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The Benefits of a More Open Immigration Policy

Walter Weston

Issue LXXIII- September 18, 2006

 

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The social harms raised by Victor Davis Hanson in his “Mexifornia” speech at Hillsdale College on August 31, 2006, including lack of assimilation, security threats and poverty level wages, need to be considered.

But we cannot forget that immigration is a social benefit. Some political commentators combine other social phenomena with immigration and mistakenly advocate a policy of closed borders.

If an immigrant comes into the country to work, it is in the immigrant’s interest to mix with American culture. In the past, immigrants of all nations have mixed into our society. The problem arises when immigrants are attracted to welfare benefits. The incentives of welfare create a poverty trap, isolating immigrants.

When we separate the issues, we find that immigrants provide innovation and hard work for the American economy. Throughout our history, the American dream has attracted a vast number of entrepreneurs from around the world.

Entrepreneurs increase production and lower prices. It is mutually beneficial for both Americans and the potential immigrants. Immigrants receive higher wages, and we get superior products. Limiting competition or a legitimate economic choice cannot improve overall well-being.

Increasing the ease of legal passage will improve our country. For too long, we have spent tax dollars deporting immigrants seeking honest work and, in the process, lost a chance to better our society economically.

But there is a moral reason for a more open immigration policy as well.

Nearly all Hillsdale College students would agree that men are created equal. There is no moral inferiority inherent in immigrants. We are all humans and ought to be judged as such.

Our nation has benefited from the melting pot of cultures and ideas. We must not forget that we are a nation of immigrants.

We need to reform immigration as a separate issue. We must not let the problems highlighted by Hanson obfuscate the benefits of immigration.

Walter Weston is a student at Hillsdale College.

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