Are Illegal Immigrants Pioneers?

The Irony of American History

 Breaking the law is a terrible thing, except when it isn’t. Listening to politicians call for the criminalization of today’s illegal immigrants, one would never guess that the forebears of some of those same politicians, and of many of their constituents as well, may have participated in an almost identical story of lawbreaking. Much of the territory of the United States was, after all, settled by illegal squatters, hundreds of thousands of people who disregarded...

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About the Author

Eduardo Moisés Peñalver is the Allan R. Tessler Dean of the Cornell Law School. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the subjects of property and land use law.