In a letter to the editor in the June 2007 _The Freeman_, Norman Henry asks several questions to which I have supplied answers:
- How many of the six-and-a-half billion people in the world should be able to enter the
to "live and work peacefully" under an "open borders" policy? United States
There should be no open borders policy. Immigration of all kinds should be limited to 200,000 per year or whatever it takes to achieve a stable population.
- Who decides a number limit if literal "open borders" is deemed impractical?
Obviously, this is the job of the congress. It can certainly take a page out of the play book of India and China and adopt a policy that will prevent a population level anything like that of those two countries.
- What should the limited number be?
It should be that number which will lead to a stable population in not more than 20 years.
- Should national, or continental, origin of new immigrants be considered in the immigration process? If so, what should be the basis for the balance?
Yes, an earlier wise policy reflected the national or continental origin of the existing citizen population. That is the appropriate basis for the balance.
- Should immigrants from
or Mexico who can "walk in" be made equal "somehow" with People from Canada Europe, Asia, Africa, and elsewhere, who cannot "walk in"?
Yes, this is a good idea. It might be called handicapping.
- Should these new immigrants be "non-preference" immigrants as was the case before 1965? That is, can anyone immigrate to the
regardless of skill or immediate relatives or refugee status or any other limiting "preference" criteria? U.S.
No, the preference system should be based on the need for the skills possessed by the applicants and knowledge of the English language. The number should be limited to our measured and metered needs consistent with a national objective of a stable population.
7. If it is decided that the United States needs to limit immigration to a billion or two billion or some other number of immigrants in some period of time, what should be done about the subsequent illegal immigration problem that would remain?
They should be promptly repatriated without recourse as quickly as they are apprehended.