Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Educational isolationism doesn’t work

June 14, 2011
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Anna Moore  

"At an average cost of over £1.5 million per km, the U.S.-Mexico border wall has been pilloried in the British press as 'an expensive white elephant.' What an outrageous example of racist American isolationism, one might say. I would tend to agree, but the phenomenon is not uniquely American. The Home Office’s recently announced immigration reforms seem more like a political ploy to xenophobes than sound policy. They also dangerously encroach upon freedoms of movement and action. Take for example cuts in the number of student visas issued." (06/14/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3ua3mn3  

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Jim Crow returns to Alabama

June 13, 2011
posted by

Austro-Athenian Empire
by Roderick Long  

"This past Thursday the Alabama legislature put on their white hoods and enacted the harshest anti-immigrant regime in the country, one even more tyrannical than Arizona’s ethnic-cleansing laws. ... The old Jim Crow laws enforced discrimination based on the colour of a person’s skin; the new Jim Crow laws enforce discrimination on the basis of a person’s birth on the wrong side of an imaginary line." (06/10/11)

http://aaeblog.com/2011/06/10/jim-crow-returns-to-alabama/  

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SCOTUS deadlocks over citizenship case

June 13, 2011
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Christian Science Monitor    

"A Mexican national has lost his bid to block his deportation from the US by challenging the constitutionality of a 1940 immigration law that treats men and women differently. Lawyers for Ruben Flores-Villar had attacked a statute that makes it easier for an unwed mother to transmit US citizenship to her child born outside the US than for an unwed father in the same position. On Monday, the US Supreme Court announced that it had deadlocked 4 to 4 in the Flores-Villar case. The split was a result of Justice Elena Kagan’s recusal from consideration in the case, leaving the court with only eight members." (06/13/11)

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Muddled masses

June 13, 2011
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Reason Reason
by Jesse James DeConto  

"The immigration detention system treats suspected illegal aliens like criminals, but with fewer rights." (for publication 07/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/06/13/muddled-masses  

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Republican wants to give rapists free pass

June 13, 2011
posted by

Classically Liberal
by CLS  

"In the end Fattman and others like him are telling 'illegal' immigrants that if they witness a crime they shouldn't report it. If they can testify against a murderer they better keep their mouths shut. If they know where the child-killer lives, keep that information to themselves. Even if they learn of some real terrorist plot, 'they should be afraid to come forward.' And this is what passes for 'tough on crime' in Republicans circles." (06/12/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3ju3m6b  

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Putting the nation before the human

June 13, 2011
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Darian Worden  

"Fattman’s remarks exemplify the attitude of putting the nation before human life. The immigrant without papers has violated the sanctity of the nation, crossing borders without obtaining permission from the byzantine bureaucracies that answer to the politics of prejudice. Her actual safety is not as important as the hypothetical safety of the 'good citizens' who are supposed to be secured under the surveillance state. In this way rape becomes a less serious crime than paperwork violations." (06/12/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/7429  

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CA: Legislators look at opting out of federal Know-Nothing appeasement program

June 12, 2011
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San Jose Mercury News    

"Statewide political support is building for legislation that would let California counties pull out of a federal program that tracks down immigrants at local jails, but law enforcement officials remain divided. Immigrant advocates are pushing Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators to join New York, Illinois and Massachusetts in dropping out of Secure Communities, arguing the federal-state partnership casts too wide a net. More than 3,900 Bay Area immigrants have been deported and thousands more detained through the Secure Communities program since local counties joined the federal network last year, according to government statistics." (06/11/11)

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18250248  

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The government’s immigration cap is economic illiteracy

June 12, 2011
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Sam Bowman  

"There’s an old joke: How do you know when a politician is lying? His lips are moving. So it is with this government’s supposed commitment to economic growth, and the ludicrous immigration cap that it intends to implement. The idea is so economically illiterate, so wilfully illogical, that it makes me wonder if the people proposing it understand that their policies will actually have an effect on people’s lives, or if they simply don’t care." (06/10/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3kwmgfz  

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AL: Bentley signs Know-Nothing Appeasement bill

