Oh, they were very open.
Again, no passport required, and no border patrol. Immigrants walked in from everywhere. Even during the Ellis Island era, immigrants didn’t stop crossing the border.
> worked because you didn’t have the extensive welfare programs that attract immigrants today.
The problem with that logic is that immigrants leave during economic downturns, and have been leaving California to go to Texas in droves.
People don’t do that if benefits are all they care about.
> America was different. You could come here like the Kenneys as poor Irish immigrates, and within a couple of generations land on top of the heap. That’s still possible today, but it’s getting harder and harder as government grows takes more and more out of the private sector. The liberals want control
Republicans have been advocating control too.
Their answer to government control of the businesses and welfare, is to give it more control of the border & population.
Answering a government created problem, with a government solution.
I say, end the cluster. Build a wall around the welfare state, deregulate industries, and let more people in. Stop the government in creating the problem; restore freedom.
> The Democrats support open borders
They actually don’t. That would get them in trouble with their union bosses, and their other pro-labor elements.
Rather, they support continuing something like the status quo, where the laws on the books are draconian, but they can bend them for people when & where they wish to. Make the immigrants owe them.
They don’t want to fix the immigration system anymore than they want to fix the schools or local economies for urban blacks. Both situations would make those people no longer dependent on them.