Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Words that divide: Immigration is not a crisis

July 2, 2014
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The Canal The Canal
by Alice Salles  

"Freedom is always a great, honorable goal, but what does it say about the United States when its government uses freedom as an excuse to invade other countries while sealing its borders to the most persecuted peoples of the globe? Harsh immigration policies, targeted at individuals whose only offense is to have been born in some of the most violent countries of the Americas, have not been protecting US jobs. Nor are they helping taxpayers to save money, so what do they accomplish? Nothing, but worsening living conditions for migrant workers, soaring national debt, expanding the US police state, and increasing hostility amongst Americans from culturally diverse backgrounds." (07/01/14)

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CA: Know-Nothing rioters block buses carrying immigrants

July 2, 2014
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CNN    

"Angry protesters forced three buses carrying undocumented immigrants to turn around Tuesday in Southern California. The immigrants had arrived in San Diego from south Texas and were on their way to be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol station. Protesters chanting 'USA! 'Impeach Obama!' and 'Deport, Deport!' blocked their route. ... the roughly 140 people on board were taken to a border station in San Ysidro, according to Ron Zermeno with the National Border Patrol Council." (07/01/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/01/us/california-immigrant-transfers/  

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The saga of immigrant children

June 30, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Barbara Nimri Aziz  

"'I'll go anywhere, even to America.' It was 1994 when I heard these words, spoken by an Iraqi lad, Yasser. ... American citizens, the majority of whom are themselves descendants of emigrants, are currently debating the fate of tens of thousands of children stumbling across their southern borders. Yet how many can comprehend Yasser’s sadness? How does the United States so rapidly become a hallowed and privileged goal to those of us now comfortably lodged here?" (06/30/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/30/the-saga-of-migrant-children/  

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Obama to seek $2 billion for more Know-Nothing appeasement theater

June 29, 2014
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USA Today    

"President Obama is planning to ask Congress for more than $2 billion to try and stem the flood of Central American migrants streaming across the U.S.-Mexican border, including children without their parents. In a letter to be sent to Congress on Monday, Obama will also ask for new powers to help the government speed up deportation of migrants back to their original countries." (06/29/14)

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Children of the borderlands: A crisis created by US

June 26, 2014
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Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"First, understand that virtually all of these children are coming from Central America. Second, understand that US immigration law says that Mexican and Canadian children illegally entering the US alone can be returned to their home countries immediately, but children from elsewhere must be taken into US custody by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, meaning, apparently, that all of these Central American children are refugees. As wards of the state they can be 'resettled' with parents or relatives already living in the US or placed in foster care. So what are they refugees from? The Drug War." (06/25/14)

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Catholics, libertarians and immigration

June 26, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"I ask you a very simple question: How in the world is it possible to reconcile the statists' war on immigrants with God's second-greatest commandment: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself? Answer: It cannot be. Immigration controls, along with the arrests, searches, seizures, raids, jails, fines, and deportations that come with them, constitute a direct violation of God's second-greatest commandment." (06/25/14)

http://fff.org/2014/06/25/catholics-libertarians-and-immigration/  

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Republicans won’t pass immigration reform

June 25, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"The New York Times reports that House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy is considered 'the best hope' to win passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill in Congress after he becomes majority leader in July. It's sort of quaint how the Gray Lady wants to believe in miracles. If a comprehensive bill (like the Senate bill that set a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants( had a chance of passing, then it was in 2009 and 2010 when Democrats controlled the White House, Senate and House of Representatives. President Obama had promised a bill in his first year in office. If Democrats wouldn't deliver when they owned Washington, Republicans have little reason to do their heavy lifting." (06/23/14)

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Clinton borders on law enforcement

June 20, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"'We have to send a clear message. Just because your child gets across the border, doesn't mean the child gets to stay. We don't want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.' Who said that on CNN Tuesday? Anti-amnesty Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX]? Maricopa County's Sheriff Joe Arpaio? No. That was Hillary Clinton, flogging her book Hard Choices during a town hall meeting moderated by Christiane Amanpour." (06/18/14)

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David Brat’s bad immigration logic

June 20, 2014
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Nicholas Freiling  

"From Brat’s campaign website: 'An open border is both a national security threat and an economic threat that our country cannot ignore ... Adding millions of workers to the labor market will force wages to fall and jobs to be lost.' Simple enough, right? But look a little closer and Brat’s bad logic isn't hard to spot." (06/19/14)

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Throw open our borders and liberalize immigration policy

June 19, 2014
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Tom Goldsworthy  

