Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

The economic case for open borders

December 18, 2014
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Nikki Burgess  

"Recently, President Obama announced via executive order his plan to shield 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. This policy change will enable families with children to continue living together despite the parents’ legal status. While some opponents of illegal immigration argue that such measures merely condone law-breaking to the detriment of 'real' American citizens, an overwhelming body of evidence suggests otherwise. In fact, establishing fully open borders -- in which no legal restrictions are placed on people’s geographic mobility -- is one of the most economically beneficial policies a nation can pursue." (12/16/14)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2014/12/16/open-border-economics/  

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SCOTUS bars Arizona from denying driver’s licenses to immigrants

December 18, 2014
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Reuters    

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the state of Arizona from enforcing a policy that denies driver's licenses to young immigrants granted legal status [sic] by President Barack Obama in 2012. The court denied the request by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to place a hold on a ruling from the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the policy had no legal basis. The state must now let roughly 20,000 eligible immigrants apply for driver's licenses." (12/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pjf36t5  

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Time to reframe the UK immigration debate

December 17, 2014
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Daniel Pryor  

"The economic arguments for increasing immigration are well-worn, and there is evidence that spreading such empirical evidence changes the attitudes of some people. The British public may largely cite economic reasons for their opposition to immigration, but it is my suspicion that this is often backwards rationalising of cultural reasons." (12/16/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/34181  

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Federal judge publicly admits he hasn’t read Article II, Section 2 of US Constitution

December 17, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Earlier Tuesday, a federal court in Pennsylvania declared aspects of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy unconstitutional. According to the opinion by Judge Arthur Schwab, the president’s policy goes 'beyond prosecutorial discretion' in that it provides a relatively rigid framework for considering applications for deferred action, thus obviating any meaningful case-by-case determination as prosecutorial discretion requires, and provides substantive rights to applicable individuals. As a consequence, Schwab concluded, the action exceeds the scope of executive authority." [editor's note: Even assuming the extremely dubious constitutionality of federal immigration law as such, which part of "The President ... shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States" is unclear? - TLK] (12/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pnd5q37  

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Why Obama’s immigration policy is constitutional

December 16, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Ilya Somin  

"President Obama’s recent order deferring the deportation of up to 5 million undocumented immigrants has led to enormous controversy. Many, especially on the political right, argue that it undermines the rule of law. The president, they contend, is required to enforce federal law as written, not pick and choose which violators to go after and which to exempt based on policy considerations. In reality, Obama’s actions were well within the scope of executive authority under the Constitution." (12/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nn73qwk  

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Germany: Anti-Islamist rallies grow amid backlash against immigrants

December 16, 2014
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"An anti-Islamist group drew the biggest crowd ever for one of its rallies, even as Germany's leaders urged people not to participate in a movement that has gained in strength since starting two months ago. Police estimated that 15,000 protesters took part in Monday night's rally and march in the eastern city of Dresden, with another 5,500 attending a demonstration against the group. ... The organizers, who call themselves Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, or Pegida, demand stricter immigration laws, resistance to 'violent, misogynistic political ideology,' and the protection of Christianity's 'Western culture.'" (12/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n8ym6jn  

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Krugman’s cursory case against open borders

December 8, 2014
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Paul Krugman exemplifies the standard progressive position on immigration. He strongly supports amnesty for existing illegal immigrants, but strongly opposes open borders. ... Most thinkers who explicitly reject open borders are convinced it would be an absolute disaster. Krugman, in contrast, opposes open borders for the mildest of reasons." (12/05/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/12/krugmans_cursor.html  

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US House rebukes Obama over immigration actions; spending fight looms

December 4, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"House Republicans voted Thursday to block President Obama's immigration executive actions, though it was unclear whether the largely symbolic step would be enough to prevent a risky budget stand-off next week. The House voted 219-197 for the bill, by Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., that declares Obama's actions 'null and void and without legal effect.'" (12/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o9plakp  

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States sue Obama administration on immigration

December 4, 2014
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Reuters Reuters    

"A coalition of 17 U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday saying it acted illegally by issuing an executive order to ease the threat of deportation for millions of immigrants who are in the country without the proper documents. The case being led by Texas and filed at the Federal Court in the Southern District of Texas said the executive order announced by Obama last month violated constitutional limits on presidential powers." (12/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kpbsl9k  

