The Corner

Numbers Are of The Essence

Not to flog this point to death, but…

I have had a couple of e-mails from professional economists arguing the open

borders case. They both seemed perfectly reasonable and logical, taken

simply as a matter of economic theory. (About which, let me confess, I am

blankly ignorant.)

Yet look. The only Third World country I know at all well is China. I can

offer the following well-informed estimate: The proportion of Chinese people

who would come to live in the USA under an open borders policy would be in

the range 2 to 5 percent. That is 24 to 60 million people, from a single

country, in just a very few years.

Are the open-borders people really OK with that? Really?