Feb 06

‘Free Market’ Immigration Destroys Freedom

What should not be contentious . . . is the commitment for increasing legal immigration by anyone supporting free market principles. — Alex Nowrasteh, Cato Institute.

Fact Check: The Cato Institute is a libertarian organization which basically believes in open borders. The reason is that the nations and national cultures that borders delineate appear to have little significance to the Cato variety of libertarians. Their perspective is purely economic: human beings are first and foremost economic creatures, so there must be few if any restraints on whatever economic activity they wish to pursue.    

Obviously, in this view, national borders shouldn’t restrain any movement of goods and people. And for the sake of “efficiency” in this global market, people must become as standardized and interchangable as possible. The borderless world market,  libertarians proclaim, will usher in a utopia of universal freedom and prosperity.

The problem with their notion of “economic man” is that it simply ignores the totality of human nature. Certainly people seek money and material well-being. But these aren’t the only things they seek. People, in fact, quite often through history have disregarded  material gain and indeed have given their lives to defend and uphold non-economic values and causes. Examples are religious faith, culture, nationhood, and community. Certainly the record shows that people rebel at the idea of becoming identical and interchangeable.

Economic freedom indeed has a record of bringing prosperity, but it becomes dehumanizing and even tyrannical when it obliterates the freedom of peoples to maintain the national distinctions that inspire their deepest loyalties. The two freedoms must be kept in balance. The love of money alone is indeed the root of all evil.

Our immigration policy, today based significantly on the “free market” principle of businesses obtaining the cheapest possible labor, is a policy which truly cheapens our country. It impoverishes our working classes, inhibits upward mobility, and discourages technological innovation to meet our economic needs. Also, ironically, it undermines free enterprise as well.

Mass immigration of the type we have now increases the constituency for our substantial welfare state. As that state grows, the free enterprise sector must shrink. Hispanics, who make up the largest share of immigrants, strongly favor government programs. Seventy-five percent favor bigger government, compared with only 41 percent of the general U.S. population, according to the Pew Research Center. As libertarian-leaning economist Milton Friedman observed, “It’s just obvious that you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state.” Unfortunately, the Cato libertarians can’t see the obvious.

Anti-free enterprise sentiment among Hispanics derives from the fact that many are poor come from countries where this view is part of the national culture. Reducing immigration could help them to assimilate to the general American viewpoint by promoting upward mobility in their communities. This indeed what happened among early 20th century immigrants and their descendants after passage of the immigration reduction act of 1924. Unending mass immigration keeps immigrants poor and alienated—and a voting bloc for the welfare state.

Mass immigration also weakens free enterprise by undermining the common cultural ties of our society with divisive diversity. When people no longer share common bonds, it’s harder for them to cooperate on business ventures or anything else. Furthermore, when people and groups of people can’t get along, Big Brother government has splendid opportunity to step in as a mediator to maintain order.

By reducing humanity to the lowest common denominator of economics, the Cato libertarians undermine the liberties, economic and political, that they profess to uphold. Someday, perhaps, they will see the obvious.      

 

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Feb 06

DHS Secretary Napolitano is Clueless Says Texas Congressman

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano “doesn’t even have a clue” on
whether the nation’s borders are safe from illegal immigration, Texas Rep. Louie
Gohmert told veteran radio host Steve Malzberg on Tuesday.

“If somebody’s
going to require a certification of the border being safe, I know, personally,
Louie Gohmert would not trust Janet Napolitano because she doesn’t even have a
clue,” the Republican congressman told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.
“I wouldn’t expect her to have a clue, since she doesn’t even have a clue
here.”

Read more at NewsMax.

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Feb 06

Obama’s Homeland Security Boss Says ‘Border is Secure’ — Again

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called Republican lawmakers’ insistence that the border be secured before there is immigration reform a flawed argument.

At a stop to inspect border security in El Paso on Tuesday, Napolitano said the argument ignores gains made in illegal immigrant captures as well as seizures of drugs, weapons and currency.

She also said the argument’s fundamental flaw is contending that border security is unrelated to interior enforcement such as verification of legal residence of job applicants.

