Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Immigration and freedom

September 4, 2015
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Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano  

"The natural rights of all persons consist of areas of human behavior for which we do not need and will not accept the need for a government permission slip. We all expect that the government will leave us alone when we think, speak, publish, worship, defend ourselves, enter our homes, choose our mates or travel. The list of natural rights is endless. We expect this not because we are Americans, but because we are persons and these rights are integral to our nature. We expect this in America because the Constitution was written to restrain the government from interfering with natural rights. When these first principles are violated to advance a political cause or to quell public fear, those whose rights are violated because of an immutable characteristic of birth, not because of personal culpability, become the victims of ugly public indifference or official government repression." (09/03/15)

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Rational thoughts on immigration

September 2, 2015
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L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"The simple, unavoidable, inescapable ethical fact is that people have always wandered, even to the Moon. Theirs is a fundamental right -- barring private property -- to go anywhere they like on the face of the planet, and under the Zero Aggression Principle, nobody has a right to stop them. Which explains why the most corrupt xenophobic former libertarians are urging abandonment of the Zero Aggression Principle, the most profound and useful philosophical principle ever devised." (08/30/15)

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Vicente Maduro: A new hero for American conservatives

August 31, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Venezuela's dictator Vicente Maduro, who American conservatives have long reviled for his socialism and economic fascism, has suddenly become a new hero to them. How did such a remarkable transformation take place? Maduro has instituted a reign of terror against illegal immigrants in Venezuela, specifically those from Columbia. And that’s enough to make Maduro a new hero to American conservatives, who wish that President Obama (or his successor) would take the same actions against illegal immigrants in the United States that Maduro is taking against illegal immigrants in Venezuela." (08/31/15)

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Should libertarians support socialism and tyranny?

August 30, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"With laws come enforcement. Whenever one supports a law, he necessarily supports the enforcement of the law. After all, it wouldn't make any sense to support a law and oppose its enforcement. That would be like supporting lightning and opposing thunder. This point is an important one for libertarians in the context of the immigration debate." (08/28/15)

http://fff.org/2015/08/28/libertarians-support-socialism-tyranny/  

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Birthright citizenship encourages assimilation

August 27, 2015
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Many Republicans are falling over themselves to echo Donald Trump's call to end birthright citizenship. Experts will be debating the legality of this for some time -- many say a constitutional amendment would be needed -- but the real-world impact of birthright citizenship is more important than the legal nuances. Granting citizenship to those born here is an insurance policy for a broken immigration system: It encourages the children of illegal immigrants to assimilate." (08/27/15)

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Austria: Up to 50 migrants found dead in abandoned truck

August 27, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Police on Thursday discovered the partially decomposed bodies of at least 50 migrants piled up in a truck parked on the shoulder of an Austrian highway leading from the Hungarian border, Austrian officials say. ... the truck was apparently abandoned Wednesday and its back door was left open, exposing the bodies to police. Reports on the amount of bodies found inside the truck have ranged from 20 to about 50. It is unclear how long the bodies have been inside the truck." (08/27/15)

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Collateral damage

August 26, 2015
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Robert Watts Lamon  

"[T]he entire network of gangs and cartels sits on the bedrock of America's War on Drugs. This futile conflict has created the enormous illegal market, monopolized by sociopaths whose rewards are at least $100 billion annually. Their huge markups have kept street prices high in the United States, making criminals wealthy and powerful and encouraging larceny, robbery, and even murder by desperate drug users. Added to these troubles are the sufferings inflicted on the people south of the border. There, the authorities -- those who have avoided corruption -- have little means to face the enormous crime wave created by the drug cartels and their street allies, whose crimes include the wanton murder of innocent citizens, including women and children. All that I've described leads me to the obvious question -- to what extent is the 'immigration problem' simply more fallout from our War on Drugs?" (08/26/15)

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There is only one libertarian position on immigration

August 26, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"There is a common perception that there are two alternative libertarian positions on immigration: government-controlled borders and open borders. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is only one libertarian position on immigration, and that position is open immigration or open borders." (08/25/15)

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The Libertarian Angle, 08/25/15

August 25, 2015
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by  

"Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger discusses the hot topics of the day. This week, Jacob and guest co-host Richard M. Ebeling discuss the libertarian position on immigration control." [Flash video] (08/25/15)

