Minarchy and Immigration

Former President Donald Trump laid out his plan on immigration in a speech in Iowa earlier this week

Let’s look at each piece, along with some comments from yours truly.

Following the Eisenhower Model, we will carry out the largest domestic deportation operation in American History.

That’s ambitious to say the least. There’s just one problem: When President Eisenhower’s Operation Wetback was initiated, there were about 1,074,277 illegal aliens deported the first year, 1954; that number dropped in 1955 to 242,608 and dropped again every year thereafter. Today, there are probably twenty million illegal immigrants in the contiguous 48 states, and many of them are tucked away in homogenous ethnic communities, hidden from easy retrieval. The problem we face today is orders of magnitude more difficult than in 1954.

I will also invoke the Alien Enemies Act to remove all known or suspected Gang Members, drug dealers, or Cartel Members from the United States, ending the scourge of illegal alien gang violence once and for all.

This should be easier to do. Instead of a long, drawn out process by trial, during which liberal urban district attorneys can plea-bargain the malefactors out or drop them on the streets with no bail, when they are apprehended and identified as illegal aliens, they can simply be kicked out.

I will shift massive portions of federal law enforcement to immigration enforcement—including parts of the DEA, ATF, FBI, and DHS.

This doesn’t go nearly far enough. The FBI, ATF, DEA and DHS are not authorized in the Constitution and shouldn’t exist. Defund them, shutter them, offer any members with good service records to join the U.S. Marshals or the Border Patrol and cashier the rest.

And I will make clear that we must use any and all resources needed to stop the invasion—including moving thousands of troops currently stationed overseas to our OWN southern border. Before we defend the borders of foreign countries, we must secure the border of OUR country.”

Bringing the troops home? Great idea. Setting them to work doing something that’s actually in the nation’s interest? Even better. I don’t think posse comitatus applies, either; not when the troops are guarding the border.

As I said, ask ten libertarians a question and you’ll get ten different answers, and many libertarians are pro-open borders. I’m not one of those. I see the concept of a nation-state as an example of freedom of association writ large, and as citizens – who are free to associate and disassociate – we are free to vote for people who have our interests at heart, including maintaining border security to ensure people that immigrate are people we do want to associate with. That’s not a violation of the non-aggression principle, nor is it inconsistent with basic liberties. One of the (few) proper functions of government is to protect our liberty and property, and under the current system, people’s property is clearly at stake, especially in border states. The situation has grown intolerable and something concrete has to be done.

The election is as yet a long way off. Not one primary ballot has even been cast. But a candidate who talks a good line on immigration will get a lot of support, especially in those border states – like, say, Arizona.

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