ImmigrationSubmitted by John Ashman - A... on Sun, 06/10/2012 - 23:16
I'm not sure that Ron Paul ever got this, and it's really moot since he's retiring, but immigration actually is NOT a delegated federal power in the Constitution. It is one that was recently INFERRED by an activist SCOTUS in order to take it away from the states and further centralized federal power, only because it is a delegated power for the loosely related delegated authority to create an uniform rule of naturalization, the process of becoming a citizen once you have moved here and become a resident of any given state that shall have you.
Further, this is an issue that is directly contradictory to both libertarianism (freedom of contract, freedom of movement, natural rights, etc, etc) and Austrian economics (for much the same reasons).
Libertarianism and Austrian economics by nature embrace unlimited personal economic decisions, including and especially moving to where the work is, the ability to seek employment, the ability to seek refuge, the ability to seek housing, the ability to contribute to the economy.
I'm not sure that anyone has ever noticed this contradiction.