Tejas: Los Libertarios Han Llegado

From Julian Aguilar at the Texas Tribune:

A modest gathering of individuals from a variety of backgrounds met in Austin on Saturday for the official launch of Texas Libertarios, a political action committee meant to rouse the interest of Latinos disenchanted with the current two-party system.

The campaign will be considered a success even if it doesn’t guarantee that more Latinos vote for Libertarian candidates this election cycle, so long as they join the discussion, says Libertarian Party of Texas Chairman Pat Dixon.

“This is one avenue to reach out to people that are waiting for a different message and to engage them. We can discuss things, and [Latinos] don’t have to agree with everything we say, but let’s start the conversation,” he says.

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11 thoughts on “Tejas: Los Libertarios Han Llegado

  1. Starchild

    I’m glad Texas Libertarians are pursuing this initiative! Libertarians’ almost unique willingness to oppose border controls and discrimination on the basis of nationality should make our philosophy attractive to many Latinos, if they are made aware of our commitment to these positions.

  2. Eric Dondero

    Hey Starchild that willingness to oppose border controls, does that include getting rid of all the border crossing posts? Should we just let anyone in? Even child molestors from Mexico? No background checks at all. Hey, if you served 30 years in a Mexican prison for murder come right now. Doesn’t matter to us.

    Seriously, what Nation on earth has such a policy? When I visit Mexico, if I wish to visit the interior, I have to get a special pass from the Mexican border patrol.

    Why the double standard?

  3. Eric Dondero

    Shouldn’t we as libertarians be more concerned about pushing Mexico to relieve some of their strict border restrictions? Why are we Americans denied the right to visit all parts of Mexico without extensive background checks? Why are we Americans not permitted to own land in Mexico 25 kilometers from the coast line? Why are Mexican cops in Mexico City allowed to check our “papers” at will when we travel Mexico City mass transit?

  4. Hmmm ...

    Seems that since we’ve already let Eric Dondero in that there is no one worse to keep out.

    If we can vote to kick Dondero out and then close the borders, so he and his ilk can’t get in, then maybe closed borders would be a good idea.

  5. Starchild

    Eric,

    Yes, absolutely we as libertarians should push the Mexican government to get rid of their strict controls on migration and their other xenophobic laws! I’m not defending those policies at all, and I strongly agree that most governments have worse immigration policies than does the U.S. government.

    Unfortunately, nationalist thinking often causes libertarians in the United States to focus disproportionately on problems with the U.S. government, rather than seeing them in proper perspective to problems with other governments and regimes.

    From a humanitarian perspective however, the worst border controls are those which prevent poor people from relocating to wealthier countries where there is more economic opportunity. To the extent that large disparities in wealth are artificially maintained via government interference with migration, not only the individuals trapped in poverty, but the entire world economy is harmed as well.

    Admittedly, the case can be made that Mexico’s controls do act in this manner, by preventing Central and South American migrants from reaching the United States.

    Scaring people with talk of child molesters, terrorists, and so forth crossing borders is a red herring. After all, what if a criminal crosses into your state from a neighboring state, or your town from a neighboring town, or your street from an adjacent street? Should “we just let anyone in” to our state/city/neighborhood with “no background checks at all”? Sounds reckless and dangerous, doesn’t it! But that’s how it generally is now, and few people seem to think it’s a problem.

    Bottom line — no government should have the right to stop and search anyone without probable cause, or to discriminate on the basis of nationality. Whether a person is at a national border, at the city limits, or entirely within a jurisdiction makes no moral difference whatsoever, and it shouldn’t make any legal difference either.

  6. Eric Dondero

    I’m glad you agree Starchild. You’ve often struck me as a rationale Libertarian. And it was a pleasure meeting you at the convention in St. Louis.

    That said, shouldn’t we then lead off with influencing the Mexican government to ease restrictions on Americans’ travel, vs. leading off with what the U.S. should do to knock down the walls? Seems to me that we should push the foreign government to act first, before we make any such moves.

  7. Eric Dondero

    I don’t think the issue of child molesters is a “red herring.” It’s for real. There are countless child molesters who come in from Mexico. And most certainly from Central America. As you know I speak fluent Spanish. I’ve taught mostly immigrants from Central America English as a Second Language. And sex with children in Central America (most definitely not Mexico), is a part of their culture. It’s sick I know. But they don’t view sex with children in the same cultural prism as we Americans do, and even as the Mexicans do.

  8. Eric Dondero

    Starchild, you are aware of the infamous Railroad Murderer, right? In 2000 to 2003, this Mexican crossed the border 14 times illegally, hopping on railroad freight trains, and getting off at different destinations all throughout the U.S. He murderd 12 different people. He’d sneak into their homes at various train stops, and strangle them, and then steal whatever he could.

    That’s hardly a “red herring.”

  9. Robert Butler

    Texas Libertarios and its parent organization Libertarios of America believes that anyone should be able to cross America’s borders legally through official points of entry pending only a criminal background check to verify that they do not represent a danger to the public.

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