This argument doesn’t hold water.
Modern countries today, have immigration rates 2x, 4x of what we do, with none of the perceived consequence you claim this creates.
Tiny countries/city states, surrounded by the 3rd world, surrounded by communists, surrounded by Muslims, surrounded by Euro-Socialists, who somehow don’t “fall over” by letting those people in.
They let more people in, they have higher marks of free trade, and they’re better off than we are.
You don’t have a counter for this Dave. Their experience, countries who are microcosms of what we used to be, debunks your entire argument.
Free trade works, a high immigration rate works. No one is left behind. Turns out, Freedom is good economic policy, to the surprise of none of those who believe in Western philosphical traditions.
Uh, Dave? I already debunked this, and so has CATO:
And his name is Lott, not “Locke”.
Lott admits outright that legal immigrants are conflated in his estimates. It’s also known that the prison population itself is inflated, with as many as 7-8,000 people being on the rosters, that aren’t actually there anymore. Controlling for those two aspects (and throwing in an illegal population total by Pew), gives you the figures above.