That Milton Friedman Quote On Immigration And Welfare State

The Heritage Foundation`s Robert Rector has a fine article in NRO setting libertarians straight on immigration, opening by citing this definitive quote from Milton Friedman:

A decade ago, Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman admonished the Wall Street Journal for its idee fixe on open-border immigration policy. “It`s just obvious you can`t have free immigration and a welfare state,” he warned. This remark adds insight to the current debate over immigration in the U.S. Senate.

Look to Milton: Open borders and the welfare state by Robert Rector, NRO, June 20 2007.

Rector doesn`t say, but this quote originated in a Forbes Magazine interview I conducted with Friedman in 1997. We`ve been making good use of it here at VDARE.COM ever since.

 

For immigration enthusiasts, the bad news is not so much that the arguments they are facing are actually new – they`ve been ignoring/ shouting them down since the early 1990s - but that these arguments are now suddenly being made by so much of the conservative Establishment. Indeed, by parts of the Liberal Establishment too. Stay tuned.