Immigration and social engineering

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Immigration brings out the social engineers and central planners across the political establishment. We see this clearly in the debate over Donald Trump’s support for legislation that would cut legal immigration in half while tilting it toward well-educated English-speakers and against low-skilled non-English-speakers. Even establishment opponents of Trump’s position believe ‘we’ must update the immigration system to better serve ‘the economy.’ But they disagree on particulars. … Contrary to this establishment view, the economy is not a mechanism. It is, rather, hundreds of millions of American producers and consumers, who also happen to be embedded in a global marketplace. Why can’t they be trusted, without the direction of politicians, to decide for themselves what they need and to engage in social cooperation — that is, among other things, to trade goods and services — to obtain it?” (08/04/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/daily-featured-articles/tgif-immigration-social-engineering/