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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Radically Embodied Libertarianism and the Fate of Immigration Reform

Foreign Born and Native Born

Yahoo News this morning:
"I don't think we should be worried about the political impact but instead what is in the best interest of America," said Republican Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama.

Besides, he said, "People who are going to break our laws, I don't want them in this country."

This kind of opposition from House Republicans may pose the biggest threat to White House-backed legislation set to come next month before the full Senate, which Obama's Democrats hold, 55-45...

The bill that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, 13-5, last Tuesday - with support from three Republicans - includes putting illegal residents on a 13-year pathway to citizenship, provided they pay back taxes and a fine, learn English, hold a job and pass criminal background checks...

Brooks said the political benefit to Republicans should not matter.

"We can't afford to give amnesty to every person who wants to illegally cross our borders," he said. "We don't have enough money in our piggy bank. Amnesty begets more amnesty.

"I cannot in good conscience ratify illegal conduct with my vote. Any Republican who advocates ratifying illegal conduct with their vote is subverting the very principles that made the United States a great nation."
I thought one of the principles that made this nation great was an openness to immigration:  anyone could come and  no one was excluded.

That idea is long dead, like so many other "principles". Ellis Island is testimony to the fact that we had to inspect the huddled masses before we gave them entry. Long usage established the open nature of the North American continent, and it was a cruel and unusual abrogation that over time shut the borders.

My great-great-grandfather was a Cricket player of considerable repute. Apparently Cricket was considered a valuable skill at the time... come to think of it, he went to Canada...

Well, a great-grandfather was a furniture mover from German Poland. I do not think furniture moving and lorry driving were critical skills.

I am essentially a libertarian. I am a radical libertarian, of the left wing - if you will - of radical freedom:
Open borders! Open societies! Let freedom reign!


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