Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

EU approves plan to relocate 120,000 migrants

September 22, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"European Union ministers approved a plan Tuesday to relocate 120,000 migrants across Europe as hundreds camped near the Turkish border with Greece in the hope that they will be allowed in. The mainly Syrian refugees are staying at a wrestling arena in the city of Edirne, about 5 miles from the Greek border, in the hope of moving on to Greece or Bulgaria and avoiding the alternative and dangerous voyage across the Mediterranean Sea, the Associated Press reported." (09/22/15)

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“But they’re illegal!” The worst argument against immigration

September 22, 2015
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Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"The fact that something is legal doesn't make it moral. Nor does something being illegal make it immoral. Legal does not necessarily mean ethical. Illegal doesn't necessarily imply unethical. For example, most would probably agree that adultery is immoral, but it's not illegal. We might also agree that smashing out a car window on a hot day to rescue a dog inside is moral, but in many places such an act would be illegal (you'd be destroying private property). Some argue that the fact illegal immigrants enter the country illegally is indicative of some larger criminal tendency. This is complete nonsense. Not only have countless studies debunked this myth, but this logic is positively farcical." (09/22/15)

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To become even more prosperous we should open our borders

September 18, 2015
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Jeffrey Tucker Newsweek
by Jeffrey A Tucker  

"[F]or the first 100 years of this country's existence we had zero national immigration restrictions. The whole world was invited in -- and this invitation led to the most prosperous society the world has ever known. In these times, there were no passports. For the most part, everyone was free to move around the earth -- and this was thought to be the very essence of liberty. Today, we have an effective ban on immigration. You can't come to the U.S. to live and work legally unless you are family, highly educated or get in as a refugee. Other than that, the barriers to legal immigration are impossibly high. The wait lines for employment visas are impossibly long, and people from the world's largest population centers aren't even eligible. Meanwhile, the government spends $18 billion on stopping immigration -- more than all other federal criminal enforcement agencies combined. This is money spent to stop people from freely exchanging labor for money." (09/16/15)

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The idea of open borders goes mainstream

September 17, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Amidst a decades-long immigration uproar that revolves almost entirely around the hope that immigration controls can finally be made to work, I consider it astonishing that a mainstream publication like Newsweek suddenly decides to publish a piece calling for open borders. Why would they do that? I think the most likely reason is the practical one. Freedom and free markets work while immigration controls don't." (09/17/15)

http://fff.org/2015/09/17/the-idea-of-open-borders-goes-mainstream/  

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Why Trump’s wrong on immigration

September 17, 2015
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Benjamin W Powell  

"Donald Trump has made headlines across the nation with his claims that illegal immigrants are a major cause of the nation's economic plight and that, as president of the United States, he would crack down on unlawful border crossers and thereby 'help make America great again.' But almost everything Trump says about immigration is at odds with the findings of social scientists who have studied it." (09/15/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8519  

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A bit of hilarity in the immigration crisis

September 16, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"With immigration controls, you have some politician, or bureaucrat, or board of bureaucrats that is planning the movements of millions of people. This has been the case for decades. Thus, it's not a coincidence that for decades, Americans have experienced ongoing chaos and crises in the area of immigration. That's what central planning does. What's hilarious about Corcoran's video is that she's complaining about the very system that she favors, a system of central planning that just happened to come up with an immigration plan that she didn't like for her part of Maryland." (09/15/15)

http://fff.org/2015/09/15/a-bit-of-hilarity-in-the-immigration-crisis/  

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Where was the backlash against desegregation?

September 15, 2015
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Many moderately pro-immigration thinkers, most notably Tyler, see the Open Borders movement as self-defeating. Why? Because excessive immigration provokes nativist backlash. In effect, there's a policy Laffer Curve; when you ask for too much immigration, you get less immigration than if you ask for less. As you may know, I regard immigration laws as morally comparable to Jim Crow laws. But I'm not going to ask, 'Should the opponents of desegregation have moderated their demands?' That's non-responsive to Tyler. Instead, I'm going to ask, 'Where was the backlash against desegregation?'" (09/15/15)

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Hungary: Regime declares “emergency,” seals border, abducts migrants

September 15, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"Declaring a state of emergency, Hungary sealed off its southern border with Serbia on Tuesday and detained those trying to enter illegally, aiming to shut down the flow of migrants pouring in. Chaos ensued at the border, as hundreds of migrants piled up in a no man's land, and Serbian officials reacted with outrage. Stuck for an unknown amount of time on a strip of road between the two countries' checkpoints, those fleeing violence in their homelands pitched tents and settled in. But frustrations were on the rise. As a police helicopter hovered above, migrants chanted 'Open the border!' and shouted insults at Hungarian riot police." (09/15/15)

