May 1, 2006
I posted my thoughts on the current immigration hoopla over at The Liberty Papers. A little excerpt:
As classical liberals, we believe in the theory of natural rights. The American Dream is the logical outgrowth of natural rights theory. Hereâ€™s the thing, though: while America was designed as a nation based upon natural rights, that doesnâ€™t mean that only native-born Americans have them!
Allow me to explain. When we say that we donâ€™t want immigrants coming here to work, because they might depress wages a little bit, we are telling them that their natural rights shouldnâ€™t be respected here. I understand the arguments. Sure, people coming from the corrupt, economically-repugnant nation of Mexico are willing to do things here for a lot cheaper than what the average American will accept. And many of them are willing to do it with a smile, because they know what their options are at home. But do we want to hang a big â€œNo Vacancyâ€ sign on the land of opportunity?! No. That stands in the way of everything purport to stand for. That stands in the way of freedom and of individual rights. I hesitate to throw out words like this, but that is blatantly anti-American.
Check it out if you’d like to read the rest…