Sunday, March 11, 2018
A liberal immigration regime is not a prerequisite of a democratic society, yet such a society is almost unimaginable without press freedom, judicial independence or representative government. If anything, it’s the failure of elites to recognize this distinction that may ultimately lead to the death of democracy.
This puts the proposition very nicely. That's the question. To what extent does a liberal and democratic-republican regime have to admit immigrants? In theory, the answer might be "not at all." But what is it as a practical matter? A rough first answer might be, it should be open to all who are willing (and maybe eager) to submit to the principles of the regime. But surely there is no obligation to take those who want to undermine it, of which there are not a few.