As usual, I have been perusing the News Articles, OpEds and Blogs around the country. I´ve been noticing a change. There are a significantly higher number of PROs.
From Blogs to news articles, more and more reporters, commentators and Bloggers are preaching the PRO Comprehensive Immigration Reform perspective.
I knew this day would come!! Truth and Justice always have a way of reaching the surface and staying on top as the other side flails in the winds of corruption and dishonesty.
Here is an example from Business Week:
Immigration policy should facilitate the movement of people, just as trade policy facilitates the movement of goods. From an economic perspective, this is a no-brainer. Right now, there are massive differences across countries in the rewards that skills garner. According to a new paper from Mark Rosenzweig, an economist at Yale, immigrants to the U.S. who are high school graduates earn far more than they did in their home countries. The same is true for college grads. An immigrant from Mexico with a college degree can earn almost 10 times more in the U.S. compared with what he or she would receive in Mexico.
In such a world, an open immigration policy produces massive gains to trade, as people move to countries that can make the best use of their skills and pay them accordingly. It's unambiguously good for the overall global economy if an entrepreneurial Mexican or Chinese can move to the U.S. and start a new business. Similarly, it's good that an ambitious and smart young Russian or Indian can move to the U.S., go to business school, and become a hot-shot consultant or an investment banker, either in the U.S. or elsewhere.
Such a world of open borders would mimic, on a larger scale, the situation that already exists within the U.S. People can move long distances from one part of the country to another, chasing better jobs and higher pay. Florida and Arizona do not erect barriers saying, "No more immigrants from the Midwest." Instead, they welcome them and even boast about the number of people moving to their states as a driving force for growth.
What are the objections to such an open-borders policy? The obvious one is that letting in a higher number of immigrants would drive down wages. However, economist David Card, of the University of California at Berkeley, has shown that there's little evidence that pay has gone down significantly in cities with large immigration populations (see BusinessWeek.com, 5/08/06, "The Economic Case For Legalizing Illegals").
One more note: I´m giving a shout out to our friends at Tony´s of Kansas City and KC Blue Blog, two PRO Blogs rated number 1 and 6 most influential Blogs in Missouri. Tony was gracious enough to recommend my blog to many other sites during my opening in May. Thank you Tony!!