The Right Coast

March 11, 2006
Immigration and Big Government
By Mike Rappaport

Gary Becker writes:

Open immigration to America worked well during the 19th century because the government did very little for immigrants and their families. How immigrants voted after becoming citizens also mattered little because government decisions were not so important. With the growth of government during the past half century, neither of these conditions continues to hold, so the case for open immigration is fatally weakened.