Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Open Borders Manifesto (Non-Reformist Edition)

March 17, 2015
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
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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
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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)

http://tinyurl.com/mb7xlm3  

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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
posted by

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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The melting pot meets the voting booth

March 5, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh and Sam Wilson  

"An enduring argument against reforming the immigration system is that new immigrants will become a solid voting bloc for the Democratic party and support liberal economic policies. Neither of these assertions is true. New evidence shows that immigrants have, or come to have, about the same political views as long-settled Americans. In a new paper published by the Cato Institute, we show that immigrants and their descendants are not more supportive of economic policies that favor big government, high taxes, or an increase in the size of the welfare state. Immigrants' political and ideological opinions will not shift American policy in a big-government direction." (03/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q3ep468  

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CA: Fedgoons raid “maternity hotels” for birth tourists

March 3, 2015
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NBC News    

"Apartment complexes in Southern California that doubled as 'maternity hotels' for foreign women who want made-in-America babies were raided early Tuesday, officials said. NBC News was on the scene as federal and local agents swept into one luxury complex in Irvine, California, that housed pregnant women and new moms who allegedly forked over cash to give birth in the United States. None of the women was arrested; they are being treated as material witnesses. Instead, the investigation was aimed at ringleaders who allegedly helped foreign nationals obtain visas and then pamper them until they delivered in an American hospital." (03/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/plz2t4j  

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US House approves Homeland Security Theater funding without anti-immigration clause

March 3, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The US House of Representatives has approved a so-called 'clean' funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday. The bill does not not include language that would roll back President Barack Obama's recent immigration reforms. The vote ends an impasse between the White House and conservative Republicans over the reforms, that nearly shut the department last week. The bill passed 257 to 167 with 74 Republicans supporting the measure." [editor's note: Too bad they didn't just shut down DHS. Permanently. - TLK] (03/03/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-31716232  

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Imprisoning immigrants: What the ACLU’s doing about it

February 26, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"It's easy to believe that private prisons are part of the problem. The government is the customer, and one of the main services the government is buying is (im)plausible deniability. If government prisons abuse immigrants, government officials might get in trouble. If companies hired by the government abuse immigrants, government officials can feign shock, cancel the contract, hire a different company, and resume oppression as usual. Farcical, but it works. In any case, though, poor prison conditions are not the fundamental problem. The abuse that overshadows all others is imprisonment for breaking unjust laws. Preventing foreigners from coming here to better their lives through honest toil is wrong." (02/26/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/02/imprisoning_imm_1.html  

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McConnell caves: Sets aside anti-immigration freedom amendments to fund big-government “Homeland Security” bureaucracy

February 24, 2015
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Philadelphia Inquirer    

"The Senate's top Republican shifted tactics Tuesday to try to free up stalled legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security in advance of a Friday midnight deadline. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., moved to disentangle contested immigration measures from the Homeland Security budget and debate the issues separately. ... A key vote could come Friday on the stand-alone immigration measure, which would likely push the Homeland Security budget past a midnight deadline, though speculation was growing that a short-term budget measure might prevent a shutdown." (02/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lelqsog  

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GOP digs in heels on DHS and immigration funding

February 23, 2015
posted by

Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"Many Republican lawmakers are digging in their heels in the fight to defund implementation of what they see as an executive overreach by President Obama. They're so entrenched in their position that they're acting as though they'll allow the Department of Homeland Security budget to not be adopted. Which in reality wouldn't have much impact on DHS activities, as approximately 200,000 of the 230,000 DHS employees are considered essential. The Chicago Tribune reports, 'Most training, hiring, research and purchasing would be suspended. Border security, disaster relief and cybersecurity programs would continue uninterrupted.' In other words, nothing will really change, except that 'essential' DHS employees will work without a paycheck until a budget is adopted." (02/22/15)

http://fpp.cc/gop-digs-in-heels-on-dhs-and-immigration-funding/  

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E-Verify does little to halt illegal immigration

February 20, 2015
posted by

Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"The showdown over President Obama's immigration executive actions is approaching its climax. Congress is prepared to let the Department of Homeland Security run out of money so long as it intends to enforce Obama's decrees, and prospects for reform are deteriorating fast. But there is one policy making progress: E-Verify mandates are moving through Congress and several states. Whether mandated by states or by the federal government, E-Verify is an expensive labor market regulation that, in any case, does little to actually halt illegal immigration." (02/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nukmr6m  

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Immigration: “Deferred action” is not “executive overreach”

February 18, 2015
posted by

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

"Article II, Section 2 of the US Constitution is clear and unequivocal: 'The President ... shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.' Per the 1913 edition of Webster's, to reprieve is '[t]o delay the punishment of; to suspend the execution of sentence on ...' Obama would be well within his constitutional powers to outright pardon every 'illegal alien' residing in the United States. But he stopped well short of that, merely allowing a subset of immigrants to request postponement -- reprieve -- of deportation under specific conditions. The states' suit is without merit and deserves immediate dismissal. But the larger issue remains: What to do about immigration?" (02/17/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/146  

