On the most recent Ricochet Podcast, Ann Coulter spent some time discussing immigration. Specifically, she complained that the problem with illegal immigration is that businesses get their cheap labor while the "rest of us" have to pick up the tab for the increase in welfare payments, public education, etc.
Some questions for Ann:
- You said that you can't imagine a world where immigrants have a different classification (a "red" or "blue" card), that makes them ineligible for citizenship or government benefits? Well, why not? I find a world where there are outright bans on certain kinds of immigration to be far more unreasonable than a system that allows people to come here voluntarily knowing full well that they will not have access to government programs and the ballot box.
- You mentioned something about wanting more immigrants from Scotland and Switzerland. You are entitled to that opinion, but as a matter of national policy, who is going to make those decisions about which kinds of immigrants we do and do not want, and in what numbers? Do you really trust the politicians in Washington? As with most things, isn't that best determined by the marketplace? Why do you trust politicians on this issue more than the people?
- You seem to believe that the government has the right to dictate to US citizens whom they can and cannot hire (national security concerns notwithstanding). How is that consistent with any notion of limited government? Where in the Constitution does it say that the Federal government can prohibit US citizens from hiring people who happened to be born in another country?
- And finally, why this obsession with a fence? What is this, the Eastern Bloc?