Publication Date

September 1995


[Excerpt] Immigration is a discretionary policy of every nation state. No citizen of any foreign nation has a right to enter any other country for the purpose of permanent settlement or for employment just because he or she wishes to do so. The opportunities and the conditions under which they may enter are legally prescribed. Hence, in the contemporary case of the United States, it is the nation's immigration policy that is the source of the conflict with the national interest, not the actions of those who, as individuals, are merely availing themselves of its terms and opportunities.


Suggested Citation
Briggs, V. M. Jr. (1995). Achieving national economic and social goals: The counterproductive role of post-1965 immigration policy (CAHRS Working Paper #95-32). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies.