The Quote Below – More Misinformation from the Media
As technology and globalization continue shrinking the world, people and ideas move quickly and freely. Political borders become increasingly irrelevant. But that’s fine because the qualities that define Americans don’t depend on geography. Rather, it’s their history of liberty, pluck, ingenuity, optimism and pursuit of happiness. . . .
If Congress seriously wants reform, it might begin by returning decisions on immigration to the individuals involved, in obedience to the Constitution’s Ninth and 10th Amendments. But Congress will need to go further. Requiring taxpayers to subsidize immigrants’ healthcare, education, food, shelter, or anything else breeds resentment. . . .
That’s right: The Constitution does not authorize the federal government to control immigration. Nor does it say anything about illegal immigrants. – “Why Restrict Immigration at All,” Christian Science Monitor, 6/7/07, republished on austrianeconomicblogs.org, Don Boudreaux, 5/8/18 [Link]
Fact Check on Quote: If political borders are really becoming “irrelevant” then countries are becoming irrelevant—including America. Is that what most Americans want? Yes, we have a history of liberty, and most of us want the liberty to decide what kind of country America will become. With open borders, foreigners will flood our land, and they will determine what our future will be.
A recent Gallup poll found that almost 160 million people would like to move to the U.S. Not doubt they would like to bring their spouses and children, thus adding tens of millions more. The enormity of such numbers would push us beyond the cultural, social, and economic breaking point. To cite one example, many of these people are from poor countries, and no doubt their poverty would qualify them for our welfare programs. Wouldn’t that bankrupt those programs?
The author says we shouldn’t worry because Congress could simply pass a law preventing the new comers from accessing welfare. Such a statement reveals the most astounding ignorance about the real world of American politics. The Democratic Party would move hastily to recruit and organize the immigrants to a powerful new voting constituency for welfare programs. In that situation, there is no way those programs would end.
The author’s claim that the Constitution has nothing to say about immigration is false. Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 authorizes the establishment of “an uniform Rule of Naturalization.” Our immigration laws establish rules for naturalization by setting limits on who can reside in America and become a citizen and who can’t. The Founding Fathers did not believe in open borders. No responsible person does.