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In Christopher Wellmans article Immigration and Freedom of Association Wellman writes In my view autonomous individuals and legitimate states both have rights to autonomy this means that they occupy morally privileged positions of dominion over their self-regarding affairs Wellman 114 Although Wellman is concerned with how freedom of association is relevant to immigration policy I believe that it has economic implications Wellman believes that it is the basic right of every individual to choose who they associate with and therefore states morally have the right to close their borders to immigrants I do wish to note from the outset that Wellman and I eventually diverge as he is not an absolutist He claims I suggest that a country may not institute an immigration policy which excludes entry to members of a given race because such a policy would wrongly disrespect those citizens in the dispreferred category Wellman 138 I oppose this view and will refute his claim in the body of my writing On the basis of the unyielding right to freedom of association it is my position that there ought to be no entities like Affirmative Action that dictate hiring protocol and that an employer in the private sector has the right to dissociate from applicants even if this is done based on racial prejudiceIn the private sector an employer ought to posses the right to hire whomever they please regardless of their motives I believe this right to be absolute An employer can refuse employment to any individual under any circumstance even if the employers rejection is based upon racial prejudice Many people may wonder how I can make such a harsh claim I want to clarify that I am not suggesting that employers ought to harbor prejudiced sentiments but rather I am defending their right to hold these sentiments By telling an employer that they are unable to freely hire in whatever manner they please one is denying two basic entitlements One
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