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A Friendly Amendment on the Border Wall

I’m guessing that pretty much everyone who reads this knows that some people have started a GoFundMe site to come up with voluntary donations for the wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. Currently, it has raised over $12.8 million. Other people have pointed out that if they come up with enough money, it still won’t go to build the wall because if you want to donate to the government, the donations go into the feds’ general fund and Congress would still have to...

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Open Borders as Global Justice: Sowell Edition

Immigration laws don’t merely allow discrimination; they require it.  As the result, such laws are deeply anti-meritocratic.  Employers may be allowed to hire the best citizen for the job, but not the best person. Even more strikingly, the injustice ripples down through the generations.  When you trap a foreign-born father in a Third World country, you don’t just stunt his prospects; you stunt his children’s prospects as well.  Indeed, this physical and mental...

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Denying Asylum ≠ Justifying Deportation; Open Borders ≠ Universal Asylum

A Facebook exchange today illustrated how some people conflate A) open borders with B) granting asylum to everyone. Or, perhaps, they conflate A) denying asylum to asylum seekers with B) permissibly deporting those asylum seekers. For instance, you may have seen the video of the Swedish woman who refused to sit down in an airplane in order to delay someone from being deported. Fox News now reports the man in question was denied asylum because he had committed assault. Two comments:...

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Libertarians Shouldn’t Dream of Hillary’s Common Market

Largely overlooked by the media in light of Trump’s leaked Access Hollywood video and Sunday’s presidential debate has been the volumes of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta released by Wikileaks. One revelation that has gained some traction are some of the remarks Secretary Clinton made while speaking to Wall Street bankers, in which she takes a very different position on trade agreements than what she has taken during her campaign. One email notes a speech where...

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Happy Open Borders Day: How to Argue for Immigration Restrictions

In honor of Open Borders Day, here is an excerpt from the current draft of Global Justice as Global Freedom, which Bas and I are writing for Oxford University Press. This excerpt comes from the end of chapter 5. In chapter 5, we make the preliminary case for open borders. In chapters 6 and 7, we respond to and debunk a series of economic and philosophical arguments against open borders. At first glance, immigration restrictions look like rights violations. When we impose immigration...

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The simple connection between free trade, open borders, and integration

Not all those who support the free movement of capital across borders support the free movement of people. But if you think free trade is good, the case for open borders should be at least equally compelling. First, the simple case for free trade in goods. Different places in the world are better at producing different things. There are two reasons for this. One might be natural conditions. So Canada is good at producing lumber because Canada has a whole lot of trees everywhere. Another...

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The Case for Free Trade and Restricted Immigration Part 2

Reprinted from the Journal of Libertarian Studies THE ANARCHO-CAPITALIST MODEL From the recognition that proponents of free trade and mar- kets cannot advocate free immigration without falling into inconsistency and contradiction, and hence, that immigration must—logically—be restricted, it is but a small step to the further recognition of how it must be restricted. As a matter of fact, all high-wage-area governments presently restrict immigration in one way or another. Nowhere is immigration...

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The Case for Free Trade and Restricted Immigration Part 1

Reprinted from the Journal of Libertarian Studies It is frequently maintained that “free trade” belongs to “free immigration” as “protectionism” does to “restricted immigration.” That is, the claim is made that while it is not impossible that someone might combine protectionism with free immigration, or free trade with restricted immigration, these positions are intellectually inconsistent, and thus erroneous. Hence, insofar as people seek to avoid errors, they should be the excep- tion...

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