Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Freer immigration does not lead to bigger government

December 1, 2016
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The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by Josh Guckert  

"The election of Donald Trump leads many libertarians to fear for the future of the American immigration system. This is because libertarians consistently support immigration. Nearly all metrics support the libertarian position. For this reason, only fear-mongering remains for those who oppose the peaceful travel of individuals." (12/01/16)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/freer-immigration-lead-bigger-government/  

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Immigration: The left again embraces nullification of federal laws

November 29, 2016
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Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"With Donald Trump set to be sworn in as President in January, many leftists have suddenly discovered a new love for political decentralization. The most notable example, of course, is the effort by some Californians and Oregonians to secede from the United States and set up independent republics. While secession is perhaps the most visible and 'extreme' manifestation of political decentralization, nullification serves a similar purpose. And, not surprisingly, the left has embraced nullification in recent weeks when faced with Trump's proposed policies on immigration." (11/28/16)

https://mises.org/blog/immigration-left-again-embraces-nullification-federal-laws  

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Xenophobia and Canada

November 21, 2016
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"How xenophobic are Americans? [dramatic pause] Americans are so xenophobic, they don't even favor open borders with Canada. Think about all the popular arguments against immigration. Immigrants hurt low-skilled Americans. Immigrants abuse the welfare state. Immigrants commit crimes. Immigrants don't learn English. Immigrants refuse to culturally assimilate. Immigrants vote for Sharia. Now ask yourself: How do any of these arguments even remotely apply to Canadians? But the sound of crickets changes nothing. If a Canadian asks to live and work in the U.S., America's default answer remains: No." (11/21/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/11/xenophobia_and.html  

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Australian, US regimes “close” to asylum seeker deal

November 11, 2016
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Sky News [Australia]    

"Immigration department chief Michael Pezzullo says the government is closer to a deal to resettle asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island. But he's declined to confirm reports about 1800 asylum seeker boat arrivals at Australia's offshore detention centres could be about to be resettled under a deal with the United States. The Australian newspaper reported on Friday the two countries were poised to announce a deal after months of negotiations." (11/10/16)

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2016/11/11/asylum-seeker-deal-with-us-close--reports.html  

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Immigration controls are socialist

November 10, 2016
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jake Desyllas  

"The liberal thinkers of the 19th century got a few things wrong, but they were steadfast in their defense of a free market in labor. They upheld freedom of migration as an axiomatic principle, as Stolper put it. They won the argument. And they lived in a time of unprecedented peace and economic growth. New generations of libertarian thinkers have corrected some inconsistencies in the theories left to us by the classical liberals. However, when it comes to the free market in labor, libertarians are now divided and confused in a way that would have baffled the classical liberals." (11/09/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/immigration-controls-socialist/  

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Canada: Regime’s immigration web site goes down for hours after US election

November 9, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"Canada's Immigration and Citizenship website was down for hours Tuesday and Wednesday -- apparently due to a spike in searches by Americans reacting to Tuesday's presidential election. Access was cut off on Election Day; the site was brought back online shortly after 10 a.m. ET. Search traffic for 'Canada immigration,''Canada' and 'move to Canada' has increased in the United States relative to the past seven days, according to Google Trends. Google reports that the search terms were particularly popular in Oregon, Washington, Vermont and California. Meanwhile, Business Insider reported that a story called 'How to move to Canada and become a Canadian citizen' was the top story on the site Tuesday night." (11/09/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/09/501352852/canadas-immigration-website-has-been-down-for-hours  

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Hungary: Parliament defies PM Orban by rejecting migrant ban

November 8, 2016
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Cyprus Mail [Cyprus]    

"Hungary's parliament on Tuesday narrowly rejected a plan by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to ban the resettlement of migrants in the country, a setback for the maverick leader that could weaken him in his fight against EU migration policies. The proposed constitutional amendment won 131 votes in the 199-seat parliament, just short of the necessary two-thirds majority of 133. Opposition parties, including the far-right Jobbik, had boycotted the vote. Orban had said the amendment was needed to honour an October referendum, in which more than 3 million Hungarians, an overwhelming majority of those who voted, rejected EU migrant quotas." (11/08/16)

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/11/08/hungarian-parliament-defies-pm-orban-rejecting-migrant-ban/  

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France: Police move in on bulging Paris migrant camp

October 31, 2016
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France 24 [France]    

