Welcome to Mother of Exiles! With the immigration debate heating up, I thought this would be a great time to try and spread the proper ideas about individual rights as it relates to US immigration policy.
My good friend has offered to develop some web pages for me, which will include this blog, so expect to see some changes in the coming weeks. A logo is also in the works. A few other friends are interested in contributing to the blog, so I look forward to seeing what they have to offer. Thank you all for your help!
Since I have not yet been able to quit my day job and become a full-time, poor, starving activist (ha ha), I probably won’t be able to post everyday, but I hope to post something new at least 3 times per week.
For now, I would like to link you to two items. First, an article by Craig Biddle from The Objective Standard. Here’s an excerpt:
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.
“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations And Religions; whom we shall wellcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” 1
Unfortunately this pro-immigration attitude, expressed by George Washington in 1783, has all but vanished from American politics. Indeed, the policies of America—the republic built by and for immigrants—have become hostile to immigrants.
I hope you’ll read the full article. Craig addresses many of the common complaints about immigration and proposes solutions.
And finally, I just love this video my friend made about immigration to the US. Once my other pages are up and running, I plan to have this on my home page. Thanks, Pablo!