"Current immigration policy is scandalous and highly damaging to the economy. By trying to limit the number of migrants severely, we are missing out on high calibre academics, scientists and engineers. Perhaps the government could simply increase its target for immigration or 'auction' visas. These changes would be an improvement, but they don't go nearly far enough. If we really want an immigration policy that maximises freedom, income and happiness, then the best immigration policy is to not have on at all." (06/18/14)

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Externalities arguments must be used with great care

June 15, 2014
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"If you’re like most free-market conservatives (and libertarians), you believe that government has no business dictating people’s diets and engaging in other nanny-state intrusions such as mandating the use of seat belts and motorcycle helmets. And you likely do not become a supporter of such nanny-state intrusions when someone argues (as someone always does) that government 'must' govern such personal behaviors because government has socialized so many health-care costs .... why do you not also reject what is logically the identical argument used to justify restrictions on immigration?" (06/13/14)

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Obama’s immigration policy comes home to roost

June 15, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mateo Pimentel  

"As the head of the executive branch of government, if Obama’s action regarding immigration looks like nothing more than deportation and relocation, then the untold thousands of soon-to-be immigrants predestined by decades of US political and economic coups in their home countries -- as well as the neoliberal economic indentures that nullifies economic prosperity in their home countries -- are certainly preordained to face a desperate and uncaring situation upon capture." (06/13/14)

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Brat’s immigration stance doesn’t square with his free-market flair

June 15, 2014
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"David Brat won a stunning and surprising victory in last night's primary election in Virginia, unseating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). But Brat doesn't seem to understand the very issue that seems to have dominated his historic upset and propelled him to Capitol Hill. Brat considers himself a free-market conservative, claiming on MSNBC following his unexpected win that he’s against 'any distortion to free markets.' Brat also campaigned against immigration reform, saying that 'It's the most symbolic issue that captures the difference between myself and Eric Cantor in this race.' But it's impossible to square Brat’s laudable support for free markets and his opposition to immigration reform." 906/11/14)

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Milton Friedman and immigration, again

June 13, 2014
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"I am convinced that Milton Friedman’s most regrettable contribution to public policy is not the relatively minor role he played during WWII in implementing a system of income-tax withholding in the United States. Rather, his most regrettable contribution is announcing that, while he favors open immigration in principle, he opposes it when the home government runs a welfare state." (06/12/14)

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The costs of a government-sponsored crisis

June 12, 2014
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Kate Andrews  

"Thousands of unaccompanied minors, who have narrowly escaped from dangerous, cartel-infested areas of Central America and Mexico, have been brought into federally-run boarder [sic] patrol centers, only to receive further inhumane treatment. The photos reveal that minors -- many young girls under the age of twelve -- are left unsupervised, crowded into caged cells along with hundreds of their peers, and forced to sleep on the ground. Since the leak, new regulations have come into effect. According to Patrol Agent Charge Leslie Lawson’s memo obtained by Townhall, steps were taken on June 6th to change procedures at one of Arizona’s border detention facilities: 'Effective immediately, the use of personally owned cellular phones, cameras, or reco[r]ding devices in the Nogales Dentition Facility and Nogales Processing Center is strictly prohibited.' Forget the living standards of the kids; Patrol Lawson decided to get tough with the whistleblowers instead." (06/11/14)

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GOP should enforce its own party platform on immigration

June 3, 2014
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is the standard-bearer of the anti-immigration reform bloc in the GOP -- even opposing some legal immigration. In defense of his position, King recently asserted that his views are actually the views of the whole GOP. 'You will find language in the Republican Party platform that supports the position I’ve long held on immigration,' he claimed. King clearly hasn't read his own party's platform. The Republican Party's platform is unequivocally pro-legal immigration." (06/03/14)

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Fix legal immigration first

June 3, 2014
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"We’re never going to remedy the illegal immigration problem through greater emphasis on enforcement. An almost ninefold increase in the numbers of Border Patrol agents since 1980, more walls and fences to keep people out, and the aggressive enforcement of states like Arizona has barely stemmed the tide. Making legal immigration an easier and smoother process would reduce the need to waste time and resources on futile enforcement mechanisms." (05/30/14)

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Can we have confidence in our opinions on immigration?

