Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Egypt: At least 29 dead after boat carrying 600 migrants capsizes off coast

September 22, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A boat carrying 600 migrants has capsized off the Egyptian coast near Kafr al-Sheikh, the Egyptian military said Wednesday. Around 150 people have been rescued and authorities have retrieved at least 29 bodies so far, the country's state media reported. The boat was on its way to Italy, the news agency MENA reported, attributing the information to the military." (09/21/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/21/middleeast/boat-capsize-migrants/  

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Security theater: More than 800 immigrants “mistakenly granted citizenship”

September 20, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday. The Homeland Security Department's inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren't caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases. DHS said in an emailed statement that an initial review of these cases suggest that some of the individuals may have ultimately qualified for citizenship, and that the lack of digital fingerprint records does not necessarily mean they committed fraud."

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/800-immigrants-mistakenly-granted-citizenship-42192803  

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Americans’ fear of foreign terrorists is overinflated

September 14, 2016
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"One thing is clear from this presidential campaign: many Americans are scared of terrorists and immigrants. Donald Trump has managed to capitalize on that fear by conflating the two phenomena. The refugee crisis emanating from Iraq and Syria as well as recent attacks like the one in San Bernardino, Calif., have prompted calls for heightened immigration restrictions to keep our country safe. But is it really true that immigrants pose a unique terrorist threat? No, actually." (09/13/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/americans-fear-foreign-terrorists-overinflated  

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Trump plans would worsen immigration problems

September 13, 2016
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Cato Institute
by Tim Lynch  

"Donald Trump recently proposed the creation of a new Deportation Task Force that will target millions of people in the United States. Trump wants voters to think they will reap the benefits of his plan while the citizens of Mexico will shoulder all of the costs, such as paying for a new wall. But his plan will actually have spillover effects on Americans by exacerbating problems that plague our legal system." (09/12/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trump-plans-would-worsen-immigration-problems  

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Good borders admit people and block governments

September 8, 2016
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Daniel J Mitchell  

"Like all good libertarians, I hate waiting in government-mandated lines. Heck, you don't even have to be a curmudgeonly libertarian to have unpleasant thoughts about the Post Office or Department of Motor Vehicles (not to mention the virtual lines that exist for people stuck on hold after calling the IRS or some other inefficient bureaucracy). And it must be doubly irritating to wait in line to get bureaucratic approval for things that shouldn't require any sort of government permission in the first place. Since I have to do a bit of travel, I'm especially resentful of the lines I face for customs and immigration when I cross borders." (09/08/16)

https://fee.org/articles/good-borders-admit-people-and-block-governments/  

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How to solve the illegal immigration problem

September 6, 2016
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's recent speech on immigration really missed the point. I understand Trump's frustration over the US government's inability to control the US borders and keep out those who would come to this country illegally. Trump was right that the media ignore legitimate questions we have on our immigration policy and he is right that special interests have a great interest in maintaining the status quo. However when it comes to really solving the immigration problem he gets it all wrong. And instead of making us more free and prosperous, his solutions will accelerate our downward slide toward authoritarianism." (09/05/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/solve-illegal-immigration-problem  

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France: Hundreds block highway in rally to evict refugees

September 6, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Hundreds of truckers in big rigs, farmers in tractors and dockworkers and merchants on foot blocked a major highway in northern France on Monday to demand the closure of the Calais refugee camp known as 'the jungle.' Local authorities are urging travelers to avoid the area in hopes of limiting disruptions from the Monday blockade, aimed at paralyzing traffic on the route used to access Britain via the Eurotunnel and port. Tensions have increased as the population of the camp has risen to at least 7,000 refugees from the Middle East and Africa, who are trying to reach Britain. The surge has come even though authorities have tightened security and closed half of the camp, showing the challenges of Europe’s refugee crisis." (09/05/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Hundreds-block-French-highway-in-rally-to-evict-9204147.php  

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Should states control their borders?

September 4, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Given the decades-long, ongoing controversy over immigration, a question must naturally be asked: Should the states of the United States be given the authority to control their respective borders? That is, should they have the same power to control their borders that the federal government has to control the nation's borders. To clarify, I'm not asking whether state borders should be abolished. I'm asking whether state governments should be empowered to control the free movements of goods and people from other states into their states." (09/02/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/09/02/states-control-borders/  

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How “open borders” became an illiberal cry

August 30, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Frank Furedi  

"Today, arguments in favour of mass migration don't focus on the virtues of free movement; they focus on what are seen as the positive effects of mass migration on a host society. These positive effects are frequently communicated in the language of economics. But, increasingly, immigration is valued on the basis that it has a transformative effect on national culture, too. The use of immigration as an instrument of social engineering could be glimpsed in a statement made by the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker last week. He declared that 'borders are the worst invention ever made by politicians.' He coupled his condemnation of borders with a call to support migrants. But this wasn't simply about showing solidarity with migrants. No, he was communicating a broader hostility towards the idea of the nation state and those who support it." [editor's note: Furedi says that like it's a bad thing; nothing is more illiberal than a fully empowered nation state - TLK] (08/29/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/how-open-borders-became-an-illiberal-cry/  