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Reply to Kurt Schlichter

August 24, 2015
posted by

David Henderson EconLog
by David Henderson  

"Pundit and trial lawyer Kurt Schlichter has written a strongly worded article telling Republican candidates for President how they should think about immigration. The tone suggests that he's not very open to changing his mind. Nevertheless, the points he makes call out for a response." (08/23/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/08/reply_to_kurt_s.html  

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Trumpismo, Mexico, and the drug cartels

August 19, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Donald Trump is making headlines by claiming that Mexican illegal 'aliens' are raping and murdering their way across America -- and that the Mexican government is deliberately directing their criminals our way. Mexico's leaders are 'very smart' and ours are 'incompetent' or complicit, declares The Donald, whose demagogic denunciations have catapulted him to the top of the polls. However, like much else that the reality show star says, the exact opposite is the case. It isn't Mexico's worst who are coming here -- it's the best who are fleeing what is essentially a failed state." (08/19/15)

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Trump’s shameful immigration plan

August 19, 2015
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The American Spectator
by Ross Kaminsky  

"Like most things Donald Trump says, his immigration proposal -- only slightly more detailed than most of his superficial bombast -- contains a few grains of rationality and a large helping of the sort of xenophobia and economic ignorance that appeals to a slice of the Republican base but which most Americans -- including many Republicans -- find distasteful and self-destructive." (08/18/15)

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Donald Trump’s immigration principles would’ve barred his own grandfather

August 18, 2015
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Conor Friedersdorf The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf  

"Today, there are nearly 50 million Americans of German ancestry. Many have hazy, romanticized notions of the time when their ancestors came to America. And some, like Trump, champion restrictionist views on immigration that would've barred their own grandfathers from coming here had bygone Americans applied them. This despite the fact that, compared to Hispanic immigration today, the waves of 19th-century immigration imposed far higher costs on those already here: Contagious diseases killed more people; those at the bottom of the economic ladder vying with newcomers for work had less of a safety net to fall back on if outcompeted; radical political ideas from abroad led to violent clashes; immigrant riots rocked numerous cities; and every cost was born by a much, much poorer America." (08/18/15)

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Why it’s a mistake to take Donald Trump’s immigration plan seriously

August 18, 2015
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Peter Suderman Reason
by Peter Suderman  

"The release of Donald Trump’s immigration policy 'white paper' yesterday has occasioned a flurry of analysis that attempts to pin down exactly how the GOP presidential candidate's program might or might not work. Much of it is valuable in that it details how expensive, awful, unpopular, impractical (if not impossible), and downright inhumane Trump's ideas ('ideas') are. But in some larger sense all of this sober, relatively traditional political analysis is beside the point, because, regardless of how much detail Trump does or doesn't provide, or how plausible or implausible his plan is, or whether it accounts for the complications of Congress, cost-estimates, or the Constitution, it is a mistake to treat Trump's paper -- or, for that matter, anything else he says or produces -- as serious policy." (08/18/15)

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Even Republicans don’t support Trump’s call to deport millions of illegal immigrants

August 18, 2015
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Reason
by Nick Gillespie  

"I'm old enough to remember when conservatives and Republicans were flipped out by surveillance-state measures such as E-Verify and large numbers of immigration cops asking folks for their papers (remember, if immigrants need to show papers, then we all do). Immigration hysteria is where such worries go to die. A vast and always beefed-up bureaucracy that will have control over whether you can work and when you need to show proof of U.S. citizenship is preferable to living in a country with a limited government. Because, you know, Mexicans. And keep in mind that it's often the very same people who complain that the government can't do ANYTHING right and who hate racial bean-counters that are expecting the government to secure thousands of miles of border while also perfectly titrating the exact ethnic and professional makeup of the U.S. population." (08/17/15)

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Must libertarians believe in open borders?

