As of today, you won’t hear any Democrats running for President and only a few Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill using the term, “open borders.” That may change in the near future, but it doesn’t matter when that happens. What the Democrats in general are proposing is every component of open borders even if they’re unwilling to invoke the term, yet.
As predicted, Elizabeth Warren’s call for de facto open borders has been embraced by nearly every Democratic candidate. There are a few holdouts, most notably Joe Biden, who aren’t ready to embrace a policy that allows anyone from anywhere to come to America at any time and in any way the see fit and be allowed to stay. But their numbers will be dwindling soon; Biden is the only candidate not embracing open borders policies who still has a chance of being in the race in six months.
But even he might fold soon enough. His desire to be President may overtake his desire to secure the border properly (at least as properly as a Democrat can do it). The pressure is mounting from the far-left, and despite a clear mandate by the majority of Americans to cease the influx of migrants, criminals, and potential terrorists, the radicals in the Democratic Party’s left-wing have a strong voice that’s screaming for open borders.
De facto open borders, as analyzed by progressive news outlet Mother Jones, can be encapsulated by a breakdown of Warren’s policy proposal:
- Decriminalizes unauthorized immigration and returns to the civil enforcement we had before George Bush began Operation Streamline.
- Eliminates abusive immigration enforcement and keeps law enforcement at arms length from CBP and ICE.
- Reduces and reforms immigrant detention.
- Reforms immigration courts.
- Raises the refugee cap to 125,000 and affirms refugee protections.
- Reforms legal immigration and creates a path to citizenship.
We heard it many times in the debates as Democrats attempted to justify their call for decriminalizing illegal immigration. Considering how many challenges we have finding and deporting illegal immigrants while it’s still illegal to cross the border without authorization, imagine how impossible it would be if we decriminalize it. This component alone is enough to open the flood gates (as if they weren’t open already) for people from around the world to make their way into America for work.
There are still those who believe it might not be such a bad idea to have the Democrats’ policies in play. After all, the narrative being pushed by legacy media is that the President is a racist. Therefore, the only way to not be a racist, by their reckoning, is to oppose his policies regarding immigration. Here are the realities of what open borders will mean for America.
Much, much higher costs for welfare
There’s a notion that the people coming from around the world, especially from Central America, are simply looking for jobs. But what the most recent statistics show is the vast majority of people coming to America illegally are unskilled workers. Even in the booming economy, there are only so many unskilled jobs available to be filled. Farms, particularly in California and Colorado, have been pushing away laborers in unprecedented numbers because the potential workforce is already much higher than available employment in the farming sector.
Automation can be partially “blamed,” though technological advancements aren’t the death knell for unskilled laborers just yet. There must be a balance, and a continued infusion of unskilled workers has started to create greater burdens on our welfare system. Nobody in America should go hungry, even illegal immigrants, but it’s becoming more difficult to keep up with the demands because the sheer number of people currently coming over is too great for the system to bear.
Open borders will only exacerbate this issue.
Even less support for veterans and homeless American citizens
Today, the needs of the homeless, underemployed, and poverty-stricken American citizens are not being properly met. One need only look at the “compassionate” cities under decades of Democratic leadership such as San Francisco, Baltimore, and Seattle to realize we’re not taking care of American citizens who desperately need a hand.
If there’s anyone who believes adding to the ranks of the disadvantaged by opening up the borders makes sense, it’s only because they’ve been indoctrinated into a belief system that willfully ignores the obvious and obfuscates in the face of common sense.
There are millions of American citizens who can benefit from the generosity of philanthropists, charitable organizations, and even the government if we make it a focus. But it will never be a widespread focus until Democrats stop their virtue signaling tactic of championing for illegal immigrants instead.
Crime will rise
There are plenty of studies that say illegal immigrants are no more likely to commit violent crimes than American citizens. These studies are dubiously commissioned and their methodology is often very clearly flawed, but let’s stipulate this notion for the sake of argument.
That being the case, there’s still a problem. An American citizen who commits a violent crime is a part of our society who must be dealt with because he or she is the responsibility of the United States. We must police our own people under the Constitution and the law of the land. Illegal immigrants, on the other hand, are not the responsibility of the United States. They are adding to crime rates because they came here illegally and committed crimes that should never have been possible because their presence shouldn’t have been allowed.
When people make the argument that more crimes are committed by American citizens than illegal immigrants, they’re missing one important fact. The reason we don’t compare death by heart disease with death by knife attack is because they are two separate types of death. The heart is supposed to be in a person’s body. The knife is not. If you believe illegal immigrants are no more likely than American citizens of committing crime, fine. But at least acknowledge that one criminal is supposed to be here and the other is not.
And so much more
The initial list of reasons Americans should disavow candidates pushing for de facto open borders is much longer than even I expected. But I’m going to stop it here. One of the mistakes conservatives make is drumming up so much evidence to prove our point that the point is lost in the minutia. There are cultural, environmental (yes, illegal immigration is bad for the environment), logistic, and a plethora of specific economic reasons we should secure the border instead of opening it, but these three should give you talking points to use on your progressive aunt when you see her on Thanksgiving.
But I left out the most important reason, which I’ll mention briefly now. Illegal immigration harms the legal immigrant communities more than anyone else in America. They fight for the same jobs, affordable homes, and spots in schools. These communities are often overcrowded already. Illegal immigration makes the problem much worse.
We are a nation of immigrants. LEGAL immigrants. It is imperative that Americans give a hard pass to any candidates pushing for de facto open borders. Everyone gets hurt by it, including the illegal immigrants themselves.
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