Tag: Immigration

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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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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.

The mere 15 percent of Democrats who favor increased immigration make up the overwhelming majority of Democratic pundits, think tank operatives and other opinion leaders. Indeed, it appears that many prominent progressives are opposed to any enforcement of U.S. immigration laws at all.

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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.

Part of what makes the Social Contract so useful is that it attempts to guarantee the rights of those under it. Presumably, the Social Contract does not give us fundamental rights, but instead asks us to curb some of our fundamental rights for guaranteed benefits. We give the state the power to coerce taxes from us so that it can protect us from harm and run a system that respects our private property.

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.”

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.