Free Minds & Free Markets

Can American Rights Survive the Shutting of the Border? New at Reason

The short answer is: No

Most of the time, one hears two basic arguments for generous immigration policies—the conservative or self-interested argument and the Ice ProtestAlex Milan Tracy/Sipa USA/Newscomsecond, the progressive or altruistic argument. The self-interested case for immigration basically emphasizes the economic benefits of immigration for the host country. The progressive case stresses the benefits for the immigrants themselves.

But there is a third, libertarian case, for immigration—namely that border controls and immigration restrictions empower government and lead to more state violence not just against immigrants but citizens themselves, Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia argued at the first Open Borders conference organized by the Free Migration Protect.


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