Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Open the border

February 15, 2016
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Strike The Root
by Mark Davis  

"Like many otherwise straightforward social issues easily solved by local interested parties, state agents purposely infuse complexity as a facade for its incompetence and immorality to reduce personal choices on such issues into a cascading matrix of compromises. So, a fundamental question for anyone who values individual liberty must be where to draw the line on personally supporting the state. Two related questions to consider include: does agreeing with any state action mean that you are supporting the state; and does being a libertarian require opposing every state action?" (02/12/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/on-border  

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Liberalise immigration to boost international development

February 10, 2016
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Fredrik Segerfeldt  

"The best international development policy would be to let in more workers from the third world in to work in Britain, according to a new paper from the Adam Smith Institute. Politicians should stop trying to save entire countries with foreign aid programmes and instead help their inhabitants by letting them move to developed countries, it says. The report Migration and Development argues that doling out billions in foreign aid risks propping up corrupt kleptocratic governments and having little impact on development; letting people move to where they can be most productive is a reform that really works." [press release/summary -- full paper available as PDF download] (02/10/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/news/press-release-liberalise-immigration-to-boost-international-development-says-new-report/  

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Justice, not amnesty, for “illegal immigrants”

February 8, 2016
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Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"It speaks volumes that the dirtiest word in the Republican and conservative lexicon is amnesty. At a minimum, it exposes as a flagrant lie the claim that Republicans and conservatives want to expand liberty and limit government power. One cannot consistently praise the principle, central to the supposedly beloved Declaration of Independence, that 'all men [that is, persons, not only Americans] are created equal' while also demanding that the government control some people's freedom to move. One also cannot claim to be a champion of liberty and limited power while calling for measures to prevent people without papers from finding work or making a home in the United States." (02/05/16)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/02/tgif-justice-not-amnesty-for-illegal.html  

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Sweden: Regime to deport up to 80,000 refugees

January 28, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Up to 80,000 refugees who arrived in Sweden last year will be expelled from the country over the next few years, the country's interior minister said Thursday. Anders Ygeman told newspaper Dagens Industri that since about 45 percent of asylum applications are currently rejected, the country must get ready to send back tens of thousands of the 163,000 who sought shelter in Sweden in 2015." (01/28/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/01/28/sweden-to-deport-up-to-80000-refugees.html  

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The crime objection to open borders

January 28, 2016
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Jason Brennan Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"One of the putative downsides of open borders is that immigrants might cause crime. According to this argument, immigrants are statically more likely to commit various crimes than domestic citizens, and for that reason, it is justifiable to exclude. One response to this argument is to dispute the empirical claims. In fact, empirical studies generally find that immigrants are less likely to commit crime than domestic-born citizens. Bas van der Vossen and I will summarize the studies in our forthcoming book with Oxford. I'm not bothering to link to them here, though, because I want to ask, instead, what if immigrants did in fact cause more crime? What if immigrants were more likely to be criminals than the domestic population? Would that be sufficient reason to restrict international migration?" (01/27/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/01/the-crime-objection-to-open-borders/  

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The Libertarian Angle, 01/26/16: The case for open borders

January 27, 2016
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
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"Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard M. Ebeling discuss the hot topics of the day. This week, Jacob and Richard, and special guest Bryan Caplan discuss the merits and morality of an open immigration policy." [various formats] (01/26/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-the-case-for-open-immigration/  

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France: British anarchists arrested as migrants storm Port of Calais

January 24, 2016
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Telegraph [UK]    

"British anarchists were among 35 people in police custody in Calais after leading about 350 migrants who broke through police lines and invaded the port, forcing it to close for several hours. Up to 50 people stormed on board the P&O Spirit of Britain ferry, prompting renewed calls from the mayor of Calais and the head of the port for the demolition of the nearby 'Jungle' camp. ... Masked British agitators from the No Borders group incited migrants to invade the port after the peaceful demonstration, local sources said." (01/24/16)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/12118368/British-anarchists-arrested-as-migrants-stormed-Port-of-Calais.html  

