Our take on it is really that a modern society has no need for any immigration. We don’t actually need immigration. Our land is settled, we’re a post-industrial society, and so … from our perspective, we need to start from zero — like zero-based budgeting — and then say, ‘Are there groups of people whose admission is so compelling that we let them in despite the fact that there’s no need for this sort of thing?’
Two voices in the immigration debate today on Fresh Air:
1. Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas explains why he recently came out as an undocumented immigrant in The New York Times Magazine, and what the consequences of that decision have been
2. Mark Krikorian, who runs a think tank that advocates for low immigration and high enforcement of current laws, explains why he believes Jose Antonio Vargas should return to the Philippines.