Posts Tagged ‘ immigration ’

“ICE” gang-bangers abduct thousands in nationwide crime spree

April 2, 2012
posted by

WNYC    

"Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested over 3,100 convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators, including 127 in the New York area, during a six-day national operation." (04/02/12)

http://wny.cc/HbrJE4  

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Why the right shifted on immigration

March 22, 2012
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"In 1977, Reagan expressed doubt about the 'illegal alien fuss' and suggested that such foreigners were 'doing work our own people won't do.' In 1986, he signed the immigration reform bill that conservatives now revile as 'amnesty.' Clearly the party has undergone a transformation since his day. The question is why." (03/22/12)

http://bit.ly/GLEjNp  

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Tell me the difference between Jim Crow and immigration restrictions

March 8, 2012
posted by

EconLog EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Under the Jim Crow laws, discrimination was not merely legal. It was mandatory. It was illegal for blacks to live, work, and shop in certain places. Virtually everyone today regards this as an enormous injustice. So do I. But I question the claim that modern American policy is vastly morally superior. The American government continues to mandate discrimination against an unpopular minority: illegal immigrants. And this mandatory discrimination is far harsher than anything under Jim Crow."

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2012/03/tell_me_the_dif_1.html  

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Corn subsidies at root of US-Mexico immigration problems

February 29, 2012
posted by

Acton Institute
by Anthony B. Bradley  

"America’s immigration debate will never be adequately addressed until we think clearly about the economic incentives that encourage Mexican citizens to risk their lives to cross the border. In fact, if we care about human dignity we must think comprehensively about the conditions for human flourishing so that the effective policies promote the common good. Sadly, U.S. government farm subsidies create the conditions for the oppression and poor health care of Mexican migrant workers in ways that make those subsidies nothing less than immoral." (02/29/12)

http://bit.ly/xjXguY  

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Border battleground

February 16, 2012
posted by

The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Ed Warner  

"His 50,000-acre cattle ranch stretches 19 miles to the southeastern border, supplying a convenient route for drug smugglers. His house has been burglarized, all his valuables stolen, including a prize antique gun. Chilton always leaves home with rifle and pistol, never sure what he will face. In days gone by, it was mostly immigrants parched after a desert trek. They wanted jobs and better lives in America. Now the game has changed, he says. The lone immigrant is not seen so much. Border crossers tend to come in packs led by a coyote, a criminal guide. He in turn works for one of Mexico’s cartels, which force the immigrants to carry drugs across the border, or sometimes human cargo held for ransom." (02/15/12)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/blog/border-battleground/  

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Aliens vs. bureaucrats

February 16, 2012
posted by

Reason Reason
by Greg Beato  

"The war on illegal immigration is characterized by chronic uncertainty; no one knows exactly how many illegal immigrants reside in the U.S. or precisely what causes their numbers to wax and wane. What is clear, however, is that eliminating illegal immigration creates more and more bureaucratic infrastructure." (for publication 03/12)

http://reason.com/archives/2012/02/15/aliens-vs-bureaucrats  

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Ayn Rand was an illegal immigrant

February 14, 2012
posted by

Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"According to today's anti-immigration Republicans, the Russian-born novelist should have returned to Soviet tyranny." (02/14/12)

http://tinyurl.com/78uhf5a  

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The illegals: Another angle

February 14, 2012
posted by

Fred On Everything
by Fred Reed  

"The fact is that the illegals come to work, and do, well and hard, which is why conservative patriotic busnessmen block attempts to restrict immigration. Which would be easy to do. Again, they come to work. Don't hire them, and they won't come. Illegals don't take jobs from Americans. Americans give them the jobs." (02/14/12)

http://www.fredoneverything.net/Indocumentados.shtml  

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Looking high and low for sources of economic growth

