… So you’re a Malthusian, claiming we need to stop reproducing? We’re at the “carrying capacity” of the land?
That’s not what’s happening.
We have a micromanaging legal immigration system, that will “fail” you for not coming from the right part of the western hemisphere on Tuesday.
Alongside that, we have a black market in immigration that fulfills the needs of people like Dairy Farmers, who haven’t been getting enough American workers for decades.
And that’s the real choice we have. We can either have an energetic immigration system like we did in the 19th century… or we can have a black market in labor.
Or, we can kill our own economy. Which is, bar none, the best way to get rid of immigrants… short of an ethnic cleansing.
I am not anti-immigrant; I am anti open border.
No, you’re anti-law breaking, which is fine.
America had an open border for 140 years, Texas had an open border policy right up until the 1960’s, eschewing Bracero (Barry Goldwater’s argued approach) in favor of that policy.
Open borders, is not what gave us our large illegal immigration problem. What gave us that problem, is a mismatch between labor demand, and legal labor supply. The latter was too small, so employers & immigrants went under the table to get their needs met.
We have been getting “low skilled” Mexican immigration for over a century; far older than our current immigration system. The Government should not have been trying to dissuade it, it did not understand what is was getting into.