Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

US House votes to overturn Obama immigration actions; bill now goes to Senate

January 15, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"House Republicans voted Wednesday to overturn President Obama's controversial immigration actions, despite deep Democratic opposition and an uncertain fate for the bill in the Senate. The House voted 237-190 on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department through the rest of the budget year to the tune of $40 billion. But as part of that legislation, Republicans approved provisions to gut the president's immigration directives. One amendment would undo executive actions Obama announced in November that provided temporary deportation relief, and offer work permits, to some 4 million illegal immigrants. Another amendment would cancel Obama's 2012 policy that's granted work permits and stays of deportation to more than 600,000 immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as kids." (01/14/15)

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Jeff Sessions’s handbook of immigration lies

January 14, 2015
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Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama has declared an all-out jihad against any immigration reform that does not involve bouncing off immigrants of all varieties -- skilled or unskilled -- at the border. One glance at his newly released 25-page immigration memo -- which he grandiosely dubs a 'handbook' -- makes it abundantly clear that as far as he's concerned, immigrants are the Number One bane of this land of immigrants. Why? Because, apparently, they increase 'income inequality and joblessness by expanding the labor supply in excess of demand' and undercut American wages." (01/13/15)

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Report: “Border Patrol” gang’s drones cost $28k for each traveler abducted

January 6, 2015
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Arizona Republic    

"Customs and Border Protection's drone program, meant to catch people and drugs crossing the border illegally [sic], costs far more than the agency claims and doesn't work well enough to justify spending more money on it without further study, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General. ... In fiscal 2013, CBP spent nearly $63 million on its drone program, OIG said, most of that along the Arizona and Texas borders. CBP attributed 2,722 apprehensions to the drones; in effect, the drone program cost nearly $28,000 for each illegal [sic] crosser apprehended." (01/06/15)

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A lesson from Europe: Relax about immigration

December 29, 2014
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The Canal The Canal
by Laurie Blair  

"Many in the United States have rightly criticized the increased militarization of the US-Mexican border. Notwithstanding a dip in 2014, migrant deaths along the frontier have spiked since 2000, with 445 dying in 2013. But where are the critics of Europe's migration policy, which led to 3000 dying at sea trying to reach European shores in 2014 alone? In a previous post, I argued that Latin America should steer clear of Europe's approach to counter-terrorism. In the same way, the United States could learn much from Europe on how not to respond to illegal immigration." (12/24/14)

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Immigration as political theater

December 28, 2014
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Benjamin W Powell Independent Institute
by Benjamin W Powell  

"President Barack Obama's recent executive order on immigration has caused a political uproar. Congressional Republicans have introduced legislation to kill the order, 24 states are challenging it in federal court, and a federal district court judge in Pennsylvania has suggested the executive order may be unconstitutional. While this blowback indicates how emotionally charged immigration issues have become, in truth the executive order changes very little, for good or ill." (12/24/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5256  

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AZ: El Caudillo de Maricopa files yet another frivolous lawsuit vs. Obama

December 22, 2014
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ABC News ABC News    

"A lawyer for controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio urged a federal court judge today to stop the president from 'ramming' new immigration policies 'down the throats of the American people.' Larry Klayman, founder of the conservative [sic] legal group Judicial Watch, urged Washington, D.C. District Court Judge Beryl Howell to issue an injunction blocking Obama’s executive actions, which Klayman called a 'lanket amnesty.'" [editor's note: If it really is an "amnesty," then the US Constitution quite clearly allows Obama to do it -- see Article 2, Section 2 - TLK] (12/22/14)

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The economic case for open borders

December 18, 2014
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Nikki Burgess  

"Recently, President Obama announced via executive order his plan to shield 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. This policy change will enable families with children to continue living together despite the parents’ legal status. While some opponents of illegal immigration argue that such measures merely condone law-breaking to the detriment of 'real' American citizens, an overwhelming body of evidence suggests otherwise. In fact, establishing fully open borders -- in which no legal restrictions are placed on people’s geographic mobility -- is one of the most economically beneficial policies a nation can pursue." (12/16/14)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2014/12/16/open-border-economics/  

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SCOTUS bars Arizona from denying driver’s licenses to immigrants

