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The Libertarian Argument for Closed Borders

Jack Parkos | United States

Many modern libertarians are proponents of open borders with little to no restriction on immigration. But is this stance appropriate for libertarians? Just because other right wingers support closed borders, does not mean they are anti-immigration. Rather, they seek restrictions on it. It isn’t “anti-libertarian” to support secure borders. Even Ron Paul was not an open border libertarian.

We live under a massive welfare system, which balloons because the US government has caused massive destabilization all over the world. This causes mass immigration, and sometimes even state importation of refugees and immigrants. Refugees will leech off the welfare state at the expense of taxpayers. This does not seem like the stance a presumed libertarian would take. It could easily be said that open borders are just as statist as closed borders.  Many libertarians believe that the only borders should be one’s own property. But we must understand that the federal government has power over the border, and it likely will not give up this power anytime soon. Thus, libertarians must choose the position that will best protect our liberty, and it isn’t to open the borders.

Open border libertarians argue that the welfare state argument isn’t an argument against immigration but an argument to end the welfare state. In truth, it is an argument for both. But how does placing more people on welfare and thus expanding the welfare state, help reduce it? Libertarians should be trying to reduce the number of people on welfare. By allowing more people in who may not have skills desired by the markets, we only expand the welfare state and harm the immigrants who want to enter legally and join the workforce.

A study done by the Center for Immigration Studies shows that 62% of illegal immigrants receive welfare of some kind. Los Angeles County spent 1.2 billion dollars on welfare benefits for illegal immigrants in just two years. These are people who are getting free government handouts at the expense of the taxpayers. Even if the welfare state is reduced, it could easily be voted back up.

A solution to this could be to have a vetting process based on value to the job market. Immigrants who want to work should be welcomed into the country. Perhaps this system could be similar to an Elis Island system.

Immigrants tend to vote in support of big government to get benefits. Democratic politicians use immigrants to gain votes. Of course, many people already vote for larger government, but we do not need more people voting for this. Obviously, it is impossible to regulate people coming in based on political ideology. But reducing it to peaceful workers will decrease the likelihood of people voting for welfare, and thus weaken the Democratic party.

US foreign policy has been a disaster. The policy of destabilizing regions based on the drug war and war on terrorism must stop.  But in the meantime, there is a lot of danger going on in the world and we shouldn’t put the American people in harm’s way, thus we should ideally be isolated from the conflict.

In Latin America, the drug war has created violent cartels and gangs like MS-13. The war on drugs should be ended, but that does not mean we should let gang members in. A proper vetting system could prevent criminals from getting in and allow peaceful people to enter.

Then we get to the Middle East, which becomes more complicated. It is no lie that US foreign policy has created the terrorist problem we see today. But is it smart to import people from countries that hate the United States and the West in general? The answer is obviously no.

There is a refugee crisis in the world. But this does not mean we should not import them all into the country. There are too many security concerns with this. To better understand why this is dangerous we must look at Europe.

Europe has taken a very open borders stance and has paid heavily for this. In the past years, there have been several terrorist attacks in Europe. Even on top of that, crime rates have skyrocketed since these policies began. as an example, an estimated 77% of rapes in Sweden are committed by the Muslim Male population. Muslim males make up 2% of Sweden’s population. This does not mean all Muslims are rapists and evil, but this stat shows the danger of letting everyone into the country without a proper vetting process. Many of these refugees are unemployed and are subsidized by the government.

Open borders lead to more authoritarianism, so an ideology based on preventing such authoritarianism should respond appropriately.

How could the border and immigration issues be addressed?

  • End the welfare state. This will take a while likely, so reduce it as much as possible.
  • Stop welfare incentives for people to enter solely to live off welfare.
  • Create a proper vetting system for South and Latin America (As well as other nations in Europe, Asia, etc). to vet out those who will work, and those who would only live off of welfare. Those with clean records should be allowed to enter legally and become citizens.
  • Try to stop illegal immigration into the country.
  • Allow peaceful illegal immigrants an easier path to citizenship.
  • Deport illegal immigrants found guilty of a violent crime.
  • End the war on drugs that has destabilized Latin America.
  • Stop the war on terror overseas and focus on domestic issues.
  • Temporarily stop all immigration from the Middle East until hostilities cool down a bit and we can have a proper vetting system.

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This Could Be My Family

By Craig Axford | United States

We all need to ask ourselves the question Sarah Huckabee Sanders refuses to answer

Shortly after Schindler’s List came out in 1993, my wife and I got a babysitter and went to the theater to see it. I managed to keep it together until the scene depicting the cleansing of the Warsaw Ghetto.

If you’ve seen the movie, you know the film is done in black and white. But in the Warsaw Ghetto scene, there’s a small girl trying to escape the madness and suffering that has suddenly broken out all around her. Steven Spielberg made that small girl stand out by giving her a pink coat.

She was about my daughter’s age, and she looked very much like her too. I recall her crawling under a bed, and I remember Schindler looking down from a hill seeing her dash down the street uncertain where she might go to escape the machine gun fire, rape, and chaos that marked the Ghetto’s final hours. Later in the movie, we learn her fate. I don’t think I’ve ever wept so openly in a theater before or since. That could be my daughter I thought over and over again.