"French police have begun a vast operation to check the 'administrative status' of hundreds of migrants amassed in a makeshift camp in northeastern Paris, days after thousands of people were moved from a larger camp in Calais. Officers backed by riot police converged Monday morning on the streets around Stalingrad subway station, where an estimated 2,000 people are gathered on the pavements. Police were seen carrying out checks on the migrants, possibly in preparation for a future evacuation of the site." (10/31/16)

http://www.france24.com/en/20161031-police-paris-migrant-camp-refugees-france-stalingrad  

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France: Demolition of Calais “Jungle” camp begins

October 25, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The dismantling of the 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais has begun as its inhabitants leave by coach for other parts of France. A group of workers started to demolish unoccupied tents and shacks by hand, according to reporters at the scene. About 2,000 migrants left voluntarily on Monday, and hundreds more have followed on day two of the clearance. The Jungle has become a key symbol of Europe's migration crisis, housing some 7,000 residents in squalid conditions." (10/25/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37759032  

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Justice Scalia and Congress’s power to regulate immigration

October 20, 2016
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10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Rappaport  

"Claiming that the federal government possesses an immigration power through an inherent attribute of sovereignty is a stake in the heart of the enumerated powers and the Tenth Amendment. This isn't even reading an acknowledged power broadly, like the Commerce Power. It is just making up a new power where there is no textual indication." (10/19/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/10/19/justice-scalia-and-congresss-power-to-regulate-immigration/  

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UK: Regime plan to make companies list foreign workers faces backlash

October 6, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd defended a series of policy proposals aimed at cutting the number of foreign workers at British companies after she was accused of stoking racism and anti-immigrant sentiment. Under the plans announced at the Conservative Party conference, companies would have to list the non-U.K. nationals who work for them. Banks and landlords would also face sanctions if they fail to make checks on foreigners doing business with them. ... Lawmakers for the opposition Labour Party joined business leaders in criticizing Rudd over the plans, which she said are part of a review aimed at helping companies train local staff to reduce the dependence on workers from outside Britain." (10/05/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-05/u-k-plan-to-make-companies-list-foreign-workers-faces-backlash  

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Immigration authoritarianism

October 6, 2016
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Reason Reason
by Matt Welch  

"The day after one of Donald Trump's campaign speeches about cracking down on illegal immigration, National Review columnist Jay Nordlinger, a lifelong conservative who 'ceased being a Republican' the moment Trump sewed up the GOP nomination, lamented via Twitter that 'people you could never have guessed would be gullible -- are. Falling for cons. Re immigration, for example.' But many of the #NeverTrump conservatives currently agonizing over the future of their party are deluding themselves over its past: Republicans have been falling for immigration cons -- and perpetrating many of their own -- since long before the real estate outsider vaulted to the front of the GOP presidential field by accusing Mexico of 'sending' to the U.S. 'people that have lots of problems,' including the problem of being 'rapists.' Years after Trump exits the political stage, conservatism's leading lights will need to take a long, hard look at how they deliberately embraced a fact-untethered anti-immigration populism, thereby enabling some of the most authoritarian central planning this side of, well, Hillary Clinton." (for publication 11/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/10/06/immigration-authoritarianism  

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UK: Corbyn rules out any pledge to appease Know-Nothings

September 28, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Jeremy Corbyn will say on Wednesday that a Labour government will not 'sow division' by promising to cut immigration, despite pressure from key backbenchers to shift the party's stance after the Brexit vote. Freedom of movement has emerged as a fresh dividing line in the party, with some MPs saying the message from the public in the vote was that levels of immigration from the EU had become too high." [editor's note: I wonder if Sean Gabb is freaked out to have Corbyn and Labour outflanking him on the libertarian side of that issue? - TLK] (09/27/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/sep/27/jeremy-corbyn-rules-out-pledge-cut-immigration  

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France: Hollande says Calais “Jungle” camp must be “completely dismantled”

September 26, 2016
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France 24 [France]    

"French President Francois Hollande said on a visit to the northern port of Calais Monday that the sprawling 'Jungle' camp there must be 'completely dismantled.' Hollande, on his first visit to Calais as president, also called on Britain to 'play its part' in resolving the migrant crisis. Most of the migrants in the camp, mainly from Sudan and Afghanistan, want to go to Britain and try to stow away on lorries heading across the Channel." (09/26/16)

http://www.france24.com/en/20160926-france-hollande-visits-calais-after-vowing-close-jungle-wall  

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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
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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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