12 May 2010

National borders have to moral weight

LabRat has a good post about illegal immigration and the anti-humanist, communitarian thought that dominates both the for and against camps. Worth reading. I just want to highlight the beginning.
There are people coming across our border illegally who are there to take advantage of our much looser class structure and freer markets to carve out a better life for themselves and their families on raw work ethic and force of will. They are a tremendous asset to our economy and, if all of them could be deported at once today, several industries in several border states and port cities would likely collapse immediately. They would be citizens if they thought they could.

There are people coming across our border illegally who are there to take advantage of our generous public benefits in the realms of education, health care, and welfare for the unemployed. They have no intention of working as hard as the first group or maybe at all and they are a constant drain on our public resources. The only relevance citizenship has to them is more secure benefits access.
As LabRat says, these things are both true, at the same time.

And just like there are lolligaggers coming across the border to mooch of other people's work, there are people who have spent their entire lives as American citizens mooching off other people's work. I don't see how it's any more appropriate to deport foreign born moochers than it is to exile native born moochers.

Why are we obligated to extend public assistance to the lazy who were born between the Rio Grande and the 49th parallel but not those born elsewhere? By what logic do we rob Peter to pay Paul, but only if Paul was born near Peter?

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