Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Maybe immigration caps are unconstitutional, but the Bible says …

August 6, 2014
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Jim Babka Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"Many readers will not like the arguments made here. This article covers only one aspect of a nuanced debate and is designed only to put one type of argument to rest. AND no issue, in modern American discourse, causes such an emotional response as the immigration question. Friends don't always agree. But true friends tell each other truth, then they reason together over the differences." (08/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/khnq767  

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Chaos and international child abuse on America’s southern border

August 3, 2014
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by William F. Shughart II  

"Central American governments and parents there are shirking their responsibilities in this debacle of international child abuse. And, the Obama administration is exploiting the immigration crisis to expand the welfare state and to recruit a new generation of voters who they hope will reliably support the Democratic Party and the continued growth of government. If the United States continues to take on the social and economic problems of Central America, our neighbors to the South never will institute the human-rights and market-based reforms that will protect their children and make then want to stay home." (08/01/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5051  

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Immigrants are good for cosmopolitan tolerance

August 3, 2014
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"When I debated Mark Krikorian, he bemoaned immigrants' effect on Americans' patriotic solidarity. I think he's making a mountain out of a molehill, but Mark's concerns were much on my mind during my recent visit to New York City. I saw no sign that New York was lacking in patriotic solidarity. But one cultural difference was clear: Cosmopolitan tolerance was in the air -- even compared to DC. On the streets of New York, a world of accents and languages nonchalantly mingled. People from all over the world amicably talked, walked, and traded. And no matter where they came from, all the people of New York excelled at minding their own business." (08/01/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/08/natives_are_bad.html  

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Border patrols backfire

August 3, 2014
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"President Obama’s recent request for billions of dollars to address the surge in unaccompanied children across the U.S.-Mexico border has ignited fierce criticism. Republicans such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas blame Obama’s supposedly lax enforcement policies. Democrats blame the surge on a humanitarian crisis in Central America. While both narratives bear some truth, both miss how our immigration restrictions and border enforcement have created the current mess." (07/30/14)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/border-patrols-backfire  

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The conservative case for immigration reform

August 1, 2014
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"According to conservative opponents of immigration reform, immigrants will change America. Reforming our immigration system to allow more immigration would indeed mark a significant change. But far from representing a liberal diversion from American principles, such reform would marginally change America back to the way it used to be." (07/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kzkwxyf  

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US House Republicans abandon “border security” theater bill

July 31, 2014
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USA Today    

"In what has become a familiar problem for House Republicans, leaders scrapped a planned vote on controversial immigration legislation after it became clear they did not have the support of their own party to pass it. In a joint statement, GOP leaders said they would continue to work towards a solution to the flood of unaccompanied children detained at the U.S./Mexico border and put the onus on President Obama to act on his own." (07/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qgk5jz2  

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Sometimes the border crosses you

July 31, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mickey Z  

"According the Washington Post, Texas Governor Rick Perry 'reportedly plans to dispatch the Texas National Guard to the U.S. border with Mexico' to deal with 'the continued surge of young immigrants, most of them from Central America, crossing the border.' 'If the federal government does not do its constitutional duty to secure the Southern border of the United States, the state of Texas will do it,' Perry explained. Hmm ... I smell a history lesson brewing." [editor's note: The "history lesson" is on the Mexican War; unfortunately it omits the important historical fact that the Constitution forbade (and forbids) the federal government to regulate immigration and left (and leaves) it up to the states - TLK] (07/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q3cx4wt  

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Human smuggling “crackdown” a drop in an ocean of policy failure

July 30, 2014
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The Canal The Canal
by Laura Weiss  

"For the DHS to brag about capturing human traffickers is hypocritical at best. It is the United States’ own prohibitive migration policies and complicity in exacerbating the effects of the drug war that have resulted in the upsurge of human trafficking. This 'crackdown' barely addresses this problem, and will do nothing to change the inhumane legal immigration process. Coupled with the vicious drug war, this process forces thousands of people to cross the border in life-threatening, criminal conditions." (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lcumwz3  

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Is immigration control unconstitutional?

