Let Anyone Take a Job Anywhere: My Closing Statement for IQ2
By Bryan Caplan
It’s hard to believe we’re even debating “Let anyone take a job anywhere.” If someone said, “The law should prevent women from working,” or “The law should prevent Jews from working,” or “The law should prevent blacks from working,” you wouldn’t just disagree. You’d be appalled. You should be equally appalled when someone says, “The law should prevent foreigners from working.” Criminalizing the employment of women, Jews, blacks, or foreigners is doubly evil. It denies the workers’ basic human rights. And it deprives the world of the full benefit of the workers’ talent and ambition.
Open borders should be a bipartisan, bi-ideological cause.
Conservatives should oppose immigration restrictions in the name of freedom, free markets, small government, the work ethic, meritocracy, and Horatio Alger himself.
Liberals should oppose immigration restrictions in the name of equality, reducing poverty, equal opportunity, non-discrimination, social justice, and the global 99%.
When the government forbids American farmers to hire Mexican farm workers, how can a conservative not see the oppressive hand of Big Government crushing the entrepreneurial spirit? When the government forbids American restaurants to hire Haitian dishwashers, how can a liberal not see a heartless legal system diabolically promoting poverty and discrimination?
Please! Let anyone take a job anywhere. It is the right way to treat your fellow human beings. It will transform the world for the better. And it will cost us less than nothing.