June 9, 2011
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Reuters    

"Republican Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday signed into law a crackdown on illegal [sic] immigration in Alabama that both supporters and critics consider the toughest in the nation. ... Alabama's law is unique in requiring public schools to determine, by review of birth certificates or sworn affidavits, the legal residency status of students." [editor's note: It's got the whole nine yards, from "your papers, please" police statism to conscription of business owners as unpaid ICE agents - TLK] (06/09/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3p9f8mc  

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TX: Perry adds immigration items to special session

June 7, 2011
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Houston Chronicle    

"Gov. Rick Perry added immigration legislation to the special session's agenda on Tuesday, including a measure that would remove local law enforcement agencies' ability to make immigration violations a lower priority. Other items he added include how local police use the federal Secure Communities program to check people's immigration status when they are arrested, and checking an applicant's immigration status before issuing driver's licenses and personal identification certificates, according to a statement from Perry." [editor's note: In other words, Perry is courting the Know-Nothing vote should he enter the presidential race - TLK] (06/07/11)

 

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CA: SCOTUS declines immigrant tuition case

June 6, 2011
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Christian Science Monitor    

"The US Supreme Court refused on Monday to examine a California law that allows illegal immigrants to attend state colleges and universities at preferential in-state tuition rates that are roughly one-third the cost charged to students from out-of-state. Under the state law any individual ... who graduates from a California high school after attending for three years qualifies for the same tuition discount offered to California residents. The discounts apply at all public universities in the state, including the system’s most prestigious and highly-competitive institutions." (06/06/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3mczf53  

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Cuomo pulls New York out of federal Know-Nothing appeasement program

June 2, 2011
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New York Post    

"Gov. Cuomo withdrew New York from a controversial federal deportation program yesterday, drawing praise from immigrant-rights groups. The Democratic executive cited 'mounting evidence' that the 3-year-old Secure Communities program was falling short of its goals to deport serious felons and was also discouraging immigrant witnesses and victims from cooperating with law enforcement." (06/02/11)

http://tinyurl.com/43nwkgc  

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Repeal socialism in immigration, employment, and drugs

June 2, 2011
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LewRockwell.com
by Scott Lazarowitz  

"The problem with today’s immigration and border control hysteria is that Americans are going after the wrong people. The problems are not caused by the immigrant workers or those Americans who are hiring them. It is the other socialist controls -- the Drug War, mainly -- that is the problem, and is causing many people in Arizona and other border states to be victimized and terrorized." (06/02/11)

http://lewrockwell.com/lazarowitz/lazarowitz25.1.html  

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The tragedy of immigration enforcement

May 31, 2011
posted by

LewRockwell.com
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.  

"People finding jobs to do and other wonderful commercial things is a praiseworthy aspect of immigration, legal or illegal. In fact, there are millions of jobs in this country that would simply not be done at the current price without such immigration, and this is true in a vast range of industries from housing to horticulture. American natives think too highly of themselves to accept these jobs at the market price. And it is this very thing that government, given the power to enforce immigration statutes, wants to crack down on, not by rounding up workers, which would be bad enough, but by criminally prosecuting the business owners themselves, the people who are not only providing jobs but also providing good food for the public. The whole thing boggles the mind." (05/31/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3he47hg  

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Is immigration really the problem?

May 31, 2011
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Stefano R. Mugnaini  

"If we were all responsible for our own healthcare, education, and sustenance, then none but the most strident racist would possibly lose sleep over the legal status of their employee or neighbor." (05/31/11)

http://mises.org/daily/5324/Is-Immigration-Really-the-Problem  

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The Golden Age of immigration

May 30, 2011
posted by

EconLog EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Imagine -- there was a time when elite opinion and public policy took free immigration seriously. All democracy did to tarnish this political miracle was scapegoat Asian immigrants, while leaving the doors open to not just Europe, but Latin America as well. Whatever its flaws, the Gilded Age was truly the Golden Age of Immigration." (05/31/11)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2011/05/the_golden_age.html  

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SCOTUS upholds Arizona conscription program

May 26, 2011
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Breaking News USA Today    

