Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Drug war, intervention and immigrant children

July 13, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"The fact is that the U.S. government has converted Latin into a cauldron of violence, dictatorship, tyranny, murder, assassination, rape, detention, robberies, extortion, and corruption, all with the enthusiastic support of those compassionate 'love the poor' statists, who tell us, 'We're not responsible for the deaths of those children because we should be judged by our good intentions, not by the actual results of our policies. Send those kids back now and we'll hope for the best for them.'" (07/11/14)

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Why not close even more borders?

July 11, 2014
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Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"Our way of life is continuously threatened by our open borders. Consider: right now, the uneducated, unemployed, barely English-speaking, poor-as-dirt residents of Buffalo County, South Dakota, or Harlan County, Kentucky, are free to move here at will. The average household in Mantua, VA, is six times richer than the average household in Harlan, Kentucky. I won’t recite all the stats here, but we’re talking about uneducated people, who commit far more crime, who have less culture, who don’t fit in with us, and who, if they moved here, would exhaust our welfare services, and destroy our schools. I want my kids going to school with doctors’ and lawyers’ kids, not with meth-addicted bumpkins or alcoholic Native-Americans." (07/10/14)

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Let the immigrants stay

July 10, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"Virtually all commentary about the influx of unaccompanied Central American children into the United States, which some say could rise to 90,000 this year, misses the point: no government has the moral authority to capture these kids and send them back to the miserable situations they have escaped. This claim will strike many people as outrageous. So I ask, Where does government get the moral authority -- I'm not talking about legal power -- to apprehend and detain human beings of any age who have committed aggression against no one? There is no such authority." (07/09/14)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/let-the-immigrants-stay/  

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“The least of these”

July 10, 2014
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Cagle Post
by JD Crowe  

Cartoon. (07/09/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/least-of-these-2/  

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Obama supports Perry on US border fixes [sic]

July 10, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"US President Barack Obama has sided with Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry on recommendations for improving security on the US-Mexico border. While visiting the state, Mr Obama said he had no 'philosophical objection' to increasing the number of border patrol agents and repositioning them. But Mr Obama said the such action was held up by Congress' delay in approving his request for extra funding. The White House asked for $3.7 billion in extra funding on Tuesday." (07/09/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28240114  

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There’s no such thing as a closed-borders libertarian

July 9, 2014
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Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Christopher Freiman  

"Sometimes you’ll hear people who are generally free market friendly make statements like the following: 'I support open borders in principle, but we can’t have both free immigration and a redistributive state so I reject open borders in practice.' ... So, should we reject freedom in immigration in practice? No, and here’s why: if preventing an increase in the consumption of state-provided benefits justifies restricting freedom in immigration, then it also justifies restricting freedom in, well, anything." (07/08/14)

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Unaccompanied minors and unintended consequences

July 9, 2014
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"There are many factors causing the current surge of UAC. Violence and poverty in their home countries, family reunification in the United States, fewer restrictive immigration laws in Mexico that allow passage for Central American immigrants, and changes in U.S. treatment of immigrants all play a role. What is also clear is that some American politicians who blame American law for the surge actually voted for that American law in the past. " (07/08/14)

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White House seeks $3.7 billion for border security theater

July 8, 2014
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Washington Post    

"The White House on Tuesday formally requested $3.7 billion from Congress in emergency funding to deal with an influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America .... The money would go to several federal agencies: $1.6 billion to the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security; $1.8 billion to Health and Human Services; and $300 million to the State Department, administration officials said. Funds would be allocated to send more immigration judges to the southern border, build additional detention facilities and add border patrol agents." (07/08/14)

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Border security theater: Obama, Perry to meet

July 8, 2014
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USA Today    

"President Obama and frequent antagonist Texas Gov. Rick Perry will attend the same meeting Wednesday on border problems as part of Obama's visit to the Lone Star State, officials said. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Perry has accepted an invitation to a group meeting in Dallas that will include local officials and faith leaders." (07/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n84khkm  

