In 2008, i.e. over 26 years later, I am still arguing in response to the old CETA debate resolution above: “It is the very fact that someone has defined a certain person or groups of persons as illegal that the U.S.A finds illegal immigration to be detrimental. Otherwise, virtually almost every form of immigration to the United States—other than illegal immigration—has proven to be beneficial to the United States of America.”
As a history teacher, I have found time-and-again during my research that primarily only through the continued application and establishment of the legal definition of “illegal immigration” in California against the Chinese and Japanese at the end of the 19th century (and since the virtual national prohibition against immigration around 1920) have xenophobia, anti-communism, and other national phobias been regularly been so broadly been promoted in America (and so-active abroad in America’s foreign relations).
Wherever, such phobias against race—i.e. including against foreign born peoples based race, religion or ideology--, underdevelopment has been reigning quite regularly in America.
Over the past 25 years, I have traveled to over 100 countries all over the planet and have worked in nearly a dozen lands. Almost no other developed land—excepting Australia, Russia or Canada—has there been so much underdeveloped per-capita and per-square mile in terms of sheer God-Given natural and human resources as I have witnessed in the United States of America has.
UNDERDEVELOPED AMERICAN POLITICAL-ECONOMY
I firmly posit that had America kept its borders much more open, the following portions of the U.S. political economy would not be so underdeveloped:
(1) mass transit
(2) fast train technology
(3) integration of train and road transportation involving cars and small trucks
(4) fuel efficiency
(5) wind, solar, and other alternative energy sources
(6) social welfare
(7) universal health care
(8) communication technologies
(9) electric- and environmentally sound suburban, and rural planning
(10) child and natal care