Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

The great UK immigration scare

January 12, 2014
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Dalibor Rohac  

"Romanians and Bulgarians have not spent the first 10 days of the new year flooding into the U.K., as many Britons had feared. Regardless, Britain’s elimination on January 1 of immigration restrictions for citizens of new EU countries has triggered an intense public debate. Unfortunately, many supposed defenders of free markets have picked the wrong side." (01/09/14)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/great-uk-immigration-scare  

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Sitting on an ocean of talent

January 8, 2014
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Economists already know how to extract many trillions of dollars of additional value from the global economy. How? Open borders. Under the status quo, most of the world's workers are stuck in unproductive backwaters. Under free migration, labor would relocate to more productive regions, massively increasing total production. Standard cost-benefit analysis predicts that global GDP would roughly double. In a deep sense, we are sitting on an ocean of talent -- most of which tragically goes to waste year after year. When people accept this analysis, though, they rarely display elation, frustration, ingenuity, or tenacity. The standard reaction, instead, is naysaying." (01/07/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/01/sitting_on_an_o.html  

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Immigration and the soul of America

October 10, 2013
posted by

Acton Institute
by Elise Hilton  

"There is little disagreement that 'something' must be done about illegal immigration in the United States, but what that 'something' is has become national debate. Do we close our borders so as to allow only a trickle of carefully chosen people? Do we simply apply the laws we already have? What do we have to gain or lose from a more liberal immigration policy?" [editor's note: The only applicable/relevant law is the US Constitution, which, absent amendment, unambiguously forbids any federal regulation of immigration whatsoever - TLK] (10/09/13)

http://tinyurl.com/mu9z3qc  

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Study: Undocumented immigration into the US may be rising

September 24, 2013
posted by

United Press International    

"The number of immigrants in the United States illegally [sic] rose 200,000 in a year to 11.7 million after being stable during the Great Recession, a study found. But the estimate of immigrants living in the country without legal [sic] permission as of March 2012 is still 500,000 less than 2007's 12.2 million peak, before the financial crisis, the non-partisan Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Project study indicated." (09/24/13)

http://tinyurl.com/jwrgvyq  

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Coase and immigration

September 5, 2013
posted by

Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Immigration is a topic where the Coase theorem could be profitably applied to increase understanding but seldom is because the costs of explaining it (see above) are so high. Most of the complaints of immigration restrictionists focus on the supposed externalities caused by immigrants. Viewed through a Coasean framework, immigration restrictions are the most damaging and expensive ways to decrease the supposed externalities of immigration. Either other policies should be crafted to deal with the externalities, nothing should be done, or the externalities are likely positive." (09/04/13)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/coase-immigration  

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Entrepreneurial immigrants: America’s lifeblood

September 4, 2013
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Lawson Bader  

"It’s a story as American as apple pie: An immigrant comes to the United States, starts a business and becomes the proud owner of a successful enterprise that employs hundreds and makes millions. But it’s more than a parable of individual success. By attracting ambitious families from all over the world, America continually reinvents itself as a home base for successive global revolutions in engineering, marketing, entertainment and more." (09/03/13)

http://tinyurl.com/k2napv9  

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Why immigration makes America better

August 19, 2013
posted by

Reason Reason
by A. Barton Hinkle  

"Nothing says 'big government' like controlling individuals through massive federal programs, electrified fences, and biometric ID cards." (08/19/13)

http://tinyurl.com/mn8aj7f  

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AZ: Mexican activists released from custody

August 7, 2013
posted by

Raleigh News & Observer    

"Nine activists arrested after attempting to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S. in protest of American immigration policy were released Wednesday from federal custody in Arizona. The National Immigrant Youth Alliance announced that the so-called 'Dream 9' were freed from the Eloy Detention Center. They were arrested July 22 in Nogales, Ariz., as they tried to call attention to hundreds of thousands who have been deported during President Barack Obama's administration." (08/07/13)

http://tinyurl.com/kzhsyqq  

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Immigration freedom is personal liberty. Borders are statism.

