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Ben Franklin writes that immigrants need to add more then they take or they will destroy the country

Franklin, Benjamin

Founding father

Benjamin Franklin writes that immigrants need to add more to the USA then they take or they will destroy the country

“The importation of foreigners into a country that has as many inhabitants as the present employments and provisions for subsistence will bear, will be in the end no increase of people, unless the new comers have more industry and frugality than the natives, and then they will provide more subsistence, and increase in the country; but they will gradually eat the natives out. Nor is it necessary to bring in foreigners to fill up any occasional vacancy in a country for such vacancy will soon be filled by natural generation.”
(“Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind and the Peopling of Countries,” 1751)

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