Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Republicans to Obama: Don’t just deport immigrants, be as mean as possible to them

April 24, 2014
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USA Today    

"A group of 22 Senate Republicans sent a letter to Pres. Obama on Thursday urging him to abandon a review he ordered to find a way to conduct deportations 'more humanely.' ... The Senate Republicans say that any proposals to weaken the deportation system in the U.S. would represent 'an astonishing disregard for the Constitution, the rule of law, and the rights of American citizens and legal residents.'" [editor's note: "Astonishing" indeed -- the Constitution clearly and unambiguously forbids the federal government to regulate immigration - TLK] (04/24/14)

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Crazy immigration

April 24, 2014
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Under open borders, over six billion people would be free to move to the United States. The population could increase by more than a factor of twenty. And under real open borders, there's no mandatory waiting period. If everyone wants to move the day the borders open, they're free to do so. This seems like a crazy policy. Imagine the chaos of six billion people migrating in unison! Yet strangely, analogous policies are already on the books, and the system works so well few complain about it. Consider: Under current U.S. law, over three hundred million people are free to move to my home town of Oakton, Virginia." (04/23/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/04/crazy_immigrati.html  

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Border Patrol to Arivaca, Arizona: “You have no rights here”

April 24, 2014
posted by

The Canal
by Alexandra Woodfin  

"In a world of open borders, we wouldn’t need customs agents, visas, or border 'security.' For most people, these things are simply an extra nuisance when traveling, but for others, they are a very real threat and a huge imposition in their lives. With very little oversight and the all-powerful trump card of 'hunting terrorists,' Customs and Border Protection (CBP) cross the line into private affairs more often than they’d probably like to admit." (04/23/14)

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Tracking a marked population in the US borderlands

April 23, 2014
posted by

The Nation
by Todd Miller  

"Along the US-Mexico border, the high-powered cameras are pointed at you and the drones are above you." (04/23/14)

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White House responds to “Deport Justin Bieber” petition

April 21, 2014
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United Press International    

"The White House was forced to respond to calls for the administration to deport Justin Bieber back to Canada, when a 'Deport Justin Bieber' petition reached the necessary 100,000 signatures on WhiteHouse.gov last January. ... In its official response, published over the weekend, the White House declined to comment on Bieber's legal troubles, steering the conversation toward the broader issue of immigration reform." (04/20/14)

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Some more touchy-feely thoughts on immigration

April 18, 2014
posted by

Robert P. Murphy Free Advice
by Robert P. Murphy  

"First, I don’t describe my position as 'open borders.' That would be like saying I’m 'closed schools' if I’m against government funding of education. Second, the poster that got 18,000+ shares on Facebook wasn’t merely saying, 'Look at the hypocrisy here.' No, it actually said, 'I wish my Federal Government would put this many resources on our Southern Border instead of on Cliven Bundy’s cattle ranch.'" (04/17/14)

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Immigration control breaks the law

April 14, 2014
posted by

Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"I support those who gathered last Saturday in Clovis and across the nation to protest deportation policies. Since a law that runs counter to the Constitution is not a law at all, and no one is obligated to obey this pretend law -- according to an earlier Supreme Court ruling -- there can be no such thing as an 'illegal immigrant' to deport, Constitutionally speaking. The claim, 'But they are illegal,' is as meaningless as saying it was illegal to be (or harbor) a runaway slave. 'What part of 'illegal' don’t you understand?' is countered with 'What part of 'unconstitutional' don’t you understand?'" (04/10/14)

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Jeb Bush pokes an immigration hornets’ nest

April 11, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"If only Bush and other conservatives would also confront the moral argument, the one that involves the concept of freedom. Why shouldn’t a person be free to hire, transport, and harbor anyone he wants, so long as everyone’s conduct is peaceful? It’s his money, isn’t it? It’s his home. It’s his car. What business does government have telling people that they can’t do what they want with their own money and their own property? Moreover, why shouldn’t people be free to associate with anyone they want? Isn’t freedom of association a core element of the concept of freedom? Statists, both conservatives and liberals, say: 'But the law is the law. It must be obeyed.' Really? Wasn’t segregation the law too? Wasn’t apartheid the law?" (04/10/14)

http://fff.org/2014/04/10/jeb-bush-pokes-an-immigration-hornets-nest/  

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The progressive approach to immigration looks a lot like the conservative one

