Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Imprisoning immigrants: What the ACLU’s doing about it

February 26, 2015
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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)

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GOP digs in heels on DHS and immigration funding

February 23, 2015
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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
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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)

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

February 18, 2015
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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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

February 8, 2015
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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)

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The smart way to stop illegal immigration

January 29, 2015
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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)

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

January 16, 2015
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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)

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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)

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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)

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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
posted by

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
posted by

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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