Sunday, July 13, 2008
Knight discusses a new book on immigration by Mark Krikorian, "The New Case Against Immigration, Both Legal and Illegal."
I'll boil it down for you: The United States can not continue to allow immigration and guarantee free stuff to new immigrants at the same time.
Krikorian is absolutely right. We have to stop one or the other. Krikorian says stop the immigrants, but that would be an artificial barrier to entry into the labor market.
My conclusion is to stop guaranteeing free stuff to immigrants and then have open borders (subject to criminal and other security checks.)
If any law abiding person from some other country wishes to come to the United States, work and pay his own way, everybody wins. They contribute to society. They don't suck from the government teat.
When the choice is between a government program or the free market, I choose the free market.
I would get rid of two government programs: 1) free stuff to immigrants and 2) artificial trade barriers in the labor market.