"The Supreme Court today upheld an Arizona law penalizing companies that hire illegal immigrants [sic] .... The law permits the state to take away the business licenses of companies that knowingly hire illegal workers. It also requires employers to use an otherwise optional federal verification program, known as the E-Verify system, which collects data on workers from the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security." [editor's note: In other words, every Arizona employer has been conscripted as an unpaid agent of Immigrations and Customs enforcement. So much for the 13th Amendment - TLK] (05/26/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3per7gq  

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Border wars

May 24, 2011
posted by

National Review
by Kevin D. Williamson  

"A strange thing is afoot in the little libertarian corner of the Republican presidential primary: a race to the left on immigration. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, until recently something of an immigration hawk — no amnesty, no birthright citizenship, no welfare benefits — has, as they say, evolved." [editor's note: Williamson says that like it's a bad thing. Personally I applaud it, even though Paul is still completely ignoring the US Constitution, which enumerates no federal power over immigration whatsoever, on the issue - TLK] (05/24/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3sswuch  

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Illegal immigrants are nullifying a bad law

May 22, 2011
posted by

Wrights 2012 Liberty For All
by R. Lee Wrights  

"Frank Zappa once said that we were a nation of laws, badly written and randomly enforced. Our immigration laws are a perfect example of that principle in action. Americans routinely ignore or flaunt dumb laws. You do that every time you drive five miles over the speed limit. What many Americans do when confronted with a stupid, dumb or unjust law is, in effect, nullify that law by ignoring it." (05/22/11)

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=5953  

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The amnesty bandwagon rides again

May 16, 2011
posted by

Freedom Politics
by Michelle Malkin  

"The public relations campaign for President Obama's latest revival of 'immigration reform' makes one thing crystal clear: This is not, and never has been, about homeland security. This is not, and never has been, about economic security. It's about political security, plain and cynical." (05/12/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3omvs3n  

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No states, no borders, part 2

May 16, 2011
posted by

Center for a Stateless Society
by David D'Amato  

"Part of the reason why market anarchists reject the state altogether is the understanding that the political process is not 'broken' in the sense that word is used by 'reasonable,' 'moderate' commentators. Rather, the empty shifts that do take place within politics are only those permissible to the ruling class — the small group ultimately served by the aggregate of state actions." (05/14/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/7084  

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No states, no borders

May 15, 2011
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by David D'Amato  

"Laws that restrict and control immigration are the kith and kin of protectionist measures, the tariffs and other special favors that — under the pretext of protecting American workers — fortify Big Business and drive up consumer prices. On a fundamental level, immigration laws that tell people where they may live are no different in kind from any of the other arbitrary restrictions the state places on peaceful existence." (05/12/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/7050  

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Cluttering path to illegal immigrant citizenship

May 12, 2011
posted by

San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"President Obama addressed an enthusiastic crowd Tuesday when he spoke in El Paso about liberalizing federal immigration laws. Audience members exhorted the president to 'tear down' the border fence and called immigration hard-liners 'racist.' Yet Obama acknowledged that his administration has stepped up immigration enforcement. 'We are deporting those who are here illegally,' [sic] he said. 'And that's a tough issue. It's a source of controversy.' Those were not applause lines." (05/12/11)

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Endless immigration reform

May 12, 2011
posted by

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

"The operative word is 'reform.' Here we go again. More calls for immigration reform after decades of immigration reform. I thought that Berlin Wall type of fence they were constructing down on the Southern border was supposed to be their final reform. I thought they said that the fence would solve America’s immigration woes once and for all." (05/12/11)

http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2011-05-12.asp  

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The bipartisan crackdown on immigrants

May 11, 2011
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory  

"The two parties have slightly different rhetorical emphasis, but they both favor government action to restrict immigration. The conservatives want more fences and militarized cops or even soldiers on the border. The liberals tend to focus on the supposedly predatory businessmen who dare to hire undocumented workers. They want more spying on corporate America. Both factions have favored the National ID card as a measure to keep the huddled masses from taking the jobs of the native-born. But what about the moral issues involved?" (05/10/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3hthxf9  

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