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CA: LAPD no longer heeding federal immigration hold requests

July 7, 2014
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CBS Sacramento    

"Los Angeles police say they will no longer hold immigrants simply on a request from federal immigration authorities. The Police Department said Monday it will now only honor requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to keep someone in custody if there has been a judicial determination of probable cause or a warrant from a judicial officer." (07/07/14)

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AZ: Federal appeals court overturns immigrant driver’s license denials

July 7, 2014
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Alexandria Town Talk    

"A federal appeals court has dealt a new blow to Arizona in its series of immigration-related crackdowns, ruling that the state cannot deny driver's licenses to young immigrants who are allowed to stay in the U.S. under a 2012 Obama administration policy. Arizona was one of two states that refused to issue licenses to the immigrants, sparking the latest court fight over the issue. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer called the ruling misguided and said she was considering appeal." (07/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/na43mkx  

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Why the Tea Party is wrong about immigration reform

July 7, 2014
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Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner  

"The Tea Party has performed many an invaluable service in American politics: First, by raising the alarm about the dangers of our growing national debt and out-of-control spending, and later by challenging the crony capitalists and big-government conservatives who have too long controlled the Republican Party. But recently, many Tea Partyers have added opposition to immigration reform to their agenda. In doing so, they are not only wrong on the merits of the issue, but contradict many of their own fundamental principles." (07/03/14)

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Words that divide: Immigration is not a crisis

July 2, 2014
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The Canal The Canal
by Alice Salles  

"Freedom is always a great, honorable goal, but what does it say about the United States when its government uses freedom as an excuse to invade other countries while sealing its borders to the most persecuted peoples of the globe? Harsh immigration policies, targeted at individuals whose only offense is to have been born in some of the most violent countries of the Americas, have not been protecting US jobs. Nor are they helping taxpayers to save money, so what do they accomplish? Nothing, but worsening living conditions for migrant workers, soaring national debt, expanding the US police state, and increasing hostility amongst Americans from culturally diverse backgrounds." (07/01/14)

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CA: Know-Nothing rioters block buses carrying immigrants

July 2, 2014
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CNN    

"Angry protesters forced three buses carrying undocumented immigrants to turn around Tuesday in Southern California. The immigrants had arrived in San Diego from south Texas and were on their way to be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol station. Protesters chanting 'USA! 'Impeach Obama!' and 'Deport, Deport!' blocked their route. ... the roughly 140 people on board were taken to a border station in San Ysidro, according to Ron Zermeno with the National Border Patrol Council." (07/01/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/01/us/california-immigrant-transfers/  

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The saga of immigrant children

June 30, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Barbara Nimri Aziz  

"'I'll go anywhere, even to America.' It was 1994 when I heard these words, spoken by an Iraqi lad, Yasser. ... American citizens, the majority of whom are themselves descendants of emigrants, are currently debating the fate of tens of thousands of children stumbling across their southern borders. Yet how many can comprehend Yasser’s sadness? How does the United States so rapidly become a hallowed and privileged goal to those of us now comfortably lodged here?" (06/30/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/30/the-saga-of-migrant-children/  

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Obama to seek $2 billion for more Know-Nothing appeasement theater

June 29, 2014
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USA Today    

"President Obama is planning to ask Congress for more than $2 billion to try and stem the flood of Central American migrants streaming across the U.S.-Mexican border, including children without their parents. In a letter to be sent to Congress on Monday, Obama will also ask for new powers to help the government speed up deportation of migrants back to their original countries." (06/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nmsfqgg  

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Children of the borderlands: A crisis created by US

June 26, 2014
posted by

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"First, understand that virtually all of these children are coming from Central America. Second, understand that US immigration law says that Mexican and Canadian children illegally entering the US alone can be returned to their home countries immediately, but children from elsewhere must be taken into US custody by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, meaning, apparently, that all of these Central American children are refugees. As wards of the state they can be 'resettled' with parents or relatives already living in the US or placed in foster care. So what are they refugees from? The Drug War." (06/25/14)

