In an op-ed entitled, “There’s Nothing Wrong With Open Borders,” New York Times opinion writer Farhad Manjoo made the argument on Wednesday that Democrats, instead of trying to assure voters that they are “tough” on border security, should instead go in the complete opposite direction. The environment is just right, he insisted, for a “brave Democrat to make the case for vastly expanding immigration” to the United States.
“I’m talking about opening up America’s borders to everyone who wants to move here,” he wrote. “Imagine not just opposing President Trump’s wall but also opposing the nation’s cruel and expensive immigration and border-security apparatus in its entirety. Imagine radically shifting our stance toward outsiders from one of suspicion to one of warm embrace. Imagine that if you passed a minimal background check, you’d be free to live, work, pay taxes and die in the United States. Imagine moving from Nigeria to Nebraska as freely as one might move from Massachusetts to Maine.”
Yes, let’s do that, shall we. Just take a moment and imagine it.
Imagine the absolute WRECK our country would become inside of a single generation. Imagine Sharia Law displacing the Constitution. Imagine regular terrorist attacks in every single one of our major metropolitan areas. Imagine our schools turning into a mish-mash of language stew, where politically correct scolds can no longer endorse teaching English because it might make our new arrivals from Macedonia and Iraq and Kenya uncomfortable. Imagine the day you’re just as likely to drive by a mosque as a Christian church.
We’re not saying there’s anything inherently wrong with Islam, the Middle East, Africa, or speaking another language. We’re just saying…imagine it. Because this is a world where America has open borders, and you can believe with all your heart that if that were to happen – the AMERICA you now know and love would be a distant memory in record time.
“When you see the immigration system up close, you’re confronted with its bottomless unfairness,” he wrote. “The system assumes that people born outside our borders are less deserving of basic rights than those inside. My native-born American friends did not seem to me to warrant any more dignity than my South African ones; according to this nation’s founding documents, we were all created equal. Yet by mere accident of geography, some were given freedom, and others were denied it.”
How silly. If the people of South Africa want the “dignity” afforded to American citizens, it is up to THEM to demand it. Not by demanding that the United States let them freely move to Massachusetts, but by demanding it in their OWN home country. Show us that you’re capable of turning your own country around and maybe we’ll think about establishing an open-borders policy towards your citizenry. Until then, what’s our guarantee that you won’t turn our country into a replica of the hellhole you just left?
Well, our guarantee – for what it’s worth – is a system. A system that places restrictions on who can come here and why. No, it’s not easy. Nor should it be. If you want to come to America, you need to show us that you’re serious. You need to demonstrate that having you here would be a net benefit to our nation. That’s a small ask, and it’s one that many, many countries around the world have in place right now.
Frankly, those that don’t have suffered the consequences. We need not follow their example.