Immigration, Citizenship, and Cosmopolitanism

Here is Arthur Milikh writing at Public Discourse:

Traditions, duties, and ideals cannot exist without attachment to particular communities—a man can love his neighbors or his nation, but he cannot love an abstraction like humanity.

The immigration crisis in America is the physical manifestation of our nation’s intellectual confusion. The growing influence of dogmatic cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism has caused chaos in the public mind, which is reflected in the chaos we see on the ground.

Somewhere between eleven and twelve million illegal immigrants live in the United States. In border states, the problem is especially noticeable. Millions of people violated the law in coming here and continue violating the law by remaining here. The federal government will do nothing about it, and the states are powerless to do anything about it. The result is the halfway house in which we live: Americans are losing confidence in the justice of our laws and the public’s right to make demands on its government.

As the philosophical premises of cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism have become more and more widely accepted, Americans have lost sight of the real meaning and value of citizenship. This loss is at the heart of our nation’s immigration crisis.

Read more: Public Discourse

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