Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Employers foot US $30 billion for broken immigration process

April 21, 2015
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The Canal The Canal
by Nick Zaiac  

"US$2,200, six federal forms, 118 pages of documents to file. These are the costs of hiring a single immigrant worker for a hypothetical business, as reported in a new study by Sam Batkins and Laura Collins of the American Action Forum. Batkins and Collins note that the lawyer fees make up a large portion of these costs." (04/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nqbvdv7  

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Let them in

April 21, 2015
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Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"Following a week in which an eye-watering 1,000 migrants are thought to have perished in the Mediterranean, European officials and observers are frantically asking 'What can be done?,' as if it's a difficult question. But it isn't. If you want to stop these terrible deaths at sea, there's a simple solution: liberalise Europe's approach to immigration; be as open as possible to the arrival of these budding workers and aspiring citizens from Africa and the Middle East. That is what can be done, and must be done." (04/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q4e4yq3  

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Appeals court to take up Obama’s immigration action

April 17, 2015
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"Appellate judges on Friday were to consider whether to lift a temporary hold imposed by a federal judge in Texas on President Barack Obama's executive action seeking to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a closely watched case that is holding up Obama's immigration action." (04/17/15)

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Uruguay’s selective amnesia on migration

April 13, 2015
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The Canal The Canal
by Priscila Guinovart  

"The first Europeans to arrive in what we now know as Uruguay, back in 1516, were essentially the crew of navigator and explorer Juan Diaz de Solis. The arrival of the first Iberian settlers was a trickle that soon become a wave. Between 1860 and 1920, some 600,000 immigrants arrived in Uruguay, mainly from Spain and Italy. To put this in perspective, the current population of Uruguay is only some 3.3 million individuals. Beyond the statistics are thousands of families and cultural influences that made us who we are today. It was this multiculturalism that allowed Uruguay to become one of the region's most liberal countries: it was secular by 1918 and women could vote in 1917. Unfortunately, it seems as though minds aren't so open when immigrants don’t come from Western Europe." (04/09/15)

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Federal judge says he still hasn’t read Article II, Section 2 of US Constitution

April 9, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"A federal judge in Texas declined late Tuesday night to lift an order he issued in February that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's controversial immigration actions from going into effect. In a 15 page ruling, U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen said he 'remains convinced' that his original findings -- halting programs meant to ease deportation threats to millions of eligible undocumented immigrants-- were correct." [editor's note: Which part of "The President ... shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment" is unclear? - TLK] (04/08/15)

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Immigration policy is unjust

April 9, 2015
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Robert Higgs Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs  

"Like you and every other person, I have no just right to prescribe for another person where he may come and go, with whom he may contract as employer or employee, and with whom he may buy, sell, and otherwise associate, so long as he does not violate anyone's justly acquired private property rights or otherwise infringe on anyone's natural rights. I don't own other people; nor do you; nor does anyone else." (04/07/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/04/07/immigration-policy-is-unjust/  

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Welfare, corporate welfare, and immigration

April 6, 2015
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"Here are questions for your anti-immigrant friend who believes that the welfare state demands restrictions on immigration: Do you also believe that the existence of corporate welfare -- including the Small Business Administration -- demands restrictions on corporate chartering and business start-ups? Given the habit of Uncle Sam and state governments to annually dole out hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer money to lazy, privilege-seeking small businesses and big corporations, oughtn't we restrict business creation until and unless such corporate welfare is ended?" (04/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5q44dx  

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Only a mug would vote for the anti-immigrant Labour Party

March 31, 2015
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Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"If you want to see how shallow political debate in Britain has become, look no further than mug-gate. Over the weekend, the internet -- well, the media-obsessed Twits of the Twitterati, who clearly have nothing better to do of a weekend -- went into meltdown over the revelation that Labour is selling mugs that say 'Controls on immigration ... I'm voting Labour.' It's a pledge mug, and there are five in total -- Labour having only five pledges in the run-up to the General Election, because apparently the public can't handle anything more complex than five snazzy one-liners outlining some eye-wateringly unambitious policies. Labour-supporting media people were mortified by the immigration mug. The left-ish (very ish) press was shocked. The mug was branded 'unspeakably naff' and 'outright racist at worst.' All of which raises a question: where was the outrage when, er, Labour actually unveiled its immigration-control policy, weeks ago?" (03/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pkt9u6v  

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Plug-and-play people

March 26, 2015
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"One common complaint about proponents of open borders is that we picture human beings as interchangeable parts. If an American can do X, so can a Haitian. Why can't the open borders crowd see the obvious truth that people are not 'plug-and-play' -- that you can't jumble different kinds of people and expect them to function well together? My instinctive reaction is to appeal to Econ 1 and basic facts." (03/26/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/03/plug_and_play_p.html  

