In Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s latest anti-immigrant diatribe*, he makes note of the cost of the prospective immigrant to taxpayers:
Unfortunately, welfare states are not operated like factory towns or even Swiss communities. Under welfare-statist condition the immigrant employer must pay only a small fraction of the full costs associated with the immigrant’s presence. He is permitted to socialize (externalize) a substantial part of such costs onto other property owners. Equipped with a work permit, the immigrant is allowed to make free use of every public facility: roads, parks, hospitals, schools, and no landlord, businessman, or private association is permitted to discriminate against him as regards housing, employment, accommodation, and association. That is, the immigrant comes invited with a substantial fringe benefits package paid for not (or only partially) by the immigrant employer (who allegedly has extended the invitation), but by other domestic proprietors as taxpayers who had no say in the invitation whatsoever. This is not an “invitation,” as commonly understood. This is an imposition.
But what Hoppe doesn’t address is the fact that he wants to keep out immigrants via the means of the State.
Unlike Mexicans picking vegetables, government border guards are paid exclusively via taxes. The property owners in the United States don’t bear just a “substantial” part of the costs imposed by government employees, they bear 100% of those costs. Thus by Hoppe’s own logic, the very people that he wants to use to keep out immigrants are far worse parasites than any illegal immigrant could ever hope to become.
If Hoppe is truly concerned about the tax burden that any given individual puts on the taxpayers, why doesn’t he turn his focus to the INS, rather than the immigrants they are trying to keep out?
* As you’ll note from the link, Hoppe’s original piece has been replaced by a redirect to a different file on the Mises.org site. This isn’t the first time that embarassing material has disappeared from Lewrockwell.com: two columns by crypto-Nazi Jared Taylor suffered similar fates, as documented here.
** Update: Now, the following appears at the URL formerly holding the Hoppe column:
Publishing Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s footnote 23 from Natural Order, the State, and the Immigration Problem caused a lot of comment. Please see also his Secession, the State, and the Immigration Problem and On Free Immigration and Forced Integration. There is also his LRC archive and his personal website.
I judge that Hoppe’s column has now been pulled from Lewrockwell.com.
*** Update: LRC’s own Stephan Kinsella points out in comments that the Hoppe piece hasn’t been pulled: one of the links there is to a Hoppe paper, of which the original column was a footnote. Kinsella notes that this bizarre obfuscation is so that we “can easily see the whole article and the note in context.” Context has indeed been provided: instead of the isolated piece of stupid hatefulness that this first appeared to be, one can now easily see that it’s merely one small particle of stupid hatefulness embedded in a giant matrix of hateful stupidity.