I read Mr. Card’s piece today on immigration. Apparently, he believes people like me that are adamantly opposed to illegal immigration want to shut down the borders and drive out all the illegal immigrants with force.
Let me speak for myself.
I want our borders open. I want people to come to America freely, as long as their intentions are peaceful. I don’t mind if you just want to come here for work or to trade or to learn. That’s fine.
If you want to be an American, by all means, I welcome you with open arms, no matter what your race, religion, or whatnot. All you have to do is learn our culture, our language, and our law. If you want to become one of us, become one of us. When you have demonstrated that you are one of us, I will gladly accept you as an American citizen and share with you all the rights and powers I have as an American citizen.
If you want to take over our country, change our culture, or steal our money, or commit any kind of crimes, you are not welcome here and you never should be.
If you hate America and want to kill Americans and destroy our nation, then you are my enemy and I pray you will die a horrible death at the hands of our military or our allies.
This is the way I wish America was. This is the way America used to be, and not too long ago. Back in the 1920′s, we had open borders. We welcomed people from all over the world openly when we knew that they were coming with honest intentions. We were also firm with our enemies, and didn’t play games that cost us our sovereignty and security.
This is whte way America cannot be and still be America. We have a few problems we need to solve first before we allow people to freely immigrate here.
The first is socialism. The experiment of socialism has failed everywhere it was tried, even here at home. I won’t bother defending freedom and liberty and denouncing socialism. Let me just state that Social Security, welfare, and all these other government programs that give money away are not right because they are socialist. As long as we have socialist programs, we must be selective in who is allowed to come here. No one may come if they are going to ride the socialist system, costing me additional tax dollars. Only those who will benefit the American nation by working hard and paying their own way will be allowed. If we do not do this, we will bankrupt our government and destroy the fabric of society by growing the leeches of society and shrinking those who produce wealth.
The second problem is law enforcement. We have laws, but they are not enforced. What we don’t want is a bunch of people coming to America who believe that breaking laws are okay. It’s not okay, and it will never be okay. We Americans are ruled by law, and if all Americans do not honor, respect, and keep the laws that we write, we will only have chaos. We will be no different than the countries the immigrants are fleeing from. I understand why people don’t like this idea of enforcing the law. They don’t like it because people get hurt by it. But those people are not innocent. They are guilty of violating our laws. They are guilting of breaking the standards of conduct we the people have established to maintain order, peace, and security. They are guilty of hurting us, individually and collectively. You cannot do this and not get punished for it.
The final problem is war. There are people who are trying to destroy our nation. We haven’t stood up to defend ourselves until recently, after we saw the twin towers fall and our pentagon attacked. If we do not take the threats of foreign belligerants seriously, and we do not do our homework to make sure that these belligerents do not get in our country, then we cannot open up the borders for free immigration. To do so would be national suicide. Imagine allowing Hitler to send his agents into America en masse, or Japan to send her agents to our country in World War II. If they were allowed to freely cross the borders and freely operate within our borders, then we would be fighting a war in our borders, exactly where we prefer not to fight our wars. We like our wars overseas, fought in the homes and villages and towns of our enemies. We prefer to kill the bad guys before they succeed in killing us.
These are very serious problems, ones that if we do not address, open immigration only makes more serious. To allow people to cross our borders freely at this time in our history is suicide. We cannot long survive this massive influx of people who do not want to assimilate, who do not want to produce but consume, who do not want to abide by our laws that we wrote, and who do not want to see America survive.
My plan to implement open immigration, where anyone who wants to partake of our freedom and prosperity may do so freely, is to do the following three things:
(0) First, build a fence and secure our borders. There is no reason anyone should ever cross our borders except at the legal crossing points. This is an absolute. It is uncompromisable. Why would anyone who wants to come to America honestly want to sneak in our back door?
(1) End all social programs in the US, and adopt constitutional amendments to prevent them from ever being implemented again.
(2) Enforce the law, absolutely, everywhere. We don’t have to go house-to-house looking for illegal immigrants anymore than we go house-to-house looking for murderers and rapists. If we simply enforce the laws we already put into place, in the way we enforce laws, they will go home on their own. If that means we need more prisons, build more prisons. If that means we need more prosecutors and judges and policemen, hire more prosecutors and judges and policemen. We are, as a nation, bordering chaos because we do not take the enforcement of our laws seriously enough.
(3) Treat foreign threats seriously before they can harm us. Maintain a strong international intelligence network and a strong military presence throughout the world. Use that military to kill those who are plotting to kill us, before they kill us. Use that military to overthrow governments who raise their fist in violent threats against us. Use that military to establish peace throughout the world, and encourage the development of democracies and representative governments that engender peace and prosperity, rather than governments that are a machine for war. We won’t have to question those crossing our borders if we know who our enemies are and are watching them closely, and if there simply aren’t enemies plotting to kill us.
As far as Mr. Card’s insinuations that a shortage of labor would lead to skyrocketing prices, labor strikes, and a poor economy, I only have to say he knows nothing about how economies work. The only times our economy has suffered is when government has interfered with the free interchange of labor, goods, and ideas. Adam Smith is right, Karl Marx was wrong, and history bears that out in countless demonstrations of fact.
When we face a shortage of labor, the economy adjusts to handle it. Labor-intensive products either go up in price, or are replaced with less labor-intensive products. Americans are innovative, and we have long ago changed our farming techniques from labor-intensive ones to much less labor-intensive ones. We can only expect more of the same in the future if government stays out of the way of the American ingenuity engine and the freedom of the people to buy, sell, work, and innovate.
Mr. Card normally has some good insights into today’s politics, but on immigration, he has done a whole lot of listening to one side and believed all the strawmen arguments they put forward. Perhaps he should spend some time reading closely what leaders on the pro-enforcement side have to say rather than making things up.
And as far as Mexico’s economy, what ails them is not the US and the lack of or the excess of the enforcement of our laws. What ails them is a corrupt government that has taken far too much power from the people and has done little to protect the rights of the ordinary Mexican to buy, sell, work, and innovate. Mexico is enslaved to their socialist government, and they have nothing but their government to blame for it. We can do little but try to persuade the government to let the people go because as it is, Mexico offers no military threat to the security of the US.