Immigration and the Open Society

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Alberto Mingardi

“[Chandran Kukathas’s] key argument [in Immigration and Freedom] is as simple as it is powerful: immigration control cannot possibly end at an airport’s security check. Controlling (‘governing’) immigration means imposing restrictions upon natives too. They will be less ‘at ease’ in their hiring people or buying things from strangers whose legal status they would not otherwise be interested in knowing. It also means a further increase in red tape and in requiring documents from people, exacerbating an unfortunate trend in contemporary nation states. Kukathas points to a simple and yet often forgotten fact: immigration control means controlling more those who are not immigrants.” (09/28/21)