Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

The hyperbole of backlash

July 22, 2016
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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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All eyes are on these three Supreme Court cases

June 21, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Richard Wolf  

"Thirteen cases remain to be decided at the Supreme Court this month, but all eyes are on three of them. With the tumultuous 2015-16 term marked by Justice Antonin Scalia's death winding down, decisions on access to abortion, the use of affirmative action in college admissions, and the fate of millions of undocumented immigrants will determine whether the evenly-divided court tilted liberal or conservative. Other cases still pending before the eight-member court include one that could set a higher bar for public corruption and another that could affect drunk drivers who refuse breath or blood tests." (06/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/19/supreme-court-abortion-immigration-affirmative-action-obama-texas/86090066/  

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In defence of absolutely open borders

June 20, 2016
posted by

Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by Harry Binswanger  

"Immigration quotas forcibly exclude foreigners who want not to seize housing but to purchase it, who want not to rob Americans but to work with them to produce goods and services, raising our standard of living. Forcibly excluding those who seek peacefully to trade with us is a violation of the rights of both parties to such a trade: the rights of the American seller or employer and the rights of the foreign buyer or employee. Immigration restrictions treat both Americans and foreigners as if they were state property, and as if the peaceful exchange of values to mutual benefit were an act of destruction." (06/20/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/06/20/in-defence-of-absolutely-open-borders/  

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Support free movement? Then vote against the EU

June 8, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Ella Whelan  

"The Remain camp often says that a vote for Brexit is a vote in favour of xenophobia. 'This is no longer a referendum about the European Union,' said one pro-EU commentator. 'It's a referendum about your attitude to foreigners.' This is the most disingenuous of all its arguments. If you want to see a prejudiced and illiberal approach to foreigners, look no further than the EU institutions these campaigners are fighting to defend." (06/08/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/support-free-movement-vote-against-the-eu-brexit-referendum/  

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President Obama’s mixed legacy on immigration

June 7, 2016
posted by

Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"President Obama has a mixed record on immigration. On one hand, he is the most stringent enforcer of immigration laws in American history -- far outstripping the deportation numbers of the George W. Bush and earlier administrations. On the other hand, his executive actions have helped shield large swaths of illegal immigrants from deportation." (06/06/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/president-obamas-mixed-legacy-immigration  

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Why the freedom to immigrate is as important as other freedoms

June 6, 2016
posted by

Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Chris Freiman and Javier Hidalgo  

"David Miller argues that some freedom of movement is a basic human right because it is needed to protect vital interests. If you're locked in a cell, you lack the freedom of movement you need to live a decent life. But you can live a pretty good life without unlimited (or close to unlimited) freedom of movement across borders. But, if people are only entitled to adequate freedom of movement, then why aren't they only entitled to adequate freedom of speech or religion? ... Surely you can still live a pretty good life if the state prevents you from practicing your religion between 2-3AM on the first Tuesday of each month. The same goes for having 2 or 3 children rather than 7. And you don't really need all those books on gluten-free cooking, do you? Nevertheless, no liberal thinks the state is justified in restricting freedom of religion, reproductive choice, or freedom of the press in the preceding ways, at least not without extraordinary reasons." (06/06/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/06/why-the-freedom-to-immigrate-is-as-important-as-other-freedoms/  

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Open borders: The only moral and practical solution

June 5, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Open borders simply mean freedom, free markets, and free enterprise. Libertarians know that free markets and free enterprise work. They enable people to pursue happiness in their own way. They provide a peaceful means by which people can harmonize their interests and pursuits with others. They raise people's standard of living. Then there are socialism and interventionism. The world now recognizes that they don't work. They produce economic crises. They distort people's plans. They generate chaos." (06/03/16)

http://fff.org/2016/06/03/open-borders-moral-practical-solution/  

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Bionic Mosquito has it wrong on immigration

May 25, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Bionic suggests, given the reality of the welfare state, libertarians are just going to have to abandon their principles, at least with respect to immigration, until the welfare state is ended, which, of course, might never happen, at least not in Europe. Interestingly, however, Bionic also wants to make it clear that he is not a libertarian proponent of government-controlled borders. What? Then what is he? It's either one or the other. You're either a proponent of open borders or you're not. If you oppose open borders, then you automatically favor government-controlled borders. If you favor government-controlled borders, then you oppose open borders. Bionic seems to be saying that he's both libertarian on immigration and anti-libertarian on immigration at the same time." (05/25/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/bionic-mosquito-wrong-immigration/  

