May 21, 2006
The voices from the front line on national borders and immigration in the US:
The Republicans are deeply divided and its a bitter, divisive debate. The conservative case for a wall. East Germany indicates that a wall is a pathway that can lead to an ugly situation.
The House conservative's “securing our borders” with fences conflates foreign terrorists with illegal immigrants who are only in the US for economic reasons.
More considered responses to this issue can found at the Becker-Posner Blog --here and here.
Australia has, to all intents and purposes a guest worker programme, which sounds as if the likelihood of substantial inequality among the second class of non-citizens imported for labour is already happening with lower wages and worse working conditions. Ther seems to be no pathways whereby workers who came in legally under a guest worker program will be able to earn citizenship, with all attendant equal rights. The door is firmly closed on foreigners legally becoming a citizen after a few years of guest work.