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

Date: Sat Jun 24 2000 - 13:31:26 MDT

In a message dated 6/24/00 9:34:04 AM Pacific Daylight Time,

<< 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
 the area. Yes, if we opened the borders entirely we'd probably be swamped
 economic refugees beyond the ability of our infrastructure to respond. But
 think we could steadily increase the permeability of our borders and still
 maintain our prosperity. >>
It might be helpful to use some quotes from economic reports from Top
Economists from Universities and Financial institutions to butress this
observation. I am interested if this indeed is economic fact or just a part
of Libertarian Ideology. Which path should we go? Does proetctionism ever
make sense? Is there any danger from foreign workers, or just paranoia from
native born Americans?

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