I recently spoke with Hidetaka Hirota, an historian of American immigration and deportation law, about the thousands of Irish immigrants deported and excluded from Massachusetts and New York in the first half of the 1800s, and how these two states' immigration bureaucracies served as models for future federal immigration agencies.
Expelling the Poor
Labor economist Geovanni Peri explains how immigration affects American workers, whether it pushes American workers to acquire new skills and education, whether immigration creates winners and losers, how it affects federal and state budgets, how the influx of nearly 100,000 Cuban refugees in 1980 affected the Miami job market, and how the Arizona crackdown in the 2000s affected the job market and agricultural production there.
What is "throwaway culture"? Are we too comfortable treating resources, and even people, as disposable? How do we overcome the throwaway habit?
I recently spoke with Charlie Camosy about how "throwaway culture" affects current American immigration policy and debate. He explains how throwaway culture has infected leaders and institutions on both the Left and Right. He is an associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University and author of the recently published book, Resisting Throwaway Culture.
Charles C. Camosy, Resisting Throwaway Culture (New City Press 2019).
I recently talked with philosophy professor Andrew Fiala about immigration and “Life-Boat Ethics”, whether the economy is a zero-sum game, the controversy over if and how much immigrants hurt low-income Americans, what’s wrong with the argument that we have too many immigrants, John Locke and whether we can morally justify interfering with an employer’s right to contract with an immigrant and denying the immigrant a better life, how immigration affects the environment, the American origins of the MS-13 street gang, why criminals avoid countries with strong police forces, and reasons immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than other segments of the population.
Andrew Fiala, "Trump: America is ‘full’ and cannot accept newcomers. The Golden Rule says otherwise", FRESNO BEE, April 11, 2019.
Garrett Hardin, "Lifeboat Ethics: the Case Against Helping the Poor", PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, September 1974.
I recently spoke with human rights legal scholar Silas Allard about asylum. Silas is the Managing Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He argues that we should stop thinking that it's merely an act of charity when the United States grants asylum to a person fleeing persecution. He argues that a person has not only a right, but a duty, to flee persecution. If we interfere with a person fulfilling this obligation without a valid reason, according to this argument, we commit a moral wrong. In this conversation, we look to history and theology to explore whether we have an obligation to asylum-seekers.
Published May 8, 2019
I recently spoke with Don Riding, former local INS & USCIS field office director for Fresno, CA, about why the “Dream Act” failed, the history of “deferred action”, why he supports the Dream Act but not DACA, why deporting millions of immigrants already living here would be a nightmare, how Republicans and Democrats undermine practical compromises, the time John Lennon almost got deported, how in the past US citizen women lost their US citizenship upon marrying a foreigner, and many other interesting immigration topics.
Published April 29, 2019
episode 02-amnesty & Rule of the law
Amnesty opponents often argue that any immigrant who entered the country illegally must be deported because America was founded on the rule of law. In this episode, the host explains how this argument overlooks America's rebellious past and argues that anti-immigration hawks confuse "rule of law" with "law and order." This episode makes the case that there's plenty of room in America's rule of law tradition for flexibility and humanity in our immigration policies.
The first episode will look at at recent proposals to restrict future immigration to "merit-based" applicants and will argue that we should avoid defining merit too narrowly.