Immigration

The Case for Open Immigration

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Immigration controls are nothing but a system of socialist central planning. No wonder we have had a decades-long immigration crisis. The libertarian concept of open immigration encompasses such basic tenets of libertarianism as liberty of contract and freedom of association. The Future of Freedom Foundation presents the panel "The Case for Open Immigration" with Jacob ... [click for more]

Bionic Mosquito’s Bite Misses the Mark

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In my article “Bionic Mosquito Has It Wrong on Immigration,” I pointed out that when it comes to immigration enforcement measures that accompany immigration controls, Bionic Mosquito (i.e., Jonathan Goodwin) was steadfastly ensconced in the land of silence. Like many proponents of immigration controls, he simply chose not to discuss them. Bionic has ... [click for more]

Bionic Mosquito Has It Wrong on Immigration

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Jonathan Goodwin, who writes under the pseudonym Bionic Mosquito, has an article at LewRockwell.com entitled “Open Borders and the Real World,” which is critical of the article I posted on FFF’s website last week entitled “Open Borders Is the Only Libertarian Position.” In my article, I threw down the gauntlet to libertarians who advocate government-controlled borders and who ... [click for more]

Closed-Border Libertarians: It’s Time to End the War on Immigration

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Warrantless searches and seizures on a massive scale, bureaucratic logjams, arbitrary edicts that squelch freedom of association, unchecked waste and corruption — it is difficult to reconcile any of these symptoms of big government with liberty. And yet, many who strongly value freedom still support all of them in the name of border control. For these “closed-border libertarians”, the argument ... [click for more]

Conservatives Deceived Me on Immigration

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I grew up in the conservative movement at the end of the Cold War, but eventually realized I had been misled on the issue of immigration. When I finally took the trouble to research the issue after receiving a private offer to write a series of anti-immigration tracts (a contract from which I declined), I found that most ... [click for more]

Freedom to Move: Personal Freedom or Government Control, Part II

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There are many economic fallacies that surround the issue of freer or open immigration into the United States, and few of them can stand up to serious critical examination. The Fallacy that Immigrants “Steal” Jobs from Americans. Opponents of more open immigration sometimes argue that the arrival of more immigrants means the threatened loss of jobs for those already living in ... [click for more]

Freedom To Move: Personal Liberty or Government Control, Part I

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The immigration issue has once more bubbled to the surface in America because of the provocative statements and assertions by one of the Republication contenders for their party’s presidential nomination. Immigrants – especially illegal immigrants – are accused of stealing the jobs of “real” Americans, of mooching off the welfare state at the expense of taxpaying U.S. citizens and legal ... [click for more]

Unjust Immigration Law Is Not Law

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As 2014 and the Democrats’ control of the Senate neared their conclusion, Barack Obama issued an executive order to defer deportation of five million people who lack government papers — mostly parents of children whom the government deems citizens or legal permanent residents. Under the order, most of those folks have received permission to work. Obama increased the number ... [click for more]

TGIF: Unjust Immigration Law Is Not Law

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So President Obama is going to defer deportation of five million people without government papers, mostly parents of children whom the government deems citizens or legal permanent residents. Under his executive order, most will get permission to work. Obama will also increase the number of “dreamers” — children brought here illegally by their parents and raised in the United States ... [click for more]
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