Open Borders: Theory Versus Reality

Posted on September 20, 2022 by Robert Ringer


Hard to believe, but it finally happened.  A Republican member of Congress actually said that all illegal aliens should be deported.  On her Truth Social account, Marjorie Taylor Greene joined forces with Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake by posting, “Governors should be able to deport illegal aliens.  They should not have to rely on the executive branch that refuses to enforce the laws of the land.  Migrants shouldn’t be shipped all over the country, they should be deported.”

Unfortunately, if Republicans win control of the House and Senate, it’s doubtful many of them, if any at all, will have the courage to follow MTG’s lead.  They simply don’t have the stomach or stones to take the heat from Democrats.  You know the routine by now:  “You’re a racist!” … “You’re a bigot!” … “You’re heartless!” … blah, blah, blah.  Tired rhetoric like this is enough to make a jellyfish Republican cry for mommy and hide under his bed.

I would love to be wrong on this issue, but if Republicans win back the House and Senate, I foresee the majority of them locking arms with Democrats and spewing out predictable lines like, “It’s not realistic to think you can deport millions of people.” … “Their lives would be in danger if they were sent back.” … “It would be inhumane to uproot people who are already settled here, people who have good-paying jobs and kids in school.”

Democrats have used this strategy over and over again:  Get what you want, even if it means breaking the law, then wail and virtue signal Republicans into complete submission.  In the case of illegal immigration, once the migrants are here, Democrats will move on to the next step, “path to citizenship,” and Republicans, having accepted the false premise that it’s impossible to deport millions of people, will fall into the trap of seriously debating the issue with them.

In other words, people who broke the law to get into this country should be rewarded with citizenship.  At that point, it’s just a matter of negotiating a compromise that is not really a compromise at all, but a victory for Democrats.  And Democrats, as always, will be laughing at their Republican colleagues behind closed doors.  Beep, Beep — fooled you again!

Let’s face it, Democrats hate immigrants, as they once again demonstrated when illegals showed up in Martha’s Vineyard and Washington, D.C.  Their rules are simple:  “You’re welcome in our communities to do our house chores, serve our meals, and manicure our lawns, just so you return to your wretched dwellings at night and not cause any trouble.  Important people like us don’t have time to throw out the trash every day.”

When it comes to illegals, demonic Democrats have the self-discipline to stay focused on their long-term game plan:  Step 1, ignore immigration laws and get as many illegals as possible into the country.  Step 2, get them hooked on government benefits.  Step 3, never allow them to forget who’s taking care of them.  Step 4, find a way to make them eligible to vote, the laws be damned.  Step 5, hold their hands all the way to the voting booth and make sure they vote Democrat.

Now, at the risk of shocking you, I’ll let you in on a little secret:  Believe it or not, in theory I’m actually in favor of open borders.  The operative words here are “in theory.”  My opinion on this matter is a hangover from an earlier time when I was more libertarian than conservative.  Libertarianism seemed like the only ism that came close to promising genuine freedom.  Why shouldn’t a person be free to live wherever he wants without having to get permission from politicians or bureaucrats?  I finally realized that the answer to that question is:  reality! 

After years of observation, it became clear to me that when theory collides with reality, reality wins.  In the case of ideology, libertarianism is based on the goodwill of people, a commodity that has been in increasingly short supply in the United States over the years.

Open borders is a great idea in theory, but it doesn’t work in real life.  For example, the biggest reality-based question that no one ever asks the open-borders crowd is:  How many illegals should we let into the country, and over what period of time?  What’s the limit — 5 million … ten million … 50 million?  If there is no codified limit, are Democrats and RINOs okay with an American population of 1 billion — or more?

The second most important reality-based question is:  Why is taxpayer money being used to help immigrants from other countries better their lives when the United States has hundreds of thousands of homeless people sleeping on its streets, more than 100,000 young people dying from Fentanyl every year, police departments that are underfunded at the same time violent crime is skyrocketing, an epidemic of mental illness that is leading to a record number of suicides among veterans, and a national debt that is far too big to ever be repaid?

In short, why are citizens and legal residents of the United States being forced to help people who committed a federal crime in order to get into the country while the problems of American citizens go unaddressed?  I’m for helping every downtrodden person on the planet — after we help every citizen and legal resident of the United States who is in desperate need of assistance.

Of course, if we really wanted to come to grips with reality, we would dare to ask why the federal government should be allowed to operate an illegal racket whose real purpose is to produce newly minted voters for the Democrat Party?  That is the elephant-in-the-room reality that we should all be focused on, but few politicians dare to discuss it.

Robert Ringer

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