Monday, November 18, 2013

Don Boudreaux makes a solid argument against open immigration. He writes* (emphasis added),

the blame for poor-countries’ relatively higher death rates due to weather belongs not on rich countries for relying upon market-driven industrialization but, rather, on the poor countries themselves for refusing do so.

Makes sense. It’s not our fault, and we shouldn’t have to pay for it, in this case by sending money as compensation.

Let’s substitute a few words:

the blame for poor-countries’ relatively higher poverty rates due to inefficient economies belongs not on rich countries for relying upon free markets but, rather, on the poor countries themselves for refusing do so.

Also makes sense. And again, it’s not our fault, and we shouldn’t have to pay for it, in this case by admitting large numbers of immigrants whose presence would lower wages and reduce employment for the poorest Americans, and the cost of whose use of government services would exceed the tax revenues they’d supply.

Well done, Prof. Boudreaux.

*Stylistic errors in original.