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Why Do We Limit Immigration?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 7:00 PM

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Whatever happened to "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free?" Why did America start restricting immigration? How did the restrictions come about? And what can that tell us about immigration policy today?

Dr. Zac Gochenour of Western Carolina University talked with Janet Neilson about these topics and more during our September 3, 2014 event. 


Check out resources below to learn:

  • About the history of America's immigration laws
  • Why restricted immigration is popular
  • How politicians think about immigration policy and why






"Why Do We Limit Immigration?" was based on the topic of rational decision making, a principle of public choice economics. To learn more about public choice economics, check out FEE's public choice education module, and to learn more about immigration policy, check out FEE's immigration education module. 


Related Resources

The Arena: Immigration from FEE

Immigration Control, Circa AD 175 from The Freeman

Immigration Myths with Ben Powell from FEE

Are Immigration Laws Like Jim Crow? from The Freeman

OpenBorders.info, a great resource mentioned during our event.