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- Publisher: Deca Stories, LLC (July 25, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 25, 2014
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Homelands: The Case for Open Immigration (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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His examples with Romania and Germany were not convincing. Conditions are far diff between the two. We have a pseudo open border with Canada but there's no unchecked immigration from there. It seems to be mainly tunnels from south of the border.
I think we could definitely ease the procedure a bit for Mexicans looking for work here and incentivize legal immigration for them rather than illegally.
However, it is more complex than what he presents. Govt, culture, societal conditions make huge factors here. People being unhappy in Mexico or elsewhere and wanting to come here are actually those govt's problems. Not ours (unless you're talking genocide or asylum). Those govts have failed to provide adequately for citizens like Patience.
The author argued for open borders yet employed a security guard to guard his house while in Nigeria. I think he doesn't see the inherent irony in that.
Still, I do understand that the process is more complex but it wasn't born that way. It evolved over time due to the various cases and events like 9/11 that occurred and molded the current immigration policies.
I have seen lots of legal immigrants easily become citizens and the process works properly if you cooperate with it.
Sure there are improvements that can be made but it goes for both sides.
Stephan Faris makes a very compelling case for proposing unrestricted immigration as an alternative to the rather arbitrary "luck of the draw" aspects of granting citizenship and residency to foreigners, and how people in search of a better life are often impossibly crippled in their pursuit, by politics and mindsets that are far from humane.
The international scope of the reporting here is impressive, and the background information that helps to carry the story forward serves to truly educate the reader about this very important issue. But most of all, Homelands gives this issue a very human face. I finished this piece not only feeling informed, but inspired to learn more and do more. Really powerful journalism here.