Conservative economist Thomas Sowell doesn’t believe in immigrants in general terms. While liberals may claim to be all about immigrants, they only really care about the ones that will vote Democrat. And they love to talk about them as if they are all one and the same. But there are huge differences and immigrants can’t all be grouped into one basket.
Sowell gives an example in this YouTube video about how open borders can destroy a nation.
Sweden was, at one time, one of the most ethnically homogeneous countries in the world. As of 1940, only about one percent of the Swedish population were immigrants. As the proportion of immigrants increased over the years, as late as 1970, 90 percent of foreign-born people in Sweden had been born in other Scandinavian countries or in Western Europe.
These immigrants were usually well-educated, and were often active in the labor force and had lower unemployment rates than even the native Swedes. All of that began to change as the growing number of immigrants came from the Middle East, with Iraqis becoming the largest immigrant group in Sweden.
This changing trend resulted in a sharpe increase in the use of government “social assistance” programs, from 6 percent in the pre-1976 era to 41 percent in the 1996-1999 period. However, fewer than 7 percent of the immigrants from Scandinavia and Western Europe used “social assistance,” while 44 percent of the immigrants from the Middle East used welfare benefits.
Immigrants, who made up 16 percent of Sweden’s population, had become 51 percent of the long-term unemployed and 57 percent of the people receiving welfare payments. The proportion of foreigners in prison was 5 times their proportion in the population of the country.
The Political Insider reports:
According to legendary conservative economist Thomas Sowell, the great problem with liberal talking points on immigration is that they talk about immigrants in the abstract, as if they’re one homogeneous group. Some immigrants are a net benefit to the economy, while others do much more harm than good.
The problem is that we need to know who is coming into this country, and we can’t immigrants coming in if we don’t even enforce our border policy. The lack of enforcement has clearly resulted in disaster, as the Center for Immigration Studies has found that…