Today’s Immigration Headlines – Oct 21, 2015

The Open Borders Fantasy of Alex Tabarrok

“In The Atlantic, George Mason University economist Alexander Tabarrok has penned a highly tendentious case for doing away with all national borders. He attempts to cast everyone who doubts the wisdom of his radical proposal as a moral reprobate, unworthy of membership in any moral community, be it Christian, egalitarian, utilitarian, or other. But in doing so, he undermines his very own position as a libertarian, who is as such in favor of private property,” says Gene Callahan in The American Conservative.

Rhetoric Vs. Reality

“The following headline on the website of the Guardian, said to be the third most-visited newspaper site in the world, caught my attention: US GOVERNMENT DEPORTING CENTRAL AMERICAN MIGRANTS TO THEIR DEATHS,” says Theodore Dalrymple. “[T]he article’s real point (exemplified by calling the migrants “undocumented” rather than illegal) is rhetorical rather than informative: it wants to claim that the United States, or by extension any other country, including Britain, has no right to control who enters it to live there.”

Will Refugees “Turbocharge” Germany’s Economy?

“I didn’t think I would ever encounter anyone with a crazier view of economics than Paul Krugman, but Sigmar Gabriel did it. Germany is going to “turbocharge” its economy by spending billions on Muslim illegal aliens. Couldn’t Germany equally “turbocharge” its economy by dumping billions into the sea. That would work just as well,” says Daniel Greenfield at FrontPageMagazine.

New DHS Plan Could Take Even More Jobs

“The Obama administration has announced yet another attempt to use executive power to expand immigration without seeking congressional authorization. The Hill reports that when Homeland Security Jeh Johnson rolled out the so-called ‘executive amnesty’ plan last November, one of the changes mentioned was vaguely titled, ‘Modernizing the Employment-Based Immigrant Visa System.’ The program is aimed at helping the tech industry to get workers from overseas,” Western Journalism Center reports.

Does Mexico Abuse Illegal Aliens from Central America?

“Mexico’s plan to deter illegal immigrants from Central America from crossing its southern border has been effective, as apprehension numbers have plummeted. However, abuse complaints—including violent attacks and extortion—against Mexican immigration officials have skyrocketed. According to data obtained by Reuters news service, complaints have increased by 40 percent since Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s plan, known as Plan Frontera Sur, to make Mexico’s southern border “safe for Mexicans and migrants alike” was launched in July 2014,” Breitbart News writes.

Democrats Block Anti-Sanctuary Bill

“Senate Republicans’ bid to toughen immigration laws ended as almost as quickly as it began Tuesday, as Democrats swiftly blocked a measure that would crack down on cities that decline to cooperate with federal immigration officials. The controversial topic of “sanctuary cities” burst onto the national radar with the July death of Kate Steinle, who was fatally shot in San Francisco by a man whom authorities say was in the United States illegally. More than three months later on a 54-45 vote, the Senate failed to advance legislation meant to prod sanctuary cities such as San Francisco into complying with federal immigration laws,” Politico reports.

S.F. Officials Stay the Course on Sanctuary Law

“Officials have determined that San Francisco will remain an immigration-related sanctuary city, despite criticism after a woman was killed by a Mexican national who had been released from jail even though federal agents wanted him detained for deportation,” the AP reported.

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  1. avatar BeResponsible2 says:

    “Anecdotes are not data. Except when it benefits Illegal Aliens.”

    Welcome to the beginning of Elysium.

  2. avatar Leland says:

    Open borders libertarians are, to put it mildly, crazy. Polls taken in other countries show that substantial portions of their populations, half in the case of India, would move here if allowed to. Do we want India’s huge slums? China’s massive air pollution problems where people have to wear face masks frequently and the US embassy sometimes warns staff not to go outside for long? Do we want over a billion people in this country. I would like one of these nut jobs to explain where the water will come from, since we have a national shortage of it now, even in the east. How many schools would we have to build in a space of a few years? The list of questions is endless.

    As for San Francisco keeping it’s sanctuary policies, no surprise. But this country needs to ask itself if this is the future we want. Because it’s too late for California.

  3. We Had an Open Border Substitute Minister at My Church Last Sunday

    Pushing for Syrian exiles into America….the church and State are separate issues and current immigration and security rules and laws theoretically/lawfully control things. As if these types of folks care. I left a prayer message on stewardship responsibility of planet earth.