Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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What I didn’t get to say to Mark Krikorian

October 26, 2015
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"If you haven't heard of John Tanton, you should: He's the intellectual entrepreneur behind most of America's major anti-immigration organizations. This morning I spoke before one of Tanton's brain children, US Inc., for their annual Social Contract Writers Workshop. As expected, the audience was polite, with little of the vitriol that so sullies cyberspace. I once again shared a panel with Mike Gonzalez from Heritage and Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies. Q&A was brief, but I had time to chat with the audience after the session. Still, I left with a great deal unsaid, which I'll now share -- starting with what I didn't get to tell Mark Krikorian." (10/26/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/10/what_i_didnt_ge.html  

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Liberty landfill

October 22, 2015
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"The United States of America in the early 1900s was still largely a nation of like immigrants ever since colonial times. They came mostly from Europe. Many sought political and religious freedom. Others came for better economic opportunities, and some were fleeing extreme poverty and famine in their home countries. ... hat was then, and this is now. America the land of liberty is becoming America the liberty landfill. Yes, the poor tired huddled masses; the wretched and homeless refuse of other nations are still coming in droves, just like always, but now they aren’t so much yearning to breathe free, as satisfied to become dependent upon the American government and the seemingly endless largess of taxpaying American citizens." (10/22/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/10/liberty-landfill.html  

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Study: Immigrants in America more likely to be self-employed

October 22, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"A new Pew Research Center study shows that 10 percent of Americans are self-employed, and that self-employed Americans and their employees accounted for 44 million jobs in 2014 or 30 percent of the national workforce. ... Immigrants were more likely to be self-employed than individuals born in America, 11 percent compared to 10 percent. However, within ethnic groups, these numbers diverge much more dramatically." (10/22/15)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/study-immigrants-america-more-likely-be-self-employed-n449381  

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US Senate set to vote on “sanctuary city” de-funding

October 20, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"A hot-button issue from the presidential campaign trail faces a key test on Capitol Hill Tuesday. The Senate will vote on whether to begin debate on a Republican bill that would crack down on so-called 'sanctuary cities,' localities that refuse to turn over to federal law enforcement immigrants who are in the country illegally [sic] so they can be deported. ... It would block some federal funds to cities that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities. It would also require a five-year minimum sentence for a person convicted of an aggravated felony who then re-enters the U.S. illegally [sic]." [editor's note: I'd love to see as many cities as possible taken off the federal teat, but on general principle, not over refusal to enforce unconstitutional federal laws - TLK] (10/20/15)

http://cnn.it/1RTTtR5  

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EU offers Turkey cash, closer ties for migration help

October 16, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"The European Union offered Turkey a possible 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) in aid and the prospect of easier travel visas and 're-energised' talks on joining the bloc in return for its help stemming the flow of migrants to Europe. EU leaders at a summit in Brussels said they agreed on an 'action plan' with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to cooperate on improving the lives of two million Syrian refugees in Turkey and encouraging them to stay put. They also agreed to coordinate border controls to slow the influx of migrants crossing Turkey from Asia." (10/16/15)

http://reut.rs/1NKW9Su  

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Why Theresa May be wrong

October 12, 2015
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Theo Clifford  

"Theresa May's Conference speech on Tuesday made some… strong claims about the harms of immigration, and attracted an array of excellent critiques in the media. I want to highlight one flaw that these reactions didn't discuss in detail. Her argument relied on a constant blurring of the difference between the volume of immigration and the size of net migration flows." (10/09/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/international/why-theresa-may-be-wrong/  

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The case for getting rid of borders — completely

October 11, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Alex Tbarrok  

"To paraphrase Rousseau, man is born free, yet everywhere he is caged. Barbed-wire, concrete walls, and gun-toting guards confine people to the nation-state of their birth. But why? The argument for open borders is both economic and moral. All people should be free to move about the earth, uncaged by the arbitrary lines known as borders."

http://theatln.tc/1ZrkDnq  

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A guest worker programme for Syria’s women

October 8, 2015
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Sam Bowman Adam Smith Institute
by Sam Bowman  

"I have previously written that we should let Syrians come to work in Britain through a guest worker scheme, arguing that the effects for natives are unlikely to be very bad, and I suspect may well be positive. But how might such a scheme work? ... Britain's agriculture sector is growing less quickly, and shows less of an obvious need for new workers. But we do have a problem with high childcare costs and, perhaps relatedly, low native fertility rates leading to an older population. So I suggest we set up a guest worker programme for Syrians to come and work in the childcare sector here." (10/08/15)

http://bit.ly/1L8TSKR  

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EU ministers to step up deportations in bid to deter refugees

October 8, 2015
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"EU governments are to attempt to come up with a battery of policies aimed at sealing off 'Fortress Europe' from unwanted migrants and stepping up the speed and volume of deportations for refused asylum seekers. According to 10 pages of draft decisions prepared for the session on Thursday, the European institutions and national governments are to make a show of deporting refused asylum seekers in what looks like a vain attempt to try to discourage others from making the journey." (10/08/15)

http://bit.ly/1WPkpUZ  

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Immigration fearmongers ignore history

September 29, 2015
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The Canal The Canal
by Zack Yost  

"We are told that Hispanic migrants who come to the United States illegally have already demonstrated their lawlessness by doing so. We've been told that they're unskilled, and as Donald Trump put it, 'have lots of problems.' They are derided for not speaking English, and we're told they will become a danger to US politics if they ever acquire the ability to vote. On top of all of this, we are told that they can't integrate and will refuse to become 'Americans' like the rest of us. But, again, all of these issues have been raised before. They are the same arguments used against almost every other ethnic group that has immigrated to the United States in large numbers. Yet every time these concerns have been raised, they have been proven to be unfounded." (09/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o9uoml7  

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