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Joseph H. Carens is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and author of The Ethics of Immigration.
The moral right of states to apprehend and deport irregular migrants erodes with the passage of time.
Joseph H. Carens
Political theorist Joseph Carens argues that although states have a right to control their borders, the right to deport those who violate immigration laws is not absolute.
The right of government to deport irregular migrants is not absolute. That right weakens as time passes and the migrants become members of society.
Moral and policy mistakes.
What we owe people who stay.
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