April 10, 2014
posted by

Sam Bowman Adam Smith Institute
by Sam Bowman  

"In a way, it’s refreshing that Yvette Cooper’s speech on immigration today has identified ‘free market liberals’ as the main advocates of freer immigration policies. There aren’t many of us, though, so we usually have to rely on immigration liberals on the left to win the argument over there for decent reforms to take place. Unfortunately, it looks as if they're losing too. Cooper’s main claims are that immigration reduces native wages and job opportunities, puts public services under pressure, and low-skilled immigrants are exploited by British firms. The first two of these claims are basically wrong and the third is a little dubious, as I’ll try to show, but even if they were true they would only justify restricting low-skilled immigration." (04/10/14)

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The righteous scofflaw

April 9, 2014
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"The most popular argument against illegal immigration is probably that breaking the law is wrong. At least since the Nazis, though, virtually no one believes that breaking the law is always wrong. Instead, we all recognize circumstances under which being a scofflaw is morally acceptable. Law professor Ilya Somin elegantly explains the three leading theories of justified law-breaking in The Washington Post -- and applies them to illegal immigration. Let's consider them in order of popularity." (04/08/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/04/the_righteous_s.html  

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Could immigration reform without “amnesty” be on the table this year?

March 28, 2014
posted by

Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"If you think immigration reform is at an impasse, you’re wrong. Yes, a massive legislation like the bill passed by the Senate last June won’t be voted by the House this year, but this roadblock, strong as it may appear, does not block reform from happening. A bipartisan compromise is already forming. The main holdup of the Senate bill in the House was the creation of new visas which would legalize unauthorized immigrants and provide them with a path to citizenship -- known colloquially as 'amnesty.' However, anything resembling legalization has become far too controversial for House Republicans to take up this election year." (03/27/14)

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Apartheid ethics and economics

March 24, 2014
posted by

Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"Kudos to Linda Chavez for criticizing the anti-immigrant stance of many conservatives ('Minimum wage: Righties gone mad,' March 22). It’s worth pointing out, though, that unlike the egregious Ann Coulter, Ron Unz gets his economics right. Mr. Unz calls for raising the minimum wage because he correctly understands that a higher minimum wage will price a disproportionately large number of immigrants out of jobs. While his goal is indefensible, his economics is sound." (03/22/14)

http://cafehayek.com/2014/03/apartheid-ethics-and-economics.html  

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Immigration: My eyes work fine

March 17, 2014
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Critics of my open borders advocacy often accuse me of intellectual blindness, of living in a fantasy world of my own creation. So rather than rehash any of my arguments or review the academic evidence yet again, I'm going to celebrate Open Borders Day by listing the facts about immigration I see with my own two eyes." (03/16/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/03/immigration_my.html  

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America’s Maginot Line

March 6, 2014
posted by

Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald  

"For months, Senate Bill 744 -- which would reform immigration and make citizenship possible for some of the 11 million individuals living illegally in the U.S. -- has been -- has been stuck in the House. Generally, Republicans think it is too soft. Democrats have pushed and compromised. But the bill is bad. Not because granting amnesty is bad, but because the border issue is already intruding into the lives of average Americans as well as migrant workers. The last thing we need is more money and more high-tech toys spent in the name of paranoia over 'security.'" (03/06/14)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2014/03/05/americas-maginot-line/  

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What consequences for the Swiss referendum?

February 14, 2014
posted by

Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  

"Switzerland is a small country with a comparatively high percentage of immigrants (27% of population vs 13% in the United Kingdom, for example). But people react there as they typically do to the immigration issue: they tend to consider wealth as a pie, and fear it might be sliced in smaller pieces. In a way, I think Switzerland in Europe today is in a unique position to attract highly skilled human capital from distressed economies. In this respect, quotas won't help. However, I suspect the most interesting consequences of the Swiss referendum will be the unintended ones." (02/13/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/02/what_consequenc.html  

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Switzerland: Voters narrowly favor enforcing gang turf lines

February 10, 2014
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Swiss voters appear to have narrowly backed a new referendum that would limit immigration, according to early projections. The initiative could strain the country's relationship with the European Union. Swiss broadcaster SRF 4 reported on Sunday that 50.5 percent of voters were in favor of the referendum while 49.5 percent were against it. Ten out of 26 cantons in the Alpine republic voted in favor of the so-called initiative to 'stop mass migration,' according to the projections. It must win a majority in more than 13 cantons as well as an overall majority to pass." (02/09/14)

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UK: Immigration Minister Mark Harper resigns after getting caught employing a cleaner

February 10, 2014
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Independent [UK]    

