David L. Wilson, author, with Jane Guskin, of The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers (Second Edition), writes frequently for the online magazine, Truthout. Here he writes that, while most leftists unequivocally support the right to migrate, it’s important to “see beyond simple appeals to human rights” to what such a policy would mean in practice.
“Two recent articles—by Farhad Manjoo in The New York Times and Khury Petersen-Smith in Foreign Policy In Focus—make the case that U.S. progressives need to embrace open borders as a policy. Petersen-Smith adds that they should support it ‘without apology.’ ¶ It would certainly seem natural for leftists to support the right to migrate. After all, the socialist movement’s historic slogan has been ‘Workers of all lands unite,’ and its anthem is ‘The Internationale.’ But in the past few years, a number of people on the left have come out against the concept….”
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