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Most arguments against open borders lead to extremely un-libertarian positions

August 29, 2016
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Notes On Liberty
by Zachary Woodman  

"If anti-open borders libertarians treated any other issue like they do immigration, it would lead to some pretty absurd, anti-libertarian policy positions. For an example, as long as we have government-provided Medicare programs, allowing people to eat unhealthy foods or smoke will increase the cost of those welfare programs; following the logic of the argument above, the government would be justified in implementing paternalist policies that restrict people's right to consume what they want to reduce the burden of the welfare state. People with lower incomes are more likely to use welfare programs as well, so the government is justified in reducing their population size by restricting their right to reproduce through forced sterilization. Obviously, both these positions are absurd from a libertarian perspective." (08/28/16)

https://notesonliberty.com/2016/08/28/most-arguments-against-open-borders-lead-to-extremely-un-libertarian-positions/  

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France: Sarkozy demands border controls for thousands of migrants in Calais be shifted to Britain

August 29, 2016
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Telegraph [UK]    

"Nicolas Sarkozy has joined other conservative French politicians in demanding that border controls for thousands of migrants in Calais be shifted to Britain. The former centre-Right president made the call in a speech in Le Touquet, the northern town where he signed agreements in 2003 allowing British officials to check passports in France and vice-versa, when he was interior minister. The accords were part of a bilateral deal to close a former migrants' centre at Sangatte, near Calais. But Mr Sarkozy said France can no longer tolerate the presence of about 9,000 migrants living in the squalid 'Jungle' camp in Calais while they attempt to smuggle themselves into Britain." (08/29/16)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/28/nicolas-sarkozy-demands-border-controls-for-thousands-of-migrant/  

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Trump vows to begin deportations immediately if sworn in

August 28, 2016
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump linked illegal immigration [sic] and employment Saturday, pledging to start deporting offenders as soon as he is sworn in should he become the White House's next occupant. Trump all the while courted the black vote, claiming that the shooting of basketball star Dwyane Wade's cousin will make African Americans support him, but the move instead triggered a firestorm of criticism." (08/27/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-vows-begin-deportations-immediately-sworn-221742050.html  

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Liberal-conservative hypocrisy on immigration

August 28, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"There is no area that is more rife with hypocrisy among both liberals and conservatives than immigration. When it comes to immigration, it seems that liberals and conservatives are competing against other for title of 'Most Hypocritical.' For months, liberals have been condemning Donald Trump for his plan to build a gigantic wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. They say it shows how cruel, heartless, and inhumane he is. Really? Take a look at this page on the Internet. It displays various images of the fence that both liberals and conservatives constructed years ago along the U.S.-Mexico border ..." (08/26/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/08/26/liberal-conservative-hypocrisy-immigration/  

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US should continue to accept Cuban refugees

August 28, 2016
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by David Bier  

"More Cubans will arrive at America's borders this year than at any time in decades. By year's end, probably close to 60,000 Cuban immigrants will have entered the country -- the most in one year since 1980. Like the waves of Cuban refugees in years past, these immigrants should be welcomed." (08/25/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/us-should-continue-accept-cuban-refugees  

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Papua New Guinea, Australia regimes agree to close immigrant concentration camp

August 17, 2016
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Beatrice Daily Sun    

"Papua New Guinea and Australia said Wednesday they have agreed to close a detention center on Manus Island for asylum seekers but they offered no details on when it will happen or on the fate of the 850 men being held there. Australia's tough stance on migrants and refugees has long drawn condemnation from human rights groups. The country has a policy of sending people who try to reach its shores by boat to island detention centers, including Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Leaked documents and eyewitness reports have detailed grim living conditions in many of Australia's detention centers. In April, Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court ruled that the Australian-run detention center there was unconstitutional." (08/17/16)

http://beatricedailysun.com/news/world/asia/papua-new-guinea-australia-agree-to-close-detention-center/article_5abe0974-85ed-573b-ab8a-49a1ab80f6d6.html  

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The case for open immigration

August 10, 2016
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by  

"The Future of Freedom Foundation presents the panel 'The Case for Open Immigration' with Jacob Hornberger, Richard Ebeling, and Jeffrey Tucker at FreedomFest 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada." [Flash video] (posted 08/10/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/case-open-immigration/  

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Let non-refugee visas skip the immigration line, save lives

August 1, 2016
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by David Bier  

"Because the U.S. government restricts the number of visas issued each year, nearly 5 million people are currently waiting in line. And while refugees admitted under the formal U.S. refugee program can skip these waits -- which can last decades -- those who qualify for visas sponsored by a U.S. family member or U.S. employer must wait behind everyone else. No one knows how many people in line are refugees, but the backlogs of hopeful immigrants from countries which have produced many refugees in recent years have stretched into the thousands." (07/29/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/let-non-refugee-visas-skip-immigration-line-save-lives  

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Trump’s nomination and backward immigration policy

July 28, 2016
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Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco  