December 18, 2014
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Reuters    

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the state of Arizona from enforcing a policy that denies driver's licenses to young immigrants granted legal status [sic] by President Barack Obama in 2012. The court denied the request by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to place a hold on a ruling from the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the policy had no legal basis. The state must now let roughly 20,000 eligible immigrants apply for driver's licenses." (12/17/14)

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Time to reframe the UK immigration debate

December 17, 2014
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Daniel Pryor  

"The economic arguments for increasing immigration are well-worn, and there is evidence that spreading such empirical evidence changes the attitudes of some people. The British public may largely cite economic reasons for their opposition to immigration, but it is my suspicion that this is often backwards rationalising of cultural reasons." (12/16/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/34181  

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Federal judge publicly admits he hasn’t read Article II, Section 2 of US Constitution

December 17, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Earlier Tuesday, a federal court in Pennsylvania declared aspects of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy unconstitutional. According to the opinion by Judge Arthur Schwab, the president’s policy goes 'beyond prosecutorial discretion' in that it provides a relatively rigid framework for considering applications for deferred action, thus obviating any meaningful case-by-case determination as prosecutorial discretion requires, and provides substantive rights to applicable individuals. As a consequence, Schwab concluded, the action exceeds the scope of executive authority." [editor's note: Even assuming the extremely dubious constitutionality of federal immigration law as such, which part of "The President ... shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States" is unclear? - TLK] (12/16/14)

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Why Obama’s immigration policy is constitutional

December 16, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Ilya Somin  

"President Obama’s recent order deferring the deportation of up to 5 million undocumented immigrants has led to enormous controversy. Many, especially on the political right, argue that it undermines the rule of law. The president, they contend, is required to enforce federal law as written, not pick and choose which violators to go after and which to exempt based on policy considerations. In reality, Obama’s actions were well within the scope of executive authority under the Constitution." (12/16/14)

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Germany: Anti-Islamist rallies grow amid backlash against immigrants

December 16, 2014
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"An anti-Islamist group drew the biggest crowd ever for one of its rallies, even as Germany's leaders urged people not to participate in a movement that has gained in strength since starting two months ago. Police estimated that 15,000 protesters took part in Monday night's rally and march in the eastern city of Dresden, with another 5,500 attending a demonstration against the group. ... The organizers, who call themselves Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, or Pegida, demand stricter immigration laws, resistance to 'violent, misogynistic political ideology,' and the protection of Christianity's 'Western culture.'" (12/16/14)

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Krugman’s cursory case against open borders

December 8, 2014
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Paul Krugman exemplifies the standard progressive position on immigration. He strongly supports amnesty for existing illegal immigrants, but strongly opposes open borders. ... Most thinkers who explicitly reject open borders are convinced it would be an absolute disaster. Krugman, in contrast, opposes open borders for the mildest of reasons." (12/05/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/12/krugmans_cursor.html  

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US House rebukes Obama over immigration actions; spending fight looms

December 4, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"House Republicans voted Thursday to block President Obama's immigration executive actions, though it was unclear whether the largely symbolic step would be enough to prevent a risky budget stand-off next week. The House voted 219-197 for the bill, by Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., that declares Obama's actions 'null and void and without legal effect.'" (12/04/14)

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States sue Obama administration on immigration

December 4, 2014
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Reuters Reuters    

"A coalition of 17 U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday saying it acted illegally by issuing an executive order to ease the threat of deportation for millions of immigrants who are in the country without the proper documents. The case being led by Texas and filed at the Federal Court in the Southern District of Texas said the executive order announced by Obama last month violated constitutional limits on presidential powers." (12/03/14)

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Repeal and replace the Immigration and Nationality Act

December 4, 2014
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Worse than the delegation of power to the president, our immigration laws are a convoluted maze of gobbledygook. California Associate Justice Harry E. Hull Jr. wrote that our immigration laws are 'second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity.' Conservative U.S. appellate lawyer John Elwood, who has argued seven cases before the Supreme Court, wrote , 'It's well known that prolonged exposure to the hyper-reticulated Immigration and Nationality Act can actually cause your brain to melt.' Such an inscrutable body of law has several consequences. First, it has produced a thoroughly unjust immigration system that primarily serves to harm immigrants and Americans alike. It shuts out virtually all foreigners who want to come here legally. And it effectively makes broad use of executive authority inevitable. These problems can only be solved by Congress." (12/03/14)

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Switzerland: Voters reject plans to hoard gold, limit immigration

