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Some who believe that immigrants represent a threat to their culture, support errecting laws that seek to stem the immigration of individuals into the United States. These laws range from tightening the existing quota system that limits the number of foreigners from each country, to building physical barriers along borders to stop physical movement.

Does a government properly have the right to pass laws limiting the immigration of individuals? If not, why?

asked Nov 26 '12 at 11:22

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There's a big difference between quota systems that limit the number of foreigners from each country and physical barriers which require people (and items) travelling into or out of the country to pass through specified border crossing points.

(Nov 26 '12 at 14:22) anthony anthony's gravatar image

That's true, and probably not the best example of an irrational policy held by the right (although there are many).

(Nov 26 '12 at 14:53) JK Gregg ♦ JK%20Gregg's gravatar image

This audio article from The Objective Standard answers your question.

(Nov 26 '12 at 22:21) user890 user890's gravatar image

In text at http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/issues/2008-spring/immigration-individual-rights.asp

Note that my linking to the article doesn't mean I fully agree with it. In particular I disagree with the suggestion that immigrants should be subject to a different set of rules regarding taxation and government services. Allowing immigrants to be free of the welfare state while forcing natives to be a part of it would be perverse.

(Nov 26 '12 at 23:40) anthony anthony's gravatar image
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Dr. Harry Binswanger has answered this question well, here:


answered Nov 30 '12 at 18:29

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