Giving Compass’ Take:
· Writing for The Heritage Foundation, Robin Simcox shares his opinions about immigration and why open borders eliminates the meaning of a country and citizenship.
· What concerns does Simcox raise about open borders? What risks do open borders pose?
Go to the right Washington, D.C., neighborhood and a front yard is not just a front yard. It’s an opportunity to display your moral superiority and allegiance to social justice.
“We Believe No Human is Illegal.” “Black Lives Matter.” “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” One in my ultra-liberal neighborhood speaks to me more than the others, however, as it tends to provoke a personal identity crisis. “Everyone is Welcome Here,” it reads. On its surface, this should apply to me; I am an immigrant. (Hooray!) Yet I wonder whether this sentiment would survive knowing I moved to America to work in a conservative think tank. (Boo!)
This particular slogan also invites questioning as to where the other limits of this sentiment are drawn. Because surely not everyone should be welcome. To say that everyone — no matter their character or intentions — is welcome into a country does not just contradict logic and infantilize ethics, politics, and civil society. It also means that you simply do not have a country anymore.
Yet it seems like that is the direction today’s progressives want to take us. Certainly, the concept of open borders is increasingly mainstream. So, too, is mass amnesty. This trend is especially mind-boggling to those who remember the UK election of 2010, when the Liberal Democrats floated the idea of mass amnesty and eventually abandoned it because of how loopy it was regarded domestically.
A policy too ridiculous for even Nick Clegg to sustain is not one that American presidential candidates should take seriously. That is the hand that has been dealt, however, so it is worth a reminder of what its consequences may look like.
Read the full article about open borders by Robin Simcox at The Heritage Foundation.
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