This evening I spoke with Ben Smith, a university student from north Georgia, about multiculturalism and immigration. Mr Smith took a pro-immigration, pro-multiculturalism position while I took a position against Third World immigration in particular and mass immigration in general. It was an interesting conversation and quite civil. It turned out that despite our initial disagreements we had much in common. Check it out!
According to the proponents of unconditional free immigration, the United States qua high-wage area would invariably benefit from free immigration; hence, it should enact a policy of open borders, regardless of present conditions, i.e., even if the United States were entangled in protectionism and domestic welfare. Surely, such a proposal must strike a reasonable person as fantastic. Assume that the United States, or better still Switzerland, declared that there would no longer be any border controls, that anyone who could pay the far might enter the country, and, as a resident, would then be entitled to every “normal” domestic welfare provision. Is there any doubt about the disastrous outcome of such an experiment in the present world? The United States, and even faster Switzerland, already weakened by protectionism and welfare, would be overrun by millions of third-world immigrants. Welfare costs would quickly skyrocket, and the strangled economy would disintegrate and collapse, as the subsistence fund – the stock of capital accumulated in and inherited from the past (fathers and forefathers) – was plundered. Civilization would vanish from the United States and Switzerland, just as it once did from Greece and Rome….
-Dr Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Democracy – The God that Failed, pages 158-159