Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Free markets require increased legal immigration

May 24, 2012
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"In a free market, firms and workers should be free to negotiate and work together -- regardless of nationality. The labor market is the largest market in the U.S., and increasing legal immigration will allow people to move to our relatively capitalist economy, where they are most productive, increasing economic growth in the process." (05/22/12)

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Immigration, skill, efficiency, and quotas: A conflict of economic intuitions

May 2, 2012
posted by

EconLog EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Moderate immigration reformers usually argue in favor of more skilled immigrants. As a matter of economic efficiency, are they correct?" (05/02/12)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2012/05/immigration_ski.html  

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Illegal immigration and unintended consequences

May 1, 2012
posted by

Anthony Gregory Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory  

"Overall, net illegal immigration has decreased, and the deportation rate has nearly doubled since Obama took office. The decline seems mostly to do with the economy, however, and this along with the unintended incentive created by border security for illegal immigrants to remain in the United States confirms any suspicions we might have that immigration controls, like practically all other government controls, do not work as advertised." (04/30/12)

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A brief review of history for the benefit of Chuck Schumer

April 25, 2012
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"In point of fact, the states exercised the only political authority over immigration into the United States from its founding until the late 19th century. The US Constitution, as ratified, explicitly forbade the federal government to interfere with state control over immigration for 20 years .... Additionally, the US Constitution, as ratified, forbade its own amendment to change that for 20 years .... After 1808, Congress and the states could have amended the Constitution to create a federal power to regulate immigration, but they never did, so no such power exists ..." (04/25/12)

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SCOTUS hearings on Arizona’s Know-Nothing Appeasement Law draw crowds

April 25, 2012
posted by

USA Today    

"As attorneys inside the U.S. Supreme Court argued the legal complexities of Arizona's immigration law and whether it interfered with federal responsibilities, a man stood outside the courthouse holding a sign reading simply, 'Thank you Arizona.' A few feet away, a group opposed to Arizona's law, known as Senate Bill 1070, chanted, 'Hey ho, 1070 has got to go!' On the day that Supreme Court justices listened to oral arguments to decide the law's fate, supporters and opponents gathered outside the Supreme Court and in different locations throughout Arizona to express their feelings." (04/25/12)

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For first time since Great Depression, more Mexicans leave US than enter

April 23, 2012
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Washington Post    

"A four-decade tidal wave of Mexican immigration to the United States has receded, causing a historic shift in migration patterns as more Mexicans now leave the United States for Mexico than the other way around, according to a report from the Pew Hispanic Center. It is the first reversal in the trend since the Depression, and experts say that a declining Mexican birthrate and other factors may make it permanent." (04/23/12)

http://wapo.st/JBN238  

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Killing the dream

April 23, 2012
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"They sound like a group custom-built and poll-tested to appeal to Republicans: hardworking youngsters with a powerful attachment to America, upright habits and a thirst to join the Army or enroll at State U. But the potential beneficiaries of the Dream Act are getting no love from the GOP. That's because they are illegal immigrants -- born abroad and brought here as children by parents desperate for a better life." (04/23/12)

http://reason.com/archives/2012/04/23/killing-the-dream  

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SCOTUS: Immigration case weighs states’ powers

April 22, 2012
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Reuters    

"A clash over immigration law will go before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, pitting the state of Arizona against President Barack Obama in a case with election-year political ramifications for him and Republican rival Mitt Romney. In its second-biggest case this term, the court -- fresh from hearing the Obama healthcare overhaul case -- will consider on Wednesday whether a tough Arizona immigration crackdown strayed too far into the federal government's powers." [editor's note: That's a sad boundary-issue to be discussing, when neither realm should really have such powers in a truly free society - SAT] (04/22/12)

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America needs secure open borders

