Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Our ancestors were different, especially on immigration

January 5, 2016
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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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Germany: Rallying party, Merkel pledges to reduce refugee inflow

December 14, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised at a congress of her conservative party on Monday to reduce substantially the number of migrants entering Germany, responding to rank-and-file concerns about the influx of a million refugees this year alone. Despite being named person of the year by both Time magazine and the Financial Times for her bold response to the crisis, Merkel faces growing opposition at home to her open-door refugee policy and has begun hardening her position." (12/14/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-conservatives-idUSKBN0TX1A820151214  

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Open Borders Meetup: The speech

December 10, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan
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Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

"While every existing government mandates discrimination against foreigners, they're wrong to do so. Mandatory discrimination against foreigners is morally no better than mandatory discrimination against blacks, women, Jews, or gays. And economically, it's folly. Mass production is the secret to mass consumption. Trapping most of the world's talent in less-productive regions of the world impoverishes us all. Immigration restrictions are a grave injustice that does great harm, holding much of the world in poverty while keeping the full fruits of human talent off the world market." (12/09/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/12/open_borders_me_2.html

 

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Sense at last on the net migration cap

December 3, 2015
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Annabel Denham  

"Few issues divide opinion as much as the net migration cap. The vast majority of the public think immigration is far too high. A small minority -- myself included -- is more liberal on the issue. Which is why I was encouraged to hear that George Osborne has, risking the wrath of the home secretary, indicated that foreign students will be excluded from official migration figures." (12/02/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/education/sense-at-last-on-the-net-migration-cap/  

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The Supreme Court should hurry up and wait on immigration

November 24, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro and Josh Blackman  

"On Friday, less than two weeks after a federal appellate court affirmed the injunction against President Obama's executive action on immigration, the administration asked the Supreme Court to give the case 'immediate review.' Despite the administration's desperate plea to resolve the case as soon as possible --to allow a policy whose general thrust we agree with to proceed --the justices need not rush what could become a landmark separation-of-powers case." [editor's note: But the case is so SIMPLE -- Article II, Section 2 of the US Constitution clearly and unambiguously empowers the president to "grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment" -- that there's really no reason to wait; it's a slam dunk if the Constitution means what it says - TLK] (11/24/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/supreme-court-should-hurry-wait-immigration  

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I want Lew Rockwell to be libertarian on immigration

November 19, 2015
posted by

Jim Babka Students For Liberty
by Jim Babka  

"A recent editorial by Lew Rockwell is titled, 'Open Borders: A Libertarian Reappraisal.' But this isn't a new look at immigration from the libertarian perspective. It's actually a reevaluation of libertarianism, where Rockwell decides border control matters more than the principles of liberty. He's not alone. An amazingly high number of libertarians switch sides when immigration is the topic." (11/18/15)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2015/11/18/i-want-lew-rockwell-to-be-libertarian-on-immigration/  

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Government is an assault on private property

November 17, 2015
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Tyrone Johnson  

"In a recent essay, Lew Rockwell asserts that open borders are an assault on private property. Evidently he feels that people travelling across imaginary boundaries established by nation-states are undesirable. He seems to think that his views are anti-state, anti-war, and pro-market, but he doesn't want to have people moving about the world without limitations placed upon them. It's curious, to me, that he seems prepared to assent to government (the state) when it does things that he agrees with, such as preventing people from travelling. But he doesn't want the state to interfere with private property. I'm quite happy with a state not attacking trade and commerce, of course. But it seems to me that people who aren't free to travel without government permissions aren't going to be able to come to my store and buy things." (11/15/15)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle847-20151115-04.html  

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Ten initiatives to help young people: #2. US/UK visa swap

November 12, 2015
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Dr. Madsen Pirie  

"Employment is a major concern for many young people, both for those who choose not to undertake university education and for those who have done so. Because of concerns about immigration, especially illegal immigration, the governments of both countries have tightened the rules and made it very difficult for citizens of the one country to seek work in the other. The UK government should negotiate a 'visa swap' with the United States to produce a new kind of visa available to young people below the age of 25. Under the new arrangements, young people in Britain would be able to travel to the US for up to two years, and obtain work there without the need for a work permit. Similarly young US citizens would be able to live and work in Britain for up to two years without the need for a work permit. Neither represent a type of immigration that would concern the other country." (11/12/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/international/ten-initiatives-to-help-young-people-2-usuk-visa-swap/  

