It helps to look at immigration in the larger context of trade liberalization. What neo-liberal trade policies do is they allow good and capital to cross borders unchecked, but labor, i.e. working people, are held captive within national borders. If goods and capital can cross borders to seek the highest selling price and/or the best return on investment, then labor should also be free to cross borders in search of the best wages. What we have now is not a free market but a partially “free” market that is rigged to benefits the “haves” at the expense of the “have nots” and also to pit the “have nots” against each other.
—Harbeer Singh, writer and teacher