Future Left Podcast Ep. 58: Immigration, Sanctuary, and the Case for Open Borders
Over the past few weeks, agents of the federal agency Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), has been conducting raids (but you're supposed to call them some other Orwellian phrase by the way) around the country tearing apart both families and communities. We discuss some of these actions, what immigrants mean for both American society as well as the American economy as well as some interesting thinking on the implications of an actual policy of "open borders" and completely unrestricted labor mobility.
We should say that this conversation was recorded on Valentine's Day, because we are in love, and hat some incredibly disturbing stories have come out since then that we weren't able to address because Elon Musk hasn't invented a time machine yet. (OR HAS HE?). Just keep in mind that the NYT has a great breakdown about how Trump's immigration forces are using a much wider dragnet than Obama's, and that the Trump administration considered (and ultimately rejected) using the National Guard to go around the country kicking in doors and removing people from the country for the crime of trying to feed their families. (Also: some interesting thoughts on National Guard reform in this context here.)
Stay strong out their yall. This is kind of a heavy episode--but Adam tells a joke at the end!
And a special thanks to Durand D'Souza, our newest contributor on Patreon!
Raids, Ambushes & Other Things ICE Doesn't want you to call what they're doing:
Background on Immigrants in the United States
Nick Srnicek: https://theconversation.com/the-us-100-trillion-case-for-open-borders-72595 Jesse Meyerson: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2013/03/the-case-for-open-borders/
Dylan Matthews & Bryan Caplan: http://www.vox.com/2014/9/13/6135905/open-borders-bryan-caplan-interview-gdp-double