I wonder if the same people think the operators of speakeasies during alcohol prohibition were also moral monsters. Were they evil for allowing people in to drink? I think most people now agree that alcohol prohibition was a dumb policy. What about jaywalkers? What about someone who loses his temper and cuts off one of those "Do not remove under the penalty of law" labels on mattresses? Do illegal immigrant-haters hate those people, too?
Here are two seldom-heard reasons to want a lot more immigrants:
- They tend to be young, and they pay payroll taxes, which means that they would postpone our problems with social security for many years.
- They all need to live somewhere. We have a lot of excess housing. It's not "re-inflating the bubble" if increases in housing prices are the result of more people buying houses to live in!
UPDATE: Hat tip to Art Carden yet again for this great Jeff Miron piece on illegal immigration.
ANOTHER UPDATE: A friend who wants to remain anonymous says:
Another example of law-breaking relevant to the immigration debate is this: in the South before the war, you were BREAKING THE LAW by teaching slaves to read and write. Might this look familiar:
Now, I'm not a racist and I'm all for people learning how to read and write, but they need to do it LEGALLY and not BREAK THE LAW of our sovereign country.