Immigrants are strangers, and we should treat them accordingly.
They’re strangers but still human beings. No one is obligated to hire strangers, house strangers, or support strangers in the lifestyle to which they’d like to become accustomed. When someone else offers to hire, house, or support a stranger, however, we are normally obliged not to interfere. If you disapprove of your employer’s latest recruit or your landlord’s new tenants, you have every right to quit or move. But to overrule other people’s agreements requires a very good excuse.
These moral observations may seem obvious, but they have a shocking implication. Our current immigration policies treat immigrants worse than strangers, far worse.
Our immigration policy sounds like it was thought up by the mean girls in 8th grade: Ewww … strangers are bad, and those particular strangers are worse because they’re closer to us than some other strangers.