February 14, 2012
posted by

Library of Law and Liberty
by Donald Boudreaux  

"High-skilled immigrants are sexy. By definition, they possess talents that are rare relative to the skills possessed by the bulk of workers in both developing and developed countries. High-skilled immigrants, therefore, stand apart from other immigrants as well as from most workers in destination countries Government officials and the general public -- largely failing to think seriously about economics and, hence, defaulting into a mercantilist interpretation of the economy -- are more prone to tolerate, or even to encourage, the in-migration of high-skilled workers than of low-skilled workers." (02/14/12)

http://libertylawsite.org/?post_type=book-review&p=2606&preview=true  

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GOP targets child tax break for immigrants

February 9, 2012
posted by

CBS News    

"Republicans are looking to deny child tax credits to illegal [sic] immigrants -- refund checks averaging $1,800 a family -- in an effort that has roused anger among Hispanics and some Democratic lawmakers. The proposal, which would require people who claim the federal credit to have Social Security numbers to prove they're legal workers, is being offered as a way to help pay for extending the Social Security tax cut for most American wage-earners."

http://bit.ly/xAyR7o  

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The conservative case for immigration tariffs

February 7, 2012
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Americans have a remarkable history of welcoming immigrants and helping them assimilate. Most Americans can trace their ancestry to another country. But while Americans are magnanimous toward immigrants, federal immigration policy has not been as accommodating. Moreover, the law lags behind economic reality. Demand for immigrant workers has slackened because of the poor economy. Vigorous enforcement efforts have had very little impact." (02/07/12)

http://cei.org/onpoint/conservative-case-immigration-tariffs  

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Beyond the DREAM Act

January 25, 2012
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Fergus Hodgson  

"We’ve all heard of the policy centerpiece for immigration-reform proponents, the DREAM Act. The battle over this legislation, which would offer a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants, has labored on for more than a decade now; but, rather than being enacted, the bill has failed repeatedly. Sadly, the legislative battle has stoked animosity instead of intelligent dialogue between opponents and proponents of immigration reform and hardened the resolve of both sides." (01/23/12)

http://www.fff.org/comment/com1201p.asp  

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Free enterprise versus immigration socialism

January 22, 2012
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"Well, the GOP candidates had all the correct libertarian, free-market mantras out last night: pro-free enterprise, pro-capitalism, pro-free market, pro-private property, pro-fundamental rights, pro-Constitution, anti-socialism, and anti-regulation. And then came immigration, and all those mantras went out the window." (01/20/12)

http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2012-01-20.asp  

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AZ: Dems trying to repeal Know-Nothing Appeasement law

January 12, 2012
posted by

Arizona Republic    

"Democrats, emboldened by the recall of Senate President Russell Pearce and flagging public interest in enforcement-focused immigration laws, plan to introduce a bill to repeal Arizona's controversial Senate Bill 1070. But they admit their chances of success in Arizona's conservative-dominated Legislature are still slim to none." (01/11/12)

http://tinyurl.com/7egcvyj  

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The dystopian bungling and brutality of immigration enforcement

January 5, 2012
posted by

Anthony Gregory Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory  

"A fourteen- or fifteen-year-old Dallas girl was deported by U.S. immigration officials to Colombia. She spoke no Spanish and they did appear not to have even checked her fingerprints to ensure she was who they thought she was. It’s true, she gave a false name to local police, but there is simply no excuse for the government deporting anyone for any reason without even bothering with the basic bureaucratic steps it supposedly has in place to prevent such injustices. But of course, the fingerprint system is not there to protect people from government overreach; it’s there to empower the state." (01/04/12)

http://bit.ly/ygF2XX  

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GOP candidates betray the spirit of Reagan on immigration

January 4, 2012
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Daniel Griswold  

"Immigration has loomed larger as an issue in the Republican presidential debates than it does in the minds of most voters. Driven by a minority of activists in their party, the candidates have been drawn into an unhealthy competition to see who can sound the harshest in cracking down on low-skilled illegal immigrants from Latin America. So far the biggest loser in the competition is the Republican party." (01/03/12)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=13976  

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Obama regime sets up new hotline for immigration abductees

