There are many things I like about the conservative movement. The conservative Heritage Foundation, for example, includes free enterprise, limited government, and individual freedom in its statement of guiding principles. These are principles are central to my own moral vision. On many political issues I find myself agreeing with at least the rhetoric of conservatives and even sometimes the proposals of the main conservative political party – the Republican Party.
But on the political issue I care most about, prevailing conservative opinion seems to me so audaciously, breathtakingly wrong that I doubt that I really have principles in common with conservatives. Or that conservatives have any real principles.
That issue is immigration. In my hubris, I continue to hope that most conservatives simply haven’t thought the issue through. Most, though not quite all, of their rhetoric, I believe, bears this out. I wanted to take the opportunity to lay out in moderate detail why I think the arguments against open immigration are either badly wrong or wrongly bad – or both. I will be posting a new section of my argument on this blog every day for the next week and a half or so. It may take a while before I get to your favorite argument for walling foreigners off from America, but if I neglect it in this series altogether then please let me know. If the arguments I do make are weak, sound off in the comments! The sections of my argument, subject to possible revision, will be as follows: