Many of you have written to me to express the same thought – to wit: Even Milton Friedman – Milton Friedman! — said that the U.S. can’t return to the more-open immigration regime that we had until the 1920s as long as we have a welfare state.
Friedman did indeed take this position.
I just submitted my next column to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; it addresses this very issue. When it is published, I’ll link to it here at the Cafe. You will then be able to read, if you’re interested, (some of) my objections to Friedman’s surprisingly poorly thought-out position on this issue.