Immigration is one of those issues about which libertarians are increasingly divided: Some say to open the borders and let economic forces sort things out; others say the very idea of citizenship is meaningless and the federal budget is unsustainable if a nation's rules and welfare state goodies are available to all comers.
Here at FEE, you can listen to Ben Powell debunking myths about immigration. And we have weighed in heavily on the issue since the time of Leonard Read. On the other hand, the great Milton Friedman was skeptical about open immigration coexisting with the welfare state--and his skepticism is not unwarranted.
What is becoming increasingly clear, however, is that the current system is broken. Illegal immigrants are risking life and limb to find opportunity on these shores. Once here, they must live in the shadows. Living in the shadows means free exchange between consenting adults is rendered illegitimate. Businesses find it hard to hire seasonal labor, and illegal workers find it more difficult to assimilate when they’re hiding.
One group is offering a fix. Helen Krieble of Red Card Solution is here to discuss a plan to cut the Gordian Knot on immigration. It's not a Utopian solution, it's a pragmatic one: "Immigrants who want to become citizens and live in the U.S. permanently would have to comply with existing laws and procedures. The Red Card Solution creates a different system for the vast majority merely seeking work in the U.S."
Want to learn more about the Red Card Solution? Watch this webinar with Helen Krieble from January 31, 2013.