Immigration Policy from a Georgist Perspective
Immigration Policy from a Georgist Perspective:
Restrictionism vs. Open Door
Welcoming The Stranger — Sort Of: Our
Ambivalent Immigration System
Steve Sklar’s contributions to this talk are likely to be threefold:
First, a (brief) summary of the history of U.S. immigration policy,
wherein it will be revealed that our national ambivalence to welcoming
the stranger goes way back. Second, his reflections on the economic
roots of xenophobia; these reflections are very much inspired by
George’s thinking on the nature of wealth production, the economic
effects of population, and the Wages Fund Theory. And third, some
anecdotes from his 25 years of immigration law practice that illustrate
how our immigration system both does and does not welcome the stranger
to our shores. Somewhere in the talk he will consider the elements of
xenophobia that remain even in articles George himself published late in
his life, and his (Steve’s) attempts to grapple with those.
Steve Sklar has given talks on Henry George’s insights at the Ethical
Culture Society of Essex County, New Jersey, and Arden, Delaware. For
three years recently he taught courses on George’s writings at the Henry
George School of Social Science in Manhattan. His parents introduced him
to those writings when Steve was a teenager. His father, the late Dave
Sklar, taught the P&P course at the George School in New York for 17 years.
By day, Steve practices immigration law. Before becoming a lawyer, he
worked in film and video production. His hobbies include storytelling
and group improv.
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