- Tue May 09, 2017 8:50 pm
You were doing so well and then you just couldn't help yourself and made the "assinine" comment. So, let's deal with that first. My argument was based on the idea that immigration policy is related to trade policy. For instance, in Europe, for better or worse, people were allowed to move within the Eurozone. Under NAFTA, movement is restricted to a professional class and requires annual visas that can be renewed indefinitely. Keeps the riff-raff out and allows companies to transfer plant and high-valued employees while keeping common labor trapped.
But my primary reason for making the capitalist comment is that I know through previous conversations that certain posters are in favor of Trump's tariffs and tearing up trade agreements. At the core of E&B's argument is import substitution creating greater employment. I happen to be in favor of free trade.
Now, to your first point. Yes, we don't get to decide, but through the exercise of free speech and voting we get to influence the people who do decide. This is a point you actually make at the end of your paragraph. And even illegals get to exercise this free speech and perhaps get other people to support their view. This may be legal relatives, friends, employers or officials in towns like Norristown where the illegal population has created a good commercial environment that will be devastated if they suddenly leave.
So, I appreciate your attempt to silence dissenting opinions, but it won't work.
Truth is a pathless land.