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The marginal cases argument for open immigration

March 18, 2015
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Jason Brennan Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"Freiman wants to argue for open borders using a move Peter Singer made when discussing animal rights. Singer says to readers (this is a paraphrase, not a real quotation): 'Okay, so you believe it's permissible to eat animals and perform medical experiments on them, but not permissible to eat humans or perform experiments on them (without their consent). Fine. Give me some feature F that humans have, which non-human animals lack, that plausibly explains why it's prohibited to eat and perform experiments on one but not the other. And you can't just say F = is human, because that's the very thing we're asking about. What it is about being human that makes it wrong to treat them the way everyone thinks it's okay to treat non-human animals?'" (03/18/15)

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Open Borders Manifesto (Non-Reformist Edition)

March 17, 2015
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Rad Geek People's Daily
by Charles Johnson  

"Today, March 16th, is 'Open Borders Day,' according to the folks over at OpenBorders.info. In honor of the day, they have posted an 'Open Borders Manifesto,' which they are asking people to sign. It's a good start, but it doesn't go far enough. As manifestos go, it rightly defends the essential importance of open borders, but it undercuts itself by carving out vast areas for government border policing and border control, in the interest of taking a reformist approach. That's an understandable choice if you think that reformist approaches are a productive means of securing incremental reforms. But I don't think that they are, really, at least not incremental reforms in the direction that I would like to see." (03/16/15)

http://radgeek.com/gt/2015/03/16/open-borders-manifesto/  

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Open Borders Manifesto

March 17, 2015
posted by

Open Borders
by various signers  

"Freedom of movement is a basic liberty that governments should respect and protect unless justified by extenuating circumstances. This extends to movement across international boundaries. International law and many domestic laws already recognise the right of any individual to leave his or her country. This right may only be circumscribed in extreme circumstances, where threats to public safety or order are imminent. We believe international and domestic law should similarly extend such protections to individuals seeking to enter another country." (03/16/15)

http://openborders.info/open-borders-manifesto/  

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Mexican immigration and the open border: Mexicans go home and Mexican kindness

March 17, 2015
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Notes on Liberty
by Jacques Delacroix  

"One middle-aged man sticks to my mind, a taxi driver. He had stayed in the US (illegally) for several years. He had refrained from visiting with his family in Mexico for stretches of two or three years at a time to avoid being unable to return to the US. You might say that he was trapped in the US for longer periods than he wished because of our immigration laws. He finally decided to go back to Mexico and to his family for good after he had saved enough money to build a house for each of his three daughters. He specified that only one of the daughters was of marriageable age by the time he had the three houses standing. To my mind, this is an exemplary story of emigration/immigration. On my query, the man declared himself satisfied with his choice and with his life since his return from the US." (03/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ke9oqoy  

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Happy Open Borders Day!

March 16, 2015
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Nathan Goodman  

"If an employer wants to hire a willing worker, governments shouldn't stop that voluntary transaction simply because of where the worker was born. If a landlord wants to rent an apartment to a tenant, governments should not stop that voluntary transaction simply because of where the tenant was born. Today's immigration restrictions prevent these and many other voluntary interactions. Under the status quo, the presumption is that, if you're from Haiti, you are not permitted to move to the United States, and this presumption can only be overcome by working through a labyrinthine bureaucracy. Open borders advocates call for replacing the status quo with a presumption of liberty." (03/16/15)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2015/03/16/happy-open-borders-day/  

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Dissolving borders

March 16, 2015
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Chad Nelson  

"Today's biggest and deadliest conflicts result largely from governmentally imposed borders. Not to say that human beings don't have real, underlying disputes with one another: Disputes over land, money, power, religion and other ideological differences. But the separation of people created by state borders intensely magnifies those disputes." (03/16/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/36591  

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CA: Los Angeles cop charged with doing good deed on the side

March 16, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"A Los Angeles police officer has been charged with smuggling a Mexican man into the country in the trunk of an SUV. A federal complaint filed Monday says Carlos Quezada Jr. tried to enter the U.S. at San Diego's Otay Mesa port of entry. He and a female passenger were arrested Saturday night after an X-ray machine alerted border inspectors to a Mexican man hiding in the spare tire area of the Nissan Juke." (03/16/15)

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The other cause of immigrant idleness

March 16, 2015
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"The global poor migrate to the First World, kiss the soil, then permanently go on welfare. Idle immigrants: Nothing short of outright criminality does more to tarnish the image of immigration. It smacks of ingratitude and parasitism. And while the prevalence of immigrant idleness is overstated, it is a very real problem, especially in Europe. As a cosmopolitan libertarian, my first reaction is point fingers at the welfare state. ... Yet on reflection, my first reaction misses a major part of the story. Countries with ample redistribution also tend to have strict labor market regulations." (03/16/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/03/the_two_ways_so.html  