April 15, 2012
posted by

R. Lee Wrights Liberty For All
by R. Lee Wrights  

"This immigration debate is a classic example of why libertarians must become better communicators. Libertarians and others advocating immigration law reform talk about 'open borders.' Conservatives, on the other hand, insist America must have 'secure borders.' Both sides use these terms as if they were mutually exclusive. They’re not. They’re opposite sides of the same coin. It’s possible to have borders that are both open and secure." (04/14/12)

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=7495  

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Married gay couples sue for immigration rights

April 3, 2012
posted by

ABC News    

"Immigration advocates have filed a lawsuit on behalf of several married gay couples, alleging a federal law violates their constitutional rights by preventing them from sponsoring their spouses for green cards. The complaint, which challenges the federal Defense of Marriage Act, was filed in federal court in Brooklyn by Immigration Equality, an advocacy group." (04/03/12)

http://abcn.ws/H7BYsg  

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“ICE” gang-bangers abduct thousands in nationwide crime spree

April 2, 2012
posted by

WNYC    

"Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested over 3,100 convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators, including 127 in the New York area, during a six-day national operation." (04/02/12)

http://wny.cc/HbrJE4  

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Why the right shifted on immigration

March 22, 2012
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"In 1977, Reagan expressed doubt about the 'illegal alien fuss' and suggested that such foreigners were 'doing work our own people won't do.' In 1986, he signed the immigration reform bill that conservatives now revile as 'amnesty.' Clearly the party has undergone a transformation since his day. The question is why." (03/22/12)

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Tell me the difference between Jim Crow and immigration restrictions

March 8, 2012
posted by

EconLog EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Under the Jim Crow laws, discrimination was not merely legal. It was mandatory. It was illegal for blacks to live, work, and shop in certain places. Virtually everyone today regards this as an enormous injustice. So do I. But I question the claim that modern American policy is vastly morally superior. The American government continues to mandate discrimination against an unpopular minority: illegal immigrants. And this mandatory discrimination is far harsher than anything under Jim Crow."

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2012/03/tell_me_the_dif_1.html  

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Corn subsidies at root of US-Mexico immigration problems

February 29, 2012
posted by

Acton Institute
by Anthony B. Bradley  

"America’s immigration debate will never be adequately addressed until we think clearly about the economic incentives that encourage Mexican citizens to risk their lives to cross the border. In fact, if we care about human dignity we must think comprehensively about the conditions for human flourishing so that the effective policies promote the common good. Sadly, U.S. government farm subsidies create the conditions for the oppression and poor health care of Mexican migrant workers in ways that make those subsidies nothing less than immoral." (02/29/12)

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Border battleground

February 16, 2012
posted by

The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Ed Warner  

"His 50,000-acre cattle ranch stretches 19 miles to the southeastern border, supplying a convenient route for drug smugglers. His house has been burglarized, all his valuables stolen, including a prize antique gun. Chilton always leaves home with rifle and pistol, never sure what he will face. In days gone by, it was mostly immigrants parched after a desert trek. They wanted jobs and better lives in America. Now the game has changed, he says. The lone immigrant is not seen so much. Border crossers tend to come in packs led by a coyote, a criminal guide. He in turn works for one of Mexico’s cartels, which force the immigrants to carry drugs across the border, or sometimes human cargo held for ransom." (02/15/12)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/blog/border-battleground/  

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Aliens vs. bureaucrats

February 16, 2012
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Reason Reason
by Greg Beato  

"The war on illegal immigration is characterized by chronic uncertainty; no one knows exactly how many illegal immigrants reside in the U.S. or precisely what causes their numbers to wax and wane. What is clear, however, is that eliminating illegal immigration creates more and more bureaucratic infrastructure." (for publication 03/12)

http://reason.com/archives/2012/02/15/aliens-vs-bureaucrats  

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Ayn Rand was an illegal immigrant

February 14, 2012
posted by

Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"According to today's anti-immigration Republicans, the Russian-born novelist should have returned to Soviet tyranny." (02/14/12)

