To Control or Not to Control, That is the Question

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This paper will look at two key factors about immigration policy; the factors being can states control the border and should they. I will start with the latter, because whether or not a state should control the border ought to precede and mold how a state actually controls its borders. Before jumping straight into theory, a focused assessment of what control means must be understood. In this particular case, states control their borders in so far as they can create policy that aids or hinders the ease of entrance of immigrants into the country to achieve the particular goal of the state. Specifically, I argue for a reductionist view point to maintain the population at current levels with little net change. The particular focus of this paper will be to analyze policies that incorporate a reductionist view of target immigration levels, Hobbesian realism, sovereignty, and communitarianism. Whether a state should control its borders, depends on whether allowing large numbers of immigrants does direct harm for the current citizens that could have been avoided otherwise. Macedo argues that we as “co-participants in a self-governing political community” have “special obligations to our fellow citizens.” (64-65, Macedo) As a community that is protected by the state and supported by one another’s tax dollars, we all share a responsibility to care for one another by agreeing to be apart of this nation-state. One of the reasons America has succeeded for so long is because those who have more give to those who are in need. Though the trickle-down theory is not perfect, it obviously works better when there are fewer people that are in need. That being said, to whom do we as moral communitarian society owe our allegiance? I believe it is to ... ... middle of paper ... ...igration has doubled from about five million in 1996 to eleven million in 2005 In conclusion, America should control its borders in order to first bring its own people out from below the poverty line and secondly to make sure that before immigrants enter the country, there are enough jobs available to be filled. The best way to accomplish these goals is to change the policy that determines who and how many enter this nation-state, because though illegal immigration is hard to fight, changing the policy of admittance of legal aliens can actually be controlled. States, in dealing with changing policy of immigration through a Hobbesian reductionist lens, can work closely with sending countries to curb emigration and ultimately the net movement of people, until nations are ready to financially, culturally, and socially accommodate and support immigrant populations.
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