June 2, 2014
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Scott Sumner EconLog
by Scott Sumner  

"One can certainly imagine a society where respectable opinion believed in eugenics. Indeed in some respects that society existed 100 years ago (although actual policies were milder than in Bryan's example.) While Bryan's analogy didn't convince me that open borders are a good idea he did change my Bayesian prior on the issue. That's because I now realize that my gut instincts are not reliable." (05/30/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/05/can_we_have_con.html  

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UKIP and the European elections

May 30, 2014
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Sean Gabb Libertarian Alliance
by Dr. Sean Gabb  

"These are the facts. What of their meaning? The most obvious answer is that UKIP must now be regarded as one of the big parties. Its policies are to leave the European Union, to end mass-immigration, and to strip political correctness out of law and administration. For at least the past generation, the British political and media classes have treated dissent on these issues with contempt -- where they have not simply ignored it. For the past year, UKIP has been treated to something like full spectrum denigration. Every untoward utterance or possibly improper action by its people has been given full and hostile coverage. The universal cry has gone up that UKIP is a party of racists, sexists and homophobes." (05/29/14)

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Economism and immigration

May 28, 2014
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"In our immigration debate, Mark Krikorian heavily downplayed the relevance of economic arguments. Instead of focusing on immigration's economic benefits, we should dwell on the damage immigration does to our national solidarity, culture, and politics. His reply to my post-debate questions underscores this point. Rather than challenge the astronomical estimates of the economic benefits of open borders, Mark repeats, 'And immigration policy isn't purely an economic matter in any case.' But if immigrants have such baleful non-economic effects, why don't natives protect themselves by moving to low-immigration regions of the country? Mark suddenly sings a different tune: 'Both natives and immigrants will go where the jobs are.'" (05/26/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/05/economism_and_i.html  

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Immigration and culture

May 27, 2014
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"I agree with Mr. Gauch that the cultural argument that he identifies against open immigration is the strongest argument that opponents of open immigration make and, I believe, can possibly make. Yet this argument remains weak (and not merely because it’s unclear that immigrants vote reliably and overwhelmingly for lefties). Most obviously, it’s a dangerous business for those who desire to live in a free, open, and cosmopolitan society to support government policies that directly make that society less free, less open, and less cosmopolitan." (05/24/14)

http://cafehayek.com/2014/05/immigration-and-culture.html  

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Immigration controls bring death and misery

May 15, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"Noemi’s first attempt to come to the United States ended in Nicaragua. The second time she made it as far as Juarez, Mexico. But Mexican officials caught her before she could cross the border. Depressed and disconsolate, the young girl hanged herself in a bathroom in the shelter in which she was being held. If it hadn’t been for U.S. immigration controls, the girl would still be alive. That’s because she would have traveled to the United States like a normal human being -- by bus, train, auto, or plane. She would never have been dealing with 'coyotes,' the name given to transporters of illegal immigrants." (05/14/14)

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New anti-immigration pledge violates American principles

May 15, 2014
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"The standard caveat issued by those who advocate tight immigration restrictions is that while they support legal immigration, they want to crack down on unauthorized immigration. Now, some immigration restrictionists are taking it a step further in opposing even legal immigration. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has sponsored a pledge for political candidates to oppose legal immigration as well as amnesty for unauthorized immigrants. FAIR’s pledge has already garnered some signatories like Mississippi state senator Chris McDaniel (R) and Nebraska Senatorial primary candidate Shane Osborn (R) who failed to ride the supposed anti-immigration polls into elected office. American principles implore us to oppose such an anti-immigration pledge." (05/14/14)

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The paradoxes of applying nationalism to immigration

May 13, 2014
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Scott Sumner EconLog
by Scott Sumner  

"I don't intend to preach a message on immigration here, but rather I'd like to warn against cognitive biases. When thinking about what's best for America in 2050 we need to think very hard about whether we are interested in the well-being of people living in America in 2050, or the well-being of those people currently living in America (and their children) who are still alive in 2050. That slight change of focus can lead to radically different policy implications." (05/11/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/05/the_paradoxes_o.html  

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The GOP’s immigration problem

May 13, 2014
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A. Barton Hinkle Reason
by A. Barton Hinkle  

"Brat has a lot of company in the GOP base, which is full of voices denouncing amnesty. Amnesty, apparently, means anything short of mass deportation. To immigration hawks who share such a Brattitude, even a path to citizenship that involved paying thousands of dollars in fines and fees, and a decade long provisional legal status without access to any federal benefits, is far too lenient. Round 'em up and ship 'em out. Few -- if any -- Republicans make the opposite case: that immigrants are a net gain for the country and should be welcomed regardless of whether they have a government permission slip to enter the country." (05/12/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/05/12/the-gops-immigration-problem  

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