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Joseph H. Carens

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.

Joseph H. Carens
What we owe people who stay.
Joseph H. Carens


The right of government to deport irregular migrants is not absolute. That right weakens as time passes and the migrants become members of society.

Joseph H. Carens

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I am grateful to the respondents for thoughtful reactions that deepen our understanding of this issue. Space limits require that I be selective in my reply. Because I generally agree with the...
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