The Great Illegal Immigration Debate
The Hoover Institution has a roundup of arguments on the issue of illegal immigration. Accept that doing without illegal immigrants would entail an economic penalty (Russell Roberts)? Benefit from them economically in a regulated manner(Timothy Brown)? Save Mexico by forcing it to deal with its problems instead of exporting them (Victor Davis Hanson)? Worry about destabilizing Mexico by not accepting illegals (Stephen Haber)?
What's clear is that the illegal immigration problem is a hugely important issue, upon which the future of direction of North America, including the United States, depends. What is even more remarkable is the extent to which this issue has been muted, evaded and misrepresented by identity politics. The roundup at the Hoover Institution brings up the more important points. The question is whether anyone is listening.
Plus, if you come to a fork in the immigration road, take it. Oregon illegals demand driver's licenses.
I received this email from Russell Roberts and have made a correction in the text accordingly. I am sorry for being sloppy.
I believe you misinterpreted what I was saying.
I think immigration is good for most Americans and the immigrants. But of course we could get by without immigrants, we'd just be poorer on average. The jobs they do now would either be done at a higher cost or not done at all. But I certainly didn't mean to suggest that we'd be better off without immigrants.