Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Imprisoning immigrants

November 12, 2014
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"If you read the tables in my last post carefully, you might have noticed that 10.6% of federal inmates -- over 20,000 people -- are serving time for immigration offenses. This seems very weird. Stereotypes say that illegal immigrants are punished with deportation, not prison. What's going on? The answer: This stereotype is fast becoming obsolete. Federal imprisonment for illegal immigration has exploded during the last two decades." (11/11/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/11/imprisoning_imm.html  

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Bad Quaker Podcast, 11/05/14

November 5, 2014
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Stephan Kinsella Bad Quaker Dot Com
by  

"Ben Stone talks to Stephan Kinsella about Hans-Hermann Hoppe and immigration." [Flash audio or MP3] (11/05/14)

http://www.badquaker.com/archives/3213  

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The barbarism of borders

November 5, 2014
posted by

spiked spiked
by Luke Gittos  

"Which organisation has been responsible for the deaths of an estimated 23,000 people over the past 11 years, including 1,600 over the past six months? It's the same organisation that has recently introduced a policy that condemns thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, more to die in exactly the same way. Is this the barbarism of the Islamic State or Al Qaeda? Nope. This murderous horde is in fact the European Union (EU). In enforcing what was recently described by researchers as the 'most dangerous border on earth' -- one which is responsible for around 75 per cent of all border deaths worldwide -- the EU has condemned hundreds of thousands of people to death, simply for having the temerity to attempt to create a better life for themselves in Europe." (11/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nmsbnzt  

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Germany “would accept UK exit from EU” rather than de-libertarianize immigration rules

November 2, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Chancellor Angela Merkel would rather see the UK exit from the European Union than compromise over the principle of free movement of workers, according to the German magazine Der Spiegel. Mrs Merkel is alleged to fear that the UK is approaching a 'point of no return.' Downing Street would not comment on the reports. Mr Cameron wants to renegotiate the terms of the UK's continued membership before holding an in-out referendum." (11/02/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29874392  

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Saving the GOP from modern Know-Nothingism

October 31, 2014
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Many in the GOP are jockeying for the soul of the party ahead of an anticipated 2014 midterm election victory. Social conservatives are eager to reassert their influence after repeated defeats over gay marriage. Fiscal conservatives make the case for a greater emphasis on runaway spending. And then there are the nativists, who contend that the future of the Republican Party lies in opposing immigration reform. Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, for example, said last month that, 'Immigration could be to 2016 what ObamaCare was to 2010.' Not if history is any guide. Consider the experience of California and Texas." (10/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q2jeh57  

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Emigration and citizenism

October 30, 2014
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Question: If citizenism justifies immigration restrictions, why not emigration restrictions? Or to put it more provocatively, tell me: If Gorbachev supported emigration restrictions after a sincere analysis revealed they advanced for the overall interests of the Soviet people at the expense of the high-skilled minority, is there any reason Gorbachev shouldn't be a citizenist icon for standing up to rootless cosmopolitanism?" (10/29/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/10/emigration_and.html  

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My talk on immigration at Northwood University

October 28, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"I began my talk by pointing out that for 100 years, the American people have lived under a permanent immigration crisis. Every five years or so, the crisis bursts into the public arena, during which many people go into paroxysms of angst and anxiety. Those periods inevitably generate reforms, after which the controversy seems to reside. However, after a few years the crisis, which inevitably is worse than ever, pops up again, accompanied by new expressions of angst and anxiety, followed by new reforms. The reason for this permanent state of crisis? Immigration controls." (10/28/14)

http://fff.org/2014/10/28/talk-immigration-northwood-university/  

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Will millennials change immigration policy for the better?

