Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

Donald Trump’s immigration principles would’ve barred his own grandfather

August 18, 2015
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Conor Friedersdorf The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf  

"Today, there are nearly 50 million Americans of German ancestry. Many have hazy, romanticized notions of the time when their ancestors came to America. And some, like Trump, champion restrictionist views on immigration that would've barred their own grandfathers from coming here had bygone Americans applied them. This despite the fact that, compared to Hispanic immigration today, the waves of 19th-century immigration imposed far higher costs on those already here: Contagious diseases killed more people; those at the bottom of the economic ladder vying with newcomers for work had less of a safety net to fall back on if outcompeted; radical political ideas from abroad led to violent clashes; immigrant riots rocked numerous cities; and every cost was born by a much, much poorer America." (08/18/15)

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Why it’s a mistake to take Donald Trump’s immigration plan seriously

August 18, 2015
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Peter Suderman Reason
by Peter Suderman  

"The release of Donald Trump’s immigration policy 'white paper' yesterday has occasioned a flurry of analysis that attempts to pin down exactly how the GOP presidential candidate's program might or might not work. Much of it is valuable in that it details how expensive, awful, unpopular, impractical (if not impossible), and downright inhumane Trump's ideas ('ideas') are. But in some larger sense all of this sober, relatively traditional political analysis is beside the point, because, regardless of how much detail Trump does or doesn't provide, or how plausible or implausible his plan is, or whether it accounts for the complications of Congress, cost-estimates, or the Constitution, it is a mistake to treat Trump's paper -- or, for that matter, anything else he says or produces -- as serious policy." (08/18/15)

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Even Republicans don’t support Trump’s call to deport millions of illegal immigrants

August 18, 2015
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Reason
by Nick Gillespie  

"I'm old enough to remember when conservatives and Republicans were flipped out by surveillance-state measures such as E-Verify and large numbers of immigration cops asking folks for their papers (remember, if immigrants need to show papers, then we all do). Immigration hysteria is where such worries go to die. A vast and always beefed-up bureaucracy that will have control over whether you can work and when you need to show proof of U.S. citizenship is preferable to living in a country with a limited government. Because, you know, Mexicans. And keep in mind that it's often the very same people who complain that the government can't do ANYTHING right and who hate racial bean-counters that are expecting the government to secure thousands of miles of border while also perfectly titrating the exact ethnic and professional makeup of the U.S. population." (08/17/15)

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Must libertarians believe in open borders?

August 13, 2015
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Sean Gabb Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb  

"For the libertarian mainstream, the only legitimate use of force is to protect individual rights. Since movement across a border is not in itself a violation of individual rights, closing the borders is, by definition, an illegitimate use of force. Therefore, the libertarian mainstream is formally opposed to immigration control. Of course, libertarians are not blind. They are usually aware of the crime and welfare dependency, and of the demands for accommodation to the ways of the newcomers .... Their response, though, has been to look more at treating symptoms than at addressing the cause." (08/12/15)

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Conservatives deceived me on immigration

August 12, 2015
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Thomas R Eddlem  

"I grew up in the conservative movement at the end of the Cold War, but eventually realized I had been misled on the issue of immigration. When I finally took the trouble to research the issue after receiving a private offer to write a series of anti-immigration tracts (a contract from which I declined), I found that most proponents of smaller government throughout American history had opposed immigration controls." (08/11/15)

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Three ideas to improve legal immigration

August 11, 2015
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"The Republican presidential debates this week marked the first serious start to the election cycle. Immigration dominated the first debate with each candidate scrambling to condemn illegal immigration more than the other. The bland bromides of support for 'securing the border' and more immigration enforcement are out of date in 2015. The changing facts of immigration and our dynamic economy require an update." (08/10/15)

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Where were the immigration reforms in the GOP debate?

August 10, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"The funniest part of the Republican presidential debate last night, for me, was the part about immigration. Every one of the candidates emphasized and reemphasized that illegal immigration is extremely important to the American people and, therefore, that it's imperative that the candidates present a solution. So, what solution did they propose? Not one!" (08/07/15)

http://fff.org/2015/08/07/immigration-reforms-gop-debate/  

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Rich plutocrat Bernie Sanders hates the poor but loves power

August 6, 2015
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Jason Brennan Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"Bernie Sanders, a rich 1-percenter plutocrat from Vermont, craves political power. His main goal in life is to hold as much power as he can over other people, and to do so, he prostitutes himself, trading political favors for campaign donations. Recently, a Vox article exposed that Sanders is little more than a rightwing reactionary, a person who sides with rich corporations at the expense of labor. When asked about open borders -- a policy that is unambiguously, by many orders of magnitude, the single most effective way to reduce world poverty -- Sanders said he opposes it simply because some donors to rival campaigns support it." (08/05/15)

