The Declaration of Independence and Immigration in the United States of America

  • Kenneth Michael White Kennesaw State University
Keywords: Immigration, political philosophy, Declaration of Independence, American founding, American government.

Abstract

The United States has always been a nation of immigrants, and immigration policy has always been controversial. The history of immigration in the United States is contrasted in this article with a normative standard of naturalization (immigration policy) based on the Declaration of Independence. The current immigration debate fits within a historical pattern that pits an unrestricted right of immigration (the left) against exclusive, provincial politics (the right). Both sides are simultaneously correct and incorrect. A moderate policy on immigration is possible if the debate in the United States gets an infusion of what Thomas Paine called "common sense".
Published
2011-12-19
How to Cite
White, K. (2011). The Declaration of Independence and Immigration in the United States of America. Norteamérica, Revista Académica Del CISAN-UNAM, 6(3). https://doi.org/10.22201/cisan.24487228e.2011.3.151