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Friday, May 21, 2004

Conservatives and Immigration

In a yet-to-be-published article, Andre Traversa makes a convincing argument for conservative opposition to the anti-immigration movement:

...it's important to point out that conservatives have some legitimate concerns about immigration, especially illegal immigration, which creates document fraud, smuggling rings, and other black market practices. But the solution to these problems does not lie in placing troops on the border, but in providing legal channels, such as guest-worker programs, that would allow foreigners easy access to the American economic pie...

Not only is a generous immigration policy consistent with conservative support for the free market, but the real benefits to America are not merely economic. The greatest rewards to come from charitable immigration are moral, cultural, and spiritual.

Andre has written on immigration issues before, and he can be reached at goandre@xnet.com.

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