"One of the coalition's brightest stars has dramatically resigned from the Government after it emerged that he had employed an illegal immigrant as a cleaner. Mark Harper quit as immigration minister after he discovered his cleaner, whom he employed at his London flat for seven years, did not have indefinite leave to remain in the UK. In his resignation letter to the Prime Minister, the Conservative MP for Forest of Dean admitted he should have checked the woman's documents more thoroughly. The Border Agency has launched an investigation." (02/08/14)

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Diasporas, swamping, and open borders abolitionism

February 6, 2014
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Since Collier is a nationalist at heart, the prospect of snowballing diasporas horrifies him. If everyone in Sudan moves to the U.S., it dilutes American identity -- and eventually destroys Sudanese identity. If you're a pragmatic cosmopolitan, however, Collier's diaspora story makes open borders abolitionism suddenly look reasonable." (02/05/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/02/diasporas_swamp.html  

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Minimum wage: Ron Unz’s proposal aims to stop illegal [sic] immigration

January 27, 2014
posted by

Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Stranger things have happened in politics, but this ranks right up there: Conservative activist and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ron Unz is sponsoring a ballot initiative to raise California's minimum wage to $10 per hour in 2015 and $12 in 2016. This has fueled a debate over how such a law would impact employment, with most economists agreeing that it would increase unemployment by raising the cost of employing the least skilled. Unz's response? He agrees. In fact, Unz is counting on a minimum-wage increase to kill millions of jobs." (01/24/14)

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The great UK immigration scare

January 12, 2014
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Dalibor Rohac  

"Romanians and Bulgarians have not spent the first 10 days of the new year flooding into the U.K., as many Britons had feared. Regardless, Britain’s elimination on January 1 of immigration restrictions for citizens of new EU countries has triggered an intense public debate. Unfortunately, many supposed defenders of free markets have picked the wrong side." (01/09/14)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/great-uk-immigration-scare  

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Sitting on an ocean of talent

January 8, 2014
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Economists already know how to extract many trillions of dollars of additional value from the global economy. How? Open borders. Under the status quo, most of the world's workers are stuck in unproductive backwaters. Under free migration, labor would relocate to more productive regions, massively increasing total production. Standard cost-benefit analysis predicts that global GDP would roughly double. In a deep sense, we are sitting on an ocean of talent -- most of which tragically goes to waste year after year. When people accept this analysis, though, they rarely display elation, frustration, ingenuity, or tenacity. The standard reaction, instead, is naysaying." (01/07/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/01/sitting_on_an_o.html  

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Immigration and the soul of America

October 10, 2013
posted by

Acton Institute
by Elise Hilton  

"There is little disagreement that 'something' must be done about illegal immigration in the United States, but what that 'something' is has become national debate. Do we close our borders so as to allow only a trickle of carefully chosen people? Do we simply apply the laws we already have? What do we have to gain or lose from a more liberal immigration policy?" [editor's note: The only applicable/relevant law is the US Constitution, which, absent amendment, unambiguously forbids any federal regulation of immigration whatsoever - TLK] (10/09/13)

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Study: Undocumented immigration into the US may be rising

September 24, 2013
posted by

United Press International    

"The number of immigrants in the United States illegally [sic] rose 200,000 in a year to 11.7 million after being stable during the Great Recession, a study found. But the estimate of immigrants living in the country without legal [sic] permission as of March 2012 is still 500,000 less than 2007's 12.2 million peak, before the financial crisis, the non-partisan Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Project study indicated." (09/24/13)

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Coase and immigration

September 5, 2013
posted by

Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Immigration is a topic where the Coase theorem could be profitably applied to increase understanding but seldom is because the costs of explaining it (see above) are so high. Most of the complaints of immigration restrictionists focus on the supposed externalities caused by immigrants. Viewed through a Coasean framework, immigration restrictions are the most damaging and expensive ways to decrease the supposed externalities of immigration. Either other policies should be crafted to deal with the externalities, nothing should be done, or the externalities are likely positive." (09/04/13)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/coase-immigration  

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Entrepreneurial immigrants: America’s lifeblood

September 4, 2013
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Lawson Bader  

"It’s a story as American as apple pie: An immigrant comes to the United States, starts a business and becomes the proud owner of a successful enterprise that employs hundreds and makes millions. But it’s more than a parable of individual success. By attracting ambitious families from all over the world, America continually reinvents itself as a home base for successive global revolutions in engineering, marketing, entertainment and more." (09/03/13)

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