Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

My enthusiastic support for open borders

July 23, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"When Noah describes the economic benefits of immigration, he makes it sound redistributive: Our GDP goes up because we gained people, which presumably means the sending countries' GDP goes down by the same amount because they lost people. ... The point I'm confident Noah grasps, but fails to communicate: Due to vastly higher labor productivity in the U.S., U.S. GDP would rise more than sending countries' GDPs would fall." (07/22/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/07/my_enthusiastic.html  

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Libertarianism and open immigration

July 22, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"The right to liberty includes freedom of association -- the right to associate (or not) with whomever a person wants to associate. Liberty also includes freedom of travel and freedom of movement. That doesn't mean that a person is free to trespass onto another person's property. It means that government lacks the authority to interfere with a person's decision to move to another dwelling whose owner is willing to sell or rent to him, to work in another business whose owner is willing to hire him, or just to visit and tour, or do anything else a person wants to do to pursue happiness in his own way, so long as his conduct is peaceful." (07/21/15)

http://fff.org/2015/07/21/libertarianism-open-immigration/  

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Freedom to move: Personal liberty or government control, part 1

July 21, 2015
posted by

Richard M. Ebeling Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling  

"The immigration issue has once more bubbled to the surface in America because of the provocative statements and assertions by one of the Republication contenders for their party’s presidential nomination. Immigrants -- especially illegal immigrants -- are accused of stealing the jobs of 'real' Americans, of mooching off the welfare state at the expense of taxpaying U.S. citizens and legal residents, and threatening the political status quo of the nation, since 'we all know' that too many of those immigrants, if given citizenship, will vote for the political plunders who offer them more of other people's money." (07/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p2xhxrq  

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Love, marriage, and green cards

July 16, 2015
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Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"For most of human history, love and marriage had positively nothing to do with each other. Marriages were arranged in order to strengthen alliances, end family feuds, and secure political power. You were lucky if you liked your spouse, let alone loved them! In the United States today, we don't see marriages for political power (though it's an interesting thought experiment to think about what would happen if one of President Obama’s daughters married one of Mitt Romney's sons). But we do see marriages that, more than likely, aren't for love." (07/16/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/07/16/love-marriage-and-green-cards/  

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Liberal science: The benefits of controversial free speech in the wake of Donald Trump’s campaign message

July 15, 2015
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Dashaya Foreman  

"FIRE has seen numerous cases in which students have attempted to combat speech they deem 'offensive' by silencing it. However, a more effective tactic for countering controversial speech is to question its truthfulness through reasoned debate. ... It is clear that while Trump's comments offended the Latino community and its allies, his freedom to voice those opinions has driven the national civil rights debate concerning Latino immigrants back to the forefront of American politics, proving that even contentious free speech can be beneficial and constructive." (07/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pnlejl6  

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Don’t reauthorize E-Verify

July 14, 2015
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Congress won't pass immigration reform this year, but they will face a vote to reauthorize E-Verify, a government electronic enforcement program forced on some employers to screen new hires. E-Verify's goal is to '[turn] off the jobs magnet that attracts so many illegal immigrants to the United States,' as Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) states. Smith is one of the program's biggest supporters in Congress, trying to portray the program as 'free, quick and easy to use.' Contrary to Smith's claims, there is no such thing as a 'free' government regulation." (07/14/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/dont-reauthorize-e-verify  

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In regards to Hoppe’s argument against open borders

July 13, 2015
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Goods obtained with stolen wealth rightfully belong to those who the wealth was stolen from. But this raises a question, what exactly can be claimed to be owned by the state? Is it everything within the imaginary lines it has drawn on our maps? If that’s the case the principle of homesteading seems to be absent in Hoppe's argument. Much of the land claimed by the United States government, for example, hasn’t been homesteaded, the state hasn't mixed any labor with it. It just sits untouched. If we were to divest the property of the United States to the people whose wealth has been stolen would we also include that untouched land? If so, why? Do states enjoy a special type of property right that allows it to just declare something its own in lieu of homesteading? If not, why is the land not open for homesteading and therefore why are open borders at odds with right-libertarianism?" (07/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pbyhlyl  

