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I recently talked with philosophy professor Andrew Fiala about immigration and “Life-Boat Ethics”, whether the economy is a zero-sum game, the controversy over if and how much immigrants hurt low-income Americans, what’s wrong with the argument that we have too many immigrants, John Locke and whether we can morally justify interfering with an employer’s right to contract with an immigrant and denying the immigrant a better life, how immigration affects the environment, the American origins of the MS-13 street gang, why criminals avoid countries with strong police forces, and reasons immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than other segments of the population.

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Andrew Fiala, "Trump: America is ‘full’ and cannot accept newcomers. The Golden Rule says otherwise", FRESNO BEE, April 11, 2019.

Garrett Hardin, "Lifeboat Ethics: the Case Against Helping the Poor", PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, September 1974.

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