October 26, 2014
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Juliana Perciavalle  

"Getting young people interested in the world around them is an uphill battle, and it’s been beaten to death that the ones who do take interest have radically different ideas on politics, culture, social issues, religion, and a myriad of other specific concepts than their parents. As a recent Fusion poll revealed, young voters on the whole aren’t exactly pro-liberty; although the economy was listed as the highest concern, millennials still identify most closely with the Democratic Party." (10/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l92wavh  

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Review: Hoppe’s “Immigration and Libertarianism”

October 23, 2014
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Ben Stone Bad Quaker Dot Com
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"Ben Stone reviews the article 'Immigration And Libertarianism' by Hans-Hermann Hoppe." [Flash audio or MP3] (10/21/14)

http://www.badquaker.com/archives/3198  

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Fixed costs and open borders

October 20, 2014
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Given existing border controls, mild measures to prevent serious contagious disease seem morally acceptable. Yet the best choice, in my view, remains fully open borders -- tear down the walls and make travel between countries as free as travel within countries. Appearances withstanding, there is no contradiction between these views. As I explained a while back, fixed costs imply a straightforward consequentialist case for extremism ..." (10/19/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/10/fixed_costs_and.html  

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Ebola and open borders

October 20, 2014
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"From a long-term perspective, the effect of open borders on Ebola is anything but awful. Open borders is the greatest remedy for poverty ever discovered. Ebola is a classic disease of poverty -- highly contagious in a poor society, but only slightly contagious in a rich society. In poor societies, untrained laymen unsanitarily care for the severely ill, dispose of the dead, and prepare meat. In rich societies, specialized experts perform all these tasks. And as the World Health Organization explains, unsanitary treatment of the living, the dead, and meat account for almost all Ebola contagion. If you want to eliminate serious contagious diseases like Ebola during the next few decades, open borders is probably the best way to do it." (10/17/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/10/ebola_and_open.html  

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The libertarian argument for open borders

October 19, 2014
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Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by Grant Babcock  

"Since its beginnings in the Enlightenment era, libertarianism has been a cosmopolitan ideology. Yet, some people in the libertarian camp have made calls to 'secure the border' or to restrict immigration for other reasons, like keeping out people they worry will undermine the cultural foundations of liberty. Today, I’m going to offer a broad overview of immigration policy from a libertarian perspective. First, I will offer several libertarian arguments for open borders." (10/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q2t4tr5  

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Canada needs to liberalize its immigration policy

October 16, 2014
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Chance ME Davies  

"This year, Canadians will be welcoming between 240,000 and 265,000 new immigrants into our country. The rationale for such is that Canada has a large shortage in its labor market: one that our domestic labor force simply cannot fill. My problem is not that the immigration rates are too high, but rather that they aren’t high enough." (10/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/opdyqje  

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Why do people oppose immigration?

October 9, 2014
posted by

Sam Bowman Adam Smith Institute
by Sam Bowman  

"My Buzzfeed post on immigration generated a bit of traffic yesterday and a bit of disagreement, too. The most common objection to our approach to immigration is that it's one-dimensional -- OK, we might be right about the economics, but c'mon, who really cares? It's culture that matters. This point was made to me a few times yesterday and there's definitely something to it. My first response is that I think people underestimate the public's ignorance of the economics, and hence the public's fears about immigration." (10/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kplzcxq  

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Privatize the borders, part 2

September 25, 2014
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Robert P. Murphy Liberty Chat
by Robert P. Murphy  

"The standard libertarian view is that all real estate in a community should be privately held, with the individual landowners making decisions about who is and is not allowed on the property. This is what I’m suggesting when it comes to real estate that happens to lie alongside a border with another nation-State. Yet for some reason, what most people recognize as a sensible (though admittedly politically unattainable) stance in a local community, all of a sudden sounds crazy when it comes to borders with foreign countries." (09/25/14)

http://www.libertychat.com/2014/09/privatize-borders-part-2/  

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Privatize the borders!

September 25, 2014
posted by

Robert P. Murphy Liberty Chat
by Robert P. Murphy  

"Now to be sure, my ideal world is currently politically impossible. I don’t think the United States will ever look anything close to this vision during my lifetime. However, I still think it’s worth spelling out what the ideal actually is. That’s why I dislike the term 'open borders.' I imagine that Bryan and his colleagues who embrace this term do so thinking they are the modern-day abolitionists, holding up a radical goal as a beacon to guide the messy political squabbles. But as I’ve shown, Bryan actually isn’t holding up the ideal. In effect, he’s giving us the worst of both worlds: Holding up something politically impossible -- there’s no way the U.S. government is going to completely drop border enforcement and just let anybody walk into the country -- while not actually championing the ideal outcome." (09/23/14)

http://www.libertychat.com/2014/09/privatize-the-borders/  

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The truth about “immigration”

