The True Criminals

Some people refuse to mince words. They insist that individuals who enter the USA without the national government’s approval are criminals. Consider, however, that the U.S. government has no constitutional authority whatsoever over immigration, only over naturalization. So, the true criminals in this sorry situation are not Pedro and Maria, but the members of the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government (along with their agents), who have usurped power never delegated to them.

Here’s one appropriate response: impeach all of these presumptuous, outlaw government functionaries.

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Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute and Editor at Large of the Institute’s quarterly journal The Independent Review. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, the University of Economics, Prague, and George Mason University. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow at the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation.

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