Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Rand Paul’s Statue-of-Liberty-sized immigration contradiction

July 30, 2015
posted by

Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"Those who think that Rand Paul is some heroic champion of civil liberties thanks to his filibusters against drone strikes and NSA surveillance ought to think again. There is no functional difference between the war on drugs and the war on immigration. Both use the power of the state to go after the supposed perpetrators of victimless 'crimes' (actually, in the case of immigration, the 'crimes' are not only victimless, but have only beneficiaries) while running roughshod over civil liberties and decimating minority communities. Yet Paul opposes the drug war and supports the immigration war ..." (07/30/15)

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The freedom to move: Personal liberty or government control, part 2

July 28, 2015
posted by

Richard M. Ebeling The Daily Bell
by Richard M Ebeling  

"Opponents of more open immigration sometimes argue that the arrival of more immigrants means the threatened loss of jobs for those already living in the country. The often-implicit assumption behind this argument is that there are a fixed number of jobs in the country, and if more workers enter the labor market, by definition any work gained by one of the new arrivals must mean lost employment for someone else already there. As long as there are unsatisfied wants that more production could gratify, then there is always more work for more hands to do." (07/28/15)

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Don’t some libertarians favor immigration controls?

July 24, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"I recently received a good question about libertarianism and open borders: Aren't there some libertarians who favor immigration controls? If so, doesn't that preclude anyone from saying that libertarians favor open borders? The answer to the first question is yes, and the answer to the second question is no. The fact that some libertarians favor immigration controls is irrelevant in determining whether this particular government program is libertarian in nature." (07/23/15)

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Trump at Mexico border: “Hispanics love me”

July 23, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Ever sure of himself, Donald Trump paid a visit to the Mexico border Thursday and predicted Hispanics would love him ('they already do') because as president he'd grab jobs back from overseas and give more opportunity to those who live in the U.S. legally. 'There's great danger with the illegals,' the Republican presidential contender told reporters. But he claimed a 'great relationship' with Hispanics, even as Latino leaders have come at him with blistering criticism for his painting Mexican immigrants as criminals. 'I'll take jobs back from China, I'll take jobs back from Japan,' Trump said. 'The Hispanics are going to get those jobs, and they're going to love Trump.'" (07/23/15)

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TX: Regime seeks to dismiss immigrant birth certificate lawsuit

July 23, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

"Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit that claims U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrant parents have been wrongfully denied birth certificates. Paxton said the Texas Department of State Health Services, which is being sued by 19 families, has sovereign immunity under the 11th Amendment so the federal court lacks the jurisdiction over the state agency and the legal claims. ... the Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid sued the state after it refused to issue birth certificates to children who were born in America but whose parents are in the United States illegally [sic]." (07/23/15)

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My enthusiastic support for open borders

July 23, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"When Noah describes the economic benefits of immigration, he makes it sound redistributive: Our GDP goes up because we gained people, which presumably means the sending countries' GDP goes down by the same amount because they lost people. ... The point I'm confident Noah grasps, but fails to communicate: Due to vastly higher labor productivity in the U.S., U.S. GDP would rise more than sending countries' GDPs would fall." (07/22/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/07/my_enthusiastic.html  

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Libertarianism and open immigration

July 22, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"The right to liberty includes freedom of association -- the right to associate (or not) with whomever a person wants to associate. Liberty also includes freedom of travel and freedom of movement. That doesn't mean that a person is free to trespass onto another person's property. It means that government lacks the authority to interfere with a person's decision to move to another dwelling whose owner is willing to sell or rent to him, to work in another business whose owner is willing to hire him, or just to visit and tour, or do anything else a person wants to do to pursue happiness in his own way, so long as his conduct is peaceful." (07/21/15)

http://fff.org/2015/07/21/libertarianism-open-immigration/  

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Freedom to move: Personal liberty or government control, part 1

July 21, 2015
posted by

Richard M. Ebeling Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling  

"The immigration issue has once more bubbled to the surface in America because of the provocative statements and assertions by one of the Republication contenders for their party’s presidential nomination. Immigrants -- especially illegal immigrants -- are accused of stealing the jobs of 'real' Americans, of mooching off the welfare state at the expense of taxpaying U.S. citizens and legal residents, and threatening the political status quo of the nation, since 'we all know' that too many of those immigrants, if given citizenship, will vote for the political plunders who offer them more of other people's money." (07/21/15)

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Love, marriage, and green cards

July 16, 2015
posted by

Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"For most of human history, love and marriage had positively nothing to do with each other. Marriages were arranged in order to strengthen alliances, end family feuds, and secure political power. You were lucky if you liked your spouse, let alone loved them! In the United States today, we don't see marriages for political power (though it's an interesting thought experiment to think about what would happen if one of President Obama’s daughters married one of Mitt Romney's sons). But we do see marriages that, more than likely, aren't for love." (07/16/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/07/16/love-marriage-and-green-cards/  

