Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Trump and the myth of immigrant crime

July 7, 2015
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"In 2011, El Paso, Texas, had the lowest crime rate ranking of any city with 500,000 or more residents. That is despite being just across the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico -- which in 2011 had the second highest murder rate of any city on Earth. The same pattern shows up away from the border as well. In his extensive research on Chicago -- a city Trump cited for its violent crime -- Harvard sociologist Robert Sampson has found 'a significantly lower rate of violence among Mexican-Americans compared to blacks and whites.' Here, he says, 'increases in immigration and language diversity over the decade of the 1990s predicted decreases in neighborhood homicide rates in the late '90s and up to 2006.' If Trump wants to avoid rapists, here's some advice: Head for areas with lots of residents who were born in Mexico." (07/06/15)

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Immigration and voluntaryism

June 23, 2015
posted by

Skyler J Collins Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins  

"Many hold a passionate view on immigration, by which I mean the immigration of peoples across national borders. Not so much, if any, is their passion for in-nation immigration. What is the voluntaryist view on immigration, you ask? Let's find out." (06/22/15)

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SCOTUS splinters on rights of Americans with foreign spouses

June 15, 2015
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Politico    

"The Supreme Court splintered Monday on the question of what rights an American has when a foreign spouse is denied visa to come to the U.S. ... Five justices voted to overturn a 9th Circuit opinion which held American Fauzia Din was entitled to more details when her Afghan husband -- a former official in the Taliban regime -- was denied a U.S. visa for involvement with 'terrorist activities.' However, those five justices split 3-2 on why the appeals court went too far." (06/15/15)

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Lawsuit: US regime thugs mistreat abducted immigrants

June 11, 2015
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Arizona Daily Star    

"Immigrant-rights groups are asking a federal judge to force the Border Patrol to end the 'inhumane and punitive conditions' they say many detainees face at Arizona facilities. The legal papers filed in U.S. District Court name three individuals -- a man living in Tucson and two unidentified women -- who attorneys say were denied food, adequate clothing and sleep. Mary Kenney, an attorney with the American Immigration Council, said Wednesday that what the trio experienced is not unique." (06/10/15)

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Italy: Pols vow not to shelter any more rescued migrants

June 8, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Heartened by recent election successes by an anti-immigrant party, Italian politicians based in the north vowed Sunday not to shelter any more migrants saved at sea, even as thousands more were being rescued in the Mediterranean from smugglers' boats in distress. Elsewhere in the country, however, corruptions investigations have revealed that some local officials gleefully see a cash cow in the shelters. Over the weekend, nearly 6,000 migrants were rescued by an array of European military vessels, including 2,371 who were saved on Sunday from 15 boats that ran into difficulty shortly after smugglers set off with them from Libyan shores, the Italian coast guard said." (06/07/15)

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Why is illegal immigration so low?

June 4, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Contrary to popular opinion, U.S. immigration enforcement is draconian. The proof is in the prices illegal immigrants pay to human smugglers. Even Mexicans, our closest Third World neighbors, pay 2-3 years' worth of wages to illegally cross the border. Every other Third World nationality pays more. Millions of immigrants come illegally not because the cost is low but because the benefits are high." (06/04/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/06/why_is_illegal.html  

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Mr. Gorbachev, build us a wall!

June 4, 2015
posted by

Voices of Liberty
by AJ Oatsvall  

"Seriously, though, am I the only one getting pissed off about this garbage and tripe we’re being fed? It's all I ever hear from the mainstream media when it comes to solving our immigration problems. I swear to everything holy and decent, if I hear another pundit or talking head say we need a fence along our border(s), I am going to bust some heads! So let's build a wall around our country! Let's do what Ronald Reagan spoke out against! Let's build a wall so that a president from some other nation can come here and tell us, 'tear down this wall!' Makes perfect, logical, fucking sense, doesn't it?" (06/03/15)

http://www.voicesofliberty.com/article/mr-gorbachev-build-us-a-wall/  

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Was the Reagan amnesty bad for immigrants?

June 2, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Simpson-Mazzoli is the very bill that ultimately became the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 that modern nativists so revile for amnestying millions of illegal immigrants. My first reaction was that Bartley was being a libertarian purist -- focusing on minor downsides for immigrants instead of judging the overall package. But after pondering the details of the 1986 bill, I've reconsidered. Key point: In addition to the amnesty, the bill made it illegal to hire or recruit illegal immigrants knowingly. In other words, before 1986, it was legal to knowingly hire and recruit illegal immigrants! Once immigrants were over the border, U.S. employers could hire them without fear. Sure, illegal workers were still vulnerable to deportation, but employers are easier targets for legal prosecution. Employees and employers can both hide from regulators, but only employees can run." (06/01/15)

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SCOTUS scratches another Arizona immigration law

