Tag Archives: immigration

ICE thugs abduct 82 over five days in Virginia, DC

Source: NBC 4 News

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents [abducted] 82 people from 26 nations in an operation focused on Virginia and D.C., the agency said in a release. … ICE said the dozens of people arrested came to the U.S. from a variety of countries, including Algeria, Bolivia, China, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Iran, Jamaica, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Somalia, South Korea, Sudan, Trinidad, Vietnam and Sierra Leone.” (04/06/17)


Maybe arguing about immigration isn’t totally hopeless after all

Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Sam Bowman

“I’ve written before about why people oppose immigration — whether it’s because they believe that immigrants threaten their incomes, safety, or way of life, or because they just don’t like immigrants and want less of them for more emotional reasons. Simply asking them is unlikely to give us the truth, because people who simply dislike immigrants will tend to give a more reasonable-sounding reason (they may not even be aware that they are doing this). This paper tests this by looking at whether people’s responses change when they have new information that might make them less hostile to immigrants.” (04/05/17)


Do Muslim immigrants assimilate?

Source: Niskanen Center
by Jeremy L Neufeld

“In Trump’s recent interview with Fox News'[s] Tucker Carlson, the President said that for American Muslims, ‘assimilation has been very, very hard. It’s been a very, very difficult process.’ His comments echoed his earlier statements about Muslim immigrants made to Sean Hannity back in June: ‘Assimilation has been very hard. It’s almost — I won’t say nonexistent, but it gets to be pretty close. And I’m talking about second and third generation. They come — they don’t — for some reason, there’s no real assimilation. As is the case with many other issues, Trump is wrong. After consulting data and experts, this claim was deemed ‘false’ by Politifact. The reality is that Muslim immigrants successfully assimilate into American society.” (04/03/17)


H1B visas: Latest target in Trump’s war on the American economy

Source: GeekWire

“A new set of guidelines, issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Friday, requires computer programmers to provide additional evidence that they have specialized skills to qualify for an H-1B visa and work in the U.S. Effective immediately, employers who want to sponsor H-1B visas ‘must provide other evidence to establish that the particular position is one in a specialty occupation,’ according to the USCIS memorandum, first spotted by Bloomberg. The guidelines are designed to ensure employers aren’t hiring entry-level engineers from other countries and to encourage them to fill those jobs with American workers.” (04/03/17)


Trump’s wall is already collapsing

Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“Donald Trump spent more than a year rousing crowds with a simple promise: ‘I’ll build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall.’ As the campaign wore on, it got so he could ask ‘Who’s gonna pay for the wall?’ and the audience would roar, ‘Mexico!’ It was fun while it lasted. But now, in the cold light of day, some facts are coming into focus: It may not exactly be a wall. It won’t be paid for by Mexico. And it may not get built.” (04/03/17)


Why the wall won’t work

Source: Reason
by David Bier

“President Trump’s wall would be a mammoth expenditure that would have little impact on illegal immigration. But perhaps that’s not the point. The campaign’s goal was to plant an image in voters’ minds of what making America great again would look like. The president’s goal may now be to create a symbol, an illustration of a nationalism that says to the world that although people of all kinds may want to come here, America was created by and for Americans. For those who are not nationalists, the wall is a problem. The direct harms are easy to document: the spending, the taxes, the eminent domain abuse, and the decrease in immigrants’ freedom of movement. Even if the wall fails to reduce illegal entries significantly overall, one byproduct of making it harder to enter is that people will choose to cross in increasingly dangerous points along the border (the president’s ‘natural barriers’).” (for publication 05/17)


Five ways Trump’s anti-sanctuary city orders are unconstitutional

Source: Cato Institute
by Devin Watkins

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced that he will begin punishing states and local governments who refuse to help the federal government enforce its immigration laws — known as sanctuary cities — by taking away federal grants. Sessions even mentioned using a ‘claw-back’” to retake money already given to local governments. Two federal judges are already examining if they should be put on hold. The order is plainly unconstitutional. It undermines federalism in several ways.” (03/31/17)


Requiem for a sane immigration policy

Source: Cato Institute
by Jonathan Blanks

“Federal immigration enforcement policy has been working at cross-purposes with its stated goals for decades, and the Trump Administration seems dedicated to the most counter-productive policies to those ends. The walls and laws that were created to keep people out have kept far more undocumented people in the country than there had been in years past. Trump wants more laws and walls. Yet the overzealous tactics to target victims of crimes for possible deportation poison the relationship between local police and those they are sworn to protect and serve, allowing more crime to happen and more violent criminals to escape justice.” (03/29/17)


The tangled web of anti-immigration argumentation

Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“Well, people claim, if you have a welfare state, the masses of the world will flood into the USA just to collect the welfare state’s ‘free stuff.’ But why let them? Even under currently existing rules, undocumented immigrants are ineligible for nearly all welfare-state benefits. If a flood of immigrants will break the welfare-state bank, why not simply make immigrants ineligible? Case closed. In that case, the opponents of immigration claim that making the immigrants ineligible for welfare-state benefits won’t work because they will find a way to get the stuff in one way or another. But this objection is, in effect, a declaration that the state is incompetent — which is not exactly a news flash, to be sure. So the anti-immigrationists insist that instead the government must ‘close the borders.’ Notice, however, that in this case the anti-immigrationists, having just insisted that the government is too incompetent to exclude ineligible immigrants from welfare-state benefits, now presume that the government is so competent that it can keep undocumented immigrants out of the country.” (03/29/17)


Sanctuary cities and DoJ funding: The hypocrisy of Jeff Sessions

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“I don’t think the federal government should be handing out money and equipment (especially military equipment) to state and local police departments and court systems in the first place. Such gifts always come with strings attached, as Sessions is demonstrating with this stand. Better to keep local law enforcement locally funded and locally controlled. That said, Sessions and his department presumably believe that the money in question (recent examples include grants for ‘Smart Policing,’ police body cameras, and sexual assault kits) makes communities safer. That’s why the money gets handed out, at least in theory. If Sessions does believe that his grants help keep us safe, then he’s essentially threatening to increase the likelihood that you or I will be assaulted, raped, mugged or murdered unless our local, county and state governments bend to his will.” (03/29/17)