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The key to deterring migrants is to blow up the economy

January 20, 2016
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JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Several years ago our housecleaner gave us notice. She'd landed a well-paying job at the Mexico City airport that was a hell of a lot more enticing than scrubbing gringos' bathrooms. Angela and her family had come to the United Stated for economic opportunity, but her country now had more to offer and she was happy to return home. Angela wasn't alone; in recent years, more immigrants have been returning to Mexico than have entered the United States. If Donald Trump ever gets his chance to build a giant wall along the border, it may only serve to keep people in. That's assuming the wall is effective at all, of course. Research suggests that governments have a lot less control over cross-border movements than politicians claim." (01/19/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/01/19/the-key-to-deterring-migrants-is-to-blow  

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SCOTUS to take up Obama immigration actions

January 20, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will decide the fate of President Barack Obama's immigration actions this term. The actions are aimed at allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to apply for programs that could make them eligible for work authorization and associated benefits. The President unveiled the programs over a year ago, but federal courts blocked implementation in response to a challenge brought by Texas and 25 other states. Since then, the nearly 4.3 million immigrants who would have been eligible have been caught in legal limbo." (01/19/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/19/politics/supreme-court-to-take-up-obama-immigration-actions/  

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Indiana should avoid Arizona’s immigration mistakes

January 20, 2016
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"State Senator Mike Delph's (R-Carmel) new bill (SB 285) seeks to control illegal immigration by punishing businesses that repeatedly hire them. Based on experience in other states, this proposed new law would do little to deter illegal immigration while imposing big costs on Indiana's economy." (01/19/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/indiana-should-avoid-arizonas-immigration-mistakes  

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The great immigration data debate

January 19, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by David Frum  

"In The Big Short, one of the characters explains how he discovered the worthlessness of the mortgages that supposedly undergirded Wall Street's triple-A securities: 'I read them.' The political equivalent of Wall Street's mortgage-backed securities are the economic models invoked to support this policy or that one. Everybody cites them. Too few look inside them. And the results are the same: Trusted products turn out to be junk." (01/19/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/01/the-great-immigration-data-debate/424230/  

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Will immigration force a change in Sweden’s labor laws?

January 14, 2016
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Per Bylund Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Per Bylund  

"That Sweden struggles with immigration has become common knowledge. What is little known, however, is that the problem is not the immigration volume per se. There is plenty of room in Sweden but the country, given the welfare state, is in desperate need of young people to enter the labor force as the baby boomers en masse enter retirement. The main problem is integration of those who immigrate: they are prohibited to work until their asylum or petition for residency has been approved. In other words, they are a cost in the state's budget and a burden for taxpayers -- often for many years -- while bureaucrats process their application." (01/13/16)

https://mises.org/library/will-immigration-force-change-sweden%E2%80%99s-labor-laws  

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Why the GOP’s fence fantasy is a farce

January 14, 2016
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OpEdNews
by Jim Hightower  

"A proper wall, we're told, makes good neighbors. But an 18-foot high, 2,000-mile-long wall goes way beyond proper, and it both antagonizes your neighbor and screams out your own pitiful fear and weakness. Besides, haven't we been trying this for years? With the Secure Fence Act of 2006, Congress mandated construction of a wall along the 1,954 miles of our border with Mexico. A decade later, guess how many miles have been completed? About 650. It turns out that erecting a monstrous wall is not so simple after all." (01/13/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Why-The-GOP-s-Fence-Fantas-by-Jim-Hightower-Fantasy_Farce_Gop-Clowns_The-Wall-160113-297.html  

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Germany: Merkel uses sex attack theater to promote tightening asylum rules

