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Professor Joseph Carens in The New Yorker

Miller’s book can be taken as a response to Joseph Carens, an American political scientist who has settled in Canada—a happy beneficiary of the unfair global immigration system that he would like to reform. Three years ago, Carens published “The Ethics of Immigration,” which defends a simple proposition: “Immigrants belong.” Carens argues that anyone who settles in a new country acquires “social membership,” a status that soon becomes a sufficient basis for demanding citizenship; after a few years, it hardly matters how the immigrant arrived. (“The moral right of states to apprehend and deport irregular migrants erodes with the passage of time,” he writes.)

 

To read the full article please visit The New Yorker, Untangling the Immigration Debate by Kelefa Sanneh

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