Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Anchor babies away?

December 4, 2011
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Katherine Mangu-Ward Reason
by Katherine Mangu-Ward  

"The astronomical fertility of illegal immigrants has been presented as a menace, but the presence of illegal and mixed-status families within our borders is the only thing keeping U.S. fertility figures bobbing around at replacement rate. But the drop in birthrates in the face of declining economic conditions suggests that opening our borders wider may be the only way to maintain that record." (12/02/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/12/02/anchor-babies-away  

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Mitt Romney’s immigration dodge

November 30, 2011
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"The former Massachusetts governor's immigration stance precludes the possibility of reconciling policy with reality." (11/30/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/11/30/mitt-romneys-immigration-dodge  

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Why Gingrich’s immigration statement was a smart move

November 27, 2011
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"The only two major-party presidential candidates who seem interested in the majorities and pluralities that favor moving away from totalitarianism and toward at least mild pro-freedom reform on the issue of immigration are Newt Gingrich and Texas governor Rick Perry, who has otherwise performed, to put it mildly, in a less than stellar manner. Will the issue hurt or help Gingrich in the Iowa caucus? The conventional wisdom seems to be that it will hurt him. I suspect otherwise." (11/24/11)

http://bit.ly/rEe6b5  

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Busted in ‘Bama

November 22, 2011
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The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson  

"Last Wednesday night, a cop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, pulled over a rental car that didn’t have the right tag on it. He asked the driver for his license, and the driver instead produced his German identification card. Before Alabama’s new immigration law took effect this fall, the driver would have been ticketed, but under the terms of the new law, the cop arrested the driver and hauled him off to the police station .... Turns out the driver was a Mercedes executive in town to visit a Mercedes SUV plant about 20 miles outside Tuscaloosa, which employs roughly 2,800 Alabamians." (11/22/11)

http://prospect.org/article/busted-bama  

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Why is immigration illegal anyway?

November 22, 2011
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Benjamin Powell & Art Carden  

"As two economists interested in immigration, one an Alabamian by birth, we’ve kept an eye on the fury surrounding the Alabama’s new immigration law. Proponents tout it as a matter of law and order and promise it will 'save jobs.' There’s a larger question at stake, though: Should we even be restricting immigration in the first place?" (11/20/11)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=3188  

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FL: Town in fight over immigrant prison

November 21, 2011
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The Arizona Republic    

"In one of South Florida's upscale, rural enclaves, where peacocks roam and horse trails are as common as sidewalks, town leaders decided to bring in much of their money from an unusual business: a prison. Only the leaders of Southwest Ranches kept their plans quiet from residents for almost a decade, and the project has now ballooned into what would be among the federal government's largest immigrant detention centers." (11/21/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6mofnqc  

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MD: Baltimore to test new immigration policy

November 17, 2011
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Baltimore Sun    

"Baltimore is one of two cities selected to test an immigration policy adopted by the Obama administration that could freeze deportations of illegal immigrants who have no criminal records, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday. The elderly, children who have been in the country more than five years, students who came to the U.S. under the age of 16 and are enrolled in a college degree program, and victims of domestic violence are among those whose deportations could be put on hold under the test program, which begins Dec. 4 and could be broadened in January." (11/17/11)

http://bsun.md/uT3yTj  

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America must learn from Britain’s failed immigration policy

November 16, 2011
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"In this time of deep economic malaise, Western leaders talk gravely about shared sacrifice and the need to do 'whatever it takes' to restore prosperity. So why is Britain shrinking its economic output, tax revenues and job creation for the sake of keeping ethnic outsiders away? The answer, of course, is populist politics. When jobs are scarce, politicians start turning against immigrants."

http://tinyurl.com/6w8e8gc  

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Alabama’s war on immigrants

November 15, 2011
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Reason Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"It is deeply ironic that a state that once violated human rights to maintain cheap, black, slave labor is now doing so again to keep out cheap, brown, voluntary labor that, even George Borjas, the Harvard economist much loved by restrictionists because he opposes more open immigration policies, grudgingly admits raises an average American’s wealth by about 1 percent. But there are parallels galore between the restrictionist and the segregationist crusades." (11/15/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/11/15/alabamas-war-on-immigrants  

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What immigration problem?

November 14, 2011
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"Arizona, Alabama, and Georgia have each enacted stringent laws aimed at curbing illegal immigration. Before saying more, let’s be clear about the alleged problem. What is an 'illegal immigrant?' It’s simply a person -- possessing natural rights, mind you -- who comes to the United States without the permission of the U.S. government. Now isn’t it curious that in this country, which began in rebellion against and secession from an empire, people are upset about other people moving around without government permission?" (11/11/11)

http://www.fff.org/comment/com1111i.asp  

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AZ: Know-Nothing panjandrum removed in recall

November 9, 2011
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Christian Science Monitor    

"A powerful Republican state Senate leader who championed Arizona's controversial crackdown on illegal [sic] immigrants lost his office on Tuesday in a historic recall election, returns showed. ... With all precincts reporting, state Senate President Russell Pearce was trailing his chief challenger, Republican newcomer and charter school administrator Jerry Lewis, by 7 percentage points, 45.4 percent to 52.4 percent." (11/09/11)

http://tinyurl.com/czfbtnk  

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Immigration restrictions as affirmative action

November 8, 2011
posted by

EconLog EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"One of my closest conservative friends is chronically angry about (a) immigration and (b) affirmative action. The irony is that the immigration restrictions he so passionately favors are affirmative action - for native-born workers." (11/07/11)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2011/11/immigration_res_1.html  

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One of Reagan’s greatest acts on behalf of American freedom

