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NeoNotes — Immigration

Years ago, I was part of a small libertarian group that took a very preliminary look at American immigration policy.

Without a drastic change in the leadership of both the US and Mexico, the most viable solution we could come up with was to annex Mexico. That was still a big longshot.

Since that wasn't exactly a libertarian solution, we agreed to disband.

The accepted capital "L" Libertarian solution is to end the War On Drugs, destroying the cartels and changing Mexico's economy.

I do not think that alone would be enough. Anything we do to change immigration policy has to deal with all the illegals here already. Short of armed troops throwing them back across the border, we're not going to get rid of them. I don't like the idea of amnesty either.

E-Verify, like the income tax before it, coerces employers into becoming unpaid spies for the Feds. I can't support that.

Like many libertarians, I think all government welfare benefits should be abolished. In this case, welfare is a poorly disguised vote buying scam.

I also don't support giving Federal funds to cities. Detroit just went broke, there are dozens of other cities teetering. Should their mismanagement be rewarded? Jerry Brown just invited millions of illegals to California, he's counting on Federal money to bail them out.

And don't get me started on public education.

I don't think the answer is more law. I think it starts with repealing the laws that got us into this mess.

It's makes each employer responsible for investigating each prospective new hire and reporting that to the "proper" authorities.

That has nothing to do with the job and everything to do with law enforcement. In other words, a snitch. Or, more politely, a spy.

What's more, employers have no choice.

Okay, let's deal with the armed troops thing.

I don't know about you, but I don't want to live in a nation where the armed forces conduct door to door searches. Today it may be illegal aliens. Tommorrow it may be two liter soda bottles. Or incandescent light bulbs. Or religious publications.

Most illegals aren't violent. Yes, they are criminals, but we don't treat jaywalkers the same as bank robbers.

The military should not be involved in law enforcement. For a long time that was illegal. Then we started "bending" the rules for the drug war and then we repealed the law.

I did say that ending the war on drugs wouldn't be enough, but I do think it is a good first step.

Pardon me if I don't think your plan is a good one. I rate napalm raids right up there with Canada launching an airstirke on south central L.A. It's an act of war that begs for retaliation. Killing anyone without due process for crime is murder.

Addendum: It should be "Killing anyone without due process or in self defense is murder."

I agree that shutting down the welfare state would be a Good Thing™, and not just because of illegal immigration.

If I choose to help somebody, that is charity. If an Authority Figure does it with my money and backed with the force of law, that's extortion.

There is also the small matter of if cities and states are getting lots of Federal monies, those Authority Figures are less likely to dissent. class="ghoster">

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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