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The illegals: Another angle

February 14, 2012
posted by

Fred On Everything
by Fred Reed  

"The fact is that the illegals come to work, and do, well and hard, which is why conservative patriotic busnessmen block attempts to restrict immigration. Which would be easy to do. Again, they come to work. Don't hire them, and they won't come. Illegals don't take jobs from Americans. Americans give them the jobs." (02/14/12)

http://www.fredoneverything.net/Indocumentados.shtml  

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Looking high and low for sources of economic growth

February 14, 2012
posted by

Library of Law and Liberty
by Donald Boudreaux  

"High-skilled immigrants are sexy. By definition, they possess talents that are rare relative to the skills possessed by the bulk of workers in both developing and developed countries. High-skilled immigrants, therefore, stand apart from other immigrants as well as from most workers in destination countries Government officials and the general public -- largely failing to think seriously about economics and, hence, defaulting into a mercantilist interpretation of the economy -- are more prone to tolerate, or even to encourage, the in-migration of high-skilled workers than of low-skilled workers." (02/14/12)

http://libertylawsite.org/?post_type=book-review&p=2606&preview=true  

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GOP targets child tax break for immigrants

February 9, 2012
posted by

CBS News    

"Republicans are looking to deny child tax credits to illegal [sic] immigrants -- refund checks averaging $1,800 a family -- in an effort that has roused anger among Hispanics and some Democratic lawmakers. The proposal, which would require people who claim the federal credit to have Social Security numbers to prove they're legal workers, is being offered as a way to help pay for extending the Social Security tax cut for most American wage-earners."

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The conservative case for immigration tariffs

February 7, 2012
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Americans have a remarkable history of welcoming immigrants and helping them assimilate. Most Americans can trace their ancestry to another country. But while Americans are magnanimous toward immigrants, federal immigration policy has not been as accommodating. Moreover, the law lags behind economic reality. Demand for immigrant workers has slackened because of the poor economy. Vigorous enforcement efforts have had very little impact." (02/07/12)

http://cei.org/onpoint/conservative-case-immigration-tariffs  

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Beyond the DREAM Act

January 25, 2012
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Fergus Hodgson  

"We’ve all heard of the policy centerpiece for immigration-reform proponents, the DREAM Act. The battle over this legislation, which would offer a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants, has labored on for more than a decade now; but, rather than being enacted, the bill has failed repeatedly. Sadly, the legislative battle has stoked animosity instead of intelligent dialogue between opponents and proponents of immigration reform and hardened the resolve of both sides." (01/23/12)

http://www.fff.org/comment/com1201p.asp  

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Free enterprise versus immigration socialism

January 22, 2012
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"Well, the GOP candidates had all the correct libertarian, free-market mantras out last night: pro-free enterprise, pro-capitalism, pro-free market, pro-private property, pro-fundamental rights, pro-Constitution, anti-socialism, and anti-regulation. And then came immigration, and all those mantras went out the window." (01/20/12)

http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2012-01-20.asp  

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AZ: Dems trying to repeal Know-Nothing Appeasement law

January 12, 2012
posted by

Arizona Republic    

"Democrats, emboldened by the recall of Senate President Russell Pearce and flagging public interest in enforcement-focused immigration laws, plan to introduce a bill to repeal Arizona's controversial Senate Bill 1070. But they admit their chances of success in Arizona's conservative-dominated Legislature are still slim to none." (01/11/12)

http://tinyurl.com/7egcvyj  

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The dystopian bungling and brutality of immigration enforcement

January 5, 2012
posted by

Anthony Gregory Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory  

"A fourteen- or fifteen-year-old Dallas girl was deported by U.S. immigration officials to Colombia. She spoke no Spanish and they did appear not to have even checked her fingerprints to ensure she was who they thought she was. It’s true, she gave a false name to local police, but there is simply no excuse for the government deporting anyone for any reason without even bothering with the basic bureaucratic steps it supposedly has in place to prevent such injustices. But of course, the fingerprint system is not there to protect people from government overreach; it’s there to empower the state." (01/04/12)

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