Americans have debated the issue of immigration since the time of the Founding. Constitutional immigration policy should recognize the responsibility all citizens have to preserve the character of the American regime. Such a policy must be grounded in the Founders’ principle of equality and its accompanying principle of consent.


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Kevin Portteus is the Lawrence Fertig Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Ashland University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Dallas.