Tag Archives: immigration

Trump's police state escalation exacerbates Obama's strangulation of US farm sector

Source: Cedar Rapids Gazette

"[Arnulfo] Solorio is one of a growing number of agricultural businessmen who say they face an urgent shortage of workers. The flow of labor began drying up when President Barack Obama tightened the border. Now President Donald Trump is promising to deport more people, raid more companies and build a wall on the southern border. … Farmers are being forced to make difficult choices about whether to abandon some of the state's hallmark fruits and vegetables, move operations abroad, import workers under a special visa or replace them altogether with machines. … raises and new perks have not tempted native-born Americans to leave their day jobs for the fields. Nine in 10 agriculture workers in California are still foreign born, and more than half are here illegally [sic], according to a federal survey." [editor's note: But oh, how the immigration authoritarians will whine about prices going up … – TLK] (03/23/17)


Is immigration a basic human right?

Source: EconLog

Debate between Bryan Caplan and Christopher Wellman. [Flash video]


Is immigration a basic human right? My opening statement

Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

"Since we're in San Diego, we've seen illegal immigrants. What are the vast majority of them doing? Working for willing employers. Renting apartments from willing landlords. Buying stuff from willing merchants. Sending money home to their families. Maybe even sitting next to you in class. They sure look innocent — even admirable. But the U.S. government can and does forcibly arrest and exile them to the Third World. Why can't they all just come legally? Because exile is the default; they're all exiled unless the U.S. government makes a rare exception. This is far less bad than killing or imprisoning them, but it sure looks like a severe human rights violation. If the U.S. government forbade you to live and work here, wouldn't that be a severe violation of your human rights?" (03/20/17)


"Homeland Security" gang publishes list of jurisdictions that rejected ICE thugs' demands

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"The Department of Homeland Security made good Monday on a Trump administration promise to publicly shame cities and counties that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released its first weekly list of local jails and jurisdictions that haven't honored so-called immigrant detainer requests. Such requests on behalf of immigrations officials go to cities and counties asking that local law enforcement hold an inmate who is in the country illegally [sic] and has been arrested or charged with a crime. The intent is to have such prisoners detained for up to 48 hours so that federal officials can decide whether to [abduct] and deport them." (03/20/17)


Should libertarians support a police state?

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"When libertarians defend immigration controls, they are necessarily endorsing, at the same time, the police state that the enforcement of immigration controls brings into existence. That raises an important question on methodology: Will people seriously consider libertarian ideas and philosophy if libertarians are simultaneously defending liberty and a police state?" (03/16/17)


Debating immigration policy at a populist moment

Source: The Atlantic
by David Frum and Conor Friedersdorf

Debate between David Frum and Conor Friedersdorf. Friedersdorf: "While I agree that lots of presidents have talked tough on immigration without cracking down on employers of illegal labor, and that some observers make the Obama administration's record sound tougher than it was, I am correct in observing that Obama presided over a militarized border, millions of deportations, a cap on refugees, and harsher vetting procedures for countries with a terrorism problem. Those actions did not constitute a serious attempt to 'solve' illegal immigration, but they still bolster the case that Obama believed in 'the reality of nationhood.' Neither Reagan nor Bush nor Clinton nor Bush II nor Obama agree with the premise that undocumented immigration on their watches posed a threat to nationhood." (03/09/17)


Trump plan "pays for" immigration police state boost with cuts to Coast Guard, TSA

Source: Politico

"The Trump administration wants to gut the Coast Guard and make deep cuts in airport and rail security to help pay for its crackdown on illegal immigration [sic], according to internal budget documents reviewed by POLITICO — a move that lawmakers and security experts say defies logic if the White House is serious about defending against terrorism and keeping out undocumented foreigners. The Office of Management and Budget is seeking a 14 percent cut to the Coast Guard's $9.1 billion budget, the draft documents show, even as it proposes major increases to other Department of Homeland Security agencies to hire more border agents and immigration officers and construct a physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. … the administration would slice the budget of the Coast Guard and cut 11 percent in spending from the TSA — reductions that critics say would weaken safeguards against threats arriving by sea or air." [editor's note: Very wise cuts on their own; too bad he wants to use them to "pay for" other stuff that's at least as evil – TLK] (03/07/17)


Decriminalize immigration, free movement for all!

Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by James C Wilson

"The current President's obsession with border walls and immigrant crackdowns stems from unfounded fears and misconceptions. Immigrants actually commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans, and many (if not most) things the state considers crimes should not be outlawed in the first place! Unauthorized immigration from Mexico — the country Trump consistently highlights as a major cause of America's woes — has been decreasing since 2009. Immigrants simply do not pose the threat that Trump claims they do. Much of the hysteria is reliant on the fallacious assumption that the state ought to be protecting American workers from competition or the idea that it must preserve some vague notion of white American cultural purity. Both are the antithesis of a free society." (03/06/17)


DHS gangsters may split up abductees' families to "deter more movement"

Source: New York Daily News

"The Trump administration is looking into separating asylum-seeking parents from their children in an attempt to discourage immigrants from entering the U.S. illegally [sic], Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly confirmed on Monday. Responding to questions about reports from last week, Kelly told CNN that his department is prepared to do 'almost anything' to dissuade Central Americans from entering the U.S. without proper documentation [sic], including placing children in foster care while their parents' asylum applications are pending." (03/07/17)


Immigration is not citizenship

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Today there are more than a million Americans living in Mexico. Most of them are retirees. They have chosen to retain their American citizenship. Many of them have chosen not to assimilate into Mexican society. They still eat hamburgers instead of enchiladas, they still pay taxes to the IRS, they still speak English at home, they still vote here, and some of them even root for American sports teams. Should those Americans be considered bad people — unpatriotic people — for not pledging allegiance to the flag of Mexico? Of course not! They have every right to just live their lives the way they choose. Who cares that they have chosen to remain American citizens? This is one of the aspects of open immigration that anti-immigrant types just don't get. They think that just because foreign citizens come to the United States to live or work, it is incumbent on them to become American citizens. Not so!" (03/06/17)