Ultimately, a massive bureaucratic immigration policy as advocated by both Barr and Paul (and numerous folks from both of the old parties) has a number of victims.
First, you’ve got people who want nothing more than an opportunity to sell their labor, as a commodity, in the United States. Efforts to block them from selling their labor are good old fashioned protectionism, no different than banning or limiting the sale of Korean cars, Japanese electronics, or French cheese.
Secondly, you’ve got the entire country as a whole, who pay higher prices for lower quality labor due to deterioration in competition. When one is guaranteed a job through government intervention and protection from competition, quality suffers and costs increase. You’d think libertarians would understand this.
And finally, you’ve got a frightening number of cases like this one:
Varsha Sabhnani, 46, was convicted with her husband in December on a 12-count federal indictment that included forced labor, conspiracy, involuntary servitude and harboring aliens.
The trial provided a glimpse into a growing U.S. problem of domestic workers exploited in slave-like conditions.
The victims testified that they were beaten with brooms and umbrellas, slashed with knives, and forced to climb stairs and take freezing showers as punishment. One victim was forced to eat dozens of chili peppers against her will, and then was forced to eat her own vomit when she couldn’t keep the peppers down, prosecutors said.
The poor women in this case were exploited not only by Sabhnani, whose light sentence is shocking, but by the government itself. These women sought nothing more than to clean houses for profit — selling their most basic commodity, their labor, in a competitive free market.
Instead, they got forced into slavery by a system that says they cannot exist. Recourse to law enforcement was difficult, since they’d be deported and their economic status completely destroyed.
Ultimately, those advocating a hard-core anti-immigration pogrom are protectionists who are willing to place millions of hard-working free market competitors in harm’s way by destroying their ability to compete in a free market.
Call it what you want — but it’s not “libertarian.”