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Is the welfare state a good reason to restrict immigration?

Conservatives -- and even some Objectivists -- claim that immigrants are flocking to the United States for our welfare benefits. They claim that immigration must be restricted until the welfare state is curtailed. Is this a reasonable position -- or does it amount to punishing would-be immigrants for our own welfare state? Also, what kind of message are supposed advocates of free markets sending with this anti-immigration rhetoric?

P. R. , 27.11.2012, 12:13
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