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E-Verify’s slippery slope

March 10, 2015
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"The House Judiciary Committee is considering another program destined to creep into the rest of our lives. The Legal Workforce Act (LWA), introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), would mandate E-Verify for all new hires in the United States. E-Verify is a government program intended to discourage the hiring of illegal immigrants by enabling employers to verify the legal work status of all new employees. Mandating E-Verify would force every American to ask the government for permission to work. That is bad enough, but it gets even worse: The system is defective." (03/10/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/e-verifys-slippery-slope  

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The melting pot meets the voting booth

March 5, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh and Sam Wilson  

"An enduring argument against reforming the immigration system is that new immigrants will become a solid voting bloc for the Democratic party and support liberal economic policies. Neither of these assertions is true. New evidence shows that immigrants have, or come to have, about the same political views as long-settled Americans. In a new paper published by the Cato Institute, we show that immigrants and their descendants are not more supportive of economic policies that favor big government, high taxes, or an increase in the size of the welfare state. Immigrants' political and ideological opinions will not shift American policy in a big-government direction." (03/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q3ep468  

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CA: Fedgoons raid “maternity hotels” for birth tourists

March 3, 2015
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NBC News    

"Apartment complexes in Southern California that doubled as 'maternity hotels' for foreign women who want made-in-America babies were raided early Tuesday, officials said. NBC News was on the scene as federal and local agents swept into one luxury complex in Irvine, California, that housed pregnant women and new moms who allegedly forked over cash to give birth in the United States. None of the women was arrested; they are being treated as material witnesses. Instead, the investigation was aimed at ringleaders who allegedly helped foreign nationals obtain visas and then pamper them until they delivered in an American hospital." (03/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/plz2t4j  

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US House approves Homeland Security Theater funding without anti-immigration clause

March 3, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The US House of Representatives has approved a so-called 'clean' funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday. The bill does not not include language that would roll back President Barack Obama's recent immigration reforms. The vote ends an impasse between the White House and conservative Republicans over the reforms, that nearly shut the department last week. The bill passed 257 to 167 with 74 Republicans supporting the measure." [editor's note: Too bad they didn't just shut down DHS. Permanently. - TLK] (03/03/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-31716232  

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Imprisoning immigrants: What the ACLU’s doing about it

February 26, 2015
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"It's easy to believe that private prisons are part of the problem. The government is the customer, and one of the main services the government is buying is (im)plausible deniability. If government prisons abuse immigrants, government officials might get in trouble. If companies hired by the government abuse immigrants, government officials can feign shock, cancel the contract, hire a different company, and resume oppression as usual. Farcical, but it works. In any case, though, poor prison conditions are not the fundamental problem. The abuse that overshadows all others is imprisonment for breaking unjust laws. Preventing foreigners from coming here to better their lives through honest toil is wrong." (02/26/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/02/imprisoning_imm_1.html  

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McConnell caves: Sets aside anti-immigration freedom amendments to fund big-government “Homeland Security” bureaucracy

February 24, 2015
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Philadelphia Inquirer    

"The Senate's top Republican shifted tactics Tuesday to try to free up stalled legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security in advance of a Friday midnight deadline. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., moved to disentangle contested immigration measures from the Homeland Security budget and debate the issues separately. ... A key vote could come Friday on the stand-alone immigration measure, which would likely push the Homeland Security budget past a midnight deadline, though speculation was growing that a short-term budget measure might prevent a shutdown." (02/24/15)

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GOP digs in heels on DHS and immigration funding

February 23, 2015
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Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"Many Republican lawmakers are digging in their heels in the fight to defund implementation of what they see as an executive overreach by President Obama. They're so entrenched in their position that they're acting as though they'll allow the Department of Homeland Security budget to not be adopted. Which in reality wouldn't have much impact on DHS activities, as approximately 200,000 of the 230,000 DHS employees are considered essential. The Chicago Tribune reports, 'Most training, hiring, research and purchasing would be suspended. Border security, disaster relief and cybersecurity programs would continue uninterrupted.' In other words, nothing will really change, except that 'essential' DHS employees will work without a paycheck until a budget is adopted." (02/22/15)

http://fpp.cc/gop-digs-in-heels-on-dhs-and-immigration-funding/  

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E-Verify does little to halt illegal immigration

February 20, 2015
posted by

Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"The showdown over President Obama's immigration executive actions is approaching its climax. Congress is prepared to let the Department of Homeland Security run out of money so long as it intends to enforce Obama's decrees, and prospects for reform are deteriorating fast. But there is one policy making progress: E-Verify mandates are moving through Congress and several states. Whether mandated by states or by the federal government, E-Verify is an expensive labor market regulation that, in any case, does little to actually halt illegal immigration." (02/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nukmr6m  

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