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Welfare Reform Versus Immigration Reform

Q&A Radio: 24 February 2013, Question 3

I answered a question on welfare reform versus immigration reform for Philosophy in Action Radio on 24 February 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.

Is the welfare state a good reason to restrict immigration? Conservatives – and even some Objectivists – claim that immigrants are flocking to the United States for our welfare benefits. They claim that immigration must be restricted until the welfare state is curtailed. Doesn't this view amount to punishing would-be immigrants for our own welfare state?

My Answer, In Brief: Restricting immigration due to concerns about welfare evades the core problem of the welfare state, while massively violating the rights of would-be immigrants and everyone else.

Tags: Activism, Conservatism, Immigration, Justice, Law, Politics, Rights, Welfare


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