"Alas, this is not the first time that Trump has accused immigrants of possessing inherent criminal tendencies. In the past, he's referred to Mexican immigrants in particular as criminals, drug dealers, and 'rapists.' As I noted in my earlier blog, this narrative simply fails to match up with the statistics. Study after study after study has found that both illegal and legal immigrants are less likely to commit crimes or be put in jail than their native counterparts. ... In a similar way, Trump’s concern for the 'resources' taken by immigrants once again doesn't stand up to empirical investigation (or a two minute search of any internet search engine for that matter). Ku and Bruen, for example, found that when it comes to public benefits like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), low-income immigrants use these services at a lower rate than native-born individuals. Moreover, a practical mountain of studies has found that immigrants, illegal included, pay far more in taxes than they receive in public assistance." (07/28/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/28/trumps-nomination-and-backward-immigration-policy/  

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Immigrants and Everest

July 26, 2016
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Immigrants use less welfare than natives, holding income constant. Immigrants are far less likely to be in jail than natives, holding high school graduation constant. On the surface, these seem like striking results. But I've heard a couple of smart people demur with an old statistics joke: 'Controlling for barometric pressure, Mount Everest has the same altitude as the Dead Sea.' Sometimes controls conceal the truth rather than laying it bare. Who's right? Does adjusted quality matter? Or is it just a bait-and-switch? It all depends on what your audience takes for granted." (07/25/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/07/immigrant_quali.html  

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The hyperbole of backlash

July 22, 2016
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Tyler tries to cure my immigration backlash confusion, but not to my satisfaction. The overarching flaw: He equivocates between two different versions of 'backlash to immigration.' Version 1: Letting in more immigrants leads to more resistance to immigration. Version 2: Letting in more immigrants leads to so much resistance to immigration that the total stock of immigration ultimately ends ups lower than it would have been. Backlash in the first sense is common, but no reason for immigration advocates to moderate. Backlash in the second sense is a solid reason for immigration advocates to moderate, but Tyler provides little evidence that backlash in this sense is a real phenomenon." (07/21/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/07/the_hyperbole_o_1.html  

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Reducing immigration will not satisfy Trump voters, and it’s a bad idea anyway

July 21, 2016
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam's recent New York Times article laying out a policy response to Trumpism argues, in part, that their preferred immigration policy will help the GOP avoid the likes of a demagogic megalomaniac such as Donald Trump. Unfortunately their policy ideas address neither the symptoms nor the causes, real or imagined, of Trump's rise." (07/20/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/reducing-immigration-will-not-satisfy-trump-voters-its-bad-idea-anyway  

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Freedom is dangerous

June 27, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"In the ideal world of those Americans who oppose the libertarian concept of open borders, there would be a 50-foot wall all around America, manned and patrolled by an enormous army of well-armed military troops prepared to do whatever is necessary to prevent any foreigner from getting through. Additionally, in their minds they envision a federal planning agency that finally, after decades of planned chaos in the area of immigration, consists of bureaucrats who have the knowledge and expertise to come up with a perfect immigration central plan in which no one crosses the border and enters the United States without governmental permission." (06/24/16)

http://fff.org/2016/06/24/freedom-is-dangerous/  

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Immigration is a fundamental human right

June 25, 2016
posted by

Sandy Ikeda Foundation for Economic Education
by Sandy Ikeda  

"A basic tenet of liberalism is that every person, regardless of what country she happens to live in, has the same basic human rights. If it doesn't apply to everyone, everywhere then it can't be a basic human right. And among those rights is the right of free association. Free association simply means that Jack is free to peacefully associate with Jill, as long as Jill wishes to peacefully associate with Jack. Indeed, Jack can't exercise that right unless Jill can also, which is another characteristic of a basic human right. It applies broadly to all forms of association, related but not limited to political activity, religious observance, and commerce." (06/25/16)

https://fee.org/articles/immigration-is-a-fundamental-human-right/  

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Deadlocked Supreme Court deals big blow to Obama immigration plan

June 23, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"In a crushing blow to the White House, the Supreme Court announced Thursday it was evenly divided in a case concerning President Barack Obama's controversial executive actions on immigration. The one-sentence ruling, issued without comment or dissent, means that the programs will remain blocked from going into effect, and the issue will return to the lower court. It is exceedingly unlikely the programs will go into effect for the remainder of the Obama presidency." (06/23/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/23/politics/immigration-supreme-court/  

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National partiality and the rights of foreigners

June 22, 2016
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Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Chris Freiman and Javier Hidalgo  

"We claim that immigration restrictions and liberalism are incompatible. One response to our argument is that states have stronger obligations to their citizens than they have to foreigners. For example, a public official in the U.S. government could argue: 'It's true that immigration restrictions limit the freedom of foreigners. But the U.S. government isn't obligated to protect the liberties of foreigners. It is only obligated to protect the liberties of our citizens. Thus, immigration restrictions don't interfere with liberties that we are obligated to protect.' This argument is wrong. For one thing, it is false that immigration restrictions only interfere with the liberty of foreigners. In practice, immigration restrictions interfere with the freedom of citizens too. ... Anyway, we deny that governments lack strong obligations to foreigners. Immigration restrictions are coercive. We have weighty obligations to refrain from coercing other people, including foreigners." (06/21/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/06/national-partiality-and-the-rights-of-foreigners/  

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