Monday, January 28, 2013

The open borders club is always recruiting

I was happy to learn today that Fox news regular and former judge Andrew Napolitano is a proponent of open borders immigration.

It took me years to get here, but I proud to support making America a nation where anyone who wants to can live here. When I moved from Maine to Massachusetts I didn't have to get permission from the grand temple of residency bureaucrats (I wish I could say the same thing about my car) so why should it be different for someone escaping Venezuelan socialism? The only restrictions should be on dangerous criminals.

People who worry that immigrants will "take our jobs" are simply engaging in protectionism. If a competitor can make a superior product, what difference does it matter what side of an imaginary line the factory is on? Why should it matter if workers must cross that same imaginary line on their way to the factory?

The one difference I have with other immigration supporters is that I do not support making it harder to enforce our immigration laws, as stupid and harmful as they are. These measures include giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, in-state college tuition, blocking police officers from checking on the immigration status of suspects or declining to deport criminals.

The answer to bad laws is to change them, not to weasel around and leave them on the books.

Milton Friedman was talking about the positive impact from illegal immigrants when he spoke of the problem  of "bad laws [that] make socially advantageous acts illegal, and therefor leads to an undermining of morality in general."

Not enforcing bad laws opens the door to arbitrarily ignoring laws and finally ignoring good laws. I want free and open immigration for everyone, including people who are poor or have few skills. That's why we need to hurry up and change the laws we have, not ignore them.

1 comment:

  1. If I had to pick a legislative priority - this would be it. Not only is it good policy domestically - as it positively effects so many socio-economic circumstances - but it's also good foreign policy. Allowing people from poor nations to come to America is just about the best form of aid we can provide.