Tag Archives: immigration

Restrictionists are misleading you about immigrant crime rates

Source: Reason
by Alex Nowrasteh

“President Donald Trump never misses an opportunity to depict unauthorized immigrants — especially of the Hispanic variety — as ‘rapists and criminals.’ He did it again in his State of the Union address when he drew attention to two Long Island teenage girls killed by the El Salvadorian gang MS13. Those deaths are tragic, but they don’t say much one way or the other about the propensity of these immigrants to commit crimes. You wouldn’t, however, know that from restrictionist pundits who are working overtime to sell the ‘illegal immigrants are criminals’ narrative. … Some academic researchers have examined quasi-natural policy shifts to see how crime rates change due to more intense immigration enforcement. If illegal immigrants are more crime-prone, then more aggressive immigration enforcement in an area should lower crime rates. But they found no overall reduction. This suggests, at a minimum, that illegal immigrants’ crime rate is no higher than that of the broader population. More recent research conduced by Michelangelo Landgrave and me finds similar results.” (02/01/18)


I saw a lot of arguments against immigration on Twitter yesterday, but most of them are poor

Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“As many of you know, I grew up an immigration restrictionist, but morphed over time into a largely open immigration supporter because I simply cannot come up with a moral justification for a free society restricting anyone’s freedom of movement and association. I became convinced (more on this in a second) that not only did immigration restrictions limit the rights of those trying to immigrate, but despite being native born, they limited my property and association rights. Yes I have concerns and I think there are some valid arguments out there. It is, for example, really hard to square open immigration with our current definitions of citizenship and various government benefit programs. In addition, I am frequently concerned that we libertarians are being suckers on immigration, justifying immigration on the grounds of individual liberty and then having waves of immigrants who vote for things that limit personal liberty. … But I actually saw neither of these arguments made all day. Instead, I saw one form or another of these four arguments …” (02/01/18)


Trump says he’s open to pathway to citizenship “incentive” on DACA

Source: WGN 9 News

“President Donald Trump on Wednesday opened the door to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children, the first time he’s explicitly said he’d accept a pathway to citizenship for them. ‘We’re going to morph into it. It’s going to happen at some point in the future,’ Trump said of the immigrants eligible for some version of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Trump has ended but is urging Congress to replace. He said the time frame would be over 10 to 12 years. The President made his comments to a group of reporters who were meeting with White House chief of staff John Kelly at the White House. Trump called it an ‘incentive’ for the immigrants, who largely have known no other country beside America, to work hard and do a ‘great job.'” (01/25/18)


Trump regime intensifies war on Constitution, threatens to subpoena “sanctuary cities”

Source: Politico

“The Trump administration is escalating its fight with sanctuary cities and states, warning them that they could be hit with subpoenas if they don’t come clean about policies barring or discouraging officials from sharing information about undocumented immigrants in local custody. The Justice Department sent letters Wednesday to 23 cities, counties and states demanding that they turn over all records of such policies or practices. If they fail to produce those materials, they could face a legally enforceable subpoena and — eventually — action to recover millions of dollars worth of federal grants.” [editor’s note: It seems like it’s about as easy to get a warrant as it is to fall off a log these days. Why don’t the ICE thugs do that instead of demanding that people be unconstitutionally held without charge for their convenience? – TLK] (01/24/18)


The Great Wall of Trump is fighting the last war

Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

Mexico was never going to pay for Donald Trump’s 2,000-mile construction project — aka wall — along the Rio Grande. So he has taken Dreamers hostage to try and extract $20 billion from American taxpayers. (Dreamers are folks who were brought to this country as minors illegally but have grown up as Americans whose temporary protected status Trump will phase out in March, when they will be up for deportation unless Congress acts.) It’s unclear if he’ll succeed in securing funding for this monstrosity given that after initially caving, Democrats retracted their offer after it failed to produce much reciprocity from the administration, only an escalation of restrictionist demands. But erecting a giant barrier between two friendly nations would be profoundly sad; even mortal enemies like India and Pakistan don’t have such structures between them. And it would be tantamount to fighting the last war, given that illegal immigrant flows from Mexico have dropped sharply, and aren’t likely to go back up.” (01/24/18)


Border deaths

Source: Cagle.com
by David Fitzsimmons

Cartoon. (01/23/18)


Our heritage of open immigration from s***hole countries

Scott McPherson

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Scott McPherson

“From the end of the Mexican War, in 1848, until the 1920s, the only obstacle to travel across the southern border was terrain. Usually poor and uneducated, people crossed and traded across this line without restriction, and helped to settle the American West. Hispanic Americans today are known for their strong work ethic and commitment to family, religion, and community. Late 19th-century Americans feared cheap labor from Asia,and the strange ways and different morals of an exotic people. Americans of Asian descent are now the most educated, entrepreneurial, and law-abiding ethnic group in our society. The Irish, too, were hated and despised. … Throughout our history, newcomers have joined the melting pot, adding to the energy, innovation, and dynamism of our society, and contributing to the well-being of all. As each group came, those who were here ‘first’ howled about the danger posed by interlopers. Such fears were always unfounded.” (01/23/18)


Immigration hypocrisy, left and right

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“I don’t think there is any government program that reflects chronic hypocrisy more than immigration controls. Hypocrisy is the name of the game when it comes to immigration. … the left says, ‘Oh, no! Let the DACA children stay here. Unlike the heartless conservatives, we love the poor, needy, and disadvantaged.’ But wait a minute, progressives. Don’t you all support immigration controls? You’re not ready to embrace the libertarian position favoring open immigration, are you? Of course, you’re not. … the immigration hypocrisy runs through the right as well. Conservatives never cease reminding us of their favorite mantra — ‘free enterprise, private property, and limited government.’ Yet, they continue to embrace immigration controls, which are the perfect violation of the principles of their favorite mantra.” (01/23/18)


ICE thugs abduct doctor who has lived in the US for nearly 40 years

Source: Washington Post

“Lukasz Niec was 5 years old when his parents brought him and his sister to the United States from Poland. With two suitcases in tow, his parents — both doctors — left behind a country on the verge of social turmoil. It was 1979, about two years before the country’s authoritarian communist government declared martial law. Niec received a temporary green card and, in 1989, became a lawful permanent resident. He grew up in Michigan, went to medical school, became a doctor, and raised a daughter and stepdaughter. Niec, now 43, never fathomed that his legal status in the United States would become an issue. With a renewed green card, and nearly 40 years in the country, his Polish nationality was an afterthought for Niec, his sister told The Washington Post. He doesn’t even speak Polish. But on Tuesday morning, immigration authorities arrested Niec at his home, just after he had sent his 12-year-old stepdaughter off to school.” (01/22/18)


UK, France announce new treaty over migrants, Calais

Source: CNN

“France and Britain signed a new treaty Thursday aimed at speeding up asylum applications for migrants entitled to claim refuge in the UK. The new pact, which French President Emmanuel Macron said was the first border treaty between the two countries in 15 years, will cover unaccompanied children and will reduce the processing times for cases from six months to one month for adults, and from six months to 25 days for minors. Ahead of the meeting, Macron indicated France would not tolerate another camp being built in Calais, saying the port town will not be used as a ‘side door’ for migrants to gain access to the UK.” (01/18/18)