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Grover Norquist group's loony libertarian immigration ideas

On Friday, RedState front-paged the Brian Johnson article "Conservative Immigration Reform is Right Next to Unicorns and Leprechauns" [1]. At first you might think he's just some random libertarian loon, until you see the article in its original location at the "Alliance for Worker Freedom" [2]. Scrolling to the bottom, you see that AWF is a member of the H2B Workforce Coalition and the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition and is a project of Grover Norquist's "Americans for Tax Reform". So, let's take a look at it.

First, like most libertarian plans and all libertarian plans involving immigration, it's rooted in a complete rejection of reality. In our reality, millions of Americans are unemployed. In their reality:

The American economy requires growth in our domestic workforce at levels that are beyond our current rate of natural population growth.

It starts with this:

Far too often, government has looked to excessively regulate immigration into this country. While the United States was founded and built by those not born on this soil, some in Congress continue to place excessive blockades on those seeking legal employment in America. At the same time, laws and restrictions are placed on businesses which force compliance with arbitrary caps and quotas just to hire willing and able workers.

The founders were from other countries, but they started a new country, with new rules. In addition that's somewhat similar to the immigration tradition fallacy. If the U.S. had been started in this decade, no doubt the founders would take the issues discussed at the last link into account. And, Grover Norquist's allies on the far-left might want to take note that if there were no "arbitrary caps and quotes", the U.S. would be flooded with skilled immigrants who'd drastically lower wages for U.S. workers such as teachers and nurses.

They also support a superficially free market in employment, oblivious to the fact that those who employ low-wage illegal aliens are receiving a massive subsidy: they're able to pay a low wage because those employees have access to a wide variety of public benefits such as free schools for their children and so on. And, even if libertarians click their heels twice and make a wish, that's not going to change any time in the near future. In fact, those public benefits would only increase as those low-wage workers eventually end up voting Democrat. Not only are they supporting massive subsidies, they're supporting giving more power to those at the opposite end of the ideological spectrum from them. No one ever said libertarians were smart.

If you scroll down at [2], you'll see links to them supporting the AgJobs amnesty/indentured servitude plan and opposing eVerify. Discussing those is left as an exercise for those with much more patience.

[1] redstate.com/brian_m_johnson/2009/05/29/
conservative-immigration-reform-is-right-next-to-unicorns-and-leprechauns/
[2] workerfreedom.org/Immigration-Policy-a2786

Other tags: immigration policy

Mon, 06/01/2009 - 13:25 · Importance: 4

Mon, 06/01/2009 - 20:58
eh

The problem is that if 'liberal immigration reform' is enacted more and more Americans will end up living next to barrios (which for current purposes you can think of as sprawling, suburban Hispanic slums). Probably not the people who advocate for said reform, however. So I think I'll take my chances with 'Unicorns and Leprechauns'.

Mon, 06/01/2009 - 23:50
Fred Dawes
www.myspace.com/freddawes1776

"Look people", the fight for freedom is over, over here, the only way you can keep something of this once great nation is to take what you can and build a new nation in blood. I am sad to write this but in the years to come most of you will become the new jew inside a nazicom( black and brown and yellow and white nazi-red mix ) state. The fact is for now most of you still have your life and it still maybe good for you but more and more of you will become the new JEW Inside the monkey house once called the USA. But as time and history tell us nations will fall to the evil inside most of us. it will become a fact of life that you are the bad guy to all of the new people( see la Raza ) but by that time you will be a non person being hunted by the monkeys in the trees. So go to all the tea parties you want but the only way is the old way of freedom AND DUTY TO EACH OTHER, think about this one fact if my people in 1775 said no where would you be today? the future of life under freedom and Duty or a life Of nightmare's is up to you, what do you want that is the real question and the real answer is in your heart not the other guy behind the tree. My God help you all.