Do We Really Need Borders? (Hint: there is a reason we have them)

by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer

I live in a low tax state. Because it is a low tax state, many people move here from high tax states. Once they get here, many of them vote to raise taxes. Then they complain about the high taxes. This tiny factoid is a microcosm of vastly larger events taking place today.

As we have seen in the United States and Europe, when borders are not enforced, people will migrate in huge numbers from one territory to another. Usually, this means that they will move from a less desirable locality to a more prosperous one.

This is nothing new. Throughout most of recorded history, mass migrations have occurred. When food ran short in one region, due to drought or even over-population, people picked up their belongings and traveled to greener pastures.

Oftentimes, this diaspora resulted in warfare. People who were already settled resented the influx of strangers. Nor was this resentment irrational. People in the settled region had adjusted their food production to meet their needs, and when masses of immigrants began to arrive, food ran short again. Consequently, both the natives and the immigrants resorted to violence in order to eat. For this reason, instead of mass immigration, poorer nations often mounted full scale military invasions in order to secure farmland for food. Other nations often went to war when they felt the need to prevent future invasions. It was all much more complicated than this, but the principle is repeated throughout history.

Today, the mass migration problem has become more complex than at any time before. Those who are already settled are generally very prosperous, and do not feel threatened by immigration. They should.

The immigrants, on the other hand, are not content to leave behind them the political and religious strife which caused their exodus to begin with. They willingly bring their problems with them. It’s not that they wish to impose higher taxes on their hosts, but more than that, they insist upon imposing their language, religion, and cultural values on the natives. They use up public resources at taxpayer expense. They commit crimes at a level disproportionate to their percentage of the population. Instead of gratitude, they express resentment, even hatred, for the natives who are supporting them.

This is unlike the mass immigrations from Europe to the United States in the era 1890 to 1910. Those immigrants, although strikingly different from native born Americans, sought to become Americans. They boasted that their children could speak English without a foreign accent. They attended churches and synagogues. They revered the principles of freedom and justice which they found here.

Sensible immigration policy would achieve gradual absorption of newcomers from around the world. It would require fluency in English. It would ensure that new arrivals already had employable skills that would keep them off the welfare rolls. It would require them to affirm the principles in the Constitution. If necessary, it would go farther than that.

It is indeed necessary. Because so many immigrants come to the United States not to affirm our values but to destroy them, we should require all immigrants to affirm specific rights guaranteed in the Constitution, one of them being freedom of religion, and even more specifically than that, to affirm the right of any individual to change his religion if he so desires.

Of course people can falsely affirm anything, and so the affirmation would have to be enforceable. For example, a preacher teaching his followers that apostasy should be punishable by death, should be expeditiously deported.

Obviously, this policy has in mind the fact that Moslem immigrants are the most likely ones to seek to impose religious laws on non-Moslems. There is no polite way to say this. So let’s be, when necessary, impolite.

It’s not just our food that is at stake. It’s our identity as free, sovereign citizens of a just nation.

We have but one chance to get this right, and time is running out.

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