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Liberal science: The benefits of controversial free speech in the wake of Donald Trump’s campaign message

July 15, 2015
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Dashaya Foreman  

"FIRE has seen numerous cases in which students have attempted to combat speech they deem 'offensive' by silencing it. However, a more effective tactic for countering controversial speech is to question its truthfulness through reasoned debate. ... It is clear that while Trump's comments offended the Latino community and its allies, his freedom to voice those opinions has driven the national civil rights debate concerning Latino immigrants back to the forefront of American politics, proving that even contentious free speech can be beneficial and constructive." (07/14/14)

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Don’t reauthorize E-Verify

July 14, 2015
posted by

Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Congress won't pass immigration reform this year, but they will face a vote to reauthorize E-Verify, a government electronic enforcement program forced on some employers to screen new hires. E-Verify's goal is to '[turn] off the jobs magnet that attracts so many illegal immigrants to the United States,' as Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) states. Smith is one of the program's biggest supporters in Congress, trying to portray the program as 'free, quick and easy to use.' Contrary to Smith's claims, there is no such thing as a 'free' government regulation." (07/14/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/dont-reauthorize-e-verify  

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In regards to Hoppe’s argument against open borders

July 13, 2015
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Goods obtained with stolen wealth rightfully belong to those who the wealth was stolen from. But this raises a question, what exactly can be claimed to be owned by the state? Is it everything within the imaginary lines it has drawn on our maps? If that’s the case the principle of homesteading seems to be absent in Hoppe's argument. Much of the land claimed by the United States government, for example, hasn’t been homesteaded, the state hasn't mixed any labor with it. It just sits untouched. If we were to divest the property of the United States to the people whose wealth has been stolen would we also include that untouched land? If so, why? Do states enjoy a special type of property right that allows it to just declare something its own in lieu of homesteading? If not, why is the land not open for homesteading and therefore why are open borders at odds with right-libertarianism?" (07/10/15)

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In praise of sanctuary cities

July 10, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp  

"A prominent anti-immigration propaganda mill, the Center for Immigration Studies, classifies more than 200 US cities, counties and states as 'sanctuary cities.' These political subdivisions, as a matter of public policy, ignore and/or decline to cooperate with the federal government's immigration regulation schemes. Those of us who are more concerned with the truth than with exploiting a woman's death for cheap political gain should support sanctuary cities as an unmitigated good." (07/09/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2062  

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Sanctuary cities are not the problem

July 9, 2015
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Chad Nelson  

"San Francisco is one of many jurisdictions across the country known as 'sanctuary cities' -- localities that don't comply with federal immigration requests to detain or turn over illegal immigrants. Because of the killing, sanctuary cities are under attack once again. On Fox News, Carly Fiorina called them 'a travesty,' and used them as a talking point to paint herself (and the entire right) as diametrically different from the left, who she claims roundly support sanctuary cities. Maybe Carly should talk to her fellow California empress Diane Feinstein to find out how many on the self-described left view the issue." (07/09/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/38768  

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Trump: A joker in the GOP’s presidential deck

July 8, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"I have to hand it to the guy. Anyone who can go bust four times running casinos -- casinos, for the love of Pete! -- then suggest, with a straight face, that he's the man to bring fiscal responsibility and business acumen to Washington, deserves credit for sheer chutzpah. Perhaps his descent into xenophobic rant is an attempt distract attention from the weak 'self-made man' narrative. Or maybe he's a Democratic mole. Either way, he's bad news for Republican prospects in 2016 and beyond." (07/07/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2041  

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Clinton makes a play for the Know-Nothing vote

July 8, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton joined the condemnation of San Francisco's 'sanctuary' policy Tuesday. Clinton chided law enforcement officials in an interview with CNN, saying the city was wrong to ignore an Immigration and Customs Enforcement request to hold Francisco Sanchez for federal authorities. Sanchez is accused of killing a young California woman along a pier last week. 'The city made a mistake, not to deport someone that the federal government strongly felt should be deported,' Clinton said. 'So I have absolutely no support for a city that ignores the strong evidence that should be acted on.'" (07/08/15)

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Trump and the myth of immigrant crime

July 7, 2015
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"In 2011, El Paso, Texas, had the lowest crime rate ranking of any city with 500,000 or more residents. That is despite being just across the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico -- which in 2011 had the second highest murder rate of any city on Earth. The same pattern shows up away from the border as well. In his extensive research on Chicago -- a city Trump cited for its violent crime -- Harvard sociologist Robert Sampson has found 'a significantly lower rate of violence among Mexican-Americans compared to blacks and whites.' Here, he says, 'increases in immigration and language diversity over the decade of the 1990s predicted decreases in neighborhood homicide rates in the late '90s and up to 2006.' If Trump wants to avoid rapists, here's some advice: Head for areas with lots of residents who were born in Mexico." (07/06/15)