July 30, 2014
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Downsize DC Downsize DC
by James Wilson  

"Do you support the Constitution? Most of our readers do. They want its plain spoken words followed. They believe the Ninth and Tenth amendments limit federal powers to those specifically listed. This is called the Enumerated Powers Doctrine. But ... When it comes to immigrants, the Constitution only gives Congress the power to make rules for their naturalization. Naturalization is the process whereby a person becomes a citizen. But there's no enumerated power to restrict travel." [editor's note: I've been harping on that for awhile ... nice to see Downsize DC taking up the cudgel! - TLK] (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mav6hwk  

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Surge to the border: Crisis or reunion?

July 24, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Why isn't Mexico doing more to deter unaccompanied minors from Central America from traversing Mexico to cross the U.S./Mexico border? If this is a humanitarian crisis, then shouldn't Mexico be taking in its neighbors? Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade met with The Chronicle Editorial Board on Tuesday, so I had a chance to ask him." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pv6wuzs  

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The perpetual crises of the welfare-warfare state

July 24, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"It's fascinating to see people get all bent out of shape over the latest immigration crisis. I mean, what planet have they been living on? It's as though they're shocked -- just shocked -- that another immigration crisis would befall our nation. And then they go into extreme fits of anger, anxiety, angst, and depression over the crisis. I don't get it. We libertarians have been pointing out that crises are an inherent part of the welfare-warfare state apparatuses ever since such apparatuses were made a part of America's governmental system in the 1930s and 1940s. Haven't people been listening?" (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lgebo2z  

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A light goes on in my head — “immigration”

July 24, 2014
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Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"Government -- the State -- can own no property or anything else, since it possesses nothing it did not either steal or 'buy' with stolen money, and thieves don't own the stolen property they possess. Government has zero 'authority' to control who you let on your property. So, 'immigration' is a non-issue. You either trespass or you don't. I am against trespassing. I am also against government pretending it has authority over other people's property (which is theft)." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pfrttpk  

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Masses for nitwits

July 23, 2014
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Cagle Post
by Mike Luckovich  

Cartoon. (07/22/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/masses-for-nitwits/  

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TX: Perry plans border security theater production with cast of 1,000 National Guard troops

July 22, 2014
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Fox News    

"Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally. ... He rejected suggestions that Texas was militarizing local communities by putting National Guard troops on the ground or that crime data along the border doesn't justify additional resources. The deployment will cost Texas an estimated $12 million a month." (07/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kqaouaz  

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Libertarianism and the child immigrant crisis

July 22, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"One of the fascinating parts of the child immigrant crisis is how desperately statists want to blame the crisis on libertarians. That’s because it is extremely difficult, from a psychological standpoint, for a statist to accept responsibility for the adverse consequences of his statist programs. Oh, sure, statists, especially conservative ones, love to preach the virtues of personal responsibility but they are notorious for never accepting personal responsibility." (07/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qck22xc  

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Immigration is good for the US economy

July 22, 2014
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A. Barton Hinkle Reason
by A. Barton Hinkle  

"To hear some border hawks talk, immigrants want to come to America only so they can sponge off welfare programs supported by hardworking Americans. The truth is much closer to the opposite. Among working-age men, immigrants are more likely to be working than native U.S. citizens. In fact, illegal immigrants are the most likely to work: In one recent year, 93 percent of undocumented alien males participated in the labor force. The figure for legal immigrants was 86 percent. Among native-born American men, it was 81 percent. Immigrants also show a greater entrepreneurial spirit than native-born Americans." (07/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lhzqrhc  

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Jose Antonio Vargas: Reporter without a visa at the border

July 18, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"The star of a CNN film, Documented, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas went to Texas to bring attention to the 57,000 unaccompanied minors who have crossed the border illegally since October. On Tuesday, authorities detained Vargas at McAllen-Miller International Airport because his Philippine passport lacks a U.S. visa. Within hours, Immigration and Customs Enforcement released him. Upon release, Vargas issued a statement in which he noted that he had come to the border to shine a light on the children and the fear they must endure in the course of simple acts, like boarding a plane. The problem here is: Vargas is living proof that U.S. immigration enforcement is toothless." (07/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lbpmtuw  

