No One Has a Right to Make Immigration Policy

Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says ‘no one has a right to immigrate’ to the United States. ‘We determine as Americans,’ he says, ‘what type of immigration system benefits our country. When you’re doing immigration, it’s not for their benefit as foreigners. It’s for your benefit as Americans. So if there’s legal immigration that’s harming America, we shouldn’t do that either.’ I’d turn that around and say that no one, including a state legislature, has a right to forbid or restrict immigration, the peaceful movement of individuals from outside to inside America. That doesn’t mean that landowners cannot set rules for who enters their own property. That is not immigration policy. We’re talking about a political concept.” (05/19/23)