But What Are Immigrants Coming For?
David Segal’s phrasing of the motivation for immigration is telling:
Reasons for immigration vary year by year and generation by generation, but there are two basic themes: Flight from violence, and flight from destitution.
Whatever somebody’s reasons for running from a place, it’s not irrelevant to consider why they run to another place — in this case, the United States. Immigrants travel to the United States for freedom and opportunity — self governance — and unless we acknowledge that our nation has something of globally incomparable value, then we’ll forget that precious qualities must be preserved. And if we forget that, then we just might follow the likes of Segal into confusion about how immigration policy can affect such preservation.