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I agree: The horror is caused by government

July 17, 2014
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"I emphatically am neither indifferent to, nor sanguine about, the horrors taking place today along the southern U.S. border. They disgust and sadden me. These horrors, though, are an artifact of the very political process that anti-immgrationists turn to as the means through which immigration into America is kept restricted." (07/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p4bdsxp  

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Project Pedro Pan and today’s manufactured border crisis

July 17, 2014
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Acton Institute Acton Institute
by Elise Hilton  

"It is inexcusable to use children for anything, especially political pawns. Yet the Obama administration seems to have no problem doing so in the current border crisis. Before we examine the current immigration issue and President Obama’s ill-conceived immigration policy, let’s go back to 1960, another crisis and another group of children. Most people have never heard of Project Pedro Pan. When Fidel Castro brought the horrors of Communism to the island nation of Cuba, parents feared their children would lose their faith, their heritage and suffer indoctrination. Some parents did the unthinkable: They sent their children away, not knowing if they’d be reunited." (07/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/netdals  

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No limit on immigration

July 17, 2014
posted by

Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"Many people (I think) imagine that if the U.S. had open borders -- or even if we returned only to the immigration regime that we had in, say, 1881 -- that the great majority of non-Americans who are poorer than Americans would flood into the U.S. indiscriminately. Concerns about where to live and whether or not a job was likely to be found would be, apparently, ignored by almost every one of the poor immigrants. But that’s not how the world works." (07/15/14)

http://cafehayek.com/2014/07/no-limit-on-immigration.html  

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Note on Borjas: Non-binding constraints are not necessary

July 17, 2014
posted by

David Henderson EconLog
by David Henderson  

"Co-blogger Bryan Caplan has ably criticized the sections of George Borjas's recent book in which he expresses skepticism about how many low-wage people would move from poor countries to richer countries in response to wage differentials if immigration restrictions were removed. I lean strongly toward Bryan's critique. But here's what I don't get. If Borjas were right that relaxing immigration restrictions substantially would not lead to much immigration, how is that an argument for keeping the restrictions?" (07/16/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/07/note_to_borjas.html  

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Drug war, migration prohibition force children into the shadows

July 17, 2014
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Alice Salles  

"The criminalization of drugs feeds and keeps powerful cartels in control of the illicit drugs market in the United States. Combine that with the criminalization of human beings attempting to flee their violence-ridden homelands, and these policies have been putting many children in unnecessary danger. The surge in the number of children crossing the border illegally is, in itself, one of the most brutal effects of drug prohibition." (07/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k6z7u6j  

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The child migrant crisis in context

July 17, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Christopher C. Schons  

"A few demographic data points can tell a breathtaking story. In 1960, the populations of Guatemala and the USA, respectively, were 4.1 million and 181 million. Today, they are 14.6 million and 318.4 million. Guatemala’s population has much more than tripled, while that of the US has not come close to doubling. While it is true that the rate of population growth recently has slowed in Guatemala (having shown signs of commencing the so-called 'demographic transition'), the country still adds over 300,000 people per year to a territory half the size of Minnesota. The stresses and strains that this explosion has placed on the local economy, environment and society are almost unfathomable." (07/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ogvu6zd  

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On the border

July 16, 2014
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The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez  

"A couple of years ago the Federal government was swamped with illegal aliens [sic] who had committed serious crimes in the US (other than entering illegally [sic].). It takes a certain amount of time to process people being deported so the serious criminals were expedited but the more peaceful illegal aliens [sic] were bumped back. Eventually a policy was adopted that Other than Mexican (OTM) children and women with children would be released on their own recognizance until their deportation hearing. While they would almost certainly be deported at this hearing, the government was not putting out a particular effort to catch them (remember, too busy with the more dangerous and criminally inclined illegal aliens [sic])." (07/13/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle779-20140713-04.html  

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Immigration

July 16, 2014
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Cagle Post
by David Fitzsimmons  

Cartoon. (07/15/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/immigration-8/  

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