AZ Libertarian Candidate for Congress “Adamantly Opposed” to New Immigration Law

Nick Coons is a Libertarian candidate for Congress in Arizona’s 5th Congressional District.  Queried via email as to his stance on Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law, Mr. Coons writes that the law “doesn’t address the problem, which is the lack of a reasonable* legal immigration process,” and emphasizes that it may put “US Citizens in quite awkward positions.” He concludes: “As a Libertarian, I adamantly oppose SB1070.  Like most legislation, it doesn’t actually solve the problem and it causes a whole new set of problems that we’ll soon have to deal with.”  Coon’s response in full:

The Libertarian position on immigration is an economic one embracing the concept of free trade, which includes the free exchange of labor. People who wish to move across political borders should not be prevented from doing so, so long as they support themselves through their own efforts (i.e. work) or through the voluntary contributions of others. Taxpayer funded services should not be made available.

Most immigrants, even undocumented ones, do not move to the US for handouts and do not collect welfare.  They come here for better work opportunities than the more oppressive governments in their home countries allow.  An examination of the immigration laws reveals that it is nearly impossible for the average non-American to legally immigrate to the US.  There is a small handful of qualifying factors (including having an immediate relative who’s a US Citizen, working for the government, requesting political asylum, and the green card lottery) that most people from around the world simply don’t meet.  Thus, for the vast majority of people around the world, there is no legal path to permanent residency in the United States.  Immigration occurs illegally so frequently because it’s nearly impossible to find a legal path for most people.

The new immigration law that recently passed in Arizona, SB1070, does nothing to stop undocumented immigrants because it doesn’t address the problem, which is the lack of an unreasonable* legal immigration process.  Instead, SB1070 will require that police officers request proof of citizenship if they have reasonable suspicion of someone’s immigration status.  This can put “non-American-looking” US Citizens in quite awkward positions, such as having to carry their birth certificates or other proof of citizenship that most of us have locked away at home for safekeeping.

As a Libertarian, I adamantly oppose SB1070.  Like most legislation, it doesn’t actually solve the problem and it causes a whole new set of problems that we’ll soon have to deal with.

6 thoughts on “AZ Libertarian Candidate for Congress “Adamantly Opposed” to New Immigration Law

  1. Gene Berkman

    “doesn’t address the problem, which is the lack of an unreasonable legal immigration process,”

    Perhaps he means “lack of a reasonable immigration process.”

    Other than that, thanks Nick for standing up for freedom.

  2. d.eris

    Somehow it’s always surprising how many times you can scan or edit a text and still fail to catch all the typos and errors.

  3. Dave Gillespie

    Words of the prophets…
    On September 10, 2002, six months before
    Shock and Awe, Congressman Ron Paul inserted
    into the Congressional Record his remarkable
    document which should have been universally
    read but wasn’t: “Questions That Won’t Be Asked
    About Iraq.”
    In April 2010, Nick Coons, Arizona Libertarian candidate for Congress, speaks truth to power (and to hateful public opinion) about new fascist state legislation. Some day, Mr. Coons, your words may be remembered as prophetic and your utterance of them as gutsy.

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