The city of Dallas, in concert with the federal government, has a relatively new program to grant immigration visas to foreign nationals in exchange for investing in Dallas business projects. The program has targeted investors from Mexico but has expanded to other countries as well. On one hand, I appreciate that the federal government has reduced its immigration enforcement. Yet predictably, a state’s insiders are the only ones who stand to benefit.
The second story relates to police brutality committed by a former Dallas officer who was fired and faces a misdemeanor charge of official oppression and not a more serious charge that his attack presumably warranted.
Both stories underscore the exploitative nature of government privilege and — for the former — state capitalism.