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TX: Abbot plans to double state’s spending on border security theater

February 18, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Texas Governor Greg Abbott pledged to double the state's spending on securing [sic] the border with Mexico, saying on Tuesday the federal government has not done enough to halt illegal [sic] immigration. Abbott, a Republican and former state attorney general who became governor in January, has tried to position Texas as a top challenger of President Barack Obama's immigration policies. Texas spearheaded the lawsuit that led a federal judge there on Monday to block Obama's order shielding millions of illegal [sic] immigrants from deportation." (02/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mcnjpnq  

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Federal judge temporarily blocks Obama’s executive action on immigration

February 17, 2015
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RTT News    

"In a move cheered by conservatives [sic], a federal judge in Texas has temporarily halted implementation of President Barack Obama's controversial executive action on immigration. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen comes as lawmakers in Washington continue to squabble over a bill linking funding for the Department of Homeland Security to blocking the president's immigration action. In the ruling, Hanen argued that the Obama administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act, which calls for a more elaborate rulemaking process before taking action." (02/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ocyt6dy  

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Republicans accuse Obama of giving immigrants “amnesty bonuses” via tax credits

February 15, 2015
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New Orleans Times-Picayune    

"Millions of immigrants benefiting from President Barack Obama's executive actions could get a windfall from the IRS, a reversal of fortune after years of paying taxes to help fund government programs they were banned from receiving. Armed with new Social Security numbers, many of these immigrants who were living in the U.S. illegally will now be able to claim up to four years' worth of tax credits designed to benefit the working poor. For big families, that's a maximum of nearly $24,000, as long as they can document their earnings during those years. Some Republicans are labeling the payments 'amnesty bonuses,' one more reason they oppose Obama's program shielding millions of immigrants from deportation." (02/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kuxknwp  

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Republicans on the verge of a nervous breakdown over Obama’s “executive amnesty”

February 8, 2015
posted by

Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"Last month, the GOP leadership convinced restrictionists to temporarily hold their fire and pass a Cromnibus spending bill that would fund all federal departments till the end of fiscal 2015, except for DHS, which would be funded only till the end of this month. The plan was to use DHS funding as leverage to get Democrats -- and the president -- to back off on the so-called 'executive amnesty' (their exaggerated term for a three-year reprieve from deportation that does not even offer a path to legalization let alone citizenship) while avoiding a repeat performance of the 2013 government shutdown that splashed so much egg on the GOP’s face. So how's it working out?" (02/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kflcbgn  

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The smart way to stop illegal immigration

January 29, 2015
posted by

Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"The new Congress has come ready with some fresh ideas for immigration reform. Freshman Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., said in a recent interview, 'We have to start with a secure border, we have to start with a guest worker program.' Gardner is right to link border security with a guest worker visa program. The former cannot be achieved without the latter. Gardner's comments are an under appreciated bit of common sense in an immigration debate stubbornly stuck between the polar opposite demands for nearly unlimited border security from the populist Right and unconditional amnesty from the progressive Left. Neither position will stop illegal immigration." (01/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pyb5va3  

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They must be mad, literally mad: To be lucky in one’s opponents

January 16, 2015
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Nick Partington  

"It is easy to take the view that we British defenders of immigration have never had a tougher time being heard over the omnipresent calls for restrictions, policy changes, and -- most frequently -- an 'open and honest debate' on the subject. Issues of immigration and race relations have indeed increased in salience, but I remain bemused by (and somewhat thankful for) the sterility of the debate as it exists today. Opponents have got to the absurd point of having to pretend that it isn't immigration that they care about, but migration." (01/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/knsft5e  

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Pols from 25 states ask judge to restore unconstitutional immigration restrictions

January 15, 2015
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch    

"Attorneys for 25 states are going before a federal judge in Texas to argue for a rollback of President Barack Obama's expansive executive actions to spare nearly 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally [sic] from deportation. Texas leads the coalition of states suing the government. It argues in its lawsuit that Obama's decision 'tramples' key portions of the Constitution. At a Thursday hearing in Brownsville, the states will ask U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen to block the president's actions." [editor's note: Which "key portions" of the Constitution does it "trample?" The portion that forbids the federal government to regulate immigration? The portion that empowers the president to issue pardons and reprieves? Maybe it's the portion I can't find. You know, the one that says state attorneys general are empowered to grandstand as much as necessary to set themselves up as gubernatorial candidates - TLK] (01/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qjblwyo  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/l32luvq  

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Jeff Sessions’s handbook of immigration lies

January 14, 2015
posted by

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)

http://tinyurl.com/lwhcfbq  

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