Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Milton Friedman and immigration, again

June 13, 2014
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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
posted by

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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Meant for each other: Open borders and civilization

May 9, 2014
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"My position: The world's nations -- including of course the United States -- should abolish their immigration laws. Anyone willing to pay for transportation should be able to travel here legally, anyone willing to pay for housing should be able to live here legally, and anyone who finds a willing employer should be able to work here legally. If I can't sell you on this radical open borders position, though, I won't get mad. Instead, I'll be an economist, trying to bargain you into as much deregulation of immigration as you can stomach." (05/08/14)

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

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Immigration laws have it all backward

May 8, 2014
posted by

Ilya Shapiro Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  

"You have to move heaven and earth to get a Green Card, but becoming a citizen of the U.S. is comparatively easy. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?" (05/08/14)

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Republicans to Obama: Don’t just deport immigrants, be as mean as possible to them

April 24, 2014
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USA Today    

"A group of 22 Senate Republicans sent a letter to Pres. Obama on Thursday urging him to abandon a review he ordered to find a way to conduct deportations 'more humanely.' ... The Senate Republicans say that any proposals to weaken the deportation system in the U.S. would represent 'an astonishing disregard for the Constitution, the rule of law, and the rights of American citizens and legal residents.'" [editor's note: "Astonishing" indeed -- the Constitution clearly and unambiguously forbids the federal government to regulate immigration - TLK] (04/24/14)

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Crazy immigration

April 24, 2014
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Under open borders, over six billion people would be free to move to the United States. The population could increase by more than a factor of twenty. And under real open borders, there's no mandatory waiting period. If everyone wants to move the day the borders open, they're free to do so. This seems like a crazy policy. Imagine the chaos of six billion people migrating in unison! Yet strangely, analogous policies are already on the books, and the system works so well few complain about it. Consider: Under current U.S. law, over three hundred million people are free to move to my home town of Oakton, Virginia." (04/23/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/04/crazy_immigrati.html  

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Border Patrol to Arivaca, Arizona: “You have no rights here”

April 24, 2014
posted by

The Canal
by Alexandra Woodfin  

"In a world of open borders, we wouldn’t need customs agents, visas, or border 'security.' For most people, these things are simply an extra nuisance when traveling, but for others, they are a very real threat and a huge imposition in their lives. With very little oversight and the all-powerful trump card of 'hunting terrorists,' Customs and Border Protection (CBP) cross the line into private affairs more often than they’d probably like to admit." (04/23/14)

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Tracking a marked population in the US borderlands

April 23, 2014
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The Nation
by Todd Miller  

"Along the US-Mexico border, the high-powered cameras are pointed at you and the drones are above you." (04/23/14)

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White House responds to “Deport Justin Bieber” petition

April 21, 2014
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United Press International    

"The White House was forced to respond to calls for the administration to deport Justin Bieber back to Canada, when a 'Deport Justin Bieber' petition reached the necessary 100,000 signatures on WhiteHouse.gov last January. ... In its official response, published over the weekend, the White House declined to comment on Bieber's legal troubles, steering the conversation toward the broader issue of immigration reform." (04/20/14)

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Some more touchy-feely thoughts on immigration

April 18, 2014
posted by

Robert P. Murphy Free Advice
by Robert P. Murphy  

"First, I don’t describe my position as 'open borders.' That would be like saying I’m 'closed schools' if I’m against government funding of education. Second, the poster that got 18,000+ shares on Facebook wasn’t merely saying, 'Look at the hypocrisy here.' No, it actually said, 'I wish my Federal Government would put this many resources on our Southern Border instead of on Cliven Bundy’s cattle ranch.'" (04/17/14)

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Immigration control breaks the law

April 14, 2014
posted by

Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"I support those who gathered last Saturday in Clovis and across the nation to protest deportation policies. Since a law that runs counter to the Constitution is not a law at all, and no one is obligated to obey this pretend law -- according to an earlier Supreme Court ruling -- there can be no such thing as an 'illegal immigrant' to deport, Constitutionally speaking. The claim, 'But they are illegal,' is as meaningless as saying it was illegal to be (or harbor) a runaway slave. 'What part of 'illegal' don’t you understand?' is countered with 'What part of 'unconstitutional' don’t you understand?'" (04/10/14)

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Jeb Bush pokes an immigration hornets’ nest

April 11, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"If only Bush and other conservatives would also confront the moral argument, the one that involves the concept of freedom. Why shouldn’t a person be free to hire, transport, and harbor anyone he wants, so long as everyone’s conduct is peaceful? It’s his money, isn’t it? It’s his home. It’s his car. What business does government have telling people that they can’t do what they want with their own money and their own property? Moreover, why shouldn’t people be free to associate with anyone they want? Isn’t freedom of association a core element of the concept of freedom? Statists, both conservatives and liberals, say: 'But the law is the law. It must be obeyed.' Really? Wasn’t segregation the law too? Wasn’t apartheid the law?" (04/10/14)

http://fff.org/2014/04/10/jeb-bush-pokes-an-immigration-hornets-nest/  

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The progressive approach to immigration looks a lot like the conservative one

April 10, 2014
posted by

Sam Bowman Adam Smith Institute
by Sam Bowman  

"In a way, it’s refreshing that Yvette Cooper’s speech on immigration today has identified ‘free market liberals’ as the main advocates of freer immigration policies. There aren’t many of us, though, so we usually have to rely on immigration liberals on the left to win the argument over there for decent reforms to take place. Unfortunately, it looks as if they're losing too. Cooper’s main claims are that immigration reduces native wages and job opportunities, puts public services under pressure, and low-skilled immigrants are exploited by British firms. The first two of these claims are basically wrong and the third is a little dubious, as I’ll try to show, but even if they were true they would only justify restricting low-skilled immigration." (04/10/14)

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The righteous scofflaw

April 9, 2014
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"The most popular argument against illegal immigration is probably that breaking the law is wrong. At least since the Nazis, though, virtually no one believes that breaking the law is always wrong. Instead, we all recognize circumstances under which being a scofflaw is morally acceptable. Law professor Ilya Somin elegantly explains the three leading theories of justified law-breaking in The Washington Post -- and applies them to illegal immigration. Let's consider them in order of popularity." (04/08/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/04/the_righteous_s.html  

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Could immigration reform without “amnesty” be on the table this year?

March 28, 2014
posted by

Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"If you think immigration reform is at an impasse, you’re wrong. Yes, a massive legislation like the bill passed by the Senate last June won’t be voted by the House this year, but this roadblock, strong as it may appear, does not block reform from happening. A bipartisan compromise is already forming. The main holdup of the Senate bill in the House was the creation of new visas which would legalize unauthorized immigrants and provide them with a path to citizenship -- known colloquially as 'amnesty.' However, anything resembling legalization has become far too controversial for House Republicans to take up this election year." (03/27/14)

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