The Gift of Liberty

Check out Google's doodle today about the Statue of Liberty


America, Here are the Faces of your Drug and Immigration War

Federal Judge Orders Arpaio to Undergo Racial Profile Training

I don't seriously believe this will change anything, but it brought a smile to my face this morning.

Quotes About Immigration

I don’t believe that people come to America to sit on their hands. The vast majority of America’s immigrants are hardworking, family-minded individuals with strong values. They are drawn here from many different places by a common belief that this is still the land of opportunity for those willing to work hard. 
Ruper Murdoch in his op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, which you can find here.

John Oliver Takes On Immigration


There are so many gems in this video, I can't even remember them all. Good stuff!

People posing by the Statue of Liberty as she's unpacked

Mojado by Ricardo Arjona

A friend on Facebook shared this music video with me, and I thought MoE was the perfect place for it.

Poll: Most Think Undocumented Immigrants Should Be Allowed to Stay

This chart from Pew is interesting:

Pew Pie Chart

Click on the image to see the whole report.

For what it's worth, I don't think citizenship should automatically be granted to anyone who is allowed into the US, and I'm not so sure it should be automatically granted to everyone already living here, or everyone born here.  I think there needs to be a discussion about what citizenship means, what it should mean, and how it should be earned.  My concern with immigration and this blog is with individual rights; people's right to live where they please, trade with whom they please, and employ or work for whom they please.

Immigration Quote

"The secret to America's wealth is that we were settled by restless, driven, overconfident, risk-taking dreamers. America is an amazing natural experiment -- a continent populated largely by self-selected immigrants. All these people had the get-up-and-go to pull up stakes and come here, a temperament that made them different from their friends and relatives who stayed home. Immigrants are the original venture capitalists, risking their human capital -- their lives -- on a dangerous and arduous voyage into the unknown." "...immigrants are self-employed at much higher rates than native-born people, regardless of what nation they emigrate to or from. And the rate of entrepreneurial activity in a nation is correlated with the number of immigrants it absorbs." John Gartner, Washington Post