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Sanders’s immigration comments prove we need a radical left

August 6, 2015
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Cory Massimino Center for a Stateless Society
by Cory Massimino  

"The sorry state of the mainstream left that embraces bad economics and closed borders (as a cover for xenophobia and anti-foreign bias) is a sign that we need a truly radical left. Without one, we’ll never transcend the downright cruelty that the political game rewards. A radical left that understands the solution to low wages and worker exploitation is to strike down monopolies, rather than create new, bigger ones. A radical left that recognizes the evils of state control and closed borders." (08/06/15)

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If you hate sweatshops, you should love immigration

August 6, 2015
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Sam Bowman Adam Smith Institute
by Sam Bowman  

"Things like the rule of law and decent, stable governance make it easier to invest with confidence, and seem to be some of the hardest things for poor countries to develop themselves. The cost of running a factory is lower in places where you know that factory won’t be seized by the state. I am not quite convinced that institutions are the most important driver of economic growth but they clearly matter a lot to maintaining a decent level of development. All of which strikes me as a good reason to try to allow would-be sweatshop workers in the developing world to come to the richer world to work. Letting them work here effectively allows us to stretch our institutions over them, boosting their incomes productivity and incomes." (08/06/15)

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France: Police blame anarchists for Calais migrant uprising

August 5, 2015
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Telegraph [UK]    

"British far-left activists are 'manipulating migrants' to stage mass intrusions into the Channel Tunnel and provoke violent clashes with security forces they depict as 'savages,' French police have claimed. ... Migrants made around 1,700 attempts on Sunday night to penetrate the Eurotunnel premises in a bid to get to England. ... Gilles Debove, of police union Unite SGP-Police FO, said police were convinced such action was being encouraged and coordinated by anarchists or far-Left activists, some belonging to the No Borders group." (08/05/15)

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Bernie Sanders is wrong on open borders: They’d help boost the economy

August 4, 2015
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Cory Massimino The Guardian [UK]
by Cory Massimino  

"Bernie Sanders has come out against open borders, claiming they are a 'right-wing proposal' that 'would make everyone in America poorer.' He argues that, while we have a 'moral responsibility' to 'work with the rest of the industrialized world to address the problems of international poverty ... you don't do that by making people in this country even poorer.' But there is a vast amount of literature showing that open borders could be the single best policy to alleviate global poverty." (08/03/15)

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Rand Paul’s Statue-of-Liberty-sized immigration contradiction

July 30, 2015
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Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"Those who think that Rand Paul is some heroic champion of civil liberties thanks to his filibusters against drone strikes and NSA surveillance ought to think again. There is no functional difference between the war on drugs and the war on immigration. Both use the power of the state to go after the supposed perpetrators of victimless 'crimes' (actually, in the case of immigration, the 'crimes' are not only victimless, but have only beneficiaries) while running roughshod over civil liberties and decimating minority communities. Yet Paul opposes the drug war and supports the immigration war ..." (07/30/15)

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The freedom to move: Personal liberty or government control, part 2

July 28, 2015
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Richard M. Ebeling The Daily Bell
by Richard M Ebeling  

"Opponents of more open immigration sometimes argue that the arrival of more immigrants means the threatened loss of jobs for those already living in the country. The often-implicit assumption behind this argument is that there are a fixed number of jobs in the country, and if more workers enter the labor market, by definition any work gained by one of the new arrivals must mean lost employment for someone else already there. As long as there are unsatisfied wants that more production could gratify, then there is always more work for more hands to do." (07/28/15)

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Don’t some libertarians favor immigration controls?

July 24, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"I recently received a good question about libertarianism and open borders: Aren't there some libertarians who favor immigration controls? If so, doesn't that preclude anyone from saying that libertarians favor open borders? The answer to the first question is yes, and the answer to the second question is no. The fact that some libertarians favor immigration controls is irrelevant in determining whether this particular government program is libertarian in nature." (07/23/15)

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Trump at Mexico border: “Hispanics love me”

July 23, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Ever sure of himself, Donald Trump paid a visit to the Mexico border Thursday and predicted Hispanics would love him ('they already do') because as president he'd grab jobs back from overseas and give more opportunity to those who live in the U.S. legally. 'There's great danger with the illegals,' the Republican presidential contender told reporters. But he claimed a 'great relationship' with Hispanics, even as Latino leaders have come at him with blistering criticism for his painting Mexican immigrants as criminals. 'I'll take jobs back from China, I'll take jobs back from Japan,' Trump said. 'The Hispanics are going to get those jobs, and they're going to love Trump.'" (07/23/15)

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TX: Regime seeks to dismiss immigrant birth certificate lawsuit

