August 23, 2007

Tighter border controls are pretty much a chimera

Tighter border controls are pretty much a chimera; it's simply not possible in a free society to keep desperate people out of the country. The only thing we can do is allow them to work (they always want to work, not claim welfare - there are no harder working people than immigrants), rather than delivering them into the hands of the traffickers and those that would exploit them.

Immigrants don't want us to look after them; they want to work for themselves. There are almost no costs for us to bear (in fact, problems only begin to appear when we attempt to extend welfare to immigrants - it creates tensions between new and old residents of the country as they "compete" for welfare). All we have to do is change the laws to allow them to work.

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