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Ehis Odijie

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Do you support unrestricted Immigration?

I do.

Restriction of people, if you come to think of it, makes no sense from a social standpoint. How can you restrict the movement of someone to a geographical fiction called Nation? YES the Nation state is a fiction but that is not what we are discussing here.

From an economic standpoint, free movement of people is the only way to achieve Factor price equalization and true free trade which will benefit all.

From a political standpoint – it is a way of achieving peace just as European Union has brought peace to the EU.

It will lead to a reduction of wages from the more advanced country – globalization is already doing that. That is part of the Factor price equalization by Paul Samuelson.

Do you? and why?

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  • Sep 15 2012: I am against free immigration because of the laws of physics.

    If the USA completely opened its borders it would be flooded with a mass of humans. The mass of all these people leaving where they are and converging in one country could slightly shift the center of gravity of the planet. Even a slight shift could have massive consequences. We would experience earthquakes, the length of the day could become unstable, and there would certainly be climate changes.

    This may seem like a joke, but when you consider the numbers involved, it is possible. Unintended consequences always happen.
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      Sep 15 2012: Thanks Barry

      I think you introduced a novel concern which is wholly legitimate. I do not think it is desirable, or even possible, to have free immigration overnight. It is something we have to work toward.
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      Sep 19 2012: I know what your saying Barry, It's be like all the ice melting in Antarctica all of a sudden, not just relating to ocean levels rising but all that ice weight going away would set off earthquakes as the continent rises and readjusts to the lack of weight.

      Don't forget all that body heat in one place, CO2, etc.

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