Today at Students for Liberty 2013 I did a double-header debate against the Center for Immigration Studies' Jan Ting. The format gave each of us a two minute (!) opening statement for each topic. Here's my opening statement for Topic #1: Immigration.
Open Borders in 4 Easy Steps
laws deny very basic human rights: The
right to accept a job offer from a willing employer and the right to rent an
apartment from a willing landlord. The
predictable result for people born on the wrong side of the border is severe
poverty and worse.This creates a strong moral presumption against
overcome this presumption, you'd have to show that free immigration has
consequences so awful that they clearly
overshadow the horrible consequences of restriction.And you'd have to show that there isn't any
cheaper, more humane way to avert these consequences.
best social science finds that the alleged downsides of immigration are greatly
overstated at best, and often the opposite of the truth.For starters: Immigrants make Americans and
the world richer, and they pay about as much in taxes as they use in benefits.
in worst-case scenarios, there are cheaper, more humane remedies.If immigrants are really a fiscal burden, you
don't have to prevent immigration.Just
make them ineligible for benefits.If
that seems cruel, it's far less cruel than forcing them to live in Haiti.