Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

I agree: The horror is caused by government

July 17, 2014
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"I emphatically am neither indifferent to, nor sanguine about, the horrors taking place today along the southern U.S. border. They disgust and sadden me. These horrors, though, are an artifact of the very political process that anti-immgrationists turn to as the means through which immigration into America is kept restricted." (07/16/14)

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Project Pedro Pan and today’s manufactured border crisis

July 17, 2014
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Acton Institute Acton Institute
by Elise Hilton  

"It is inexcusable to use children for anything, especially political pawns. Yet the Obama administration seems to have no problem doing so in the current border crisis. Before we examine the current immigration issue and President Obama’s ill-conceived immigration policy, let’s go back to 1960, another crisis and another group of children. Most people have never heard of Project Pedro Pan. When Fidel Castro brought the horrors of Communism to the island nation of Cuba, parents feared their children would lose their faith, their heritage and suffer indoctrination. Some parents did the unthinkable: They sent their children away, not knowing if they’d be reunited." (07/16/14)

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No limit on immigration

July 17, 2014
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"Many people (I think) imagine that if the U.S. had open borders -- or even if we returned only to the immigration regime that we had in, say, 1881 -- that the great majority of non-Americans who are poorer than Americans would flood into the U.S. indiscriminately. Concerns about where to live and whether or not a job was likely to be found would be, apparently, ignored by almost every one of the poor immigrants. But that’s not how the world works." (07/15/14)

http://cafehayek.com/2014/07/no-limit-on-immigration.html  

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Note on Borjas: Non-binding constraints are not necessary

July 17, 2014
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David Henderson EconLog
by David Henderson  

"Co-blogger Bryan Caplan has ably criticized the sections of George Borjas's recent book in which he expresses skepticism about how many low-wage people would move from poor countries to richer countries in response to wage differentials if immigration restrictions were removed. I lean strongly toward Bryan's critique. But here's what I don't get. If Borjas were right that relaxing immigration restrictions substantially would not lead to much immigration, how is that an argument for keeping the restrictions?" (07/16/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/07/note_to_borjas.html  

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Drug war, migration prohibition force children into the shadows

July 17, 2014
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The Canal The Canal
by Alice Salles  

"The criminalization of drugs feeds and keeps powerful cartels in control of the illicit drugs market in the United States. Combine that with the criminalization of human beings attempting to flee their violence-ridden homelands, and these policies have been putting many children in unnecessary danger. The surge in the number of children crossing the border illegally is, in itself, one of the most brutal effects of drug prohibition." (07/16/14)

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The child migrant crisis in context

July 17, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Christopher C. Schons  

"A few demographic data points can tell a breathtaking story. In 1960, the populations of Guatemala and the USA, respectively, were 4.1 million and 181 million. Today, they are 14.6 million and 318.4 million. Guatemala’s population has much more than tripled, while that of the US has not come close to doubling. While it is true that the rate of population growth recently has slowed in Guatemala (having shown signs of commencing the so-called 'demographic transition'), the country still adds over 300,000 people per year to a territory half the size of Minnesota. The stresses and strains that this explosion has placed on the local economy, environment and society are almost unfathomable." (07/16/14)

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On the border

July 16, 2014
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The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez  

"A couple of years ago the Federal government was swamped with illegal aliens [sic] who had committed serious crimes in the US (other than entering illegally [sic].). It takes a certain amount of time to process people being deported so the serious criminals were expedited but the more peaceful illegal aliens [sic] were bumped back. Eventually a policy was adopted that Other than Mexican (OTM) children and women with children would be released on their own recognizance until their deportation hearing. While they would almost certainly be deported at this hearing, the government was not putting out a particular effort to catch them (remember, too busy with the more dangerous and criminally inclined illegal aliens [sic])." (07/13/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle779-20140713-04.html  

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Immigration

July 16, 2014
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Cagle Post
by David Fitzsimmons  

Cartoon. (07/15/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/immigration-8/  

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Why America can’t disown the children at our border

July 16, 2014
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Reuters
by Jim Gaines  

"It only seems like the latest immigration crisis hit by surprise, turning up suddenly on the U.S. border from someplace deep in the jungles of somewhere else. In fact, the children’s exodus from Central America has been in the making for decades. It is coming from a region where the United States has been a major political and military player for more than half a century, and it has roots in U.S. streets and prisons. If these kids weren’t the ones suffering the worst of it, you might call them payback." [editor's note: And if you were honest, you'd lay it squarely at the feet of the War on (some) Drugs! - SAT] (07/14/14)

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Importing new Democrats? Or creating them?

