Originally Posted by ChicagoRon
How about why "conservatives" ought to like immigration?
Competition and free markets are the best thing for economic growth. Even though it hurts some individuals in some cases, the greater good is served by free markets and competition. Why wouldn't having a bigger market with more competition for jobs mean better workers and a growing economy?
(hint - it would - it would mean we start to win the "talent war" )As a side note - I am in Tokyo right now. Also visited Australia/NZ earlier in the year. Two places where diminished trade and immigration make some people seem happy, but overall things are not so good (very high prices, lower standard of living for people with relatively high wages).
Furthermore, anybody who thinks Jose Average is just hopping over the border from Mexico is delusional. You need to be very hard-working, motivated, etc. to pick up and move to a place where you don't know the language and try to find work.
With respect, and at the risk of sliding off-topic, this is a bit of a strange comparison.
Whilst there are some Australians who don't like the idea of "illegal immigrants" - people who are, in the Australian context, largely people who arrive by boat and who claim refugee status as they hail from places like Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Iran or Iraq - immigration in Australia is not at all controversial.
Like the US, Australia is a country with a modern history founded on migration and we have a very ethnically mixed population. Australia has a population growth rate of over 1% a year - more than that of the US, according to Wikipedia, at least - and about 70% of that population growth is due to migration.
The Australian economy also grew by 3.3% last year (compared to 2.2% for the US), which is high for a developed economy, and Australia has a positive balance of trade, with the value of exports exceeding the value of imports (unlike the US).
In comparison, Japan has a very, very low immigration rate and it is difficult to permanently migrate to Japan (unless you marry a Japanese citizen) and it is even more difficult to become a Japanese citizen.
Japan had an economic growth rate of about 0.3% last year, and it has a negative balance of trade, too (albeit not as bad as the US).
Prices are high in Australia - particularly real estate prices - but this is primarily because Australia largely avoided the recession that is currently still plaguing the US and Europe and the Australian economy is doing very well, mainly due to exports of primary resources to China, Japan and India.