Judge Andrew Napolitano bravely posted the following two comments on his Facebook page this morning, reinforcing statements he made yesterday on FOX Business Channel’s Varney & Co.
“You can’t ‘legalize’ a natural right.”
“Immigration is a natural right.”
Speaking to Stuart Varney, Judge Napolitano defended the idea that governments have no just authority in preventing individuals from moving in and out of countries. See the brief conversation here.
Well, the Judge was blasted by many of his fans for taking such a “radical” and “Lefty” stand as defending individual liberty and free trade. For some reason conservatives, and many libertarians for that matter, have a hard time with this issue. They’re all about defending free markets, but when it comes to immigration, just as with foreign policy for these folks, the federal government is not to be questioned.
The federal government can’t be trusted with health care, regulating most business transactions, and they do a terrible job delivering letter mail. And yet, for some reason, these conservatives believe the government knows best how many people, and from which country they hail from, should be allowed to enter the arbitrary borders of the United States at any given moment in history. It should be obvious this is nonsense, and yet hundreds of people will berate a man who suggests such a notion.
The problem isn’t free immigration, or open borders, or anything of the sort. The problems most anti-immigration (even those who try to distinguish themselves by including the preface “legal”) attribute to immigrants result instead from the state. See this Mises Daily from a few years ago, in which I lay it all out.