December 29, 2011
posted by

CNN    

"In the latest volley between the federal government and states pushing anti-illegal-immigration laws, the Obama administration announced Thursday it was establishing a new hotline for immigration detainees who feel they 'may be U.S. citizens or victims of a crime.' The 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week hotline is part of a 'broader effort to improve our immigration enforcement process and prioritize resources to focus on threats to public safety...'" (12/29/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6np2esm  

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America’s businesses get it: Immigration is good

December 29, 2011
posted by

OpenMarket.org
by David Bier  

"Anti-immigration advocates believe that harsh new laws will drive illegal immigrants out of the United States. They ignore the fact that the primary victim of these laws aren’t undocumented foreign workers, but business owners who are expected to verify the immigration status of each new employee. This informal deputizing of businessmen is exactly the sort of burdensome regulation and heavy–handed government intervention that conservatives rail against in every other area." (12/28/11)

http://tinyurl.com/cwd3tzd  

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The real illegal immigration problem

December 22, 2011
posted by

LewRockwell.com
by Jeff Berwick  

"But, it is not in Mexico where the great majority of the American illegal immigrants are causing big problems. Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants entered into Iraq and Afghanistan in the early 2000s. All are gangmembers, in the world's largest gang known as the DoD. They can be identified by their similar haircuts and wearing the gang colors of green or light brown camoflauge." (12/22/11)

http://lewrockwell.com/berwick/berwick25.1.html  

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Iowa Compact: A way forward on immigration?

December 19, 2011
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"With the national spotlight on the Republican Iowa caucuses, a group of prominent Iowans are also entering the immigration fray. On Tuesday they produced the Iowa Compact, a proposal that calls for federal immigration reform that increases legal immigration and refocuses law enforcement on security threats -- and away from trying to keep out farm workers." (12/16/11)

http://tinyurl.com/c352rqt  

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Take local police out of immigration enforcement

December 19, 2011
posted by

CounterPunch
by Bill Quigley and Sunita Patel  

"Last week the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (DOJ), to its credit, made public the findings of its investigation, initiated in March 2009, into civil rights violations in Arizona by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MSCO) headed by the notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio. ... Shortly after the DOJ’s findings became public, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ended its agreement allowing certain Maricopa County deputies to act as immigration agents on behalf of the federal government, a step community leaders have demanded for years. " (12/19/11)

http://bit.ly/ssuw6J  

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US proposes unmanned border crossing with Mexico

December 12, 2011
posted by

Arizona Republic    

"The bloody drug war in Mexico shows no sign of relenting. Neither do calls for tighter border security amid rising fears of spillover violence. This hardly seems a time the U.S. would be willing to allow people to cross the border legally from Mexico without a customs officer in sight. But in this rugged, remote West Texas terrain where wading across the shallow Rio Grande undetected is all too easy, federal authorities are touting a proposal to open an unmanned port of entry as a security upgrade." (12/12/11)

http://tinyurl.com/7laa9tq  

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SCOTUS will look at Arizona Know-Nothing appeasement law

December 12, 2011
posted by

USA Today    

"The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will take up a dispute over an Arizona law that requires police to check the status of people stopped or arrested if officers suspect they are here illegally [sic]. ... At the core is the dispute is how far states can go to try to discourage people from illegally [sic] crossing the border without infringing on the [non-existent] immigration-related power of the federal government." (12/12/11)

http://usat.ly/rAouim  

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Why the GOP should pay attention to what California Republicans are up to

December 5, 2011
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Fiscal conservatism, free trade, individual liberty, a strong national defense, and traditional family values are at the heart of the Republican and conservative platforms. That is why Marco Rubio, freshman Republican senator from Florida, and Newt Gingrich are calling for a more lenient immigration policy in line with those principles. Newt said in the most recent Republican debate, 'I don't see how the party that says it's the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families.'" (12/04/11)

http://tinyurl.com/7ovncxf  

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Anchor babies away?

December 4, 2011
posted by

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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