June 2, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"The U.S. Supreme Court landed the final blow against an Arizona law that denied bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and are charged with certain felonies, marking the latest in a series of state immigration policies that have since been thrown out by the courts. The nation's highest court on Monday rejected a bid from metro Phoenix's top prosecutor and sheriff to reinstate the 2006 law after a lower appeals court concluded late last year that it violated civil rights by imposing punishment before trial. While a small number of Arizona's immigration laws have been upheld, the courts have slowly dismantled most of the other statutes that sought to draw local police into immigration enforcement." (06/01/15)

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Appeals court denies Obama regime’s request to lift immigration amnesty injunction

May 27, 2015
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The Washington Post    

"A federal judicial panel in New Orleans on Tuesday denied the Obama administration’s request to lift an injunction on President Obama’s expanded deferred action program for illegal immigrants, throwing into doubt whether the program will begin before the president leaves office. In a split 2-to-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled that the restrictions imposed by a federal judge in Texas in February would remain in place as he considers a lawsuit from 26 states over the constitutionality of Obama's executive actions on immigration." [editor's note: Kind of weird; the Constitution clearly and unambiguously vests the power to issue pardons and reprieves in the presidency, so this should have been a slam-dunk, dismissed-with-prejudice kind of thing - TLK] (05/26/15)

 

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Anti-immigration conservatives hit a new low

May 27, 2015
posted by

A. Barton Hinkle Reason
by A Barton Hinkle  

"[Cesar] Vargas' parents brought him to the United States from Mexico more than a quarter-century ago, when he was 5. He went to school, then to college, and then to law school, making honor lists along the way. He interned with the New York Supreme Court. When the court considered his application to join the bar, it rated his performance 'stellar.' But his status as an unauthorized resident alien got in his way. Vargas aspired to join the military. 'This country has given me so much, I do want to be able to give back,' he recently told NPR. A provision in the latest defense-authorization bill would have taken a small -- very small -- step toward letting him. It would have expressed the sense of Congress that the Pentagon should study the question of whether unlawfully present immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children should be allowed to enlist in the armed forces someday. Cue the exploding heads. When they discovered the provision, conservative Republicans threatened to derail the entire $612 billion defense measure." (05/25/15)

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Opposing the war on immigrants

May 25, 2015
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Statist libertarians, and other opponents of freedom of movement that claim to support small government, cannot have both a small government and heavily defended borders. Anybody who follows a philosophy that advocates free markets should understand the problem here. The state is a monolithic entity that is slow to adapt to changes and relies on violence to accomplish all of its goals. Meanwhile immigrants are more akin to market actors. There are millions of them and when you have millions of people who can quickly adapt to changes going against a single entity that seldom adapts to changes the former group is going to win." (05/22/15)

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UK: Cameron sets immigration red line ahead of EU summit

May 21, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday restricting European Union migrant access to Britain's welfare system was a red line in his negotiations with the bloc, ahead of an EU summit he wants to use to launch informal talks on the issue. Cameron, re-elected on May 7, has pledged to reshape Britain's ties with the European Union before holding an in-out EU membership referendum by the end of 2017. ... Official data released hours before he spoke showed net annual migration hit a near record high of 318,000 in 2014, despite his pledges to cut it to less than 100,000, much of it from the EU and fueled by Britain's strong economy." (05/21/15)

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Having trouble getting qualified recruits? DON’T expand your pool

May 14, 2015
posted by

David Henderson EconLog
by David Henderson  

"Representative Dave Brat (Republican, Virginia), writing in The Daily Signal, objects to members of Congress who want to expand the pool of eligible recruits by accepting illegal aliens. His argument is not simply that they're illegal. Whether you think that argument is good will depend, on part, on what you think of letting people get away with breaking the immigration law(s). What does not make sense, though, is one of his economic arguments. And that's surprising, given that Congressman Brat is not just a random Congressman: he was recently an economics professor." (05/14/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/05/having_trouble.html  

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Will immigrants destroy our freedom?

May 4, 2015
posted by

Benjamin W Powell Independent Institute
by Benjamin W Powell  

"A fresh vegetable imported from Mexico cannot protest, demand social services, or vote. But a migrant worker from Mexico who tends vegetables on a U.S. farm might someday do all three. Is this a legitimate cause for concern? Many Americans worry that immigrants from poorer countries, like Mexico, might eventually undermine the very freedoms that created the prosperity that has attracted them to the United States. But new evidence casts doubt on these fears." (05/01/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=6375  

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Hungary: Orban wants to bring back pre-planned state killings, use immigrants as slave labor

April 29, 2015
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Hungary's nationalist rightwing leader, Viktor Orban, has threatened to reintroduce the death penalty, outlawed in the European Union. The prime minister also reinforced his reputation as the EU's main maverick with a powerful anti-immigration manifesto that equates migrants with terrorists, says immigrants are taking Hungarians' jobs, recommends internment camps for illegal immigrants and states they should be forced to work. ... Hungary abolished the death penalty -- after this was proscribed by the EU charter of fundamental rights -- following the collapse of communism in 1989. The EU executive in Brussels said on Wednesday that moves to reinstate the death penalty could incur curbs on Hungary's EU rights and entitlements." (04/29/15)

