Sunday, March 09, 2008

Immigration and Individual Rights

This excellent essay by Craig Biddle, Editor of The Objective Standard is definitely worth reading. It presents both the argument for open immigration and a trenchant polemic against the anti-immigration position.

Here's an excerpt from the opening paragraphs:

Every year, millions of people seek to immigrate to the United States, and with good reason: Opportunities to improve their lives abound here. Immigrants and would-be immigrants want to pursue the American dream. Whether or not they would put it in these terms, they want to be free to think and act on their best judgment; they want to produce wealth and keep and use it as they see fit; they want to make better lives for themselves and their families. In other words, foreigners want to come to America for the same reason the Founding Fathers established this republic: They want lives of liberty and happiness.

Immigration is the act of moving to a country with the intention of remaining there. Morally speaking, if a person rationally judges that immigrating to America would be good for his life, he should immigrate; a rational morality holds that one should always act on one’s best judgment. But does a foreigner have a right to move to America? And should America welcome him? Yes, he does—and yes, she should. Recognition of these facts was part and parcel of this country’s founding . . .
Read the whole thing.

1 comment:

Burgess Laughlin said...

What a pleasure it is to read an argument for a position that is written in a clear, straight-forward, coherent manner, with all the pieces present and tied together!

Craig Biddle is an excellent writer. He does not sacrifice clarity for pretense of elegance of style.

I wish that every writer, on either side of an issue, would write such essays.

I highly recommend Biddle's essay, not only because I agree with his conclusions, but because it is a model for debate.