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The real threat to America is not immigrants, but ourselves

September 15, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Marian L. Tupy and Alex Nowrasteh  

"True, parts of Europe have failed to assimilate some of their immigrants. And failed government policies, such as onerous labor regulations that kept immigrants from working and created welfare dependency, are largely to blame. But are Trump and Buchanan right about an immigrant threat to the United States? America has managed to assimilate tens of millions of immigrants and their descendants in the past and will surely do so again. But reviving some of its core values will make that process smoother." (09/14/15)

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A propertarian speaks on the immigration crisis

September 14, 2015
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Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by John Kersey  

"Freedom and civilisation are based upon a simple premise: that land should be privately owned. If we build a society based on the private ownership of land then there is no limit to our endeavour. For centuries, this was the foundation of the West; land was owned and managed by landowners who had a direct interest in its prosperity and an equally direct interest in the welfare of those who worked that land. If we seek the roots of the England we know and love, we find it most clearly in the private ownership of land. In our time, this freedom has been challenged." (09/13/15)

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Governments give migrants a disastrous mix of social welfare and bureaucracy

September 14, 2015
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Justin Murray  

"Much has already been written by the degree of instability caused by foreign war policy and the distorting effects of foreign aid that usually props up corrupt military dictatorships. The more interesting observation of the latest migration crisis is not that it is happening, but where the migrants are headed. In the past, refugees usually trekked the minimal distance necessary to escape fighting with a few politically popular groups receiving airfare to further distant nations, like the Somali refugees relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The rest find their way to the closest safety zone away from the fighting. However, this latest wave of refugees and migrants are passing through numerous safe nations, purchasing airfare across oceans and braving a travel path that is far more dangerous than remaining at home." (09/14/15)

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The death knell of open borders?

September 10, 2015
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Notes on Liberty
by Brandon Christenson  

"The freedom of movement of individuals is a fundamental right that I will advocate on behalf of for the rest of my life, and yet I have been cautious in embracing the trendy calls for Open Borders by technocrats and non-paleo libertarians. My caution had less to do with my disdain for the cultures of those respective factions than it did with my inability to imagine a world of Open Borders as the prominent factions presented it. The Open Borders trend brought too many questions to my mind. For example, what if only a few countries recognize Open Borders? Why should people be free to move to one area but not to another? What is fair about any of that?" (09/09/15)

http://notesonliberty.com/2015/09/09/the-death-knell-of-open-borders/  

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Refugees and migrants in a world of government meddling

September 10, 2015
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Per Bylund Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Per Bylund  

"Immigration controls are not different from other kinds of licensing even though it has been awarded a special name. Licensing has the same result regardless of what is licensed: licensing of physicians causes poor health care at higher cost just as licensing taxi businesses causes poor and untimely service at high cost -- licensing on movement means restricted freedom and higher taxes for people (whether 'citizens' or 'foreigners'). From a libertarian point of view it should be clear that all licensing needs to be done away with, including licensing for immigrants. Yet the immigration issue seems to be somewhat of a divide within libertarianism, with two seemingly conflicting views on how to deal with population growth through immigration." (09/10/15)

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An apology to an immigrant

September 10, 2015
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Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"It wasn't until studying immigration from an economic perspective that I discovered how so many of my ideas about immigration were just plain wrong. All of the things I took as fact, the notions that immigrants 'steal' jobs, funnel away valuable resources, and are largely criminals weren't just a little off -- but positively backward." (09/09/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/09/09/an-apology-to-an-immigrant/  

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Immigration, welfare and the EU

September 9, 2015
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David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"Within the E.U., there is now free migration. That puts pressure on national welfare systems either to reduce the level of transfers or raise redistribution to the supranational level. That pressure was limited as long as all E.U. members were relatively wealthy countries, became greater with the admission of poorer members from eastern Europe. It is now greater still as the willingness of some European states to accept refugees and treat them generously, combined with conflicts that produce large numbers of actual refugees while making it difficult to distinguish them from voluntary migrants, is creating a flood tide of would-be residents on Europe's southern and eastern borders." (09/08/15)

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Hungary: Hundreds surge past police near border, march north

September 8, 2015
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New York Times    

"Hundreds of angry and frustrated asylum-seekers broke through police lines Monday near Hungary's southern border with Serbia and began marching north toward Budapest, while Britain and France pledged to take in tens of thousands more refugees to try to ease the crisis. As European leaders debated how to share responsibility for the more than 340,000 people from the Middle East, Africa and Asia who are already seeking refuge, Germany promised to spend billions of euros in extra aid for those already there and those yet to arrive. France weighed whether increased airstrikes against Islamic State militants would help to stem the flow of those fleeing Syria." (09/07/15)

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The wretched refuse of your teeming shores

