Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Stand in line … and wait

In a comment on yesterday’s post advocating open immigration, Sus talked about the runaround she had with US Immigration.  Mike Flynn at Reason magazine reckons the runaround needed to immigrate legally to the US is one prime reason so many do it illegally.  Click on his chart below to see what he means.



  1. Sean Fitzpatrick10 Dec 2008, 14:19:00

    Good illustration - the US is one of the hardest countries to emigrate to. I know Americans who have tried to sponsor people into the US and have been shocked to discover how difficult their own government is on the issue.

    So much for "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

  2. Who wants to immigrate to the Uninted Police States anyway? I forsee the Mexican border patrol will be quite busy in the near future...

  3. Oh, I see we can capitalise our user names now!

  4. Robert Winefield11 Dec 2008, 05:15:00

    Who would want to immigrate to the UPSA?

    Me for one. Try and conduct Commercial Pharmaceutical research in New Zealand. Can't be done in 'New Freeland' thanks to the policies of the former Government. Policies that the new government shows no signs of reversing. That's freedom?

    The USA is only starting down the road that NZ traveled long ago. And there are still a lot of folks here who get that and want to reverse it.

  5. I can't quite agree with you Robert. Yes, America is just starting down the road that we've been travling down for quite some time, but they are also travling much quicker than we are, and with apparently less indication of turning back. I expect that in the near future (I don't pretend to possess a date) they will overtake us in terms of welfare and "sustainability" legislation.

    No, my hopes for capitalism have long been set on east Asia, and eastern Europe.

  6. Sorry, that was traveling.


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