I don’t believe that the fundamental problem with immigration is that folks are sneaking across our porous borders simply to milk our lavish welfare. It’s our lavish welfare in the first place. Long before we paid people not to work, or mothers to have kids out of wedlock, the wretched refuse teemed at our borders to escape poverty or penury back home. Back then it wasn’t the nanny state that attracted those with “get up and go” to get up and come, it was the opportunity to make a new life. And I believe that’s as true today. Of course, as the nanny state gradually squelches our entrepreneurial spirit in order to make the electorate beholden to Nanny, and in the process kills opportunities, new arrivals may have little choice but to sign up for the dole.

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