SOC: Immigration (Was: crime in big cities and Europe)

Date: Sat Jun 24 2000 - 10:31:58 MDT

Immigration policy is one area that exposure to well-presented libertarian
ideas has had an effect on my thinking over the last ten years. I live in
one of the most ethnically heterogeneous cities in the US (perhaps in the
world) and I see signs of the vitality this "people gumbo" brings to my
community everywhere. Many of these immigrants in Houston are illegal under
US law. They all seem to be working hard and contributing to the progress of
the area. Yes, if we opened the borders entirely we'd probably be swamped by
economic refugees beyond the ability of our infrastructure to respond. But I
think we could steadily increase the permeability of our borders and still
maintain our prosperity.
       Greg Burch <>----<>
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       question. This has become the greatest survival trick of our species."
                                          -- Desmond Morris

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