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Employers foot US $30 billion for broken immigration process

April 21, 2015
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Nick Zaiac  

"US$2,200, six federal forms, 118 pages of documents to file. These are the costs of hiring a single immigrant worker for a hypothetical business, as reported in a new study by Sam Batkins and Laura Collins of the American Action Forum. Batkins and Collins note that the lawyer fees make up a large portion of these costs." (04/20/15)

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Let them in

April 21, 2015
posted by

Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"Following a week in which an eye-watering 1,000 migrants are thought to have perished in the Mediterranean, European officials and observers are frantically asking 'What can be done?,' as if it's a difficult question. But it isn't. If you want to stop these terrible deaths at sea, there's a simple solution: liberalise Europe's approach to immigration; be as open as possible to the arrival of these budding workers and aspiring citizens from Africa and the Middle East. That is what can be done, and must be done." (04/21/15)

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Appeals court to take up Obama’s immigration action

April 17, 2015
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"Appellate judges on Friday were to consider whether to lift a temporary hold imposed by a federal judge in Texas on President Barack Obama's executive action seeking to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a closely watched case that is holding up Obama's immigration action." (04/17/15)

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Uruguay’s selective amnesia on migration

April 13, 2015
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Priscila Guinovart  

"The first Europeans to arrive in what we now know as Uruguay, back in 1516, were essentially the crew of navigator and explorer Juan Diaz de Solis. The arrival of the first Iberian settlers was a trickle that soon become a wave. Between 1860 and 1920, some 600,000 immigrants arrived in Uruguay, mainly from Spain and Italy. To put this in perspective, the current population of Uruguay is only some 3.3 million individuals. Beyond the statistics are thousands of families and cultural influences that made us who we are today. It was this multiculturalism that allowed Uruguay to become one of the region's most liberal countries: it was secular by 1918 and women could vote in 1917. Unfortunately, it seems as though minds aren't so open when immigrants don’t come from Western Europe." (04/09/15)

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Federal judge says he still hasn’t read Article II, Section 2 of US Constitution

April 9, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"A federal judge in Texas declined late Tuesday night to lift an order he issued in February that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's controversial immigration actions from going into effect. In a 15 page ruling, U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen said he 'remains convinced' that his original findings -- halting programs meant to ease deportation threats to millions of eligible undocumented immigrants-- were correct." [editor's note: Which part of "The President ... shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment" is unclear? - TLK] (04/08/15)

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Immigration policy is unjust

April 9, 2015
posted by

Robert Higgs Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs  

"Like you and every other person, I have no just right to prescribe for another person where he may come and go, with whom he may contract as employer or employee, and with whom he may buy, sell, and otherwise associate, so long as he does not violate anyone's justly acquired private property rights or otherwise infringe on anyone's natural rights. I don't own other people; nor do you; nor does anyone else." (04/07/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/04/07/immigration-policy-is-unjust/  

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Welfare, corporate welfare, and immigration

April 6, 2015
posted by

Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"Here are questions for your anti-immigrant friend who believes that the welfare state demands restrictions on immigration: Do you also believe that the existence of corporate welfare -- including the Small Business Administration -- demands restrictions on corporate chartering and business start-ups? Given the habit of Uncle Sam and state governments to annually dole out hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer money to lazy, privilege-seeking small businesses and big corporations, oughtn't we restrict business creation until and unless such corporate welfare is ended?" (04/04/15)

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Only a mug would vote for the anti-immigrant Labour Party

March 31, 2015
posted by

Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"If you want to see how shallow political debate in Britain has become, look no further than mug-gate. Over the weekend, the internet -- well, the media-obsessed Twits of the Twitterati, who clearly have nothing better to do of a weekend -- went into meltdown over the revelation that Labour is selling mugs that say 'Controls on immigration ... I'm voting Labour.' It's a pledge mug, and there are five in total -- Labour having only five pledges in the run-up to the General Election, because apparently the public can't handle anything more complex than five snazzy one-liners outlining some eye-wateringly unambitious policies. Labour-supporting media people were mortified by the immigration mug. The left-ish (very ish) press was shocked. The mug was branded 'unspeakably naff' and 'outright racist at worst.' All of which raises a question: where was the outrage when, er, Labour actually unveiled its immigration-control policy, weeks ago?" (03/31/15)

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Plug-and-play people

March 26, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"One common complaint about proponents of open borders is that we picture human beings as interchangeable parts. If an American can do X, so can a Haitian. Why can't the open borders crowd see the obvious truth that people are not 'plug-and-play' -- that you can't jumble different kinds of people and expect them to function well together? My instinctive reaction is to appeal to Econ 1 and basic facts." (03/26/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/03/plug_and_play_p.html  

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