Here's an excerpt from my very first post to Mother of Exiles. It features a link to my favorite article about open immigration, and a video that a dear friend of mine made.
First, here's the link to a wonderful 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 welcome 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!