By Peter C. Meilaender
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Finally, he writes, “In 1924, [when it drastically reduced immigration,] Congress halted the power of immigration to change the social landscape of communities or to obliterate lifestyles of the American people without their permission. Thoughtless federal policies since 1965 have removed that protection” (241). The clear implication: only the American people’s “permission” can justify such changes in its way of life. A people with an identiﬁable way of life, moral obligations toward its members, and the right to determine its own future—these seem to be the implicit elements of Beck’s argument in support of a country’s right to decide on its own immigration policy, a right which underlies and allows us to make sense of his other economic arguments.
It is to this problem that I now turn. Chapter 2 SORTING OUT THE ARGUMENTS I n this chapter I wish to get a handle on the basic opposing arguments that are made about immigration—roughly, that the state may or that the state may not restrict it—noticing particularly how they generally fail to engage one another’s underlying presuppositions. Although the historical literature on various migrations is vast, relatively little has actually been written about the philosophical issues posed by immigration.
Meilaender 2001 Sorting Out the Arguments 27 of such a position often make and that I shall explore more thoroughly in chapter three. I next turn to the scholarly literature and the argument in favor of immigration. Speciﬁcally, I shall focus on the work of Joseph Carens as the best example of this argument. Focusing on Carens as heavily as I do here risks making the existing literature appear somewhat more one-sided than it actually is, since few others are willing to go quite as far as he has or support open borders with quite his vigor.
Toward a Theory of Immigration by Peter C. Meilaender