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Immigration: The Perennial Moral Panic

It is fairly common for thinkers from De Tocqueville to George Friedman to characterize America as a “young nation.” As is befitting youth, America tends to have fairly short collective memory. Thus we end up finding ourselves beset with the same problems, but each time we are convinced they must be new. Case in point […]

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Immigration: A Safety Valve for Corruption?

An interesting argument against immigration reform (and letting in poor immigrants from Mexico and Central America in general) that occasionally makes the rounds is that immigration is actually bad for the poor in Mexico and Central America. Follow along with me, if you can. The argument goes that general corruption, a lack of accountability, pervasive […]

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“Brain pool shortage”, not “labor shortage”, should drive immigration levels

By Dave Leach – It is a stubborn myth, that only a “labor shortage” can justify allowing more legal immigration. The only “shortage” that ought to dictate immigration levels is our “brain pool shortage”. “Labor shortage” is not even a logical factor in setting immigration quotas. “Labor shortage”, per se, doesn’t even have a meaning […]

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Naturalized citizens are a problem, says Camarota

By Dave Leach – Naturalized citizens are more of a problem for Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies than I thought. Looking again, I see Camarota’s concern with naturalized citizens is more serious than I thought while writing Part 1. (This is part 2.) The very title of his article based on the […]

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America needs more Latina women!

By Dave Leach – America’s need for more Latina women is the takeaway from today’s analysis of Steve Camarota’s 2nd entry – installment #3 – in an immigration debate hosted by WorldNetDaily News. This is Part Three of my response to Camarota’s article. Our Aging Population Camarota wrote, Bob Quasius also embraces the mistaken notion […]

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CIR dead? Or just brain dead?

The coroner has been called. He’s on his way to examine CIR, the Corpse of Immigration Reform. We should know in another month or two. I read about it September 20. When Greg (Washington Post) declared CIR dead and called the coroner to come out and write up the death certificate. Greg isn’t the only […]

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Border Security: Much Ado About Nothing

Border security. It’s everyone’s favorite two words in Washington these days. And it’s an incessant albatross around the neck of any immigration reform attempt. Everyone insists on it. The Editors at the National Review in a rather sad piece complains that the bill is “enforcement maybe” and that the security measures are “paper tigers.” Senator […]

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Hunger, starvation has claimed over 90,000 Mexican lives since 2001

Those who oppose immigration reform and a path to citizenship argue that undocumented Mexican immigrants come to America for the “freebies,” but lost in the debate is perhaps the true motivation for the exodus north: hunger. Some contend the American southern border should be secure before dealing with immigrants, a process that could take years, […]

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Steve King’s donation request misleads on immigration reform

In an email sent out to supporters on Monday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) blasted efforts by House Republicans to move forward with immigration reform, stating “we are on suicide watch over the Republican Party.” He then asks if he can “count on your urgent donation of $25, $50, $100 or more,” saying that “everything America […]

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Immigration laws which prosecute millions who have never violated them are unconstitutional

Only when people violate immigration laws is it reasonable to deprive them of liberty, subjecting them to arrest, trial, and detention. Our laws also reasonably bar people from various activities which they are not qualified to perform safely. But when our immigration laws deprive a “suspect class” (a population group against which discrimination is suspected) […]

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