January 12, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Chancellor Angela Merkel's government moved swiftly to tighten asylum rules in response to public outrage over the New Year's Eve sexual assaults as the German leader said the refugee crisis is putting Europe at risk. ... Merkel plans to meet lawmakers later Tuesday to move the measures forward as the number of criminal complaints linked to a group of over 1,000 men who gathered in front of Cologne's main station on New Year's Eve surged to more than 500. Some 45 percent of the complaints involve sexual assault against women, Cologne police said this week. Twenty-two of 32 suspects identified by authorities are asylum seekers, the Interior Ministry said." (01/12/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-11/merkel-says-response-to-terrible-sexual-attacks-to-be-swift  

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For newcomers to America, better a good friend than a CV

January 5, 2016
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The Canal The Canal
by Manuel Ballagas  

"Every time I listen to someone whine about how difficult life is in America, I can't help but smile. It's not that I feel glad about it; it's just that I remember how many times I whined about it myself. As a newcomer, I was so clueless, I had no idea how to find a job in this country. My resume was a total disaster. To begin with, none of the information it provided about me was verifiable in the United States. Growing increasingly desperate, I turned to the patron saint of many recently arrived Latin Americans like myself: the government." (01/04/16)

http://blog.panampost.com/editor/2016/01/04/for-newcomers-to-america-better-a-good-friend-than-a-cv/  

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Our ancestors were different, especially on immigration

January 5, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Whatever else might be said about our American ancestors, one thing is beyond dispute: Their position on immigration was diametrically opposite from that of Americans living today. Just think: Open immigration, a concept that, with the exception of libertarians, no American alive today would even come close to endorsing. Except for a cursory health inspection at Ellis Island to ensure that immigrants didn't have tuberculosis, which could easily be spread to others, everyone who came to America via New York was free to enter and stay, no questions asked." (01/05/16)

http://fff.org/2016/01/05/our-ancestors-sure-were-different-especially-on-immigration/  

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Subsidizing illegal aliens [sic]

January 5, 2016
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"In The Mouse That Roared, a 1955 comic novel by Leonard Wibberley, a tiny English-speaking country in Europe loses market share for its only export, a wine label, to a cheap American knock-off. Seeking compensation for the loss, the duchy decides to do the only rational thing: declare war on America, and then, after the inevitable defeat, reap the rewards of reconstruction financing. I was reminded of the book when reading about another of the Obama Administration's subsidy programs, uncovered by Sen. Rand Paul. The program gives money to illegal aliens [sic] deported to their country of origin, El Salvador, to start small businesses." [editor's note: The subsidies are bad, of course. But there's no such thing as an "illegal alien," since the US Constitution forbids the federal government to regulate immigration - TLK] (01/05/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/01/05/subsidizing-illegal-aliens/  

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Turkish authorities find bodies of 27 migrants, search for survivors

January 5, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Turkish authorities said they found the bodies of 27 migrants, at least three of them children, at two separate locations on the Aegean coast on Tuesday after a migrant boat apparently capsized as it tried to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. The flow of mostly Syrian refugees and migrants braving the seas to seek sanctuary in Europe dipped toward the end of last year coinciding with colder weather, but the total figure still reached 1 million in 2015, nearly five times more than in the previous year. Seventeen of the bodies were discovered on the shoreline in the district of Ayvalik, while ten others were found in the district of Dikili, a gendarmerie official in the local headquarters told Reuters." (01/05/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-turkey-idUSKBN0UJ0MW20160105  

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ICE thugs begin threatened immigrant abductions

January 5, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Monday that federal immigration authorities [abducted] 121 adults and children in raids over the New Year's weekend as part of a nationwide operation to deport a new wave of illegal immigrants [sic]. The families [abducted] by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were living in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina, Johnson said in a statement. They are being held temporarily in federal [concentration camps] before being deported to Central America." (01/04/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/federal-eye/wp/2016/01/04/u-s-authorities-begin-raids-taking-121-illegal-immigrants-into-custody-over-the-weekend/  

