Tag Archives: immigration

Report: One Border Patrol thug killed, one injured when victims defend themselves with rocks

Source: Fox News

“Illegal immigrants [sic] reportedly assaulted two U.S. Border Patrol agents with rocks, killing one and seriously injuring another Sunday near the southern border with Mexico. Details around the attack remained murky Monday, however, an FBI spokesperson said Rogelio Martinez and his partner were not shot and a National Border Patrol Council official told KTSM the assailants were ‘undocumented immigrants’ who used likely used rocks to bash the agents.” (11/20/17)


A vast but dwindling reservoir of nativism

Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“If public support for immigration is so high, why has political opposition become so vocal? Because public support for immigration, though relatively high, remains absolutely low. And that’s all it takes for anti-immigration demagoguery to work. The real puzzle isn’t, ‘Why did Trump take a strong anti-immigration stand in 2016?’ but ‘Why doesn’t every presidential candidate take a strong anti-immigration stand in every election?’ And the obvious solution to this puzzle is elite-on-elite pressure: elites are more cosmopolitan than the masses — and shame fellow elites who dissent. Trump won by being the sort of elite who treats elite shame as a badge of honor.” (1/16/17)


Trump immigration rhetoric relies on statistical outliers

Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall & Michael Coon

“Many argue that we must do more to protect Americans from immigrant crime. Few would disagree that any immigration policy should consider the safety and well-being of current U.S. citizens. However, when we hear fear-mongering about immigrants, we should remember that immigrant outlaws are outliers—not the norm.” (11/13/17)


How immigration crackdowns screw up Americans’ lives

Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

“Jacqueline Stevens, a political scientist at Northwestern University and an expert on deportation law, estimates that in 2010 alone, over 4,000 U.S. citizens were detained or deported as aliens. Between 2003 and 2010, more than 20,000 Americans suffered the same fate. At any given time, Stevens maintains, about 1 percent of the inmates in immigration detention nationwide are American citizens. That figure may sound unbelievable, but in fact it is a conservative estimate. In principle, it is illegal for immigration authorities to detain U.S. citizens, much less deport them. But the reality is very different, Stevens says. Once someone is swept into the Kafkaesque nightmare of the immigration system, they are effectively assumed illegal until proven otherwise. What’s more, the standard due process protections that are afforded to ordinary criminals aren’t extended to suspected illegal immigrants.” (for publication 12/17)


Why immigrants are superior

Source: Notes On Liberty
by Jacques Delacroix

“Immigrants make better citizens than the average native-born. Over 90% of Americans, for example, only took the trouble to be born in the right country. That’s akin to choosing your parents carefully. There is not much merit in it, first because it just happened. Secondly, most native-born citizens of any country would not have enough information to choose the land of their birth over others if the thought crossed their minds. Here again, the exception proves (‘tests’) the rule: It’s possible to make such a choice since millions do, by emigrating, precisely. This would include the tens of thousands of Americans who live abroad more or less permanently. Immigrants, by contrast, choose and keep choosing merely by staying put. Their choice is deliberate, conscious and informed. Their appreciation for the country of their immigration is a form of adult love. It should be superior to the baby-love of many of the native-born who only know one mother.” (11/02/17)


Borderists don’t understand property rights, part infinity

Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“‘[I]mmigration’ is a lie used to justify bigger, more powerful government. Government to be aimed at those the borderists want to aim it at, but bigger, more powerful government, regardless. What was that main theme again? ‘In a fully privatized libertarian order … ‘public property’ … is the property of domestic tax-payers …’ Ummm. No. Sorry.” (11/05/17)


TX: ICE thugs abduct 10-year-old after emergency surgery

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“An undocumented 10-year-old girl was intercepted by federal immigration officers in Texas as she and a family member were in an ambulance being transferred between two hospitals so that she could receive emergency gall bladder surgery. Rosamaria Hernandez — who has cerebral palsy and was brought to the United States illegally [sic] from Mexico when she was just 3 months old — was with her cousin around 2 a.m. Tuesday traveling in an ambulance from a center in Laredo, Texas, to Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers stopped the vehicle at a checkpoint, according to her family …. the officers allowed the ambulance to proceed, but followed it to Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi. When the surgery was over, they [abducted] the girl.” (10/26/17)


Students For Liberty open borders debate: My opening statement

Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“1. Under open borders, all human beings, regardless of citizenship, are free to work for willing employers, rent from willing landlords, and buy from willing vendors. It’s a simple deduction from the basic libertarian principle that government should not interfere with capitalist acts between consenting adults. 2. The only principled libertarian objection to this is that the citizens of each country are its rightful owners, so they’re entitled to regulate migration as they see fit. 3. But if you believe this, there is no principled libertarian objection to any act of government …” (10/23/17)


Federal judge orders Trump regime to allow abortion for abducted teen

Source: CNN

“A federal judge has ordered the government to allow a pregnant undocumented teen immigrant in detention in Texas to get an abortion after the Trump administration denied her access to one. In a two-page decision, DC District Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered officials at the Department of Health and Human Services to allow the girl, identified only as Jane Doe, to be transported by a guardian or attorney ‘promptly and without delay’ to an abortion provider to obtain state-mandated counseling and then to obtain the abortion. … the unaccompanied 17-year-old is staying in a Texas shelter under the Office of Refugee Resettlement of HHS, which [abducts] undocumented immigrant minors that come to the US without any parents or guardians. She is not able to leave, except to leave the US entirely. While the teen had judicial permission, in the place of parental consent, and the funds to the get the abortion, the ACLU said, officials refused to transport her for the procedure or allow anyone else to do so.” (10/18/17)


Borders and neighbors

Source: papalibertarian
by papalibertarian

“I used to live near an Orthodox Synagogue. Because of their religious belief, Orthodox Jews do not drive on the Sabbath; they walk to services every Friday night; therefore, they strongly prefer to live in close proximity to their synagogue. Since this synagogue was on a major venue, I walked through often, and came to recognize a distinct style, big bushy beards, a certain kind of flat-brimmed hat, the cut of overcoat, the somber colors. … There was no ‘border control.’ … Bordertarians leap from these natural groupings of people to a demand to draw arbitrary lines and borders and post guards to create and enforce physical separation. That’s quite a extrapolation. They’ll go even further, and claim that the mere proximity of people whose hues of skin or ideas or religion differ from one’s own is ‘forced integration.'” (10/17/17)