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Liberalism or immigration restrictions, but not both

May 24, 2016
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Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Christopher Freiman & Javier Hidalgo  

"Our argument for open borders is straightforward. First, freedom of movement is on a par with other textbook liberal freedoms and so the burden of justification rests with those who would restrict freedom of movement just as it rests with those who would restrict freedom of speech or association. Then we show that the standard arguments for restricting freedom of movement are arguments that liberals wouldn't accept as justification for restricting any other sort of freedom." (05/23/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/05/liberalism-or-immigration-restrictions-but-not-both/  

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A praising attack on my immigration article

May 24, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"The right to be free should never be considered a state policy. As Jefferson pointed out in the Declaration of Independence, people's fundamental rights, including freedom, pre-exist the state. They are independent of the state. Freedom isn't something the state gives us. We don't have to be grateful to public officials for establishing a policy that enables us to be free. We are free by our very nature, and no government has the legitimate authority to destroy, regulate, control, or interfere with the exercise of fundamental rights. Thus, open borders is not a 'state policy,' any more than freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion are state policies." (05/23/16)

http://fff.org/2016/05/23/praising-attack-immigration-article/  

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Open immigration with a welfare state

May 22, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Although free-market economist Milton Friedman defended the principle of open immigration, he had a caveat: 'It's just obvious you can't have free immigration and a welfare state.' Conservatives and even some libertarians have long used Friedman's statement to justify their support of government-controlled immigration. But Friedman was wrong. Of course you can have both open immigration and a welfare state. What he really meant was: 'Open borders with a welfare state might mean higher taxes. To avoid paying those higher taxes, I'm willing to abandon my libertarian principles and join up with the statists by embracing immigration socialism.'" (05/20/16)

http://fff.org/2016/05/20/open-immigration-welfare-state/  

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Open borders is the only libertarian immigration position

May 19, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"[L]iberty necessarily encompasses such principles as freedom of association, freedom of travel, freedom of movement, economic liberty, freedom of trade, and liberty of contract. Those principles necessarily lead to but one conclusion: Open borders, or the right of people to travel across borders in search of a better life, sustain and improve their lives through labor, enter into mutually beneficial transactions and contracts with others, trade, invest, open businesses, hire people, visit, tour, or engage in any other peaceful activity. Yet, there are people within the libertarian movement who claim that open borders are actually contrary to libertarian principles and that government-controlled borders are the true libertarian position. The thing is, though, proponents of government-controlled borders end up having to go through all sorts of contortions and distortions to arrive at this conclusion." (05/19/16)

http://fff.org/2016/05/19/open-borders-libertarian-position-immigration/  

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Harriet Tubman and America’s immigration hypocrisy

April 28, 2016
posted by

Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco  

"Today, we praise Tubman for her courage. This praise is rightly deserved. Getting caught for Tubman meant severe punishment at a minimum and the real possibility of death. After all, she was breaking the law. She was property. Those she helped escape were property. But she assumed the risk and boldly sought freedom. This is what we are celebrating by putting her on our currency. Recognizing an unjust (though legal) institution, Tubman stood up for her rights and the rights of others. She sought a better life. She was a true American. It strikes me as particularly strange, then, that we currently condemn others for doing something similar." (04/27/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/04/27/harriet-tubman-and-americas-immigration-hypocrisy/  

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Papua New Guinea: Court says Australia can’t hold abducted immigrants on island

April 26, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"It's illegal for Australia to hold asylum-seekers on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court says, in a ruling that clashes with a recent ruling by Australia's high court. The justices say the detention center runs afoul of Papua New Guinea's constitution and should be closed. ... Faced with the pending arrival of thousands of refugees and migrants, Australia reached an agreement with Papua New Guinea inn 2013 that called for its northern neighbor to hold travelers in detention centers hundreds of miles from Australia's shores. The deal is often called the PNG Solution — but today, Papua New Guinea's high court said the deal should never have been made." (04/26/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/26/475706611/australian-refugee-detention-center-is-declared-illegal-by-papua-new-guinea-cour  

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Greece: Regime halts migrant deportations while it processes rush of asylum applications

April 6, 2016
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National Post [Canada]    

