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Should countries accept immigrants? Show more Show less
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Donald Trump wants to build a wall. The United Kingdom tries to leave the European Union in an attempt to regain sovereignty over its borders. Every year, thousands of people drown in the Mediterranean while trying to cross over into the EU. At the same time, many European countries sell citizenship to wealthy individuals. Do states have a right to pick and choose who may enter into their respective territories?

Yes, countries should accept immigrants Show more Show less

Immigrants fill niches in the labor market, work hard to build a better life for themselves, and ultimately boost the host country's economy. Immigrants benefit the high-tech and biotech industries too. They also contribute to education and philanthropy. There are purely philosophical cases for immigration as well, such as the egalitarian case and the libertarian case.
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The liberal state must allow freedom of movement for citizens and non-citizens

Those who are not currently citizens of a particular liberal state should enjoy the same rights are those who are already citizens. When a liberal state disallows non-citizens entry into its territory, it negates their liberal freedom of movement and behaves inconsistently.
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The Argument

It is a mark of the liberal state that it grants certain liberal rights to its citizens, including the right to go wherever they please. The liberal state awards this right of freedom of movement to its citizens by virtue of their humanity. Every human being should enjoy certain freedoms, such as the freedom to worship whichever god they desire or the freedom to go wherever they want. The state should respect and protect these rights. This is a central tenet of political liberalism. Those who are not currently citizens of a particular liberal state are still humans, thus they should enjoy the same rights are those who are already citizens. It would be inconsistent for the liberal state to deny this. If a liberal state disallows a non-citizen entry into its territory, then it will have denied his or her right to freedom of movement and fallen into inconsistency.

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Finish this argument and its counter(s) using this source: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/immigration/#Lib Another source: http://www.jesp.org/PDF/Liberalism%20or%20Immigration%20Restrictions_final.pdf

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