Commenter ColoComment alerts me to this immigration post by Ilya Somin. It is a reaction to this post by Eugene Volokh, which concludes thusly:
Unless one believes there is a categorical moral duty to allow in all immigrants, something that to my knowledge only a few people believe, one must consider all these costs and benefits in deciding on immigration policy.
And there, that’s my position in a nutshell. Me, the evil racist anti-open-borderser: I reject such a categorical moral duty, and I want all the costs/benefits considered. That’s it. That’s all.
Somin’s post, meanwhile, is titled:
Assessing immigration policy as if immigrants were people too
You see, because evil people like me don’t think immigrants are people too. One must either allow all immigrants to enter the United States, or one ‘doesn’t think they are people’. Either/or. There is no middle.
Remember class, it’s the open-borders side of the debate that has the debating high ground.
P.S. He goes on to mention the ‘freedom to seek jobs from willing employers or rent homes from willing landlords’, and I stopped reading soon after. Anyone who reads me with any regularity will understand.