Hamilton Opposed Open Border Immigration into the US.




In 1802, Hamilton wrote in The Examination Number VIII:


“The safety of a republic depends essentially on the energy of a common National sentiment; on a uniformity of principles and habits; on the exemption of the citizens from foreign bias, and prejudice; and on that love of country which will almost invariably be found to be closely connected with birth, education and family.”


​Hamilton agrees with Thomas Jefferson writing, “foreigners will generally be apt to bring with them attachments to the persons they have left behind; to the country of their nativity, and to its particular customs and manners.”


​“They will also entertain opinions on government congenial with those under which they have lived, or if they should be led hither from a preference to ours, how extremely unlikely is it that they will bring with them that temperate love of liberty, so essential to real republicanism?”​

Continued writings of Alexander Hamilton in The Examination Number VIII:


“The influx of foreigners must, therefore, tend to produce a heterogeneous compound; to change and corrupt the national spirit; to complicate and confound public opinion; to introduce foreign propensities.”

​“In the composition of society, the harmony of the ingredients is all important, and whatever tends to a discordant intermixture must have an injurious tendency.”​

Hamilton argues that it was a bad idea to import large numbers of foreigners into the United States.  Hamilton writes, “The United States have already felt the evils of incorporating a large number of foreigners into their national mass; it has served very much to divide the community and to distract our councils, by promoting in different classes different predilections in favor of particular foreign nations, and antipathies against others.”


​“In times of great public danger there is always a numerous body of men, of whom there may be just grounds of distrust; the suspicion alone weakens the strength of the nation, but their force may be actually employed in assisting an invader.”


“By what has been said, it is not meant to contend for a total prohibition of the right of citizenship to strangers, nor even for the very long residence which is now a prerequisite to naturalization, and which of itself, goes far towards a denial of that privilege.”    


Actually No, Not Really...

Alexander Hamilton was born on Nevis, an island in the British West Indies.  Hamilton then moved to another British Colony … in what constitutes the United States today.  When Hamilton moved from the West Indies to the America, he was essentially moving from one state territory to another within the British Empire.


Would a college student who attends an out-of-state university today be considered an immigrant? No. 


​An “immigrant” is defined as “a person who migrates to a foreign country, usually for permanent residence.” Hamilton doesn't fit that definition having moved to another territory with fellow