September 22, 2014
posted by

Kent McManigal The Libertarian Enterprise
by Kent McManigal  

"I am against trespassing. I am also against government pretending it has authority over other people's property (which is theft). I might choose to allow people to enter my property. I might not. Where they were born doesn't figure into that at all, and certainly not whether they have State permission. If private property rights prevent individuals from going where they want to be, that is just too bad. If private property rights prevent government goons from stopping 'immigration,' that is also just too bad." (09/21/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle789-20140921-02.html  

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Obama: The unbearable lightness of being on immigration

September 9, 2014
posted by

Alvaro Vargas Llosa Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa  

"President Obama’s decision to postpone executive action on immigration is probably the nail in the coffin for comprehensive reform under the current government -- regardless of whether the president has the constitutional authority to bypass Congress or not, which is not the topic of this post. Whatever reform comes after the midterm elections, if any, will not overhaul a system that places major obstacles on the forces of supply and demand pushing millions into the shadows." (09/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mv2c7jd  

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Immigration stall

September 9, 2014
posted by

Cagle Post
by David Fitzsimmons  

Cartoon. (09/08/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/09/immigration-stall/  

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Criminal immigrants?

September 8, 2014
posted by

Ronald Bailey Reason
by Ronald Bailey  

"Americans believe newcomers 'legal and illegal' are more likely to commit crimes. Research suggests the opposite is true." (for publication 10/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/09/07/criminal-immigrants  

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The executive action Obama should take on immigration

September 3, 2014
posted by

Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"President Obama is currently planning numerous executive actions on immigration. White House spokesman Shawn Turner said, '[t]he president has not made a decision regarding next steps, but he believes it’s important to understand and consider the full range of perspectives on potential solutions.' Most observers are interested in how the president’s executive actions could affect unlawful immigrants, but his actions could also improve the legal immigration system." (08/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pyffvlu  

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Is there an immigration problem?

August 25, 2014
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Natasha Petrova  

"Rand Paul has spoken of an alleged 'immigration problem.' This is a reference to the considerable number of 'illegal' immigrants living in the U.S. The solution proposed to this supposed problem is to secure the border. A secure border would allegedly lead to less 'illegal' immigrants crossing it. This framing of the immigration issue is entirely wrong. It rests on the assumption that an inflow of 'illegal' immigrants is a bad thing." (08/23/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/30789  

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Know-Nothing appeasement shaping up as leading election issue

August 25, 2014
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Omaha World Herald    

"For Republican Rep. Scott Perry, the influx of Central American children who have crossed illegally [sic] into the United States has propelled immigration to a top concern for voters in his heavily rural district far from the Texas border, eclipsing the new health care law and the federal deficit. ... It’s the same story around the country this summer as polls show the crisis [sic] of unaccompanied children at the border has made immigration a pivotal issue with November elections approaching." (08/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p94hq6j  

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Immigration: A principled Catholic approach avoids emotionalism

August 14, 2014
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Acton Institute Acton Institute
by Samuel Gregg  

"For weeks now, Americans’ eyes have been fixated upon the humanitarian disaster unfolding on our southern border, as some of the least among us seek to enter the United States without permission from what is, after all, a sovereign nation. We’ve also witnessed outpourings of raw fury as Americans, including many Catholics, vent their frustration with the federal government and Congress, due to the economic and political dysfunctionality bred by the failure of our immigration laws. As tempting as it is, however, to express anger, Catholics cannot be in the business of allowing public policy to be driven by feelings." (08/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kzjos7m  

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Want to fight illegal immigration? Reform legal immigration!

August 6, 2014
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Liberty Chat
by Kevin Boyd  

"It is no secret that the country has a problem with illegal immigration as tens of thousands of people who have flooded the southern border from Central America over the past few months. These people, like millions before them, are fleeing terrible conditions in their homelands and in search of a better life in the United States. Most of these people are here to genuinely work for their portion of the American dream, like most of our ancestors before us. While as conservatives we should demand a strong, secure border; we must handle immigration in both a fair and compassionate manner towards those who came to the U.S. legally and even towards those who came here illegally." (08/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mtcuxcy  

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