Immigration: The Inconsistent Worldview of Conservatism

If you’re a conservative, you should favor immigration.

A crucial aspect in determining our political positions is understanding a sense of consistency in those ideas being presented by a group that aligns with our values. Conservatives seem to run in circles around one issue in particular: immigration.

Do they follow a rule of consistency regarding this issue? Well, conservatives claim to believe in the free market, they claim we should have a small central government, of utmost importance is a strong family structure, and American culture is the best in the world. This sums up their worldview. So let’s see how it stacks up against their positions on immigration, where they claim we need high regulation, restrict who can come and go, and desire heavy government enforcement.

Let’s start with some words from our Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson:

“All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.”

Well, being that a crucial free market principle is allowing people to freely provide their services in exchange for currency, it appears conservatives are off to a slow start regarding consistency.

See, conservatives would say that American citizens have the right to go about freely exchanging their labor, not illegal immigrants.

However, this contrast against the idea that all men (humans) are created equal and hold certain inalienable rights. This language is riddled all over the declaration of independence and the constitution. But conservatives are taking the position that only Americans have certain rights, which leaves billions of other people supposedly exempt from having these certain inalienable rights.

Part of a right being defined as inalienable is believing we hold them by virtue of us being human.

Well, this one inconsistent position leads to another, as relying on a government to draw the line of who does and does not have rights under our law makes for a rather strong central government.

‘Conservatives often tout the need to deregulate labor markets.’

You cannot claim to support deregulating labor markets while simultaneously supporting the largest labor market regulation in the world. The idea that the federal government needs to strongly regulate immigration is completely inconsistent with the idea that businesses need easy access to labor alternatives.

‘Conservatives shout to the rooftops about the inefficiency of government.’

Agreed, the government is often inefficient. However, you cannot claim that central planners are unable to handle a welfare system, healthcare, or education policy and then say the government knows best in handling our immigration system. If you want to make this claim you need to define why the government is efficient in one area and not the other.

‘Conservatives love to call American Culture the best in the world.’

That’s fine if you believe this, but it probably depends on how you define great. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. But why would you want to close off this culture from the rest of the world? If we’re the best, shouldn’t we be sharing it with everyone?

For some reason, conservatives believe that only Americans can understand the beauty of our culture and that immigrants will only ruin it. I don’t know about you but this doesn’t seem to follow along with the great aspects of American culture, being that we were founded by immigrants. Conservatives are very protective of the traditional family structure.

Additionally, immigrants often come to the United States seeking a better life. They want to start businesses, work hard, and start a family. This is exactly the ideals conservatives claim to be fighting for. By this standard, they should praise immigration, not stifle it.

If conservatives truly believed in the virtues of the family structure, why would a conservative administration go out of its way to break up families at the border? Again, inconsistency.

Political positions are hard to encompass when those promoting them consistently cast their principles aside.

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