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Repeal and replace the Immigration and Nationality Act

December 4, 2014
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Worse than the delegation of power to the president, our immigration laws are a convoluted maze of gobbledygook. California Associate Justice Harry E. Hull Jr. wrote that our immigration laws are 'second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity.' Conservative U.S. appellate lawyer John Elwood, who has argued seven cases before the Supreme Court, wrote , 'It's well known that prolonged exposure to the hyper-reticulated Immigration and Nationality Act can actually cause your brain to melt.' Such an inscrutable body of law has several consequences. First, it has produced a thoroughly unjust immigration system that primarily serves to harm immigrants and Americans alike. It shuts out virtually all foreigners who want to come here legally. And it effectively makes broad use of executive authority inevitable. These problems can only be solved by Congress." (12/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n37othv  

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Switzerland: Voters reject plans to hoard gold, limit immigration

December 1, 2014
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NewsOK    

"Voters in Switzerland on Sunday rejected plans to protect the country's wealth by investing in gold and drastically limit immigration, according to polling firm gfs.bern. A proposal to require the Swiss central bank to hold a fifth of its reserves in gold was opposed by 78 percent of voters and supported by 22 percent, projections based on tallies provided by selected voting districts indicated. ... The proposal to limit immigration to 0.2 percent of Switzerland's population -- about 16,000 immigrants a year for a country of 8 million -- received the backing of 26 percent of voters, while 74 percent opposed it." (11/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/jwnogaa  

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Let illegal immigrants come out of the shadows

November 30, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Cathy Young  

"Amidst predictably partisan reactions to President Obama's recent executive order offering five million illegal immigrants a reprieve from deportation, some critics have denounced it as a special affront to immigrants who played by the rules to come to this country. So, as one of those legal immigrants -- my family came to America from the Soviet Union in 1980 -- let me say that illegal immigrants do not offend me. Like some two-thirds of Americans, I believe that if they have committed no crimes while living in the United States, they should be granted the option to stay here legally and, in the President's words, 'come out of the shadows.'" (11/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l2pmrs9  

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Obama’s fake immigration reform

November 30, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by John Orland  

"The Great Deporter's new executive order for a 'sweeping overhaul of the immigration system' deserves no praise. If there is anything 'sweeping' about President Obama's immigration policy, it is his six years of deporting 2.4 million immigrants, his repeated lies regarding his so-called legal incapacity to issue presidential executive orders to mitigate the horrors that immigrant communities have been subjected to, and his total failure to pursue anything resembling 'comprehensive immigration reform.'" (11/28/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/28/obamas-fake-immigration-reform/  

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Not one more. Not even one.

November 25, 2014
posted by

Rad Geek People's Daily
by Rad Geek  

"In the wake of Obama's big announcement on expanding deferred-action status, I am glad to see something, anything happening at last on immigration. And I am immensely happy for the families that have been able to sleep a little easier the last couple nights. But after millions deported, this so little too late, and it is not nearly enough. No one should face deportation." (11/23/14)

http://radgeek.com/gt/2014/11/23/not-one-more-not-even-one/  

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Obama’s immigration order means rational use of deportation

November 24, 2014
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Obama's argument is that since the federal government can't and won't expel everyone who is here without authorization, it should pass over those who pose no real threat and focus on the more objectionable ones—criminals and foreigners who return after being expelled. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has the manpower and money to deport only about 4 percent of the foreigners who are not entitled to be here. It makes sense to focus those resources on the most worrisome ones. Critics who opposed Obama's previous reprieve, however, are even more vehement in opposing this one." (11/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qhfraqd  

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Bad laws lead to bad executive orders

November 24, 2014
posted by

Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Governing by executive order is no way to run an immigration policy, let alone an entire government. But the resort to unilateral action does not happen in a vacuum; it is borne out of poorly written, arbitrary and confusing laws. The GOP-controlled Congress should respond to Obama’s executive order by passing a bill that simplifies the immigration system." (11/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m73mrz3  

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Unjust immigration law is not law

