Political Theory

Immigration and National Identity


The colloquium placed contemporary debates about immigration into a larger framework of liberty by examining trends of immigration to the United States. Participants considered the questions: Do thriving free markets require the free movement of labor across national borders? Does the desire for greater political liberty justify the economic costs often associated with resettling refugee populations in the United States? Does cultural diversity strengthen or weaken political liberty?


Conference Readings

Borjas, George J. Heaven’s Door: Immigration Policy and the American Economy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999.

Greeley, Andrew M. Why can’t they be like us? America’s white ethnic groups. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1972.

Guest, Robert. Borderless Economics. Hampshire: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011.

Handlin, Oscar. The Uprooted: The Epic Story of the Great Migrations That Made the American People. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.

Huerta de Soto, Jesús. The Theory of Dynamic Efficiency. Abingdon: Routledge, 2009.

Huntington, Samuel P. Who Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004.

Krikorian, Mark. The New Case Against Immigration: Both Legal and Illegal. New York: Penguin Books, 2008.

Maloberti, Nicolas. “Government by Choice: Classical Liberalism and the Moral Status of Immigration Barriers.” The Independent Review 15, no. 4 (Spring 2011): 541–562.

Massey, Douglas, Jorge Durand, and Nolan J. Malone. Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2003.

Riley, Jason L. Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders. New York: Gotham, 2008.

Vargas Llosa, Alvaro. Global Crossings: Immigration, Civilization, and America. Oakland: The Independent Institute, 2013.

Washington, George. George Washington, a Collection. Edited by W. B. Allen. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1988.

Williamson, Jeffrey G. The Political Economy of World Mass Migration: Comparing Two Global Centuries. Washington: AEI Press, 2005.

Zolberg, Aristide R. A Nation by Design: Immigration Policy and the Fashioning of America. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006.