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In praise of sanctuary cities

July 10, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp  

"A prominent anti-immigration propaganda mill, the Center for Immigration Studies, classifies more than 200 US cities, counties and states as 'sanctuary cities.' These political subdivisions, as a matter of public policy, ignore and/or decline to cooperate with the federal government's immigration regulation schemes. Those of us who are more concerned with the truth than with exploiting a woman's death for cheap political gain should support sanctuary cities as an unmitigated good." (07/09/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2062  

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Sanctuary cities are not the problem

July 9, 2015
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Chad Nelson  

"San Francisco is one of many jurisdictions across the country known as 'sanctuary cities' -- localities that don't comply with federal immigration requests to detain or turn over illegal immigrants. Because of the killing, sanctuary cities are under attack once again. On Fox News, Carly Fiorina called them 'a travesty,' and used them as a talking point to paint herself (and the entire right) as diametrically different from the left, who she claims roundly support sanctuary cities. Maybe Carly should talk to her fellow California empress Diane Feinstein to find out how many on the self-described left view the issue." (07/09/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/38768  

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Trump: A joker in the GOP’s presidential deck

July 8, 2015
posted by

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

"I have to hand it to the guy. Anyone who can go bust four times running casinos -- casinos, for the love of Pete! -- then suggest, with a straight face, that he's the man to bring fiscal responsibility and business acumen to Washington, deserves credit for sheer chutzpah. Perhaps his descent into xenophobic rant is an attempt distract attention from the weak 'self-made man' narrative. Or maybe he's a Democratic mole. Either way, he's bad news for Republican prospects in 2016 and beyond." (07/07/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2041  

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Clinton makes a play for the Know-Nothing vote

July 8, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton joined the condemnation of San Francisco's 'sanctuary' policy Tuesday. Clinton chided law enforcement officials in an interview with CNN, saying the city was wrong to ignore an Immigration and Customs Enforcement request to hold Francisco Sanchez for federal authorities. Sanchez is accused of killing a young California woman along a pier last week. 'The city made a mistake, not to deport someone that the federal government strongly felt should be deported,' Clinton said. 'So I have absolutely no support for a city that ignores the strong evidence that should be acted on.'" (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oa59cw5  

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Trump and the myth of immigrant crime

July 7, 2015
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"In 2011, El Paso, Texas, had the lowest crime rate ranking of any city with 500,000 or more residents. That is despite being just across the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico -- which in 2011 had the second highest murder rate of any city on Earth. The same pattern shows up away from the border as well. In his extensive research on Chicago -- a city Trump cited for its violent crime -- Harvard sociologist Robert Sampson has found 'a significantly lower rate of violence among Mexican-Americans compared to blacks and whites.' Here, he says, 'increases in immigration and language diversity over the decade of the 1990s predicted decreases in neighborhood homicide rates in the late '90s and up to 2006.' If Trump wants to avoid rapists, here's some advice: Head for areas with lots of residents who were born in Mexico." (07/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nlw58eq  

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Immigration and voluntaryism

June 23, 2015
posted by

Skyler J Collins Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins  

"Many hold a passionate view on immigration, by which I mean the immigration of peoples across national borders. Not so much, if any, is their passion for in-nation immigration. What is the voluntaryist view on immigration, you ask? Let's find out." (06/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pftnr9u  

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SCOTUS splinters on rights of Americans with foreign spouses

June 15, 2015
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Politico    

"The Supreme Court splintered Monday on the question of what rights an American has when a foreign spouse is denied visa to come to the U.S. ... Five justices voted to overturn a 9th Circuit opinion which held American Fauzia Din was entitled to more details when her Afghan husband -- a former official in the Taliban regime -- was denied a U.S. visa for involvement with 'terrorist activities.' However, those five justices split 3-2 on why the appeals court went too far." (06/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nvoz5px  

