Tag: Immigration

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I am thunderstruck to read that Paul Ryan and others are again mustering support for immigration reform. Ryan is a hero to all people who want to see fiscal reform and restraint, D or R or L. But he is advocating a plan that is certain to turn his dream of reform to ashes in […]

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In August my oldest daughter shall be leaving Australia and moving to the United States for five years. There she will be undertaking graduate studies in linguistics towards a PhD at UC Berkeley, thanks to her academic acceptance and the award of a Berkeley Fellowship. As the time draws close she has been taking the […]

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Progressives Fear Open Borders Too

 

world-war-z-2013-stills1Not to step on Frank’s beat, but in a case of I-read-it-so-you-don’t-have-to, Salon has a piece by the intellectually one-dimensional Michael Lind. If you ever want a handle on unthinking progressive reactionism, Lind is your guy.

Strangely, Lind sounds much like a conservative in that he laments the support for open borders by progressive elites.

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 Breitbart:http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/05/13/Jeb-Bush-Opposing-Amnesty-Makes-No-Sense-to-Me “For the life of me I have a hard time understanding why people are fearful of our own heritage, our own history,” Bush reportedly said. “The rules are you come to this country, you pursue your dreams, you create value for yourself and your families and others and great things happens to you and […]

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Human Rights, Free Movement, and the Social Contract

 

TheSocialContractA libertarian’s driving concern is with maximizing the fundamental rights of all people. I often find myself bumping up against the “Social Contract,” which works as a circuit breaker to that logic. Up until now, I’ve tried to wave away the Social Contract, as most radical libertarians tend to do because of its inconvenience.

I have since concluded this is the wrong way to go about it. It’s foolish to ignore the utility of the Social Contract and the good that has come about under it, even if it is correct that it ultimately should be replaced by something better.

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Immigration, What Is It Good For?

 

No, my answer is not “nothing”, as the lyric might suggest. But this is a basic question we seldom grapple with, other than in the most vaporous, cliche-ridden terms.

A comment by Guruforhire in my previous thread made me think of this:

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Immigration: All at Once, or Step by Step?

 

The Senate passed an omnibus immigration bill last year, 1,000+ pages long and larded with goodies for every interest group that was riding the “comprehensive immigration reform” train. Like all such massive bills, it was a mess, and the House GOP dismissed it out of hand, insisting on smaller, more targeted steps.

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) floated just such a piecemeal proposal last week. Its substance is flawed, but it’s an example of concrete thinking about what step-by-step immigration changes might look like. As a bonus, it puts the Democrats in a politically awkward position.

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In February, Ricochet member tabula rasa asked about our “dream debate.” A couple weeks ago, my wish came true. Reason.com posted the recent “debate” between Bryan Caplan and Mark Krikorian. Debate is in quotes because the video is really 10 minute opening statements, so there’s no real back and forth. The third guy is Alex Nowrasteh, who […]

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Amnesty and America’s Bottom Line—D.C. McAllister

 

As an Investor’s Business Daily editorial said at the beginning of this year, major businesses are calling for immigration reform because it’s good for their bottom lines even though it’s bad for America’s.

Politicians and big business have colluded in the push for amnesty: “Businesses like cheap labor. And politicians like political contributions from business. So they’ve formed an unholy alliance to push the idea that costs for amnesty for illegals would outweigh the benefits. But they don’t.”

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Rick Perry on the GOP, Foreign and Domestic Policy

 

In an extended episode of Opinion Journal, I talked today with Texas Governor Rick Perry about a wide array of issues: Vladimir Putin, Syria, the Obama Administration’s Asia policy, immigration, Obamacare, and what he learned from the 2012 election, just to name a few:

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Are the immigration needs of Silicon Valley Tech firms the same as that of Sugar Farmers of central Florida? Does the state or the Federal Government bear the brunt of the expenses of immigration? More

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Sorry, Officer, I Left the Visa in My Other Pants — Mark Krikorian

 

As I wrote over at The Corner, Rand Paul made a fool of himself earlier today in a speech on immigration by claiming that the 5 million or so illegal aliens who overstayed visas (as opposed to infiltrating across the border) “somehow lost their documentation.” (Yes, that’s what he really said, and it doesn’t appear to have been an April Fool’s joke.)

As hilarious (or dumbfounding) as that is, my question for Ricochet is about the overall topic of his speech: How the Republican Party and/or the conservative movement can reach out to American voters with roots in Latin America. For all his supposed iconoclasm, Paul’s approach seems to be the same as the rest of the GOP political/donor class: Amnesty, loose enforcement, and ever-higher levels of immigration.

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