Tag Archives: immigration

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)


Does Trump’s immigration agenda harm democracy?

Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“In the real world, politicians rarely calmly assess evidence before offering solutions. If you know a politicians’ ideology, you can generally predict what he’s going to say about even the most complex issues. And immigration is an especially emotional issue. Even so, Trump’s statements about immigration are unusually intellectually lazy and irrational. Consider some of his main public reflections on the topic. a. He’s claimed there are 30-34 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. — roughly triple the number virtually any quant accepts. … b. ‘The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States.’ Evidence for this strange conspiracy theory? None. … Trump’s low-quality thinking might be forgivable if his conclusion about immigration were, by coincidence, roughly accurate. But they’re not.” (10/16/17)


PA: No charges for man who tried to make pol feel like undocumented immigrant

Source: PennLive

“A man who was kicked out of a televised town hall for seeming to suggest that Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s daughter had been kidnapped won’t face charges. Simon Radecki’s question was inappropriate and offensive but was within the bounds of free speech, District Attorney John Morganelli said Monday, overruling police who initially planned to charge him. Radecki, a 28-year-old activist, was picked ahead of time to be one of Toomey’s questioners at the Aug. 31 event at a PBS station in Bethlehem. When it was his turn, he thanked Toomey for taking questions but then veered off-script and said: ‘I know we’ve been here a while. You probably haven’t seen the news. Can you confirm whether or not your daughter Bridget has been kidnapped?’ Police yanked Radecki off stage as he continued, ‘The reason I ask is because that’s the reality of families that suffer deportation …'” [editor’s note: It’s insane that whether or not the guy would be charged with a crime even seems to be a question; the only ones facing charges should be the cops who abducted him – TLK] (10/09/17)


CA: Brown signs “sanctuary state” bill

Source: Politico

“California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed ‘sanctuary state’ legislation limiting local law enforcement officials’ ability to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, the latest effort by Democrats here to blunt the effects of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. … The ‘sanctuary state’ bill prohibits local officials from asking about a person’s immigration status or from working in many cases with federal immigration agents. But the measure was significantly weakened before passage to gain Brown’s support, allowing local agencies to work with immigration authorities on cases involving immigrants convicted of a wide range of crimes.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (10/05/17)


ICE thugs abduct hundreds in sanctuary cities spree

Source: KTLA 5 News

“Immigration officials on Thursday announced hundreds of [abductions] targeting people in this country illegally [sic] and living in so-called sanctuary cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration rules. ICE said it [abducted] 101 people in the Los Angeles area, one of dozens of communities in California that have fought against the Trump administration crackdown on those here illegally [sic]. [Abductions] were also made in San Francisco and San Jose. Overall, ICE said it [abducted] nearly 500 people across the country over the last few days.” (09/28/17)


Feds, wasting time on Facebook

Source: Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh

“In the annals of the Federal Register, the Department of Homeland Security just published a scary new rule. It requires immigrants to hand over ‘social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information and search results’ as part of the visa-vetting process. Slated to go into effect Oct. 18, and applying to permanent residents and naturalized citizens as well , this rule is intended to weed out people whose social media activity reveals they are national security threats. Unfortunately, despite the Trump administration crowing about the importance of ‘extreme vetting’ of newcomers, the new rule will just make immigration a more convoluted process, while doing little to protect Americans from terrorism.” (09/28/17)


Heimatsicherheitsdienst thugs plan to spy on immigrants (and the rest of us) via social media

Source: Syracuse Post-Standard

“The Department of Homeland Security is now turning to social media to gather information on all immigrants, including permanent residents and naturalized citizens. The new rule was published in the Federal Register last week, stating that DHS wants to include ‘social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information and search results’ in immigrant files. The requirement is set to take effect on Oct. 18. The news was first reported by BuzzFeed News, who also noted that the new rule would affect U.S. citizens communicating with immigrants on social media by labeling their conversations as a part of government surveillance.” (09/26/17)


CA: Sanctuary state bill sent to Brown

Source: ABC 7 Eyewitness News

“A bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown seeks to make California a sanctuary state, but some demonstrators are urging the governor to veto the measure. The bill, SB 54, limits the cooperation and communication between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. Opponents in San Bernardino rallied Monday afternoon to urge the governor not to sign the bill. They argue it is an invitation to the world to enter and reside illegally [sic] in California.” (09/19/17)


“Democrats deport!”: Protesters bash Pelosi for dealing with Trump on immigration

Source: Business Insider

“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held a Monday press conference that was interrupted by a large group of immigrant-rights protesters, who blasted the California Democrat for dealing with President Donald Trump. The press conference, which Pelosi scheduled with Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee and Jared Huffman of California, was intended to focus on the DREAM Act, legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for people who were approved for DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects some 800,000 young immigrants who are living in the country illegally [sic] — and other immigrants who were brought to the US as minors. Protesters shouted down Pelosi, calling her a ‘liar’ while also chanting ‘Democrats deport’ and ‘all 11 million,’ signaling that they were seeking amnesty for all of the immigrants living in the US illegally.” (09/18/17)


Immigrants will play a crucial role in hurricane recovery efforts

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Steven Horwitz

“After Hurricane Katrina, grocery and big box stores all over the Gulf Coast found themselves having to create whole aisles devoted to Latino food. Mexican food trucks were everywhere in New Orleans. What caused this transformation of the food scene? Immigrants coming north to help rebuild after the storm. With the announcement that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, it is all the more important to understand why immigration matters at times like these. As areas of Texas, Louisiana, and Florida face a long and historically expensive recovery from Harvey and Irma, they need to learn all they can from Katrina. One of those lessons was the importance of immigrant labor in the rebuilding process.” (09/17/17)