Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Privatize the borders!

September 25, 2014
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Robert P. Murphy Liberty Chat
by Robert P. Murphy  

"Now to be sure, my ideal world is currently politically impossible. I don’t think the United States will ever look anything close to this vision during my lifetime. However, I still think it’s worth spelling out what the ideal actually is. That’s why I dislike the term 'open borders.' I imagine that Bryan and his colleagues who embrace this term do so thinking they are the modern-day abolitionists, holding up a radical goal as a beacon to guide the messy political squabbles. But as I’ve shown, Bryan actually isn’t holding up the ideal. In effect, he’s giving us the worst of both worlds: Holding up something politically impossible -- there’s no way the U.S. government is going to completely drop border enforcement and just let anybody walk into the country -- while not actually championing the ideal outcome." (09/23/14)

http://www.libertychat.com/2014/09/privatize-the-borders/  

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The truth about “immigration”

September 22, 2014
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Kent McManigal The Libertarian Enterprise
by Kent McManigal  

"I am against trespassing. I am also against government pretending it has authority over other people's property (which is theft). I might choose to allow people to enter my property. I might not. Where they were born doesn't figure into that at all, and certainly not whether they have State permission. If private property rights prevent individuals from going where they want to be, that is just too bad. If private property rights prevent government goons from stopping 'immigration,' that is also just too bad." (09/21/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle789-20140921-02.html  

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Obama: The unbearable lightness of being on immigration

September 9, 2014
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Alvaro Vargas Llosa Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa  

"President Obama’s decision to postpone executive action on immigration is probably the nail in the coffin for comprehensive reform under the current government -- regardless of whether the president has the constitutional authority to bypass Congress or not, which is not the topic of this post. Whatever reform comes after the midterm elections, if any, will not overhaul a system that places major obstacles on the forces of supply and demand pushing millions into the shadows." (09/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mv2c7jd  

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Immigration stall

September 9, 2014
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Cagle Post
by David Fitzsimmons  

Cartoon. (09/08/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/09/immigration-stall/  

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Criminal immigrants?

September 8, 2014
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Ronald Bailey Reason
by Ronald Bailey  

"Americans believe newcomers 'legal and illegal' are more likely to commit crimes. Research suggests the opposite is true." (for publication 10/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/09/07/criminal-immigrants  

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The executive action Obama should take on immigration

September 3, 2014
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Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"President Obama is currently planning numerous executive actions on immigration. White House spokesman Shawn Turner said, '[t]he president has not made a decision regarding next steps, but he believes it’s important to understand and consider the full range of perspectives on potential solutions.' Most observers are interested in how the president’s executive actions could affect unlawful immigrants, but his actions could also improve the legal immigration system." (08/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pyffvlu  

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Is there an immigration problem?

August 25, 2014
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Natasha Petrova  

"Rand Paul has spoken of an alleged 'immigration problem.' This is a reference to the considerable number of 'illegal' immigrants living in the U.S. The solution proposed to this supposed problem is to secure the border. A secure border would allegedly lead to less 'illegal' immigrants crossing it. This framing of the immigration issue is entirely wrong. It rests on the assumption that an inflow of 'illegal' immigrants is a bad thing." (08/23/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/30789  

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Know-Nothing appeasement shaping up as leading election issue

August 25, 2014
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Omaha World Herald    

"For Republican Rep. Scott Perry, the influx of Central American children who have crossed illegally [sic] into the United States has propelled immigration to a top concern for voters in his heavily rural district far from the Texas border, eclipsing the new health care law and the federal deficit. ... It’s the same story around the country this summer as polls show the crisis [sic] of unaccompanied children at the border has made immigration a pivotal issue with November elections approaching." (08/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p94hq6j  

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Immigration: A principled Catholic approach avoids emotionalism

August 14, 2014
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Acton Institute Acton Institute
by Samuel Gregg  

"For weeks now, Americans’ eyes have been fixated upon the humanitarian disaster unfolding on our southern border, as some of the least among us seek to enter the United States without permission from what is, after all, a sovereign nation. We’ve also witnessed outpourings of raw fury as Americans, including many Catholics, vent their frustration with the federal government and Congress, due to the economic and political dysfunctionality bred by the failure of our immigration laws. As tempting as it is, however, to express anger, Catholics cannot be in the business of allowing public policy to be driven by feelings." (08/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kzjos7m  

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Want to fight illegal immigration? Reform legal immigration!

