Thursday, April 29, 2010

Immigration Hypocrisy

Most of those who support Arizona's recent and controversial law regarding immigrants would consider themselves supporters of the Tenth Amendment. They oppose, for example, the federal mandates of "Obamacare." They say the Constitution does not give the federal government authority to build a health-care industry.

Ironic, then, that these same people want the federal government to build a fence between Arizona and Mexico. Nowhere does the Constitution give the federal government authority to build such a fence. Nowhere does the Constitution give the federal government authority to prevent Mexicans from entering Arizona. Nowhere does the Constitution give the federal government authority to "secure the border."

The only authority "We the People" gave to the federal government was to make sure that someone from Mexico who wanted to become a naturalized U.S. citizen would have the same requirements in Arizona that he would have in California. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4 of the Constitution empowers Congress "To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization," not to build fences, not to prevent immigration.

Becoming a resident of the United States means moving your body across the border and living here. Becoming a citizen of the United States is a very different thing. (Something that should be highly-prized.)

If Arizona wanted more immigrants from Mexico, a federal fence would be a federal offence. In 1776, The Declaration of Independence complained that King George III "has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands."

All human beings are endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights, according to the Declaration of Independence. These rights do not come from Congress. All human beings have these rights because they are created in the Image of God, not because of their citizenship. You have the God-given right to hire a Mexican who is hard-working and willing to work for a competitive wage. I do not have the right to maintain my uncompetitive wage by using the federal government to prevent you from hiring an immigrant at a lower wage and forcing you to hire me at an uncompetitively high wage. The Mexican has a God-given right to work for you so he can feed his family. "We the People" gave Congress no authority to meddle in the exercise of these rights under contractual arrangements like this. Congress has no Constitutional authority to prevent any Mexican from traveling into Arizona, getting a job, buying a house, and living in Arizona. Even if she does not become a U.S. citizen.

The current policy of the federal government is to ensure that only those willing to break a law will enter the U.S. A more sensible policy would be to allow those who don't like to break laws to enter the U.S. These law-abiding immigrants certainly outnumber law-breaking immigrants, and would, like "salt" and "light," have a healthy effect on the Mexican-American community, especially in our cities.

Immigration expands the beneficial effects of the division of labor. There should be no federal laws restricting immigration of Mexicans into the U.S.

In 1776, there were no federal welfare programs which rewarded (and attracted) immigrants who did not work, or wanted something for nothing. In 1776, the federal government did not claim ownership of nearly half the land in America. An immigrant to America had two choices: live on land that was not owned by anyone, or live on someone's private property, with the consent of the owner. As a Libertarian I defend the liberty of any human being to move to America and take up residence on unowned property. (Good luck.) As a Libertarian, I defend the property rights of those who own land in America. If an immigrant and an American can strike up a deal, so that the immigrant can live and work in America without trespassing on anyone's private property, the federal government has been given no authority in the Constitution to prevent the exercise of these God-given rights.

Last time I checked, the federal government claimed to own 56.8% of all land in Arizona.

The Federal Government is a far, far greater threat to my rights and my economic well-being than hard-working immigrants. The federal government takes my money and gives it to immigrants who don't work, through federal welfare programs. The federal government allows me to sell a mind-altering leafy plant called tobacco, but prohibits law-abiding people like me from selling a leafy plant called marijuana, forcing buyers of marijuana to buy from criminals, increasing the profits of organized crime. Most of the crimes in Arizona connected to immigrants are the result of unconstitutional federal laws.

But today's immigrant-bashers bash the tired, the poor, the "huddled masses yearning to breathe free," "the homeless, tempest-tost," and those willing to work -- rather than Washington bureaucrats who ought to get a real job.


Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt.
Exodus 22:21

The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 19:34

So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.
Deuteronomy 10:19

So you shall divide this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. And it will come about that you shall divide it by lot for an inheritance among yourselves and among the aliens who stay in your midst, who bring forth sons in your midst. And they shall be to you as the native-born among the sons of Israel; they shall be allotted an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.
Ezekiel 47:21-22


The Borders Are Closing In - Pro Libertate


Gulags American-Style: Where People Disappear - John W. Whitehead

"Unfortunately, in our zeal to halt the estimated 800,000 plus illegal aliens flooding across our borders annually--an undeniable problem that needs to be resolved, we risk undermining our own rule of law and rendering our Constitution null and void. After all, if government agents can detain citizens like Mark Lyttle and Hector Veloz, what's to stop them from snatching you up and locking you away, without the ability to contact your loved ones or your lawyer?

"Moreover, national ID cards aren't a solution, either. They're a monstrosity, according to FOX commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano. Especially since the Bush presidency, there has been an intense push for a national ID card, and as Napolitano points out, the Arizona immigration law may be the slippery slope toward requiring these invasive tracking devices not merely of immigrants but all Americans."

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