August 13, 2015
posted by

Sean Gabb Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb  

"For the libertarian mainstream, the only legitimate use of force is to protect individual rights. Since movement across a border is not in itself a violation of individual rights, closing the borders is, by definition, an illegitimate use of force. Therefore, the libertarian mainstream is formally opposed to immigration control. Of course, libertarians are not blind. They are usually aware of the crime and welfare dependency, and of the demands for accommodation to the ways of the newcomers .... Their response, though, has been to look more at treating symptoms than at addressing the cause." (08/12/15)

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Conservatives deceived me on immigration

August 12, 2015
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Thomas R Eddlem  

"I grew up in the conservative movement at the end of the Cold War, but eventually realized I had been misled on the issue of immigration. When I finally took the trouble to research the issue after receiving a private offer to write a series of anti-immigration tracts (a contract from which I declined), I found that most proponents of smaller government throughout American history had opposed immigration controls." (08/11/15)

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Three ideas to improve legal immigration

August 11, 2015
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"The Republican presidential debates this week marked the first serious start to the election cycle. Immigration dominated the first debate with each candidate scrambling to condemn illegal immigration more than the other. The bland bromides of support for 'securing the border' and more immigration enforcement are out of date in 2015. The changing facts of immigration and our dynamic economy require an update." (08/10/15)

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Where were the immigration reforms in the GOP debate?

August 10, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"The funniest part of the Republican presidential debate last night, for me, was the part about immigration. Every one of the candidates emphasized and reemphasized that illegal immigration is extremely important to the American people and, therefore, that it's imperative that the candidates present a solution. So, what solution did they propose? Not one!" (08/07/15)

http://fff.org/2015/08/07/immigration-reforms-gop-debate/  

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Rich plutocrat Bernie Sanders hates the poor but loves power

August 6, 2015
posted by

Jason Brennan Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"Bernie Sanders, a rich 1-percenter plutocrat from Vermont, craves political power. His main goal in life is to hold as much power as he can over other people, and to do so, he prostitutes himself, trading political favors for campaign donations. Recently, a Vox article exposed that Sanders is little more than a rightwing reactionary, a person who sides with rich corporations at the expense of labor. When asked about open borders -- a policy that is unambiguously, by many orders of magnitude, the single most effective way to reduce world poverty -- Sanders said he opposes it simply because some donors to rival campaigns support it." (08/05/15)

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Sanders’s immigration comments prove we need a radical left

August 6, 2015
posted by

Cory Massimino Center for a Stateless Society
by Cory Massimino  

"The sorry state of the mainstream left that embraces bad economics and closed borders (as a cover for xenophobia and anti-foreign bias) is a sign that we need a truly radical left. Without one, we’ll never transcend the downright cruelty that the political game rewards. A radical left that understands the solution to low wages and worker exploitation is to strike down monopolies, rather than create new, bigger ones. A radical left that recognizes the evils of state control and closed borders." (08/06/15)

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If you hate sweatshops, you should love immigration

August 6, 2015
posted by

Sam Bowman Adam Smith Institute
by Sam Bowman  

"Things like the rule of law and decent, stable governance make it easier to invest with confidence, and seem to be some of the hardest things for poor countries to develop themselves. The cost of running a factory is lower in places where you know that factory won’t be seized by the state. I am not quite convinced that institutions are the most important driver of economic growth but they clearly matter a lot to maintaining a decent level of development. All of which strikes me as a good reason to try to allow would-be sweatshop workers in the developing world to come to the richer world to work. Letting them work here effectively allows us to stretch our institutions over them, boosting their incomes productivity and incomes." (08/06/15)

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France: Police blame anarchists for Calais migrant uprising

August 5, 2015
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Telegraph [UK]    

"British far-left activists are 'manipulating migrants' to stage mass intrusions into the Channel Tunnel and provoke violent clashes with security forces they depict as 'savages,' French police have claimed. ... Migrants made around 1,700 attempts on Sunday night to penetrate the Eurotunnel premises in a bid to get to England. ... Gilles Debove, of police union Unite SGP-Police FO, said police were convinced such action was being encouraged and coordinated by anarchists or far-Left activists, some belonging to the No Borders group." (08/05/15)

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Bernie Sanders is wrong on open borders: They’d help boost the economy

August 4, 2015
posted by

Cory Massimino The Guardian [UK]
by Cory Massimino  

"Bernie Sanders has come out against open borders, claiming they are a 'right-wing proposal' that 'would make everyone in America poorer.' He argues that, while we have a 'moral responsibility' to 'work with the rest of the industrialized world to address the problems of international poverty ... you don't do that by making people in this country even poorer.' But there is a vast amount of literature showing that open borders could be the single best policy to alleviate global poverty." (08/03/15)

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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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