Re-Elected

Iowa Rep. Steve King is not a nationalist of any kind: he’s a globalist, but part of right-wing globalism instead of left-wing globalism.

Study: If Trends Continue, All Men May Be Infertile By End Of Century

The findings are sufficiently clear in the data that it’s time to take seriously that men really may be losing some degree of their biological fertility.

No, Pro-Lifers Aren’t Racists Who Only Want To Save White Babies

Progressive writer Rachel Held Evans claimed if pro-lifers knew that babies saved from outlawing abortion were black, we would probably be pro-choice.

Aggressive Deportations Are Bad, But They’re Not Ethnic Cleansing

The group the Trump administration has targeted isn’t an ethnic or religious group, so these policies aren’t ethnic cleansing. But ‘Not quite ethnic cleansing’ is a very low bar.

It’s Time To Finally Admit Professional Sports Are Bad For Society

If states begin legalizing sports betting, it will reveal the longstanding moral depravity of American sports culture, and hasten the process of families abandoning its decadence.

It’s Time For The Right To Support Requiring Businesses To Offer Parent Leave

Conservatives should passionately assert the importance of parents spending time with kids, and make the sanctity of the household a first-tier electoral issue.

Why People Don’t Save Money When They Move Closer To Public Transport

The political debate about public transit isn’t really about transit. It’s about identity. It’s about the kind of people progressives wish Americans were.

To Suggest An ‘Amicable Divorce’ For America Is To Talk Civil War

We are in a very divided moment, and when divisions run that deep, centralized decision-making can make it worse. But that’s no argument for secession.

Data Indicates Illegal Immigrants Are Exploiting U.S. Asylum With False Claims

Migrants to the United States have become far more likely to claim asylum. The result is a growing backlog of court cases, which harms actual refugees and drags U.S. resources.

Blue States Sue Over 200-Year-Old Census Citizenship Question

Citizenship is a normal thing to include in a major government survey, hence why virtually all major government surveys do. The census has since 1820.

This Valentine’s Day Is A Reminder We’re All Going To Die, And That’s A Good Thing

Christians are also beginning the penitential season of Lent. It’s a wonderful mix of celebrating romantic love and remembering human frailty.

3 Things Cooking Chili Can Teach Us About Immigration

Americans have always been a spicy bunch, and we always will be. We are the ones who didn’t fit in back in the old country, who couldn’t just get along and play nice with the king.

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Inside Trump’s Immigration Proposal

President Trump has proposed a major immigration plan that includes a path to citizenship for nearly two million protected illegal immigrants and $25 billion for a border wall. 

Why We Shouldn’t Expect A Shutdown Baby Boom

Will a government shutdown this January give us a baby boom next October? One way to check is to see what happened during the last big shutdown.

Is Trump Really About To Deport 200,000 Salvadorans? Not Quite

Progressives are predictably hysterical over the Trump administration’s decision to end an immigration program benefitting Salvadorans, but of course the reality is a bit complex. Let’s unpack what’s really going on here.

Research Finds Corporate Do-Gooder Initiatives Reduce Charity, Increase Negative PR

When companies signal that the ‘bottom line’ is not their bottom line, workers respond accordingly, by cheating the company, reducing output, and cutting their giving.

Roy Moore Had Lowest White Evangelical Support Of Any Alabama Republican In The 21st Century

With high turnout and 80 percent in favor of a candidate in a group that is a large population share, Roy Moore still substantially underperformed among white evangelicals.