September 8, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Today, some Americans lament that there are too many Mexican immigrants coming into their communities. Yet, here was the U.S. government in the 1840s acquiring the entire northern half of Mexico, including all the inhabitants, who were immediately and automatically made American citizens. No tests. No language requirements. No job-skills examinations. Just think: centuries of the Spanish language and Hispanic laws and culture suddenly made part of the United States. Plus thousands of Mexicans who were automatically made citizens. Would Americans to that today? Not a chance. That would mean too many Spanish-speaking Mexicans and too much Hispanic culture and tradition." (09/07/15)

http://fff.org/2015/09/07/the-wretched-refuse-of-your-teeming-shores/  

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Immigration and freedom

September 4, 2015
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Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano  

"The natural rights of all persons consist of areas of human behavior for which we do not need and will not accept the need for a government permission slip. We all expect that the government will leave us alone when we think, speak, publish, worship, defend ourselves, enter our homes, choose our mates or travel. The list of natural rights is endless. We expect this not because we are Americans, but because we are persons and these rights are integral to our nature. We expect this in America because the Constitution was written to restrain the government from interfering with natural rights. When these first principles are violated to advance a political cause or to quell public fear, those whose rights are violated because of an immutable characteristic of birth, not because of personal culpability, become the victims of ugly public indifference or official government repression." (09/03/15)

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Rational thoughts on immigration

September 2, 2015
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L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"The simple, unavoidable, inescapable ethical fact is that people have always wandered, even to the Moon. Theirs is a fundamental right -- barring private property -- to go anywhere they like on the face of the planet, and under the Zero Aggression Principle, nobody has a right to stop them. Which explains why the most corrupt xenophobic former libertarians are urging abandonment of the Zero Aggression Principle, the most profound and useful philosophical principle ever devised." (08/30/15)

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Vicente Maduro: A new hero for American conservatives

August 31, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Venezuela's dictator Vicente Maduro, who American conservatives have long reviled for his socialism and economic fascism, has suddenly become a new hero to them. How did such a remarkable transformation take place? Maduro has instituted a reign of terror against illegal immigrants in Venezuela, specifically those from Columbia. And that’s enough to make Maduro a new hero to American conservatives, who wish that President Obama (or his successor) would take the same actions against illegal immigrants in the United States that Maduro is taking against illegal immigrants in Venezuela." (08/31/15)

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Should libertarians support socialism and tyranny?

August 30, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"With laws come enforcement. Whenever one supports a law, he necessarily supports the enforcement of the law. After all, it wouldn't make any sense to support a law and oppose its enforcement. That would be like supporting lightning and opposing thunder. This point is an important one for libertarians in the context of the immigration debate." (08/28/15)

http://fff.org/2015/08/28/libertarians-support-socialism-tyranny/  

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Birthright citizenship encourages assimilation

August 27, 2015
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Many Republicans are falling over themselves to echo Donald Trump's call to end birthright citizenship. Experts will be debating the legality of this for some time -- many say a constitutional amendment would be needed -- but the real-world impact of birthright citizenship is more important than the legal nuances. Granting citizenship to those born here is an insurance policy for a broken immigration system: It encourages the children of illegal immigrants to assimilate." (08/27/15)

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Austria: Up to 50 migrants found dead in abandoned truck

August 27, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Police on Thursday discovered the partially decomposed bodies of at least 50 migrants piled up in a truck parked on the shoulder of an Austrian highway leading from the Hungarian border, Austrian officials say. ... the truck was apparently abandoned Wednesday and its back door was left open, exposing the bodies to police. Reports on the amount of bodies found inside the truck have ranged from 20 to about 50. It is unclear how long the bodies have been inside the truck." (08/27/15)

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Collateral damage

August 26, 2015
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Robert Watts Lamon  

"[T]he entire network of gangs and cartels sits on the bedrock of America's War on Drugs. This futile conflict has created the enormous illegal market, monopolized by sociopaths whose rewards are at least $100 billion annually. Their huge markups have kept street prices high in the United States, making criminals wealthy and powerful and encouraging larceny, robbery, and even murder by desperate drug users. Added to these troubles are the sufferings inflicted on the people south of the border. There, the authorities -- those who have avoided corruption -- have little means to face the enormous crime wave created by the drug cartels and their street allies, whose crimes include the wanton murder of innocent citizens, including women and children. All that I've described leads me to the obvious question -- to what extent is the 'immigration problem' simply more fallout from our War on Drugs?" (08/26/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1453  

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There is only one libertarian position on immigration

August 26, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"There is a common perception that there are two alternative libertarian positions on immigration: government-controlled borders and open borders. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is only one libertarian position on immigration, and that position is open immigration or open borders." (08/25/15)

http://fff.org/2015/08/25/one-libertarian-position-immigration/  

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