Tag Archives: immigration

A kind word on behalf of the Mexicans

Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

"'The immigration problem' or 'the border problem' has been a heated topic of debate and politicking in recent years. (This recent spurt is only the most recent in a series that goes back for centuries in U.S. history.) In large part this debate pertains to the entry of Mexicans, especially undocumented Mexicans, into the USA. For those who support a strong 'closed borders' or 'secure the border' position, the debate often involves claims about Mexicans — what sort of people they are, what one may reasonably expect them to do if they become residents of the USA, what crimes they have committed or will commit in the future, and so forth. Anyone who is familiar with Mexicans is struck repeatedly by the sheer ignorance and the false claims that immigration opponents marshal in support of their position." (06/23/17)


SCOTUS limits regime's power to revoke citizenship

Source: The Hill

"The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a naturalized immigrant can’t be stripped of their citizenship for making false statements during the naturalization process that are irrelevant to an immigration official's decision to grant or deny citizenship. A unanimous court said the government must establish that an immigrant’s illegal act during the naturalization process played some role in acquiring citizenship. When the underlying illegal act is a false statement, the justices said a jury must decide whether the false statements altered the naturalization process and influenced the immigration official's decision." (06/22/17)


NY: Cuomo pardons former 9/11 worker fighting deportation

Source: Fox News

"A former ground zero worker fighting deportation to Colombia for a 1990 drug conviction received a pardon from Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday and will use it to challenge his removal from the country. Cuomo, a Democrat, said that if Carlos Cardona is deported he might not be able to receive adequate health treatments for ailments he suffers after working in the Sept. 11, 2001, recovery effort. … Cardona, who lives in Queens, has been detained since February after appearing for a routine ICE appointment, Cuomo said. He has been held in Hudson Correctional Facility in Kearny, New Jersey. Cardona entered the U.S. illegally in 1986 from Santiago de Cali, Colombia. He was convicted in 1990, when he was 21, of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He has lived crime-free since then, and the pardon should allow him to fight deportation, Cuomo said." (06/22/17)


Immigration and states' rights

Source: Notes on Liberty
by Rick Weber

"Bryan Caplan (arguing the affirmative) and Christopher Wellman recently debated whether immigration is a human right. Wellman won the debate according to audience votes, but I think his argument was significantly weaker. He made confused arguments that, when given second thought lend credence to Caplan’s position. But through hand waving he transitioned to 'and therefore states’ rights!' I am far from convinced that state’s rights are valid, but I do want to explore an interesting issue he raised: the moral weight of collective phenomena." (06/19/17)


More immigration does not mean less economic freedom

Source: Independent Institute
by Benjamin Powell

"It is not easy to maintain a society’s commitment to freedom and limited government. The social consensus on which these values are based requires constant work. And many conservative intellectuals fear that large-scale immigration, especially from poor and unfree countries, makes this job much harder because immigrants bring with them the attitudes and beliefs of their home country that have an impact on their destination countries. However, new research shows that the fear that immigration undermines economic freedom may be overblown." (06/14/17)


Australia: Regime reaches $53 million settlement with abducted refugees

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"The Australian government has agreed to a $53 million settlement with 1,905 people who were held at a refugee detention camp on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. It's one of the largest human rights class-action settlements in Australian history. The Manus Island camp, an all-male facility, has for years been blasted by rights groups for its conditions. The detainees party to the lawsuit were held there at various times between November 2012 and May 2016, and say they suffered from negligence and false imprisonment. Asylum-seekers trying to reach Australia by boat were routinely intercepted by Australian authorities and taken to facilities on Manus or on the island of Nauru." (06/14/17)


MI: ICE thugs abduct dozens

Source: Detroit Free Press

"Dozens of Chaldeans from metro Detroit were [abducted] Sunday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and face possible deportation, leaders in the Chaldean community said. Martin Manna, an Iraqi-American Christian advocate who is president of the Chaldean Community Foundation based in Sterling Heights, said he’s getting information from family members of those [abducted], many of who live in Macomb and Oakland counties. … A spokesman for ICE declined to comment on any specifics. … Chaldeans are worried they will be persecuted as Christians in Iraq if they are deported. In 2003, there were 1.4 million Christians in Iraq, and today there are fewer than 200,000, Manna said." (06/12/17)


Can America's survive the threat of deportations?

Source: The Atlantic
by Michael Franks

"As in the rest of the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as much as half of the farm workforce in New York is undocumented. The fear of deportation looming over Hudson Valley farmworkers is also impacting farmers — what they’re willing to plant and what they think they’ll be able to harvest. 'My ancestors are Irish and they were called all sorts of names,' Pete, a 58-year-old farmer, told me. He said the country has swung back around to how it was a century ago. 'Now people say Hispanics are taking their jobs,' Pete said. 'Come on. You can’t get a kid who can flip a burger to come here and do this job for $15 an hour. If we had a workforce that was willing to do this work, I’d hire them, but we don’t.' A 2014 American Farm Bureau study backs that up: It shows that unemployed Americans regularly shun farm work, even preferring to stay unemployed. Which is one reason why Pete told me he’s anticipating a rough year: He’s not sure he’ll have the hands to do the work on his berry, apple, and vegetable crops. " ()6/06/17)


The courts are right to stop the immigration ban

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by David Bier

"Since last year, I have argued that, setting aside the constitutional questions, the order as applied violates the letter of the law. Our brief argued the same. Since 1965, the Immigration and Nationality Act has banned all discrimination in the issuance of immigrant visas — or permanent residency visas — based on national origin or nationality. Some of the plaintiffs in this case were U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents petitioning for their spouses or family members, and the order would purport to deny or at least delay their ability to obtain a visa. That’s a violation of the law. The district court found that the order did violate the law, but only insofar as it related to visa issuance, not entry." (06/01/17)


DHS report: More than 700,000 people ignored gang turf diktats in 2016

Source: ABC News

"More than half a million foreigners stayed in the United States after their visas expired during the last fiscal year, according to a new report released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Monday. Of the more than 50 million foreigners that entered the U.S., 1.47 percent — or 739,478 people — stayed in the country past the length of their visa. That includes those who stay one day over their allowable time, as well as people who have no intention of ever leaving the U.S." [editor's note: Cool! Let's see if we can increase that by an order of magnitude between now and 2020! – TLK] (05/22/17)