"The expulsion of migrants from Greece to Turkey was suspended Tuesday after authorities admitted it could take months to process thousands of asylum seekers stranded on the Aegean Islands. A group of 202 mostly Pakistani and Afghan migrants was sent by boat from the islands of Lesbos and Chios on Monday, as the EU’s plan to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis got under way, but none followed them Tuesday." (04/05/16)

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/migrants-day-two-and-greece-stops-sending-back-the-migrants  

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Crossing an arbitrary line: The libertarian case for open borders

April 6, 2016
posted by

JohnMHudak.com
by John M Hudak  

"A sizable portion of Americans practice an almost cult-like following of the law, in that they will follow it without moral justification even when they are in no danger of any repercussions. Some are even willing to take this to the extreme of calling the police on others who are hurting no one (such as a neighbor who is smoking marijuana). When challenged, those who advocate this position often say things like 'it's the law' and 'you do the crime, you do the time.' They seem to believe that morality derives itself from law and not the other way around." (04/05/16)

http://johnmhudak.com/2016/04/05/crossing-an-arbitrary-line-the-libertarian-case-for-open-borders/  

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Trump’s wall: Be careful what you wish for

April 6, 2016
posted by

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

"Remember Donald Trump's promise to not only build a US-Mexico border wall, but make Mexico pay for it? If that promise sounded sketchy, maybe even ridiculous when he made it, his campaign's March 31 memo to the Washington Post makes it sound like an authoritarian, and likely disastrous, extortion scheme. Trump's proposal, in a nutshell, is to abuse provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act -- allegedly intended to fight terrorism -- to promulgate a proposed rule which would stop undocumented Mexican workers in the US from sending money home to their families. Since such 'remittances,' according to Trump, come to nearly $25 billion per year, the Mexican government would gladly fork over a one-time payment of several billion dollars for the wall rather than lose the ongoing economic boost they get from the remittances. They cough up, Trump withdraws the proposed rule. Pretty much the typical mob-style muscle job: 'Nice mutually beneficial trade and labor arrangement we got here. Be a shame if anything happened to it ...'" (04/05/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/5439  

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Trump proposes funding wall by abusing USA PATRIOT Act to threaten workers’ support for families

April 6, 2016
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Washington Post    

"Donald Trump would force Mexico to pay for a border wall by threatening to cut off billions of dollars in remittances sent by immigrants living in the U.S., according to a memo released by his campaign Tuesday. The memo outlines how Trump would try to compel Mexico to pay for a 1,000-mile wall if he becomes president. In his proposal, Trump threatened to change a rule under the USA Patriot Act, an anti-terrorism law, to cut off funds sent to Mexico through money transfers known as remittances. Trump said he would withdraw the threat if Mexico makes 'a one-time payment of $5-10 billion' to finance the wall." (04/05/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/report-trump-hell-fund-wall-cutting-remittances-38158595  

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In the ashes of American dreams

April 5, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Oscar Martinez  

"'I'm deep in the hole,' says Henry. He is. He wasn't. Now he is. For more than two years now he has been deep in the hole. That's what it's like to be a migrant. Henry arrived in 1979 after the Sandinista rebels took Managua. He had a work permit (the Reagan administration facilitated work permits for Nicaraguans who left because of the Sandinistas). He got to the point where he was making $11.50 an hour working in Minneapolis. But with the years and with the departure of the Sandinistas from power in 1990, American interest in Nicaraguans waned. Many did not get their work permits renewed. Henry among them. Geopolitics even fucks up the lives of undocumented people on the streets of the United States." (04/05/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/05/in-the-ashes-of-american-dreams/  

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Migrants sent back from Greece arrive in Turkey under EU deal

April 4, 2016
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"The first migrants deported from Greek islands under a disputed EU-Turkey deal were shipped back to Turkey on Monday in a drive to shut down the main route used by more than a million people fleeing war and poverty to reach Europe in the last year. Under a pact criticised by refugee agencies and human rights campaigners, Ankara will take back all migrants and refugees who cross the Aegean Sea to enter Greece illegally, including Syrians. In return, the European Union will take in thousands of Syrian refugees directly from Turkey and reward it with more money, early visa-free travel and progress in its EU membership negotiations." (04/04/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3522272/Greece-begins-ferrying-migrants-Turkey-landmark-EU-deal.html  

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