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Lawsuit: US regime thugs mistreat abducted immigrants

June 11, 2015
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Arizona Daily Star    

"Immigrant-rights groups are asking a federal judge to force the Border Patrol to end the 'inhumane and punitive conditions' they say many detainees face at Arizona facilities. The legal papers filed in U.S. District Court name three individuals -- a man living in Tucson and two unidentified women -- who attorneys say were denied food, adequate clothing and sleep. Mary Kenney, an attorney with the American Immigration Council, said Wednesday that what the trio experienced is not unique." (06/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/na9a3y6  

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Italy: Pols vow not to shelter any more rescued migrants

June 8, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Heartened by recent election successes by an anti-immigrant party, Italian politicians based in the north vowed Sunday not to shelter any more migrants saved at sea, even as thousands more were being rescued in the Mediterranean from smugglers' boats in distress. Elsewhere in the country, however, corruptions investigations have revealed that some local officials gleefully see a cash cow in the shelters. Over the weekend, nearly 6,000 migrants were rescued by an array of European military vessels, including 2,371 who were saved on Sunday from 15 boats that ran into difficulty shortly after smugglers set off with them from Libyan shores, the Italian coast guard said." (06/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nq9cc48  

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Why is illegal immigration so low?

June 4, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Contrary to popular opinion, U.S. immigration enforcement is draconian. The proof is in the prices illegal immigrants pay to human smugglers. Even Mexicans, our closest Third World neighbors, pay 2-3 years' worth of wages to illegally cross the border. Every other Third World nationality pays more. Millions of immigrants come illegally not because the cost is low but because the benefits are high." (06/04/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/06/why_is_illegal.html  

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Mr. Gorbachev, build us a wall!

June 4, 2015
posted by

Voices of Liberty
by AJ Oatsvall  

"Seriously, though, am I the only one getting pissed off about this garbage and tripe we’re being fed? It's all I ever hear from the mainstream media when it comes to solving our immigration problems. I swear to everything holy and decent, if I hear another pundit or talking head say we need a fence along our border(s), I am going to bust some heads! So let's build a wall around our country! Let's do what Ronald Reagan spoke out against! Let's build a wall so that a president from some other nation can come here and tell us, 'tear down this wall!' Makes perfect, logical, fucking sense, doesn't it?" (06/03/15)

http://www.voicesofliberty.com/article/mr-gorbachev-build-us-a-wall/  

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Was the Reagan amnesty bad for immigrants?

June 2, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Simpson-Mazzoli is the very bill that ultimately became the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 that modern nativists so revile for amnestying millions of illegal immigrants. My first reaction was that Bartley was being a libertarian purist -- focusing on minor downsides for immigrants instead of judging the overall package. But after pondering the details of the 1986 bill, I've reconsidered. Key point: In addition to the amnesty, the bill made it illegal to hire or recruit illegal immigrants knowingly. In other words, before 1986, it was legal to knowingly hire and recruit illegal immigrants! Once immigrants were over the border, U.S. employers could hire them without fear. Sure, illegal workers were still vulnerable to deportation, but employers are easier targets for legal prosecution. Employees and employers can both hide from regulators, but only employees can run." (06/01/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/06/was_the_reagan.html  

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SCOTUS scratches another Arizona immigration law

June 2, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"The U.S. Supreme Court landed the final blow against an Arizona law that denied bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and are charged with certain felonies, marking the latest in a series of state immigration policies that have since been thrown out by the courts. The nation's highest court on Monday rejected a bid from metro Phoenix's top prosecutor and sheriff to reinstate the 2006 law after a lower appeals court concluded late last year that it violated civil rights by imposing punishment before trial. While a small number of Arizona's immigration laws have been upheld, the courts have slowly dismantled most of the other statutes that sought to draw local police into immigration enforcement." (06/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q4tdvnw  

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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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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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