Free Market Libertarians (which usually includes me as well as experts like Milton Friedman) with our emphasis on individual liberty suggests that everybody in the world should have the opportunity to rise as high as their talents and energy allow, without the restriction of borders. However, as Roy Beck at NumbersUSA illustrates in his very popular videos, the impact this would have is negligible at best, and at worse, prevents real solutions for third world poverty.
“You cannot simultaneously have a welfare state and free immigration.” –Milton Friedman.
“According to Free-Market Libertarians, it is not right to deny consumers the opportunity for lower-cost goods that might arise from the free flow of lower-cost goods and labor from other countries. Neither is it right to restrict the owners of capital from the additional profits that might be gained from cross-border movements of goods and labor. And, thus, it is not right to protect the workers of one country from wage and job losses due to competition of foreign workers through either trade or immigration barriers. However, restricting the access of the lower-wage foreign worker from jobs in this country not only would deny that worker the right to upward economic mobility, it would deny American owners the right to further upward mobility for themselves.” ~ NumbersUSA
Open borders and thus free immigration are theoretically a good thing in a free market economy. But, we don’t have free market economies in America, in Europe, in Mexico, in China or anywhere really. America is a welfare state. Open borders and free immigration are incompatible with the welfare state; this is reality, not theory.
Can we stop the welfare state and instead allow open borders? America and the world are already on the welfare train and we are stuck on that train until its inevitable crash. Even in the best scenario, it is a huge crash. Let’s try to not make it worse.
Welfare is not only the hundreds of billions of dollars borrowed each year (new debt) in new federal, state and municipal “entitlement” payments for food stamps, medicaid, disability, jails, unemployment, social services, tax credits for children for illegal aliens, etc. Welfare also includes the hundreds of billions of dollars borrowed each year (new debt) by government on behalf of citizens to pay farmers for not growing certain crops or animals or to reduce the export price of their crops or animals, and the hundreds of billions of dollars borrowed (new debt) by government on behalf of citizens to fund windmills, solar farms, climate research, carbon sequestration and other “green” corporations, new weapons systems, Ex-Im Bank, and gifts to the UN and other countries and the hundreds of billions of newly borrowed dollars (new debt) each year to fund the growing government bureaucracy itself. Welfare is also the billions of dollars borrowed (new debt) each year to pay pensions and healthcare for retired employees at all levels of bloated government. All of that and more are welfare.
We are living in President LB Johnson’s Great Society, a vision from the 1960’s. It is a system that is almost universally recognized to be economically unsustainable.
Welfare is nothing more and nothing less than money borrowed by politicians in your name and put in politicians hands with which they buy votes for themselves to increase their power and keep themselves in office. LBJ knew that. Today, Congress, the Presidents and the courts are institutionally unable to stop themselves, it is a system-wide addiction to spending and cronyism.
Bringing more people into this country increases welfare payouts, basically accelerating the train to its inevitable crash and making that crash worse for everybody. Or another analogy: lifeboat America is already sinking. Bringing more people on board will sink it faster. An Article V Convention of the States (as described in the Constitution) is required to haul the federal government back to the original Constitution. It takes time to get enough states on board.
“The Case Against Immigration, The moral, economic, social, and environmental reasons for reducing U.S. immigration back to traditional levels.” Here is the entire book as a pdf file. https://www.numbersusa.com/sites/default/files/public/from_drupal5/pdf/TheCaseAgainstImmigration-RoyBeck.pdf
This report details how the Obama Administration has carried out a policy of de facto amnesty for millions of illegal aliens through executive policy decisions. Since taking office in 2009, the Obama Administration has systematically gutted effective immigration enforcement policies, moved aggressively against state and local governments that attempt to enforce immigration laws, and stretched the concept of “prosecutorial discretion” to a point where it has rendered many immigration laws meaningless. Remarkably, the Administration has succeeded in doing all this with barely a peep of protest from Congress.http://www.fairus.org/DocServer/Obama_Enforcement_Report.pdf