Tag: Immigration

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I’m intrigued by the concept of setting up zones in poorer areas that have separate legal, economic, administrative, and political (LEAP) protections than their host country does. John Fund talks today about one such project taking place in Honduras: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/383899/honduras-says-yes-leap-zones-john-fund More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. In Response to Mark Krikorian

 

It was very nice of Mark Krikorian to mention me and my recent post during the last Ricochet Flagship podcast. If you’re interested, here is the podcast, and the relevant section can be found starting around the 55:00 mark.

I need to respond to a few things Mark said. First, I’m not a member of the “political class,” and if their position is at all similar to mine, that people should be able to move freely across borders, well that’s news to me. Would that it were so! If it were, frankly, we wouldn’t be having the problems we’re having with this. It’s not a lack of action on the part of the government to exclude people that’s causing problems, rather its the federal government’s byzantine immigration system that in no way matches reality. This graphic from the good people at Reason gives you a good idea of what the system looks like. The government’s legal immigration system has the efficiency and rationality of the VA or the Post Office. (When I ran that graphic by a friend of mine, now back in England because she left when she was asked to, she dismissed it as oversimplified.) Small wonder people, when faced with an non-functional immigration system choose to avoid the system all together.

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Ricochet members are well to the right of the GOP on immigration. They take a hard line on the issue that will make the politics tricky to the extent members represent the GOP base. A majority, 59%, said that immigration was a very important issue but I don’t think this should be taken as a […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. No, I Don’t Have An Immigration Limit In Mind And Neither Should You

 

I am an unashamed, unabashed “open borders type.” I’m not a communitarian, so I don’t see the issue in utilitarian terms (although if I did, I’d still be an “open borders type”). I am an individualist, so I see things through the lens of the rights of the individual: an individual’s right to engage in non-violent actions, including to move without restriction, and my right to associate freely with whomever I damn well please.

In another thread, the question was put to me what, if any, maximum number of immigrants would be acceptable. The implied alternative to a numerical limit would be an infinite number. I don’t have a specific number in mind, nor should I. 

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Children are coming from Latin America in droves. Our ICE and military facilities are full. But why aren’t reporters going to Latin American countries to finding the origins of this human wave? Where are the reports, and reporters, from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Southern Mexico? These children know to come up. They must know something […]

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I know that after all this time I shouldn’t be surprised when the president has a good public roll in the mud, but I watched his announcement this afternoon on immigration and found myself more offended than usual. I’ve mostly stopped listening to the president’s speeches, because it’s so frustrating to realize yet again that […]

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President Obama has declined to enforce immigration law to the extent that 10’s of thousands of children, unaccompanied, have begun to stream across our Southern border in search of the American Dream.  It is a tragedy and it stands to become more so as the remaining years of the Obama administration begin to unfold – […]

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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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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. 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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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. 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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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 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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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 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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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. 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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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 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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