Strangers in Our Midst

Strangers in Our Midst

The Political Philosophy of Immigration

Book - 2016
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"How should we, citizens of rich countries, respond to the claims of the many millions of people world-wide who want to immigrate and settle in our societies? Their reasons are often compelling - they are fleeing mass poverty or political persecution - but the impact that fully open borders would have on the life of the societies that the immigrants would join is also immense. This books defends democratic states' rights to control their borders, and powerfully criticizes the arguments offered in support of international freedom of movement - common ownership of the earth, global equality of opportunity, and the human right to immigrate. It explains why states have rights over territory that permit them to exclude outsiders, and why democracies are entitled to decide who they will accept as future citizens. But it also sets out the parameters of a just immigration policy."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts :, Harvard University Press,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780674088900
Characteristics: 218 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 02, 2016

The book is a balanced view of immigration and its consequences, both intended and unintended. It provides much-needed context for the immigration debate the US should be having about its 12 million illegal entrants and the frequent amnesties (7 so far) that have fueled the current crisis. Well worth reading.

Aug 11, 2016

Boy oh boy, was I mistaken on this book. The author begins with revisionistic stuff, and appears to continue the corporate meme throughout the book, so either Political Theory at Oxford is synonomous with Basket Weaving, or this dude isn't big in the scholarship department!?!?
States that immigrants take jobs that the local don't want - - negative, Miller, when LBJ created the Border Industrialization Program to use Mexican farm workers instead of American farm workers, the Americans had no say in the matter [which may have been why they voted for Nixon the next election????].
The Oxford professor claims: // . . in response to concerns that Chinese men were competing with native workers for jobs . . \\ - - meaning the reason for the Chinese Exclusion Act!?!?!
Bit of Real History for the Oxford dude: when the robber barrons of the money trusts [today they have rebranded themselves to be called philanthropists] brought in Chinese workers by the boatloads to replace laid-off American railroad workers [white, black and Japanese] it was due to the native workers beginning to balk at being worked to death, which then their scab replacements, the Chinese railroad workers, were! [One of the few times that democracy actually worked in the workers' favor!]
No competition involved, unless this Oxford prof has a perverse corporate definition of competition [offshored jobs equals competition at the lower levels, super bonuses for corporate super-losers at the higher levels equals competition, et cetera]!
When they laid off American and Mexican farm workers in central Washington, California and Hawaii and flew in Thai workers to replace them several years back, NO competition was involved, Prof. Miller - - got that? [From the just released hacked emails and documents of George Soros, it would appear these refugee flows aren't by accident, either.]


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