July 29, 2013
posted by

Rad Geek People's Daily
by Rad Geek  

"When I read page after page of conservative commenters, many of whom speak in praise of 'small government' shouting 'Illegal is illegal!' and comparing undocumented immigrants to trespassers and toss out sarcastic quips about how 'we wouldn’t want them to feel bad about themselves for breaking the law,' then I wouldn’t dare speculate about what 'we' would or wouldn’t want, but -- speaking only for myself -- I can only say that of course I don’t want anybody to feel bad for breaking border laws. Nobody should feel bad about that because there is nothing wrong with immigrants, either documented or undocumented, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with breaking unjust or tyrannical laws. Such laws ought to be broken; they deserve no notice at all, except to ridicule them, and to trample them underfoot." (07/27/13)

http://radgeek.com/gt/2013/07/27/immigration-freedom-personal-liberty/  

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Federal thugs raid 7-Eleven stores, accuse owners of ignoring politicians’ magical lines when employing people

June 17, 2013
posted by

Fox News    

"A group of 7-Eleven store in New York and Virginia were taken into custody by federal authorities Monday as part of a criminal [sic] immigrant employment investigation that the Department of Homeland Security is describing as one of the largest in history. Fourteen stores were raided Monday and nine individuals -- eight men and one woman -- were indicted on allegations that store owners helped smuggle workers into the U.S." (06/17/13)

http://tinyurl.com/lneu5cn  

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Anti-immigration conservatives get silly after Boston bombings

April 30, 2013
posted by

Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"Remember the story about the drunk who loses his car keys in the forest but looks for them under a lamp post because that's where the light is? Conservative calls to fight terrorism in the wake of the Boston attack by ditching immigration reform make just as much sense." (04/30/13)

http://tinyurl.com/c3qoq3y  

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Switzerland to limit immigration from all EU states

April 25, 2013
posted by

BBC News [UK state media]    

"The Swiss government is to limit immigration from all EU states from May for a period of one year, in a move criticised by Brussels. Immigration caps on eight central and eastern states will be extended to 17 other EU states. Bulgarian and Romanian migration is curbed separately. ... There is concern in Switzerland about a growing influx of workers from poorer EU members." (04/25/13)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22285886  

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Four of the worst arguments against the immigration bill

April 18, 2013
posted by

OpenMarket.org
by David Bier  

"Since the Gang of 8 released their proposal, the desperation from those who want to see this bill die -- and any hope of immigration reform die with it -- can be heard throughout DC. Its opponents are spreading everything from the inaccurate to the absurd about the bill and its probable consequences." (04/18/13)

http://tinyurl.com/c6n6tt6  

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Rubio: Not amnesty

April 18, 2013
posted by

San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., may save the Republican Party in his push to pass the Gang of Eight bipartisan immigration package. Let me be brutally honest about my position on the bill. I’ve opposed past efforts of this nature, because I fear that any amnesty bill -- or 'path to citizenship' -- will beget more amnesty bills. And that means that Washington is encouraging people to break the law. But I don’t see how the GOP prevails in national elections if Latino voters think that the party is anti-Latino and immigration bills have been a metric by which Latinos have judged the GOP." [editor's note: Despite conflating "civil disobedience in the name of ending stupid edicts" (cf HDT, MLK, et alia) with "breaking the law," Ms. Saunders is otherwise spot on here as usual - SAT] (04/18/13)

http://blog.sfgate.com/djsaunders/2013/04/18/rubio-not-amnesty/  

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Senators introduce immigration overhaul, dispute “amnesty” claims

April 17, 2013
posted by

Fox News    

"Senators introduced a long-awaited and sweeping immigration overhaul early Wednesday morning, touching off what is likely to be a charged debate over whether the legislation amounts to 'amnesty' for those who broke the rules and does enough to help those who follow them. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., appeared on the Senate floor around 2 a.m. Wednesday to file the 844-page bill. It is the product of weeks of negotiations among the Senate's 'Gang of Eight,' a bipartisan group that includes Schumer and seven others." (04/17/13)

http://tinyurl.com/butcajx  

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Immigration and bubbles

April 15, 2013
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"The key lesson of the Bubble is that psychological separation from unpleasant experiences is a low-cost substitute for physical separation from unpleasant experiences. You don't have to choose between (a) suffering at the hands of the people around you, or (b) moving to a mountaintop." (04/15/13)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2013/04/immigration_and_4.html  

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What does amnesty accomplish?

April 8, 2013
posted by

Christian Science Monitor
by John Yemma  

"By every measurement -- economic activity, wage competition with American workers, criminal-justice cases, cost to taxpayers -- the impact of illegal immigration is neutral or close to neutral. It has benefits and costs. Nor is there conclusive evidence that illegal immigrants are more likely than the general population to commit crimes, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that supports a crackdown on illegal immigration. Studies by researchers at Northeastern University and the University of California, Irvine, in fact, indicate that border communities in the US actually have lower crime rates than the national average. So the debate about amnesty usually comes down to the principle of the thing." (04/08/13)

http://tinyurl.com/bth8h4y  

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Curbs on migration are curbs on our freedom

April 3, 2013
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Allrik Birch  

"The position taken by Hoppe is that nobody should be able to make a claim on the state without 100% consent from those paying for it, including for goods such as roads. The issue is that the state does exist, so long as there is government we should seek to ensure a policy of least damage done. By having high costs or even bans to hire migrants, the state would be taking away people's right to freely associate and make contracts. Further, by increasing the cost of labour, and doing other such damage to the economy as described in Bowman's article, restrictions on immigration do damage to the taxpayer. Hoppe's 'second best' position simply doesn't hold true." (04/02/13)

http://tinyurl.com/cv9vpfs  

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Brief answers on immigration

April 1, 2013
posted by

Lynn Atherton-Bloxham American Daily Herald
by Lynn Atherton-Bloxham  

"Lately it seems whether I am with relatives, good friends, on line or doing a radio interview the majority of people who disagree vehemently with me on immigration are Conservatives. I actually have pretty harsh words for Democrats too, as I think both groups are only concerned with the Latino vote and care nothing about the principles they should be upholding. So much for civil liberties for all people, free markets and allowing peaceful exercise of meaningful choice." (03/28/13)

http://tinyurl.com/cxaqrnl  

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Abandon hope all ye who enter this immigration debate

March 26, 2013
posted by

Sam Bowman Adam Smith Institute
by Sam Bowman  

"Immigration is good for us. With every major party now promising to 'get tough'’ on immigration, it’s easy to forget that immigrants bring new skills to the country, allow for more specialization, tend to be more entrepreneurial than average, pay more in to the welfare state than they take out, and make things cheaper by doing the jobs that Britons won't. No political figure of any stature will say any of these things." (03/25/13)

http://tinyurl.com/bvza3sz  

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Did Rand Paul kill conservative opposition to immigration reform?

March 21, 2013
posted by

Salon
by Alex Pareene  

"Earlier this year I told everyone to be skeptical that immigration reform would pass, and one of the reasons I cited was the I thought rather obvious fact that House Republicans didn’t support it. Now Rand Paul nearly has me convinced it could pass the House with more Republican than Democratic support. Paul’s primary argument was to convince very conservative politicians that they could get away with supporting immigration reform, even though the president wants it and many conservative voters don’t. The strategy is to just use different words, basically." (03/20/13)

http://tinyurl.com/cdnr9xj  

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Immigration myths

March 13, 2013
posted by

Adam Smith Institute
by  

Video featuring Ben Powell. [Flash video] (03/13/13)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/international/immigration-myths  

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Immigration police state

March 10, 2013
posted by

Rad Geek People's Daily
by Rad Geek  

"In which President Obama’s I.C.E. plan some new tactics for escalating their deportations of undocumented immigrants -- destroying lives and separating families -- for the sake of keeping up their stats. To keep up their stats, they implement a combination of the worst sorts of profiling and police-state dragnets." (03/07/13)

http://radgeek.com/gt/2013/03/07/immigration-police-state/  

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Why we should chill out about “illegals”

March 6, 2013
posted by

Spiked
by Nathalie Rothschild  

"How politicians, the police and the EU have ganged up against the non-problem of illegal immigrants." (03/05/13)

http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/13405/  

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Immigration restrictions violate Americans’ liberty

February 27, 2013
posted by

OpenMarket.org
by David Bier  

"Immigration restrictions are more than just violations of the liberties of foreigners. Truly a society that restricts the freedom of certain groups restricts the freedom of all. Apologists for state action will reassure voters that each new intrusion into society will only impact the 'one-percent' -- that is to say that restrictions on the liberty of marginal groups will leave yours unaffected. The message underlying each government intervention is that your freedom is safe, or even enhanced by another’s loss in liberty." (02/26/13)

http://tinyurl.com/d8gfma7  

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