Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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“Secure the border:” Politician-speak for “I’m a tyrant who thinks you’re an idiot”

March 31, 2016
posted by

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

"When I hear a candidate for office quack about 'securing the border,' I dismiss that candidate as unworthy of my vote or support. So should you. At best, that candidate is an idiot; more likely he or she is a demagogue who assumes YOU are an idiot." (03/31/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/5302  

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The Republican stance on immigration is evolving

March 31, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Priscilla Alvarez  

"Republican voters' views on immigration are changing. A new survey released on Tuesday by the Public Religion Research Institute found younger Republicans are more likely to see immigrants as a boon to the United States than Republicans older than 30. In fact, among those 65 and older, only 22 percent share the belief that 'immigrants strengthen American society' compared with 51 percent of Republicans ages 18 to 29. The generational divide is not only evident in attitudes about how immigrants fit into American society, but also on immigration reform itself -- all of which might provide a glimpse into the future of the Republican Party." (03/31/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/the-republican-stance-on-immigration-is-evolving/476172/  

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The Great Wall of Trump would be the ultimate eminent domain horror show

March 31, 2016
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Randal John Meyer  

"What Donald Trump doesn't want you to know about his plan to build a 'Great Wall' between the U.S. and Mexico: He'd need to steal private property from Americans to build it. In 2013, the federal government succeeded in using eminent domain to acquire the land rights to build a border fence across Dr. Eloisa G. Tamez's ancestral home in 2013. Dr. Tamez's land has been in her family since the King of Spain granted it to them in 1767. But it rests on the U.S.-Mexican border, so the Department of Homeland Security took it to erect a border wall under a federal law enacted during the Bush Administration. The Great Wall of Trump would mean hundreds, if not thousands, of Tamezes." (03/30/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/great-wall-trump-would-be-ultimate-eminent-domain-horror-show  

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The freedom-loving case for open borders

March 20, 2016
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Robert Nozick famously criticized government for forbidding 'capitalist acts between consenting adults.' If an employer wants to hire you and you want to work for him, government should leave you alone. If a landlord wants to rent to you and you want to rent from him, government should leave you alone. The right of consenting individuals to be left in peace by the government is the heart of freedom. It doesn't matter if the individuals are white or black, men or women, Christian or atheist; consenting adults of all stripes have the right to engage in consensual capitalist acts. The case for open borders begins with a follow-up question: If race, gender, and religion don't matter here, why should nationality?" (03/18/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/03/the_freedom-lov.html  

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The glorious lasting accidental liberalization

March 17, 2016
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"In honor of Open Borders Day, let's talk about the last major U.S. immigration liberalization, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. Critics of immigration blame it for bringing America's foreign-born share back near its historic peak. They're right on their own terms: Seemingly innocuous rules for family unification spawned a snowball of chain migration. It's hard to believe most Americans in 1965 wanted anything like what happened. So how did this major liberalization come to pass? " (03/16/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/03/the_accidental.html  

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Open Borders Day — 2016

March 16, 2016
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. And the political class’s capitalist benefactors would have it no other way. Capitalism thrives on borders, which often insulate privileged businesses from competition and ensure access to slave labor markets. When feuding parties are unnaturally forced apart by walls, be they real or metaphorical, you can count on their disputes escalating into outright aggression against one another." (03/16/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/44049  

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The microaggressions of immigration

March 14, 2016
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"The microaggression label is narrowly tied to leftist identity politics. Support for the concept, however, is far broader. With the possible exception of Mormons, what group doesn't leap at the chance to decry the slightest of slights? On-campus, of course, we usually hear about straight cisgendered white males committing racist, sexist, homophobic, and transphobic microaggressions. Off-campus, however, I see a totally different pattern: Natives lamenting the microaggressions immigrants commit against our national identity. The most obvious case: Americans routinely grouse when immigrants publicly speak languages other than English." (03/14/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/03/nativism_agains.html  

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Trump supporters rage against the present

March 4, 2016
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"It clearly infuriates those drawn to Trump that they have repeatedly failed to get their way on the issues they are passionate about. Most Americans, polls show, are in favor of giving unauthorized immigrants a path to citizenship. Most think immigrants strengthen America. Most want to let those brought here illegally as children gain legal status. Most are fine with the country's becoming browner and more culturally diverse. On these and other matters, Trump's supporters have been losing, year in and year out. That's not the fault of corrupt Washington insiders or cowardly politicians or weak leadership. They have been losing because the majority of Americans have considered their views and rejected them." (03/03/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/03/03/trump-supporters-rage-against-the-presen  

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Donald Trump loves the Great Wall of China. Too bad it was a complete disaster.