December 1, 2014
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NewsOK    

"Voters in Switzerland on Sunday rejected plans to protect the country's wealth by investing in gold and drastically limit immigration, according to polling firm gfs.bern. A proposal to require the Swiss central bank to hold a fifth of its reserves in gold was opposed by 78 percent of voters and supported by 22 percent, projections based on tallies provided by selected voting districts indicated. ... The proposal to limit immigration to 0.2 percent of Switzerland's population -- about 16,000 immigrants a year for a country of 8 million -- received the backing of 26 percent of voters, while 74 percent opposed it." (11/30/14)

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Let illegal immigrants come out of the shadows

November 30, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Cathy Young  

"Amidst predictably partisan reactions to President Obama's recent executive order offering five million illegal immigrants a reprieve from deportation, some critics have denounced it as a special affront to immigrants who played by the rules to come to this country. So, as one of those legal immigrants -- my family came to America from the Soviet Union in 1980 -- let me say that illegal immigrants do not offend me. Like some two-thirds of Americans, I believe that if they have committed no crimes while living in the United States, they should be granted the option to stay here legally and, in the President's words, 'come out of the shadows.'" (11/30/14)

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Obama’s fake immigration reform

November 30, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by John Orland  

"The Great Deporter's new executive order for a 'sweeping overhaul of the immigration system' deserves no praise. If there is anything 'sweeping' about President Obama's immigration policy, it is his six years of deporting 2.4 million immigrants, his repeated lies regarding his so-called legal incapacity to issue presidential executive orders to mitigate the horrors that immigrant communities have been subjected to, and his total failure to pursue anything resembling 'comprehensive immigration reform.'" (11/28/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/28/obamas-fake-immigration-reform/  

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Not one more. Not even one.

November 25, 2014
posted by

Rad Geek People's Daily
by Rad Geek  

"In the wake of Obama's big announcement on expanding deferred-action status, I am glad to see something, anything happening at last on immigration. And I am immensely happy for the families that have been able to sleep a little easier the last couple nights. But after millions deported, this so little too late, and it is not nearly enough. No one should face deportation." (11/23/14)

http://radgeek.com/gt/2014/11/23/not-one-more-not-even-one/  

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Obama’s immigration order means rational use of deportation

November 24, 2014
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Obama's argument is that since the federal government can't and won't expel everyone who is here without authorization, it should pass over those who pose no real threat and focus on the more objectionable ones—criminals and foreigners who return after being expelled. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has the manpower and money to deport only about 4 percent of the foreigners who are not entitled to be here. It makes sense to focus those resources on the most worrisome ones. Critics who opposed Obama's previous reprieve, however, are even more vehement in opposing this one." (11/24/14)

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Bad laws lead to bad executive orders

November 24, 2014
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Governing by executive order is no way to run an immigration policy, let alone an entire government. But the resort to unilateral action does not happen in a vacuum; it is borne out of poorly written, arbitrary and confusing laws. The GOP-controlled Congress should respond to Obama’s executive order by passing a bill that simplifies the immigration system." (11/21/14)

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Unjust immigration law is not law

November 24, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"[I]f a president unilaterally acts to protect someone's liberty, I say bravo, because he is acting according to the natural law. And if a president acts, whether unilaterally or in concert with Congress, to violate liberty, then that president is in violation of the natural law and the people should respond accordingly. Government interference with the right to move is a violation of the natural law and of individual liberty. It does not matter that such interference was enacted by a majority of both congressional chambers and signed by a president. It is illegal, and even an isolated refusal on the part of a president to enforce an unjust 'law' is to be applauded." (11/21/14)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/tgif-unjust-immigration-law/  

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Immigration reaction

November 23, 2014
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The Cagle Post
by Joe Heller  

Cartoon. (11/21/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/11/immigration-reaction/  

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Obama declares “lawful action” to protect 5 million immigrants

November 21, 2014
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USA Today    

"President Obama took a historic, legacy-defining step Thursday night when he announced a plan to protect 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, infuriating Republicans but satisfying immigrants who have fought for years for such relief. The president's plan will allow undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, known as green card holders, to legally live and work in the country for a period of three years. He expanded the pool of undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children who are eligible for protected status." [editor's note: "Historic?" "Legacy-defining?" Not even close. It was incredibly weak tea and clearly aimed at baiting congressional Republicans into passing legislation - TLK] (11/20/14)

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