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Catholics, libertarians and immigration

June 26, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"I ask you a very simple question: How in the world is it possible to reconcile the statists' war on immigrants with God's second-greatest commandment: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself? Answer: It cannot be. Immigration controls, along with the arrests, searches, seizures, raids, jails, fines, and deportations that come with them, constitute a direct violation of God's second-greatest commandment." (06/25/14)

http://fff.org/2014/06/25/catholics-libertarians-and-immigration/  

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Republicans won’t pass immigration reform

June 25, 2014
posted by

Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"The New York Times reports that House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy is considered 'the best hope' to win passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill in Congress after he becomes majority leader in July. It's sort of quaint how the Gray Lady wants to believe in miracles. If a comprehensive bill (like the Senate bill that set a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants( had a chance of passing, then it was in 2009 and 2010 when Democrats controlled the White House, Senate and House of Representatives. President Obama had promised a bill in his first year in office. If Democrats wouldn't deliver when they owned Washington, Republicans have little reason to do their heavy lifting." (06/23/14)

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Clinton borders on law enforcement

June 20, 2014
posted by

Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"'We have to send a clear message. Just because your child gets across the border, doesn't mean the child gets to stay. We don't want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.' Who said that on CNN Tuesday? Anti-amnesty Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX]? Maricopa County's Sheriff Joe Arpaio? No. That was Hillary Clinton, flogging her book Hard Choices during a town hall meeting moderated by Christiane Amanpour." (06/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qe62k77  

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David Brat’s bad immigration logic

June 20, 2014
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Nicholas Freiling  

"From Brat’s campaign website: 'An open border is both a national security threat and an economic threat that our country cannot ignore ... Adding millions of workers to the labor market will force wages to fall and jobs to be lost.' Simple enough, right? But look a little closer and Brat’s bad logic isn't hard to spot." (06/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lob7ldh  

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Throw open our borders and liberalize immigration policy

June 19, 2014
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Tom Goldsworthy  

"Current immigration policy is scandalous and highly damaging to the economy. By trying to limit the number of migrants severely, we are missing out on high calibre academics, scientists and engineers. Perhaps the government could simply increase its target for immigration or 'auction' visas. These changes would be an improvement, but they don't go nearly far enough. If we really want an immigration policy that maximises freedom, income and happiness, then the best immigration policy is to not have on at all." (06/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lm3c2uo  

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Externalities arguments must be used with great care

June 15, 2014
posted by

Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"If you’re like most free-market conservatives (and libertarians), you believe that government has no business dictating people’s diets and engaging in other nanny-state intrusions such as mandating the use of seat belts and motorcycle helmets. And you likely do not become a supporter of such nanny-state intrusions when someone argues (as someone always does) that government 'must' govern such personal behaviors because government has socialized so many health-care costs .... why do you not also reject what is logically the identical argument used to justify restrictions on immigration?" (06/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o2mu7hc  

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Obama’s immigration policy comes home to roost

June 15, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mateo Pimentel  

"As the head of the executive branch of government, if Obama’s action regarding immigration looks like nothing more than deportation and relocation, then the untold thousands of soon-to-be immigrants predestined by decades of US political and economic coups in their home countries -- as well as the neoliberal economic indentures that nullifies economic prosperity in their home countries -- are certainly preordained to face a desperate and uncaring situation upon capture." (06/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/muwx8wm  

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Brat’s immigration stance doesn’t square with his free-market flair

June 15, 2014
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"David Brat won a stunning and surprising victory in last night's primary election in Virginia, unseating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). But Brat doesn't seem to understand the very issue that seems to have dominated his historic upset and propelled him to Capitol Hill. Brat considers himself a free-market conservative, claiming on MSNBC following his unexpected win that he’s against 'any distortion to free markets.' Brat also campaigned against immigration reform, saying that 'It's the most symbolic issue that captures the difference between myself and Eric Cantor in this race.' But it's impossible to square Brat’s laudable support for free markets and his opposition to immigration reform." 906/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l88ofv7  

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