November 8, 2011
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory  

"There is one issue -- an important issue -- where much of the nation and the Republican Party has strayed from a devotion to liberty where we can trace the decline as happening since the era of Reagan. That issue is immigration, on which Reagan would not only be seen as a liberal today, but more radical than virtually any Democrat running for major office." (11/07/11)

http://bit.ly/sZc7Ib  

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Treat them like criminals (they’ll have more rights)

November 8, 2011
posted by

CounterPunch
by Tanya Golash-Boza  

"Much of the controversy over Alabama’s HB 56 and Arizona’s SB 1070 is related to those provisions that criminalize undocumented migrants. What is rarely mentioned is that criminal law requires more procedural protections than immigration law. If immigration law treated immigrants like criminals, immigrants would have more rights." (11/08/11)

http://bit.ly/vwDKZX  

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40 million reasons to celebrate

November 2, 2011
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"At least two population milestones have been reached in 2011. The most spectacular is that 7 billion people now live in the world. The second, and more meaningful to Americans, is that nearly 40 million immigrants live in the United States today." (11/02/11)

http://cei.org/op-eds-articles/40-million-reasons-celebrate  

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Fed sue to block South Carolina’s Know-Nothing appeasement law

November 1, 2011
posted by

Fox News Latino    

"The Justice Department is suing the state of South Carolina to stop enforcement of parts of it's new immigration law, arguing that the provisions are 'unconstitutional and interfere with the federal government's authority to set and enforce immigration policy.' U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said that the law violates people's right to due process. The lawsuit was filed Monday afternoon." [editor's note: Refresher -- under the US Constitution there is no federal government authority to set and enforce immigration policy - TLL] (11/01/11)

http://bit.ly/vavOmw  

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The GOP’s anti-immigration boondoggles

October 30, 2011
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Reason Reason
by A. Barton Hinkle  

"When it comes to immigration, the Republicans love big government." (10/28/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/10/28/the-gops-anti-immigration-boon  

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A FAIR criticism

October 25, 2011
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is an organization devoted to reducing immigration into the United States, both legal and unauthorized. Its publications criticize immigration along cultural, economic, and political lines. On the economic front, FAIR’s report, 'The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers' by Jack Martin and Eric A. Ruark, estimates the total net costs of illegal immigration to U.S. taxpayers is $113 billion annually. However, FAIR’s report vastly overstates the costs of illegal immigration and totally ignores the benefits." (10/25/11)

http://cei.org/web-memo/fair-criticism  

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AL: Immigration law blamed for bullying of Hispanic students

October 23, 2011
posted by

Fox News    

"It was just another schoolyard basketball game until a group of Hispanic seventh-graders defeated a group of boys from Alabama. The reaction was immediate, according to the Mexican mother of one of the winners, and rooted in the state's new law on illegal immigration. 'They told them, 'You shouldn't be winning. You should go back to Mexico,'' said the woman. ... Spanish-speaking parents say their children are facing more bullying and taunts at school since Alabama's tough crackdown on illegal immigration took effect last month." (10/22/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3b8lpoj  

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Paying to immigrate: Admission fees vs. surtaxes

October 23, 2011
posted by

EconLog EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"As a half-way measure, pro-immigration economists often argue in favor of charging immigrants an admission fee. It's better than not letting them in at all. But there are two big problems ..." (10/21/11)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2011/10/paying_to_immig.html  

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Illegal immigrants: The statist scapegoats

October 20, 2011
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"It really is sad -- no, actually pathetic -- to see Republican presidential candidates competing with each other to show how tough they are on illegal immigrants in order to garner votes from Republican voters. That’s not to say, of course, that liberals are any better, as reflected by President Obama’s massive number of immigration raids on private businesses and record deportations of illegal immigrants." (10/20/11)

http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2011-10-20.asp  

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Immigration: Meeting the challenge

October 20, 2011
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Gary Jason  

"A deeply contentious issue in American politics is immigration, especially illegal [sic] immigration. As recently as 2007, the issue caused major fissures in both major parties. And the debate is equally heated in many European countries. Stepping boldly into the immigration debate is economist Gary Becker, who proposes a novel -- nay, radical -- solution to the problem in a short new book by the Institute of Economic Affairs." (10/18/11)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/674  

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Converting Republicans on immigration

October 18, 2011
posted by

Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Brian Anderson  

"Different audiences require different tools, and being an overly aggressive debater will get you nowhere in terms of making new friends. When converting a Democrat, discuss civil liberties and anticorporatist measures. But when converting a Republican, it’s best to discuss things like free trade and taxes." (10/17/11)

http://bit.ly/o07Ou4  

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DoJ hotline for Alabama immigration law foes

October 13, 2011
posted by

Fox News    

"Opponents of Alabama’s new immigration law can now call the Justice Department directly to make complaints about the state’s effort to crack down on illegal [sic] immigrants. The Justice Department has set up a hotline and email for the public 'to report potential civil rights concerns related to the impact of Alabama’s immigration law.' The Justice Department is seeking to block the enforcement of the law, which is widely considered the toughest in the nation." (10/13/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3okm8uc  

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The “seagull” citizens of anywhere

October 11, 2011
posted by

Reuters    

"Immigration is always a hot issue when the economy is weak and jobs are scarce, so it should be no surprise that it has jumped to the top of the political agenda in Europe and the United States. But much of the debate today around these centuries-old themes of us vs. them and newcomer vs. old-timer is missing an essential point: in the age of the Internet, the jet airplane and the multinational company, the very concepts of immigration, citizenship and even statehood are changing." (10/07/11)

http://reut.rs/r9xna7  

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