Thu, 30 Aug 2007

Who Should Plan Immigration?

In a letter to the editor in the June 2007 _The Freeman_, Norman Henry asks several questions:
  1. How many of the six-and-a-half billion people in the world should be able to enter the United States to "live and work peacefully" under an "open borders" policy?
  2. Who decides a number limit if literal "open borders" is deemed impractical?
  3. What should the limited number be?
  4. Should national, or continental, origin of new immigrants be considered in the immigration process? If so, what should be the basis for the blaance?
  5. Should immigrants from Mexico or Canada who can "walk in" be made equal "somehow" with People from Europe, Asia, Africa, and elsewhere, who cannot "walk in"?
  6. Should these new immigrants be "non-preference" immigrants as was the case before 1965? That is, can anyone immigrate to the U.S. regardless of skill or immediate relatives or refugee status or any other limiting "preference" criteria?
  7. If it is decided that the United States needs to limit immigration to a billion or two ibllion or some other number of immigrants in some period of time, what should be done about the subsequent illegal immigration problem that would remain?

Of course, Henry gives away his preferences by the questions he asks. If you think, as I do, that everyone who wants to immigrate to the United States has the "United States Nature" and we should welcome them, then you'll disagree with the premise behind the questions. Norman's assumption is that some level of immigration creates problems in excess of the benefits. He doesn't suggest why his assumption is correct.

So, to answer his first question, I say "All of them". From that, the rest of his answers become obvious. No restrictions on whom may immigrate.

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Wed, 29 Aug 2007

Top 100 Economics Blogs has listed the Angry Economist as one of the top 100 economics blogs. w00t w00t.

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Sun, 26 Aug 2007

Missing August

Hi, I'm missing my August ... has anyone seen it? I've been travelling so much in August that I hardly remember where I live anymore. Been to Mumbai, Boston, Storrs CT. I find it difficult to blog remotely. Maybe if I had blogging software on my N800, which is always with me. Unfortunately, the blogging software which knows how to post on pyblosxom is also massively unreliable, and the blogging software that works doesn't know how to post on pyblosxom. Sounds like a job for Super Open Source Man! Yeah, one of these days, one of these days.

Lots to write about, like the skin infection on my leg, which looks like ... well, go look at the photos on flickr, which I got on my trip to Goa, which really is quite beautiful, sun, sand, and surf, if you can ignore the River Princess. But ... it's 3:30AM and I need to get on to EST rather than IST.

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