Border Security Fallacies and Immigration Reform

August 1, 2013 in News

Alvaro Vargas Llosa | Border security is a powerful argument used by critics of immigration. Even those who embrace immigration tend to make reform conditional on securing the borders. The immigration bill approved by the Senate is a perfect example. The first section is devoted to border…

What the Immigration Bill Overlooks

July 17, 2013 in News

Sheldon Richman | In passing the monstrosity known as immigration “reform,” the Senate overlooked a few things of importance. This is unsurprising. A bill on immigration that is backed by leading Republicans and Democrats, big business, and government-co-opted unions…

Demanufacturing Consent: Militarized Borders and Xenophobic Police States

July 12, 2013 in DC on BFP, TOR TV

DC on BFP #2 | On this episode of Demanufacturing Consent, Guillermo welcomes Fergus Hodgson to the program and discuss the latest attempt to further centralize authority and militarize the country under the guise of so called “comprehensive immigration reform.”

Dreamers: Be Careful What You Wish For

July 8, 2013 in News

Fergus Hodgson | Continued support for the Senate Immigration Bill among immigrant advocates means they have fallen for another D.C. trick. While commentators may laud its potential for helping illegal immigrants already in the United States, that misses the point altogether.

Wake Up DREAMers: “Immigration Reform Bill” is the Latest Attempt to Militarize the Homeland

July 2, 2013 in TOR Blog

Guillermo Jimenez | The continued militarization of the United States will come under the guise of battling “drug war” villains and achieving so-called “meaningful immigration reform.” The blanket, round-the-clock surveillance of the people of the borderlands should be a deep concern to anyone who takes their right to privacy seriously—but it doesn’t end there.

If You Like The Surveillance State, You’ll Love E-Verify

July 1, 2013 in News

Ron Paul | From massive NSA spying, to IRS targeting of the administration’s political opponents, to collection and sharing of our health care information as part of Obamacare, it seems every day we learn of another assault on our privacy. Sadly, this week the Senate took another significant, if little-noticed, step toward creating an authoritarian surveillance state.

Why Can’t We All Travel To Cuba?

April 16, 2013 in News

Ron Paul | Earlier this month, entertainers Jay-Z and Beyoncé were given a license by the US government to travel to Cuba. Because it is not otherwise legal for Americans to travel to Cuba, this trip was only permitted as a “cultural exchange”…

German Family Seeking Asylum to Continue Homeschooling Kids in US Fights Deportation

April 8, 2013 in News

Economic Policy Journal | On April 23, 2013, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the case of Romeike v. Holder, where the family will attempt to have the deportation order made against them set aside.

EU “Smart Borders” Project to Usher In “Big Brother” Border Security

March 2, 2013 in News

Deutsche Welle | The “Smart Borders” project aims to place 21st-century technology at EU border crossings. Critics think it’s little more than an effort to collect data – one that makes “felons” out of all visitors to Europe.

Border Patrol Opens Unmanned Crossing on U.S.-Mexico Border

January 4, 2013 in News

ABC News / Univision | Get ready for the very first “unmanned” border station on the U.S.-Mexico border. Slated to open at the end of this month, the Big Bend National Park in Texas will be staffed by, you guessed it, computers.