July 23, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

"Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit that claims U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrant parents have been wrongfully denied birth certificates. Paxton said the Texas Department of State Health Services, which is being sued by 19 families, has sovereign immunity under the 11th Amendment so the federal court lacks the jurisdiction over the state agency and the legal claims. ... the Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid sued the state after it refused to issue birth certificates to children who were born in America but whose parents are in the United States illegally [sic]." (07/23/15)

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My enthusiastic support for open borders

July 23, 2015
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"When Noah describes the economic benefits of immigration, he makes it sound redistributive: Our GDP goes up because we gained people, which presumably means the sending countries' GDP goes down by the same amount because they lost people. ... The point I'm confident Noah grasps, but fails to communicate: Due to vastly higher labor productivity in the U.S., U.S. GDP would rise more than sending countries' GDPs would fall." (07/22/15)

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Libertarianism and open immigration

July 22, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"The right to liberty includes freedom of association -- the right to associate (or not) with whomever a person wants to associate. Liberty also includes freedom of travel and freedom of movement. That doesn't mean that a person is free to trespass onto another person's property. It means that government lacks the authority to interfere with a person's decision to move to another dwelling whose owner is willing to sell or rent to him, to work in another business whose owner is willing to hire him, or just to visit and tour, or do anything else a person wants to do to pursue happiness in his own way, so long as his conduct is peaceful." (07/21/15)

http://fff.org/2015/07/21/libertarianism-open-immigration/  

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Freedom to move: Personal liberty or government control, part 1

July 21, 2015
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Richard M. Ebeling Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling  

"The immigration issue has once more bubbled to the surface in America because of the provocative statements and assertions by one of the Republication contenders for their party’s presidential nomination. Immigrants -- especially illegal immigrants -- are accused of stealing the jobs of 'real' Americans, of mooching off the welfare state at the expense of taxpaying U.S. citizens and legal residents, and threatening the political status quo of the nation, since 'we all know' that too many of those immigrants, if given citizenship, will vote for the political plunders who offer them more of other people's money." (07/21/15)

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Love, marriage, and green cards

July 16, 2015
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Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"For most of human history, love and marriage had positively nothing to do with each other. Marriages were arranged in order to strengthen alliances, end family feuds, and secure political power. You were lucky if you liked your spouse, let alone loved them! In the United States today, we don't see marriages for political power (though it's an interesting thought experiment to think about what would happen if one of President Obama’s daughters married one of Mitt Romney's sons). But we do see marriages that, more than likely, aren't for love." (07/16/15)

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Liberal science: The benefits of controversial free speech in the wake of Donald Trump’s campaign message

July 15, 2015
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Dashaya Foreman  

"FIRE has seen numerous cases in which students have attempted to combat speech they deem 'offensive' by silencing it. However, a more effective tactic for countering controversial speech is to question its truthfulness through reasoned debate. ... It is clear that while Trump's comments offended the Latino community and its allies, his freedom to voice those opinions has driven the national civil rights debate concerning Latino immigrants back to the forefront of American politics, proving that even contentious free speech can be beneficial and constructive." (07/14/14)

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Don’t reauthorize E-Verify

July 14, 2015
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Congress won't pass immigration reform this year, but they will face a vote to reauthorize E-Verify, a government electronic enforcement program forced on some employers to screen new hires. E-Verify's goal is to '[turn] off the jobs magnet that attracts so many illegal immigrants to the United States,' as Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) states. Smith is one of the program's biggest supporters in Congress, trying to portray the program as 'free, quick and easy to use.' Contrary to Smith's claims, there is no such thing as a 'free' government regulation." (07/14/15)

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In regards to Hoppe’s argument against open borders

July 13, 2015
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A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Goods obtained with stolen wealth rightfully belong to those who the wealth was stolen from. But this raises a question, what exactly can be claimed to be owned by the state? Is it everything within the imaginary lines it has drawn on our maps? If that’s the case the principle of homesteading seems to be absent in Hoppe's argument. Much of the land claimed by the United States government, for example, hasn’t been homesteaded, the state hasn't mixed any labor with it. It just sits untouched. If we were to divest the property of the United States to the people whose wealth has been stolen would we also include that untouched land? If so, why? Do states enjoy a special type of property right that allows it to just declare something its own in lieu of homesteading? If not, why is the land not open for homesteading and therefore why are open borders at odds with right-libertarianism?" (07/10/15)

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In praise of sanctuary cities

July 10, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp  

"A prominent anti-immigration propaganda mill, the Center for Immigration Studies, classifies more than 200 US cities, counties and states as 'sanctuary cities.' These political subdivisions, as a matter of public policy, ignore and/or decline to cooperate with the federal government's immigration regulation schemes. Those of us who are more concerned with the truth than with exploiting a woman's death for cheap political gain should support sanctuary cities as an unmitigated good." (07/09/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2062  

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