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Asian immigration and Trumpeterian fabulism

December 30, 2015
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Gary Jason  

"I have always viewed with disgust the pervasive anti-immigrant sentiment that has plagued this country for decades, and is now reaching a fever pitch. It is most on display in the Republican Party -- as I, a long-time supporter of the party, am ashamed to say. You can see the nativist hatred in its full intensity by watching the followers of our latest populist demagogue Donald Trump -- people I call 'Trumpeters' -- exhibit orgiastic glee when he tells them he will deport 11 million illegal aliens, together with any American-born children they may have." (12/29/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1499  

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The libertarian position on immigration

December 30, 2015
posted by

Strike The Root
by Hogeye Bill  

"Every (sticky property) libertarian agrees that in a stateless propertarian society the immigration issue would disappear, since on the individual level it reduces to trespassing. Libertarians agree that the idea of rights is intrinsically connected with property. A individual right is a moral claim to freedom of action -- that no person should prevent you from doing anything you are entitled to do. Thus, freedom of speech and freedom of travel and immigration depend on consent of the property owner of the podium or destination. We agree that, when the State enters the picture, things get more complicated. Here is where true libertarians apply the Non-Aggression Principle, but anti-immigration quasi-libertarians start diverting, hand-waving, and hemming and hawing. The obvious NAP conclusion is that the State should not aggress against immigrants or travelers. Anti-immigrationists spurn this conclusion and begin spouting red herrings." (12/29/15)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/libertarian-position-on-immigration  

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Alex Nowrasteh on The Bob Zadek Show

December 22, 2015
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Bob Zadek The Bob Zadek Show
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"The last time Alex Nowrasteh joined the show, several listeners called in with concerns over Bob and Alex's boldly open stance on immigration. As a leading immigration scholar with the Cato Institute, Nowrasteh researches, blogs, speaks, and tweets tirelessly in support of a more sane and open border policy. Bob says, 'Let them all in' (with a few obvious exceptions). ... Bob and Alex will provide a brief history of immigration policy in the United States, and discuss the major presidential candidates' positions on a legal pathway to citizenship, i.e., 'amnesty.'" [various formats] (12/20/15)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2015/12/17/immigration-nation-nowrasteh-sets-it-straight-again  

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Libertarian National Convention 2016: An open letter on borders and immigration

December 21, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The current LP platform plank on immigration calls for a system that is less libertarian than the actually existing border systems of the European Union's Schengen Agreement area, the United Kingdom's Common Travel area, the CA4 Border Control Agreement area, the Russia/Belarus border and the India/Nepal Border. All of these areas boast, both de facto and de jure, 'open borders.' The Libertarian Party should never find itself in the position of demanding that the the US government act so as to keep America less free than other countries." (12/18/15)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2015/12/libertarian-national-convention-2016.html  

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Assimilation and immigration restriction

December 16, 2015
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Opponents of immigration normally argue rapid assimilation is wishful thinking. If we admit culturally alien immigrants, they won't 'go native.' They'll hew to their dysfunctional ways and pass them on to their children generation after generation. I was struck, then, to read Mark Krikorian's Congressional testimony on Syria refugees, because he says precisely the opposite ..." (12/16/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/12/krikorian_again.html  

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Demography and decency

December 16, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"The staunchest critics of immigration focus on demographic complaints. We're currently a white/Christian/English-speaking/high-IQ country. To maintain these favorable demographics, we have to heavily restrict or exclude contrary immigration. Keep out non-whites. Keep out non-Christians. Keep out non-Anglophones. Keep out people with low IQ. Mainstream defenders of immigration usually meet these demographic complaints by (a) ignoring them, or (b) playing the 'racism card.' Truth be told, I think the racism card usually fits. But there's a much better response. Unlike most complaints about immigration, demographic ills can clearly be remedied with more immigration!" (12/15/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/12/demography_and.html  

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