King George "Lou Dobbs" III

by Don Boudreaux on July 4, 2007

in Immigration

Today, the Washington Times appropriately reprints the Declaration of Independence.  It is truly a beautiful document.

I sent the following letter in response:

Thank you for reprinting
the Declaration of Independence (July 4).  I encourage especially you,
with your hostility to immigration, to read it carefully, noting that
Jefferson explicitly condemned King George III’s restrictive
immigration policy: "He has endeavoured to prevent the population of
these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization
of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations
hither."

Back then when America covered vastly fewer square
miles than it covers today, when each parcel of land fed many fewer
mouths than land feeds today, when the amount of capital per worker was
a tiny fraction of what it is now, and when Americans’ standard of
living was far lower than today’s standard, America’s wise founders
nevertheless wanted more open immigration.

Why is it that today,
the wealthiest time in our history, so many Americans fear
immigration?  Why do so few Americans today share Jefferson’s
understanding that more free people in America mean an even more
prosperous America?

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux

It is worth pointing out, again and again, that America has never been better able than it is today to absorb immigrants.

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