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Immigration and voluntaryism

June 23, 2015
posted by

Skyler J Collins Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins  

"Many hold a passionate view on immigration, by which I mean the immigration of peoples across national borders. Not so much, if any, is their passion for in-nation immigration. What is the voluntaryist view on immigration, you ask? Let's find out." (06/22/15)

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SCOTUS splinters on rights of Americans with foreign spouses

June 15, 2015
posted by

Politico    

"The Supreme Court splintered Monday on the question of what rights an American has when a foreign spouse is denied visa to come to the U.S. ... Five justices voted to overturn a 9th Circuit opinion which held American Fauzia Din was entitled to more details when her Afghan husband -- a former official in the Taliban regime -- was denied a U.S. visa for involvement with 'terrorist activities.' However, those five justices split 3-2 on why the appeals court went too far." (06/15/15)

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Lawsuit: US regime thugs mistreat abducted immigrants

June 11, 2015
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Arizona Daily Star    

"Immigrant-rights groups are asking a federal judge to force the Border Patrol to end the 'inhumane and punitive conditions' they say many detainees face at Arizona facilities. The legal papers filed in U.S. District Court name three individuals -- a man living in Tucson and two unidentified women -- who attorneys say were denied food, adequate clothing and sleep. Mary Kenney, an attorney with the American Immigration Council, said Wednesday that what the trio experienced is not unique." (06/10/15)

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Italy: Pols vow not to shelter any more rescued migrants

June 8, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Heartened by recent election successes by an anti-immigrant party, Italian politicians based in the north vowed Sunday not to shelter any more migrants saved at sea, even as thousands more were being rescued in the Mediterranean from smugglers' boats in distress. Elsewhere in the country, however, corruptions investigations have revealed that some local officials gleefully see a cash cow in the shelters. Over the weekend, nearly 6,000 migrants were rescued by an array of European military vessels, including 2,371 who were saved on Sunday from 15 boats that ran into difficulty shortly after smugglers set off with them from Libyan shores, the Italian coast guard said." (06/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nq9cc48  

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Why is illegal immigration so low?

June 4, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Contrary to popular opinion, U.S. immigration enforcement is draconian. The proof is in the prices illegal immigrants pay to human smugglers. Even Mexicans, our closest Third World neighbors, pay 2-3 years' worth of wages to illegally cross the border. Every other Third World nationality pays more. Millions of immigrants come illegally not because the cost is low but because the benefits are high." (06/04/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/06/why_is_illegal.html  

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Mr. Gorbachev, build us a wall!

June 4, 2015
posted by

Voices of Liberty
by AJ Oatsvall  

"Seriously, though, am I the only one getting pissed off about this garbage and tripe we’re being fed? It's all I ever hear from the mainstream media when it comes to solving our immigration problems. I swear to everything holy and decent, if I hear another pundit or talking head say we need a fence along our border(s), I am going to bust some heads! So let's build a wall around our country! Let's do what Ronald Reagan spoke out against! Let's build a wall so that a president from some other nation can come here and tell us, 'tear down this wall!' Makes perfect, logical, fucking sense, doesn't it?" (06/03/15)

http://www.voicesofliberty.com/article/mr-gorbachev-build-us-a-wall/  

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Was the Reagan amnesty bad for immigrants?

June 2, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Simpson-Mazzoli is the very bill that ultimately became the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 that modern nativists so revile for amnestying millions of illegal immigrants. My first reaction was that Bartley was being a libertarian purist -- focusing on minor downsides for immigrants instead of judging the overall package. But after pondering the details of the 1986 bill, I've reconsidered. Key point: In addition to the amnesty, the bill made it illegal to hire or recruit illegal immigrants knowingly. In other words, before 1986, it was legal to knowingly hire and recruit illegal immigrants! Once immigrants were over the border, U.S. employers could hire them without fear. Sure, illegal workers were still vulnerable to deportation, but employers are easier targets for legal prosecution. Employees and employers can both hide from regulators, but only employees can run." (06/01/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/06/was_the_reagan.html  

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SCOTUS scratches another Arizona immigration law

June 2, 2015
posted by

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"The U.S. Supreme Court landed the final blow against an Arizona law that denied bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and are charged with certain felonies, marking the latest in a series of state immigration policies that have since been thrown out by the courts. The nation's highest court on Monday rejected a bid from metro Phoenix's top prosecutor and sheriff to reinstate the 2006 law after a lower appeals court concluded late last year that it violated civil rights by imposing punishment before trial. While a small number of Arizona's immigration laws have been upheld, the courts have slowly dismantled most of the other statutes that sought to draw local police into immigration enforcement." (06/01/15)

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