Re: illegal immigration
> - What should the church's response be to illegal immigration?Murray Rothbard writes, "the regime of open borders that exists de
facto in the U.S. really amounts to a compulsory opening by the
central state, the state in charge of all streets and public land
areas, and does not genuinely reflect the wishes of the proprietors."
Biblically, and ethically, there is no 'right' to immigrate;
immigration should be by invitation, not invasion, as consistent
private-property rights economics would dictate. In the exact opposite
of what a market policy would be, the state forbids invited people to
immigrate, but permits hordes who have no invitation to come on down.
On the one hand, it seems perfectly reasonable to say the following,
quoting Ron Paul, "Amnesty for illegal immigrants is not the answer.
Millions of people who broke the law by entering, staying, and working
in our country illegally should not be rewarded with a visa. Why
should lawbreakers obtain a free pass, while those seeking to
immigrate legally face years of paperwork and long waits for a visa?"
But on the other, the situation is very messy. Many, if not nearly
all, of these people are in a market-sense, invited and wanted, by
existing property owners renting to them and employing them, and
existing families or ethnic and religious communities supporting them.
So what really is wrong about what they did, at a fundamental level?
In the end I think dealing with this topic 'presupposes' whatever view
of the State/government and the laws it makes that will be the most
important factor. I feel bad for folks who obey the "law" while others
come and go as they please illegally, but that is strictly speaking
irrelevant, just as I feel bad for someone who pays $100 for something
on Thursday that goes on sale for $50 on Friday.