Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Appeals court denies Obama regime’s request to lift immigration amnesty injunction

May 27, 2015
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The Washington Post    

"A federal judicial panel in New Orleans on Tuesday denied the Obama administration’s request to lift an injunction on President Obama’s expanded deferred action program for illegal immigrants, throwing into doubt whether the program will begin before the president leaves office. In a split 2-to-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled that the restrictions imposed by a federal judge in Texas in February would remain in place as he considers a lawsuit from 26 states over the constitutionality of Obama's executive actions on immigration." [editor's note: Kind of weird; the Constitution clearly and unambiguously vests the power to issue pardons and reprieves in the presidency, so this should have been a slam-dunk, dismissed-with-prejudice kind of thing - TLK] (05/26/15)

 

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Anti-immigration conservatives hit a new low

May 27, 2015
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A. Barton Hinkle Reason
by A Barton Hinkle  

"[Cesar] Vargas' parents brought him to the United States from Mexico more than a quarter-century ago, when he was 5. He went to school, then to college, and then to law school, making honor lists along the way. He interned with the New York Supreme Court. When the court considered his application to join the bar, it rated his performance 'stellar.' But his status as an unauthorized resident alien got in his way. Vargas aspired to join the military. 'This country has given me so much, I do want to be able to give back,' he recently told NPR. A provision in the latest defense-authorization bill would have taken a small -- very small -- step toward letting him. It would have expressed the sense of Congress that the Pentagon should study the question of whether unlawfully present immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children should be allowed to enlist in the armed forces someday. Cue the exploding heads. When they discovered the provision, conservative Republicans threatened to derail the entire $612 billion defense measure." (05/25/15)

http://bit.ly/1es2K4V  

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Opposing the war on immigrants

May 25, 2015
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A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Statist libertarians, and other opponents of freedom of movement that claim to support small government, cannot have both a small government and heavily defended borders. Anybody who follows a philosophy that advocates free markets should understand the problem here. The state is a monolithic entity that is slow to adapt to changes and relies on violence to accomplish all of its goals. Meanwhile immigrants are more akin to market actors. There are millions of them and when you have millions of people who can quickly adapt to changes going against a single entity that seldom adapts to changes the former group is going to win." (05/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lhvncfn  

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UK: Cameron sets immigration red line ahead of EU summit

May 21, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday restricting European Union migrant access to Britain's welfare system was a red line in his negotiations with the bloc, ahead of an EU summit he wants to use to launch informal talks on the issue. Cameron, re-elected on May 7, has pledged to reshape Britain's ties with the European Union before holding an in-out EU membership referendum by the end of 2017. ... Official data released hours before he spoke showed net annual migration hit a near record high of 318,000 in 2014, despite his pledges to cut it to less than 100,000, much of it from the EU and fueled by Britain's strong economy." (05/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l8338ap  

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Having trouble getting qualified recruits? DON’T expand your pool

May 14, 2015
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David Henderson EconLog
by David Henderson  

"Representative Dave Brat (Republican, Virginia), writing in The Daily Signal, objects to members of Congress who want to expand the pool of eligible recruits by accepting illegal aliens. His argument is not simply that they're illegal. Whether you think that argument is good will depend, on part, on what you think of letting people get away with breaking the immigration law(s). What does not make sense, though, is one of his economic arguments. And that's surprising, given that Congressman Brat is not just a random Congressman: he was recently an economics professor." (05/14/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/05/having_trouble.html  

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Will immigrants destroy our freedom?

May 4, 2015
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Benjamin W Powell Independent Institute
by Benjamin W Powell  

"A fresh vegetable imported from Mexico cannot protest, demand social services, or vote. But a migrant worker from Mexico who tends vegetables on a U.S. farm might someday do all three. Is this a legitimate cause for concern? Many Americans worry that immigrants from poorer countries, like Mexico, might eventually undermine the very freedoms that created the prosperity that has attracted them to the United States. But new evidence casts doubt on these fears." (05/01/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=6375  

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Hungary: Orban wants to bring back pre-planned state killings, use immigrants as slave labor

April 29, 2015
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Hungary's nationalist rightwing leader, Viktor Orban, has threatened to reintroduce the death penalty, outlawed in the European Union. The prime minister also reinforced his reputation as the EU's main maverick with a powerful anti-immigration manifesto that equates migrants with terrorists, says immigrants are taking Hungarians' jobs, recommends internment camps for illegal immigrants and states they should be forced to work. ... Hungary abolished the death penalty -- after this was proscribed by the EU charter of fundamental rights -- following the collapse of communism in 1989. The EU executive in Brussels said on Wednesday that moves to reinstate the death penalty could incur curbs on Hungary's EU rights and entitlements." (04/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/npb29w8  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/q2tttde  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/n5sqe4a  

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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)

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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
posted by

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)

http://tinyurl.com/nfa4etn  

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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
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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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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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