August 6, 2014
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Liberty Chat
by Kevin Boyd  

"It is no secret that the country has a problem with illegal immigration as tens of thousands of people who have flooded the southern border from Central America over the past few months. These people, like millions before them, are fleeing terrible conditions in their homelands and in search of a better life in the United States. Most of these people are here to genuinely work for their portion of the American dream, like most of our ancestors before us. While as conservatives we should demand a strong, secure border; we must handle immigration in both a fair and compassionate manner towards those who came to the U.S. legally and even towards those who came here illegally." (08/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mtcuxcy  

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Maybe immigration caps are unconstitutional, but the Bible says …

August 6, 2014
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Jim Babka Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"Many readers will not like the arguments made here. This article covers only one aspect of a nuanced debate and is designed only to put one type of argument to rest. AND no issue, in modern American discourse, causes such an emotional response as the immigration question. Friends don't always agree. But true friends tell each other truth, then they reason together over the differences." (08/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/khnq767  

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Chaos and international child abuse on America’s southern border

August 3, 2014
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by William F. Shughart II  

"Central American governments and parents there are shirking their responsibilities in this debacle of international child abuse. And, the Obama administration is exploiting the immigration crisis to expand the welfare state and to recruit a new generation of voters who they hope will reliably support the Democratic Party and the continued growth of government. If the United States continues to take on the social and economic problems of Central America, our neighbors to the South never will institute the human-rights and market-based reforms that will protect their children and make then want to stay home." (08/01/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5051  

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Immigrants are good for cosmopolitan tolerance

August 3, 2014
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"When I debated Mark Krikorian, he bemoaned immigrants' effect on Americans' patriotic solidarity. I think he's making a mountain out of a molehill, but Mark's concerns were much on my mind during my recent visit to New York City. I saw no sign that New York was lacking in patriotic solidarity. But one cultural difference was clear: Cosmopolitan tolerance was in the air -- even compared to DC. On the streets of New York, a world of accents and languages nonchalantly mingled. People from all over the world amicably talked, walked, and traded. And no matter where they came from, all the people of New York excelled at minding their own business." (08/01/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/08/natives_are_bad.html  

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Border patrols backfire

August 3, 2014
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"President Obama’s recent request for billions of dollars to address the surge in unaccompanied children across the U.S.-Mexico border has ignited fierce criticism. Republicans such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas blame Obama’s supposedly lax enforcement policies. Democrats blame the surge on a humanitarian crisis in Central America. While both narratives bear some truth, both miss how our immigration restrictions and border enforcement have created the current mess." (07/30/14)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/border-patrols-backfire  

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The conservative case for immigration reform

August 1, 2014
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"According to conservative opponents of immigration reform, immigrants will change America. Reforming our immigration system to allow more immigration would indeed mark a significant change. But far from representing a liberal diversion from American principles, such reform would marginally change America back to the way it used to be." (07/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kzkwxyf  

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US House Republicans abandon “border security” theater bill

July 31, 2014
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USA Today    

"In what has become a familiar problem for House Republicans, leaders scrapped a planned vote on controversial immigration legislation after it became clear they did not have the support of their own party to pass it. In a joint statement, GOP leaders said they would continue to work towards a solution to the flood of unaccompanied children detained at the U.S./Mexico border and put the onus on President Obama to act on his own." (07/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qgk5jz2  

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Sometimes the border crosses you

