Great idea, because all illegal aliens are flush with cash and could easily pay to come here. What a completely ridiculous idea and one that is completely counter to the ideals on which this country was founded.
This is an interesting reply, because on the one hand it completely misses Bob's point that we should permit immigration when we conclude that it's good for us. The commenter is, of course, only concerned about what is good for the immigrants, most particularly illegal immigrants, for whom he seems to have a special affection. And he's disingenuous also, because he implies that Bob is wanting immigrants so they can pay the fee, when of course the whole point is to discourage immigrants who can't or won't pay the fee. Finally, if you read our founding documents, you won't find that we were founded on giving freebies to illegal immigrants. That's the Ellis-Island crap that we've been bombarded with for the last few decades, and it has zero roots in our foundation.
And, on the same forum, Stephen W. Browne made this excellent reply to the first commenter:
I used to be an open-borders libertarian, until libertarian friends in the Baltic states disabused me of that notion.
If you are serious about preserving what liberty we have left and regaining lost ground, one might think about the wisdom of importing an awful lot of future client/voters who are generally hostile to the ideas of liberty.
Some time back that right-wing think tank "Freedom House" founded by that right-wing ideologue Eleanor Roosevelt, noted that of the countries they labeled "free" almost all had one ethnic group that constituted at least 2/3 of the population.