July 16, 2014
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Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"'Conservatives' yapping about 'illegals' sound just as dumb as 'liberals' droning on about guns. But consider this: 'Conservatives' say they oppose the independent migrants because they are being imported (or allowed to enter) to become 'new Democratic voters.' Well, who do you think they'd vote for? The people who are 'welcoming' them with hatred, calling them 'illegals,' and waving the Federal flag in their faces?" (07/15/14)

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TX: Immigration activist abducted by “Border Patrol” thugs

July 15, 2014
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Time    

"Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist who became an immigration activist after openly admitting his undocumented status, was [abducted] by border patrol agents at a Texas airport on Tuesday as he attempted to board a flight. A border patrol spokesperson confirmed to the Associated Press that Vargas is being held after being [abducted] at the airport in McAllen, Tex., but had no other details." (07/15/14)

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Open the borders now and forever

July 15, 2014
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David S. D'Amato Center for a Stateless Society
by David S. D'Amato  

"Free and open movement is the natural, unconditional right of every single individual, a prerogative that precedes governments and their arbitrary borders and policies. Confronted with this fact, even some self-styled libertarians will cavil and complain, puling that open borders actually amount to 'forced integration,' that a free society is in fact one of exclusion and static populations disallowed from free movement simply by facts of 'private property.' And of course these facts and the relationships they implicate are never to be called into question. Never are we to ask what kinds of results and patterns legitimate property rights, properly based on some notion of homesteading, would create if actually developed and held to." (07/14/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/29313  

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What’s missing in the current immigration “crisis” debate

July 15, 2014
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US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) The Daily Bell
by Ron Paul  

"Over the past several weeks we have seen a significant increase in illegal [sic] immigration, as thousands of unaccompanied minors pour across what seems an invisible southern border into the United States. The mass immigration has, as to be expected, put an enormous strain on local resources, and it has heated up the immigration debate in the US. Most liberals and conservatives miss the point, however, making the same old arguments we have all heard before." (07/14/14)

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How the drug war drives child migrants to the US border

July 14, 2014
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Mark Thornton Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton  

"Most attentive parents today rarely allow their children to go unsupervised, particularly in public. It starts with the wireless baby monitor for the crib and ends with the ever-present cell phone at college graduation. This is what makes reports from the US-Mexican border so perplexing to most Americans. It is hard to believe that parents would send their children, even young children, to travel many hundreds of miles, up to 1,600 miles without guardianship, or under the control of 'mules' who guide the children with the hope of a safe voyage to the United States." (07/14/14)

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Is a nation a house?

July 14, 2014
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Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"The 'It’s my house and I can put up a fence argument' could be parodied as follows: 'I have a right as a white guy not to date black women if I don't want to. Therefore, we have a right to pass a law saying white guys can't date black women.' These laws -- closed borders, anti-miscegenation -- don't enshrine your right to decide with whom you'll associate. They instead use violence and threats of violence to stop others from associating with those with who they want to associate." (07/11/14)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2014/07/is-a-nation-a-house/  

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The real failures of immigration policy

July 14, 2014
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"In the eyes of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and others, the crisis on our southern border demonstrates the failure of our immigration policy. They are correct, though not in the way they think. The failure in our immigration policy comes from the persistent belief that we can make rivers run uphill." (07/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ld9wj48  

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Shifting demographics

July 13, 2014
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Cagle Post
by Adam Zyglis  

Cartoon. (07/11/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/shifting-demographics/  

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Drug war, intervention and immigrant children

July 13, 2014
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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
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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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