Huddled Masses Yearning
Europe’s Immigration Crisis Resembles Our Own
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  • Anthony

    Well said professor.

    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R -Alabama) on why unregulated immigration hurts working Americans. Even though I am usually in sharp disagreement with Sessions, on this issue I’m with him.

    • In most cases I agree with Jeff Sessions, but not in this case. The worst thing for any economy is population decline. See Japan as an example. Our native fertility rates are too low to sustain population growth. Therefore immigration is essential to our future. Mr. Sessions complains about 30 million over 10 years–that’s not even 10% of our population, assuming nobody dies or emigrates.

      Adam Smith nailed it–the bigger the market, the richer the people. He’s still right, and a country that allows free immigration will be richer than one that doesn’t.

      Worldwide population growth is stagnant. Those countries that can maintain population growth in the face of that trend are more likely to have thriving economies.

      • lukelea

        What makes you so sure Japan is doing poorly? They are actually addressing a problem that all societies are going to have to face. The world’s population cannot grow forever. We have mass immigration but our population is hardly thriving. The economy is though. I guess you have to choose.

  • lukelea

    “However, as terrible as these immigration crises are, Europe and the United States have both a right and a duty to regulate the flow of people across their borders.”

    In a world of seven billion people, most of them in poor countries, this is undoubtedly true. But one question about mass immigration, legal as well as illegal, that I have yet to see addressed is whether it hurts the development of the poor countries from which most immigrants come?

    When you consider that, almost by definition. a country’s emigrants are generally among the more daring, energetic and enterprising of its native-born citizens, it seems likely that the answer is that it hurts more than it helps. It drains an undeveloped society of its precious human capital, the very people who would push hardest for development if they had no other choice. Look at Mexico for example. Would crooks rule there if a quarter of the population had not already decamped for the United States? I doubt it.

    For true bleeding hearts — count me amongst them — this should be the number one issue.

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