Where’s the Forced Integration?

When I moved to Mexico a couple years ago, the Mexicans were in no way forced to integrate with me. They were free to deal with me or decline to deal with me. I am not aware of any who found my presence so objectionable that they wanted nothing to do with me, but well aware of many who have received me graciously and shown me all sorts of kindness. As for those who might have wanted nothing to do with me, if any such exist, I cannot see how my presence in Quintana Roo has harmed them. I drive on the roads here; no one seems to take offense. I’ve used the public health clinic in Xcalak, where the paramedics were happy to assist me (actually my daughter Ava after an accident).

It would be similar if a Mexican had relocated from Quintana Roo to Texas. No one would be forced into “integration” with him. If the Texans didn’t want to treat him at a public hospital, give him welfare, or admit his kids to public schools, they could simply deny him service. Case closed. He might remain in Texas, but still there’d be no “forced integration.” What’s the problem?

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Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute and Editor at Large of the Institute’s quarterly journal The Independent Review. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, the University of Economics, Prague, and George Mason University. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow at the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation.

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