March 3, 2016
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Mother Jones
by James West  

"In Trump's admiration for the Great Wall, you can hear the echoes of Richard Nixon, who surveyed the landmark during his 1972 breakthrough visit. The wall 'exceeds all expectations,' Nixon enthused. 'I think that you would have to conclude that this is a great wall and that it had to be built by a great people.' The wall has been a site of pilgrimage for Western leaders ever since. But here's the truth about China's epic wall: It was a failure. The Great Wall 'didn't do what it was supposed to do, it was enormously costly, and there's no question that it caused great suffering among the people who built it,' says Arthur Waldron, an expert in Chinese military and diplomatic history at the University of Pennsylvania, who has written a book called The Great Wall of China: From History to Myth." (03/03/16)

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/03/great-wall-china-donald-trump  

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Keep the immigrants, dump Trump’s immigration policies

February 24, 2016
posted by

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

"Trump suggests 'making' Mexico pay for a border wall, 'requiring' businesses to hire American workers first, increasing the prevailing wage for H-1B visas (in an effort to price immigrant labor out of the market), tripling the number of ICE officers, and changing the law so illegal immigrants are automatically deported. Any economist (or anyone vaguely familiar with how a budget or politics works) should look askance at any number of these policies. It's doubtful that many of these policies could ever be successfully implemented. But the more important issue is if such policies should be implemented and the reasons the Trump campaign offers for such immigration rules. When we look at the facts, Trump’s claims simply don't hold water." (02/24/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/24/keep-the-immigrants-dump-trumps-immigration-policies/  

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The return of the libnappers

February 23, 2016
posted by

Strike The Root
by Hogeye Bill  

"Pro-closed border arguments are getting predictable. Typically they begin with sound libertarian theory about property -- assertions with with all libertarians agree. In short, the only valid borders are property borders, and the use (and passage across) property should be up to the owner, not any government. The open vs. closed border issue would not exist in a stateless society. But in our current State-dominated world, States do have control over an artificial type of border -- so-called national borders. Thus, the question arises of what policy the State should pursue now, in our current statist system." (02/22/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/return-of-libnappers  

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The Pope was right about Trump

February 23, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Christ said: 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.' How can arresting, jailing, and punishing people who are coming to the United States to sustain and improve their lives through labor be reconciled with these two commandments? It is impossible to do so. After all, Christ wasn't talking about one's next-door neighbor. He was talking about one's fellow man. And since He said that the second commandment is just like the first, He was saying that when you show a lack of love to another human being, you're displaying a lack of love for God himself." (02/22/16)

http://fff.org/2016/02/22/the-pope-was-right-about-trump/  

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Open the border

February 15, 2016
posted by

Strike The Root
by Mark Davis  

"Like many otherwise straightforward social issues easily solved by local interested parties, state agents purposely infuse complexity as a facade for its incompetence and immorality to reduce personal choices on such issues into a cascading matrix of compromises. So, a fundamental question for anyone who values individual liberty must be where to draw the line on personally supporting the state. Two related questions to consider include: does agreeing with any state action mean that you are supporting the state; and does being a libertarian require opposing every state action?" (02/12/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/on-border  

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Liberalise immigration to boost international development

February 10, 2016
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Fredrik Segerfeldt  

"The best international development policy would be to let in more workers from the third world in to work in Britain, according to a new paper from the Adam Smith Institute. Politicians should stop trying to save entire countries with foreign aid programmes and instead help their inhabitants by letting them move to developed countries, it says. The report Migration and Development argues that doling out billions in foreign aid risks propping up corrupt kleptocratic governments and having little impact on development; letting people move to where they can be most productive is a reform that really works." [press release/summary -- full paper available as PDF download] (02/10/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/news/press-release-liberalise-immigration-to-boost-international-development-says-new-report/  

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