Napolitano said the immigration “system as a whole is badly in need of reform.” It is, she said, inextricably linked with interior enforcement, visa reform and the process for legal migration, a pathway to citizenship and earned pathway for those already here.

A bipartisan group of senators wants assurances on border security as Congress considers proposals that would bring the biggest changes to immigration law in nearly three decades. Last week, the group of senators released a blueprint that would bring a path to citizenship for people living in the U.S. illegally, but they demanded assurances on border security first.

President Barack Obama does not endorse such a linkage in his own immigration proposal. But Republicans in the Senate group, including John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida, say they cannot support an immigration bill that doesn’t make a pathway to citizenship conditional on a secure border.

“I believe the border is secure. I believe the border’s a safe border…

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Feb 06

Hispanic Racist Leaders Reject Border Security; Demand Citizenship for Illegals

Immigration reform advocates urged President Barack Obama on Tuesday to reject congressional proposals that would delay a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants by making changes contingent on stepped-up border security.

After meeting Obama at the White House, the activists said they had pressed the Democratic president to ensure that reforms provide an unambiguous route to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the United States illegally.

Read more at Reuters News Service

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Feb 06

Former ICE Chief: Obama Regime Forbids Arresting Aliens for Entering Illegally

The former chief of deportations in the Bush  administration will testify to Congress on  Tuesday that President Obama’s new nondeportation policies would have let the  Sept. 11 hijackers remain in the country even if they had been picked up in the  months before their deadly attacks.

And the current chief of the union that represents Immigration and Customs  Enforcement agents will tell the House Judiciary Committee that ICE agents are  now required to wait until most illegal immigrants have three misdemeanor  convictions before they can be arrested and put in deportation proceedings.

“Most Americans would be surprised to know that immigration agents are  regularly prohibited from enforcing the two most fundamental sections of United  States immigration law,” said Chris Crane,  president of National Immigration  and Customs Enforcement  Council. “According to ICE policy, in most cases, immigration agents can no  longer arrest persons solely for entering the United States illegally.”

Read more at the Washington Times.

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Feb 06

Video: Leftwing Rep. Says Illegal Aliens Are Not Illegal

Representative John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, asked those present at this morning’s House Judiciary Committee on immigration reform to refrain from using the term “illegal immigrant.”

See the video here.

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Feb 06

House Committee Opens Hearings on Immigration

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia, said on Monday that a series of hearings he will schedule in the coming months would examine different pieces of a possible overhaul of the immigration system, including proposals for a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants in the country.

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Feb 05

House Judiciary Chairman Skeptical of Amnesty Plan

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has expressed skepticism toward the amnesty plan recently proposed in the Senate. Goodlatte said that he has problem with the insistence of its supporters that illegal aliens must be granted a pathyway to citizenship. He said it’s a possibility which can be examined, but that other options should be considered.

Read more at USA Today.

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Feb 05

Obama Promotes Amnesty to Labor and Business

President Obama is meeting with business and labor leaders today to promote his agenda to reward 11 million illegal aliens with legal status and citizenship. According to a White House statement, his argument to them is that this amnesty will promote economic growth and competitiveness.

Read more at USA Today.

 

 

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Feb 04

Senate Plan Empowers Napolitano to Decide if Border is Secure

Under a bipartisan Senate framework, Democrats say, Secretary of Homeland  Security Janet Napolitano would have final say over whether the border is secure  enough to put 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.

 If Napolitano does not provide the green light for putting illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, the responsibility for judging whether the metrics for border security have been met will be given to her successor.

The early debate over immigration reform has yielded two thorny questions:  What metrics will be used to determine whether the goals for border security and  other safeguards against illegal immigration have been met? Who will decide  whether the metrics have been achieved?

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the lead Democratic sponsor of the bipartisan  immigration reform framework unveiled this past week, said Napolitano should  decide.

“What we’ve proposed is that the DHS secretary, whomever it is, will have  final say on [whether] whatever metrics we proposes are met,” Schumer said. “We  think those metrics will be quite objective.”

Read more at The Hill

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