July 31, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mickey Z  

"According the Washington Post, Texas Governor Rick Perry 'reportedly plans to dispatch the Texas National Guard to the U.S. border with Mexico' to deal with 'the continued surge of young immigrants, most of them from Central America, crossing the border.' 'If the federal government does not do its constitutional duty to secure the Southern border of the United States, the state of Texas will do it,' Perry explained. Hmm ... I smell a history lesson brewing." [editor's note: The "history lesson" is on the Mexican War; unfortunately it omits the important historical fact that the Constitution forbade (and forbids) the federal government to regulate immigration and left (and leaves) it up to the states - TLK] (07/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q3cx4wt  

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Human smuggling “crackdown” a drop in an ocean of policy failure

July 30, 2014
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The Canal The Canal
by Laura Weiss  

"For the DHS to brag about capturing human traffickers is hypocritical at best. It is the United States’ own prohibitive migration policies and complicity in exacerbating the effects of the drug war that have resulted in the upsurge of human trafficking. This 'crackdown' barely addresses this problem, and will do nothing to change the inhumane legal immigration process. Coupled with the vicious drug war, this process forces thousands of people to cross the border in life-threatening, criminal conditions." (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lcumwz3  

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Is immigration control unconstitutional?

July 30, 2014
posted by

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by James Wilson  

"Do you support the Constitution? Most of our readers do. They want its plain spoken words followed. They believe the Ninth and Tenth amendments limit federal powers to those specifically listed. This is called the Enumerated Powers Doctrine. But ... When it comes to immigrants, the Constitution only gives Congress the power to make rules for their naturalization. Naturalization is the process whereby a person becomes a citizen. But there's no enumerated power to restrict travel." [editor's note: I've been harping on that for awhile ... nice to see Downsize DC taking up the cudgel! - TLK] (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mav6hwk  

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Surge to the border: Crisis or reunion?

July 24, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Why isn't Mexico doing more to deter unaccompanied minors from Central America from traversing Mexico to cross the U.S./Mexico border? If this is a humanitarian crisis, then shouldn't Mexico be taking in its neighbors? Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade met with The Chronicle Editorial Board on Tuesday, so I had a chance to ask him." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pv6wuzs  

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The perpetual crises of the welfare-warfare state

July 24, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"It's fascinating to see people get all bent out of shape over the latest immigration crisis. I mean, what planet have they been living on? It's as though they're shocked -- just shocked -- that another immigration crisis would befall our nation. And then they go into extreme fits of anger, anxiety, angst, and depression over the crisis. I don't get it. We libertarians have been pointing out that crises are an inherent part of the welfare-warfare state apparatuses ever since such apparatuses were made a part of America's governmental system in the 1930s and 1940s. Haven't people been listening?" (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lgebo2z  

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A light goes on in my head — “immigration”

July 24, 2014
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Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"Government -- the State -- can own no property or anything else, since it possesses nothing it did not either steal or 'buy' with stolen money, and thieves don't own the stolen property they possess. Government has zero 'authority' to control who you let on your property. So, 'immigration' is a non-issue. You either trespass or you don't. I am against trespassing. I am also against government pretending it has authority over other people's property (which is theft)." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pfrttpk  

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Masses for nitwits

July 23, 2014
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Cagle Post
by Mike Luckovich  

Cartoon. (07/22/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/masses-for-nitwits/  

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TX: Perry plans border security theater production with cast of 1,000 National Guard troops

July 22, 2014
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Fox News    

"Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally. ... He rejected suggestions that Texas was militarizing local communities by putting National Guard troops on the ground or that crime data along the border doesn't justify additional resources. The deployment will cost Texas an estimated $12 million a month." (07/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kqaouaz  

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Libertarianism and the child immigrant crisis

July 22, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"One of the fascinating parts of the child immigrant crisis is how desperately statists want to blame the crisis on libertarians. That’s because it is extremely difficult, from a psychological standpoint, for a statist to accept responsibility for the adverse consequences of his statist programs. Oh, sure, statists, especially conservative ones, love to preach the virtues of personal responsibility but they are notorious for never accepting personal responsibility." (07/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qck22xc  

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