St. Augustine & Migration Policy

The tension between the principle of the universal destination of created goods and the principle of the private property of the goods of the earth also applies to another domain. The earth has been appropriated not only by individuals, but by nations as well. Men possess the earth not just as individuals, but also as communities in which men are united with one another through the multifarious bonds of language, blood, history, and, above all, culture. The public equivalent of private property is sovereignty.