Yesterday, I was reminded again that this could be my family. As I watched White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dodge the question yelled at her by Brian Karem, a reporter with Playboy Magazine, I saw the face of someone — the face of an administration — that simply could not imagine their children and grandchildren in anything other than the comfortable circumstances they already enjoyed.

“Come on, Sarah, you’re a parent,” Karem shouted at Sanders. “Don’t you have any empathy for what these people are going through?” No, she doesn’t. Besides, as she had already told CNN’s Jim Acosta, taking away the children of immigrants crossing the border is the law, and the Bible tells us to follow the law. It isn’t the law, but to these people the rule of law has always been seen as a rather quaint concept.

“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal their bread.”
Anatole France

There are certainly plenty of verses that justify slavery, misogyny, and genocide in the Bible. Most of them are in the Old Testament, however. Though I’m hardly a religious man, I am well aware there are a number of other verses that focus on love and recommend forgiveness. Regardless, Jesus was supposedly not a man overly attached to the law, and he paid a price for it.

But if we’re inclined to turn to the Bible in situations like these, the verses we turn to say far more about us than they do Judeo-Christian ethics. Those willing to face Brian Karem and accept his challenge to imagine our children or grandchildren ripped from our arms don’t need a Bible verse to tell us that what’s happening on the Mexican border right now is evil.

I, like most Americans, grew up convinced that the horrors of 1930s and 40s would never happen here. Not in my lifetime at any rate. I was wrong. It’s begun. Border agents are telling mothers and fathers they are taking their child for a bath and not returning them. Sound familiar?

That there are supposedly only a couple of thousand children so far does not mean we are as far from Auschwitz as we would like to think. Numbers are about scale. Evil is about how we treat others. Whether our betrayal of human rights affects one, a thousand, or a million people we are tarnished just the same.

But the numbers will not remain a couple of thousand. Those taking a quantitative view of evil must tell us at what number we should be troubled that our country is tearing families apart, traumatizing children, and condemning people to live in warehouses and (soon) tent cities. They must explain why quantity matters when it comes to human rights abuses, but not when it comes to treating people as though they have inherent dignity and worth.

I’ve had enough of walls. I’ve already seen more hate in my native country than I ever thought I would. If we can answer the question Sarah Huckabee Sanders could or would not, we must oppose this government with every fiber of our being. The global community must not engage in appeasement. If America’s noble aspirations are to be salvaged, the current US government must be peacefully but forcefully resisted on every front. If successful, we’ll never know how far America would have descended without our resistance, but that’s not something we want to find out.

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Republican policies are shifting, but is it on the Right Issues?

By Owen Heimsoth | USA

The Republicans will never see the Presidency after 2024 unless they have a policy shake-up.

First off, it is clear that Republicans are already headed left, but is it on the right issues? Recently we’ve seen a change in their gun policy and some switch on healthcare policy.

Obviously, their gun policy has changed quite a bit. For example, Florida Governor Rick Scott is supporting a sweeping gun control bill after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida, Are Scott and other Republicans moving simply to save face? This can appeal to moderate voters, but more importantly, they are alienating their base.

But are Republicans making the right policy moves? Probably not.

If the state of Texas turns blue, it could end the party’s success. Let’s look at the facts.

First off, they are already losing their grip on the state. Donald Trump won the state by about 10% in 2016, but Mitt Romney took over 15% in his 2012 losing effort.

Second, the Mexican population is about to be the majority in the state. This group voted over 65% for Hillary Clinton in 2016 according to this New York Times exit poll.

Ted Cruz looks a likely Republican win in 2018 Senate Elections and 2020 is probably safe for the Republicans. Yet, as soon as 2024, the state could start to lean blue. This NPR Politics article from 2013 predicts a 42% Hispanic plurality in the state by 2023. This could mean a Democratic lean just in time for the 2024 election.

There are very similar trends in all border states. This trend could cause Republicans to lose Arizona and Texas, as well as make New Mexico solid blue. If that were to happen, winning rust belt states would no longer matter. This would be disastrous for future Republican campaigns. If you add Texas and Arizona to Obama’s 2012 win, he could’ve been near a 400 EV total.

Of course, this is assuming that Republicans can’t make some small ideological tweaks and recruit a huge Hispanic voting base.

A Pew Hispanic study showed that 32% of Latino registered voters view themselves as conservative, 36% as moderate, and 28% as liberal. Why isn’t this voting group at least a battleground for political parties? Immigration policy.

The same study reveals that the majority of Hispanics believe that Democrats have “more concern” for them than Republicans. Republicans could likely fight for a majority of Hispanics if they simply softened on immigration policy. Without a doubt, this is one of the most important issues for Hispanic voters.

It is worth noting that whites will become the minority around 25 years from now. That turning point could be the end of the Republican party if their policies keep up. To keep any power at all, they must appeal to Hispanics by that time. While black Republicans have been slightly growing, especially among younger African-American voters, only 8% of black voters went for Trump in 2016. This is a voter block that will take a long time if ever, to go Republican. Republicans did see an 11% gain in Asian voters in 2016 from 2012 so they may be the next minority group to target as a potential voting block.

All and all, unless we see a policy change that attracts minorities, the Grand Old Party could be irrelevant as soon as 2024. A growing minority population is simply bad for the R’s as their current platform stands.