Riffing off my last post regarding the meaning of the word immigrant, I thought I'd throw out my argument for the correct level of immigration.
Yes. Zero. No temporary workers; no cousins, uncles, and aunts; no refugees; no lottery. None. Approximately means that I'm OK with someone marrying a non-American and bringing their new spouse and dependent children home.
Why Heresolong, you racist!
Nope. I don't think we need more people. We don't need more white people, we don't need more brown people, we don't need more yellow people. I have nothing against foreigners or their cultures. I have traveled the world, lived overseas, and enjoyed much of what I experienced and saw. It's just that we already have plenty of people. Forty years ago we had 220 million people, today we have 325 million people. I don't think this has been an improvement. Forty years ago the city I grew up in had about a million and a half and it was a nice place to live. Now it has three and a half and it has become a somewhat less nice place to live, overcrowded and expensive. Many of these people are immigrants so it hasn't just been a matter of the natives having children. Again, what was the benefit to those of us who lived there already to the importation of millions of foreigners?
What is the rational and scientific argument for more immigration? We have high unemployment so it can't be for workers; we have plenty of diversity so clearly don't need more of that (as an aside I'd be interested in seeing the scientific studies that prove that diversity is better as that's what we are always being told to believe. Not saying it isn't, just saying that I haven't seen the science); it can't be for productivity as there is no particular relationship between population and wealth.
So what is it for? I have my suspicions but perhaps I'll keep them to myself for now and just ask, "why do we need more people?".