November 24, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"[I]f a president unilaterally acts to protect someone's liberty, I say bravo, because he is acting according to the natural law. And if a president acts, whether unilaterally or in concert with Congress, to violate liberty, then that president is in violation of the natural law and the people should respond accordingly. Government interference with the right to move is a violation of the natural law and of individual liberty. It does not matter that such interference was enacted by a majority of both congressional chambers and signed by a president. It is illegal, and even an isolated refusal on the part of a president to enforce an unjust 'law' is to be applauded." (11/21/14)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/tgif-unjust-immigration-law/  

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Immigration reaction

November 23, 2014
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Joe Heller  

Cartoon. (11/21/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/11/immigration-reaction/  

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Obama declares “lawful action” to protect 5 million immigrants

November 21, 2014
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USA Today    

"President Obama took a historic, legacy-defining step Thursday night when he announced a plan to protect 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, infuriating Republicans but satisfying immigrants who have fought for years for such relief. The president's plan will allow undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, known as green card holders, to legally live and work in the country for a period of three years. He expanded the pool of undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children who are eligible for protected status." [editor's note: "Historic?" "Legacy-defining?" Not even close. It was incredibly weak tea and clearly aimed at baiting congressional Republicans into passing legislation - TLK] (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/njkczr3  

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Obama’s immigration plan may be his most worthy act

November 21, 2014
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Yael Ossowski  

"The New York Times and others are reporting that President Obama will sign an executive order Friday to allow some illegal immigrants to stay and work in the United States. In an administration notorious for its incompetence and overreach, the president's order will be among his few worthy actions." (11/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kg77f6j  

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Playing with constitutional fire

November 20, 2014
posted by

Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P. Napolitano  

"Earlier this week, President Obama made it clear that he will soon offer some form of limited amnesty to about five million foreign nationals who are currently living illegally in the United States. He will do so by issuing an executive order to federal officials who oversee immigration directing them to undertake a course of action that, if complied with individually by all persons whom he designates as eligible, will cause the federal government to remove the threat of deportation from those who meet the standards he will lay down. Can he legally do that?" (11/20/14)

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/11/andrew-p-napolitano/come-on-in/  

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Bechhofer immigration bet

November 18, 2014
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"When I hear that Obama plans to shield many millions of illegal immigrants from the nation's draconian immigration laws, I'm skeptical. Such an action requires the very iconoclasm the democratic process ruthlessly screens out. Bold announcements notwithstanding, I expect him to (a) slash the numbers, (b) cave in to public pressure, and/or (c) fail to effectively deliver what illegal immigrants most crave -- permission to legally work. GMU econ prodigy Nathaniel Bechhofer is considerably more optimistic. Argument proved fruitless, so we agreed on a bet." (11/18/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/11/bechhofer_immig.html  

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Congressional Republicans may use spending to pressure Obama on immigration

November 15, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Congressional Republicans said Friday that they might create a series of showdowns over funding the government to try to force President Obama to back down on his expected plans to overhaul the nation’s immigration system. Instead of passing a spending bill in the coming days that would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, Republicans are considering a short-term measure that would expire early next year .... The efforts are seen by Republicans as ways to pressure Obama to relent and pull back his expected executive orders to change immigration policy, which are likely to include protecting millions from being deported." (11/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o4hcsy4  

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Reid urges Obama to delay executive action on immigration

November 14, 2014
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ABC News ABC News    

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has privately asked the White House to delay an executive order on immigration until Congress passes a spending bill to keep the government running, ABC News has learned. While Reid supports President Obama’s ability to act on his own on immigration, he told senators today that he is increasingly concerned some Republicans will seize on the move and try to block the funding bill, which could lead to a government shutdown." (11/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k9qch6x  

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Source: Obama to announce 10-point immigration plan via exec action as early as next week

November 13, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"President Obama is planning to unveil a 10-part plan for overhauling U.S. immigration policy via executive action -- including suspending deportations for millions -- as early as next Friday, a source close to the White House told Fox News. ... The plan contains 10 initiatives than span everything from boosting border security to improving pay for immigration officers. But the most controversial pertain to the millions who could get a deportation reprieve under what is known as 'deferred action.'" (11/12/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nfbcv5p  

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