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Donald the deporter

November 12, 2015
posted by

OpEdNews
by Eugene Elander  

"I know a bit about deportations, as the entire European branch of my family was deported, mainly to Auschwitz, in the early years of World War II. Only one couple survived, and they managed to get to Brazil and open a business in Sao Paulo. The rest of my European family went up in smoke at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. So, when I hear Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump advocate a Deportation Force to forcibly remove undocumented people from the United States, I shudder a bit." (11/11/15)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Donald-the-Deporter-by-Eugene-Elander-Auschwitz_Deportation_Donald-Trump_Freedom-151111-207.html  

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Sweden: Regime to set up border controls for migrants

November 12, 2015
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Swedish authorities plan to impose temporary border controls to help the country cope with 'record' numbers of refugees, the interior minister says. The minister has also urged EU countries to take 'responsibility.' The intended measures would apply to the key Oresund Bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark, as well as ferry terminals in southern Sweden where many asylum applicants arrive from Germany, Swedish Interior Minister Anders Ygeman said on Wednesday." (11/12/15)

http://www.dw.com/en/sweden-to-set-up-border-controls-for-migrants/a-18844321  

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SCOTUS appeal of immigration case comes mid-campaign

November 10, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"The Obama administration said Tuesday it will ask the Supreme Court to save its plans to shield from deportation millions of immigrants living in the country illegally [sic]. The appeal advances a legal confrontation with 26 states during a presidential race already roiled by disputes over U.S. immigration policy. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Monday effectively blocked President Barack Obama's plan to protect as many as 5 million immigrants, primarily the immigrant parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. It upheld a Texas-based federal judge's earlier injunction." (11/10/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/high-court-appeal-immigration-case-mid-campaign-35102618  

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Immigration control: A Trojan horse to destroy your freedom and waste your money

November 10, 2015
posted by

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Perry Willis and Jim Babka  

"This is what immigration controls amount to -- people prohibition. It cannot work, any more than alcohol prohibition, gun prohibition, or drug prohibition worked. Walls and guards and National ID systems cannot keep people out. Instead ... YOU will be tracked and monitored and restrained. YOU will need papers to seek work and to move from one place to another, while the 'illegals' will continue to function in the black market." (11/10/15)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/immigration-control-a-trojan-horse-to-destroy-your-freedom-and-waste-your-money  

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Three ways to improve employment-based green cards

November 9, 2015
posted by

Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has already tweeted that he won't pursue immigration reform while President Obama is in office. Ryan does not trust the president to enforce an amnesty or partial legalization for unauthorized immigrants. But that does not preclude improving the legal immigration system for other workers. Below are three ways to improve the legal immigration system that don't require trust between Congress and the president." (11/09/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/three-ways-improve-employment-based-green-cards  

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CA: San Francisco sheriff caught up in Know-Nothing theater over “sanctuary cities” loses re-election bid

November 4, 2015
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Fox News Latino    

"A San Francisco sheriff caught up in a national debate on immigration reform has lost his bid for re-election by a wide-margin. Partial returns from Tuesday's vote show Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi losing to retired sheriff's official Vicki Hennessy. She has the backing of Mayor Ed Lee and the deputies association. With more than 90,000 votes counted, Hennessy had 62 percent compared to just 31 percent for Mirkarimi. ... Mirkarimi vigorously defended the city's sanctuary policies, which generally prohibit law enforcement from cooperating with immigration officials." (11/04/15)

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/11/04/sf-sheriff-caught-up-in-sanctuary-cities-controversy-loses-re-election-bid/  

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Indonesia: Two British journalists convicted of crossing gang turf lines with wrong permission slips

November 3, 2015
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Jakarta Post [Indonesia]    

"Judges at the Batam District Court declared on Tuesday two British journalists guilty of violating the Immigration Law and sentenced them to two months and 15 days in prison. The court, led by head judge Wahyu Prasetyo, also fined the journalists, Neil Bonner, 31 and Becky Prosser, 30, Rp 25 million. 'Both are guilty of violating the 2011 Immigration Law,' Wahyu told the court on Tuesday. Bonner and Prosser were arrested by a Navy patrol in Batam in May for making a documentary on piracy in the Malacca Strait on tourist visas." (11/03/15)

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/03/two-british-journalists-found-guilty-violating-immigration-law.html  

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Libertarians can’t believe in closed borders

October 29, 2015
posted by

Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Christopher Freiman  

"Here's the problem: if the state really is like a homeowners' association, then not only can it forcibly restrict a person's liberty to enter, it can forcibly restrict all sorts of liberties. For instance, my HOA routinely threatens to fine me for having an unkempt lawn. But I don't think that the U.S. government can restrict my right to grow an unkempt lawn." (10/29/15)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2015/10/libertarians-cant-believe-in-closed-borders/  

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