Friday, June 15, 2012

Obama’s immigration amnesty: is it motivated by humanity, economics or crude politics?

The Obama administration has announced that it's granting what effectively amounts to amnesty to 800,000 children of illegal immigrants.

Good. Let them come, freely and without state support or opposition. Immigration was natural and unencumbered when the US grew into the power it once was, because of the people not the government. 

Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, says this is about reducing expenditure on "low priority" cases so as to beef up enforcement elsewhere. You have to hand it to Obama: this is bold, radical, liberal stuff. [...]

I would take this a step further and remove immigration law completely, returning the uninhibited right to travel, work, and freely live anywhere one chooses. 

If too many immigrants more to an area where work can be found, unemployment will rise. With fewer jobs, more labored will migrate elsewhere where jobs are available. 

As interventionist governments try to guide markets to promote growth and surplus jobs? Those efforts have the opposite effect. They create inefficiencies, reduce available jobs, and discourage employers from hiring due to higher taxes for business that increase in size, and creating complex regulations requiring more capital diverted to navigate those regulations. 

The state is in fact a barrier to job growth despite claims by statists that those inefficient and despotic methods are even slightly productive. 

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