Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

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
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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
posted by

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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Justice, not amnesty, for “illegal immigrants”

February 8, 2016
posted by

Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"It speaks volumes that the dirtiest word in the Republican and conservative lexicon is amnesty. At a minimum, it exposes as a flagrant lie the claim that Republicans and conservatives want to expand liberty and limit government power. One cannot consistently praise the principle, central to the supposedly beloved Declaration of Independence, that 'all men [that is, persons, not only Americans] are created equal' while also demanding that the government control some people's freedom to move. One also cannot claim to be a champion of liberty and limited power while calling for measures to prevent people without papers from finding work or making a home in the United States." (02/05/16)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/02/tgif-justice-not-amnesty-for-illegal.html  

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Sweden: Regime to deport up to 80,000 refugees

January 28, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Up to 80,000 refugees who arrived in Sweden last year will be expelled from the country over the next few years, the country's interior minister said Thursday. Anders Ygeman told newspaper Dagens Industri that since about 45 percent of asylum applications are currently rejected, the country must get ready to send back tens of thousands of the 163,000 who sought shelter in Sweden in 2015." (01/28/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/01/28/sweden-to-deport-up-to-80000-refugees.html  

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The crime objection to open borders

January 28, 2016
posted by

Jason Brennan Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"One of the putative downsides of open borders is that immigrants might cause crime. According to this argument, immigrants are statically more likely to commit various crimes than domestic citizens, and for that reason, it is justifiable to exclude. One response to this argument is to dispute the empirical claims. In fact, empirical studies generally find that immigrants are less likely to commit crime than domestic-born citizens. Bas van der Vossen and I will summarize the studies in our forthcoming book with Oxford. I'm not bothering to link to them here, though, because I want to ask, instead, what if immigrants did in fact cause more crime? What if immigrants were more likely to be criminals than the domestic population? Would that be sufficient reason to restrict international migration?" (01/27/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/01/the-crime-objection-to-open-borders/  

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The Libertarian Angle, 01/26/16: The case for open borders

January 27, 2016
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by  

"Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard M. Ebeling discuss the hot topics of the day. This week, Jacob and Richard, and special guest Bryan Caplan discuss the merits and morality of an open immigration policy." [various formats] (01/26/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-the-case-for-open-immigration/  

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France: British anarchists arrested as migrants storm Port of Calais

January 24, 2016
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Telegraph [UK]    

"British anarchists were among 35 people in police custody in Calais after leading about 350 migrants who broke through police lines and invaded the port, forcing it to close for several hours. Up to 50 people stormed on board the P&O Spirit of Britain ferry, prompting renewed calls from the mayor of Calais and the head of the port for the demolition of the nearby 'Jungle' camp. ... Masked British agitators from the No Borders group incited migrants to invade the port after the peaceful demonstration, local sources said." (01/24/16)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/12118368/British-anarchists-arrested-as-migrants-stormed-Port-of-Calais.html  

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The key to deterring migrants is to blow up the economy

January 20, 2016
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Several years ago our housecleaner gave us notice. She'd landed a well-paying job at the Mexico City airport that was a hell of a lot more enticing than scrubbing gringos' bathrooms. Angela and her family had come to the United Stated for economic opportunity, but her country now had more to offer and she was happy to return home. Angela wasn't alone; in recent years, more immigrants have been returning to Mexico than have entered the United States. If Donald Trump ever gets his chance to build a giant wall along the border, it may only serve to keep people in. That's assuming the wall is effective at all, of course. Research suggests that governments have a lot less control over cross-border movements than politicians claim." (01/19/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/01/19/the-key-to-deterring-migrants-is-to-blow  

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SCOTUS to take up Obama immigration actions

January 20, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will decide the fate of President Barack Obama's immigration actions this term. The actions are aimed at allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to apply for programs that could make them eligible for work authorization and associated benefits. The President unveiled the programs over a year ago, but federal courts blocked implementation in response to a challenge brought by Texas and 25 other states. Since then, the nearly 4.3 million immigrants who would have been eligible have been caught in legal limbo." (01/19/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/19/politics/supreme-court-to-take-up-obama-immigration-actions/  

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Indiana should avoid Arizona’s immigration mistakes

January 20, 2016
posted by

Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"State Senator Mike Delph's (R-Carmel) new bill (SB 285) seeks to control illegal immigration by punishing businesses that repeatedly hire them. Based on experience in other states, this proposed new law would do little to deter illegal immigration while imposing big costs on Indiana's economy." (01/19/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/indiana-should-avoid-arizonas-immigration-mistakes  

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The great immigration data debate

January 19, 2016
posted by

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by David Frum  

"In The Big Short, one of the characters explains how he discovered the worthlessness of the mortgages that supposedly undergirded Wall Street's triple-A securities: 'I read them.' The political equivalent of Wall Street's mortgage-backed securities are the economic models invoked to support this policy or that one. Everybody cites them. Too few look inside them. And the results are the same: Trusted products turn out to be junk." (01/19/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/01/the-great-immigration-data-debate/424230/  

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