Summary of “The Case for Getting Rid of Borders-Completely”

If the developed world were to take in enough immigrants to enlarge its labor force by a mere one percent, it is estimated that the additional economic value created would be worth more to the migrants than all of the world’s official foreign aid combined.
What moral theory justifies using wire, wall, and weapon to prevent people from moving to opportunity? What moral theory justifies using tools of exclusion to prevent people from exercising their right to vote with their feet?
“No standard moral framework, be it utilitarian, libertarian, egalitarian, Rawlsian, Christian, or any other well-developed perspective, regards people from foreign lands as less entitled to exercise their rights-or as inherently possessing less moral worth-than people lucky to have been born in the right place at the right time. Nationalism, of course, discounts the rights, interests, and moral value of”the Other, but this disposition is inconsistent with our fundamental moral teachings and beliefs.
Thus the Universal Declaration of Human Rights belies its name when it proclaims this right only “Within the borders of each state.” Human rights do not stop at the border.
Today, we treat as pariahs those governments that refuse to let their people exit.
Is there hope for the future? Closed borders are one of the world’s greatest moral failings but the opening of borders is the world’s greatest economic opportunity.
The grandest moral revolutions in history-the abolition of slavery, the securing of religious freedom, the recognition of the rights of women-yielded a world in which virtually everyone was better off.
A planet unscarred by iron curtains is not only a world of greater equality and justice.

The orginal article.