Immigration Egalitarianism

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"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me." The United States of America was settled, colonized, and industrialized by immigrants from numerous countries all over the world. Whether these people sought freedom of religion, an escape from poverty, a chance for education, or simply adventure, the United States was here to welcome them to a fresh start. Built from the ground up by revolutionaries and molded by countless cultures, the United States is now one of the wealthiest and most powerful nations in the world. However this affluent country, which once welcomed the tired, the poor, and the homeless with open arms,…show more content…
I believe that this is a valid claim. It is, after all, by pure chance that I was born in the United States rather than in Mexico. I did not choose for my parents to be United States citizens, but this is what my fate has been. Assuming no legitimacy beliefs regarding reincarnation, it cannot be argued that I did anything more to deserve being born into middle-class America than Maria who was born into poverty-stricken Mexico. I understand my fortune of being born into this life, and had I been born into her life instead, I would hope that I would have some right to improve my situation. I would hope that I would be allowed to find work in another country in order to better my quality of…show more content…
Critics of an open border policy are concerned that health and welfare benefits would be taken advantage of by the economic migrants (Wellman 1.3). An easy solution to this problem would be to deny the newcomers these benefits until they have paid their dues through time, loyalty, and taxes. I agree with Wellman's solution of having a condition that says benefits may only be allowed for distribution once a person has lived, worked, and paid taxes for a certain number of years. To deny economic migrants benefits altogether would be unethical since they would be paying into the system, however it does not seem unreasonable to require that they earn the right to seek these benefits over time. As it is, we currently provide certain privileges to illegal immigrants through free public education for their children (due to the No Child Left Behind Act), so it makes more sense to allow the hiring of economic migrants who would be contributing government funding rather than allow the problem of illegal immigration to grow and thus continue spending money on people who make less contributions back to
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