Americans Are Not Obligated to Throw Open the Border

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From the moment Donald Trump announced his candidacy, he has been called every name in the book for his hardline stance on illegal immigration. Over and over, he’s been called a racist, a xenophobe, and a white nationalist for daring to suggest that maybe – just maybe – it would be in our interests to enforce our immigration laws.

And it’s not just Trump. The liberal media quickly tarred British citizens with the same brush when they voted to leave the European Union, a decision partially based on widespread concerns about rampant, uncontrolled immigration. They have made it clear to one and all: If you want to keep a tight leash on your country’s incoming population, you are a monster.

This is, of course, absolutely asinine.

Americans (and Britons) not only have the right to control immigration, we have a civic duty to do so. As Trump himself has said many times, we either have a country or we don’t. It’s really that simple. We either enforce the laws, or we stop pretending like we have laws. We either believe in our nation’s culture, or we believe that America is just a hunk of land, subject to the whims and tides of time like any other meaningless institution.

If there is no significant difference between Mexico and the United States, then what is the point of making the delineation? For that matter, why don’t we merge with Canada as well? While we’re at it, we can go ahead and throw away the concept of “countries” altogether. One world nation. Go wherever you want, do whatever you want. Why the hell not?

Well, the problem is that are differences between cultures and countries. The people of Mexico do not value the same things as people in the U.S. Obviously, there are going to be individuals who think alike, but we’re talking about the broadest of broad assertions here. Culturally and politically, we are separated from Mexico by a much greater chasm than our thin border would suggest.

And guess what? That’s just fine! That’s friggin perfect! That’s how things have been since the dawn of recorded human history. For a moment, we can even cast aside opinions about whose culture is best and whose laws are just and whose economic system is superior. Forget all that. Let’s pretend for a second that Iran is just as good as the U.S. is just as good as Mexico is just as good as North Korea. Now isn’t it cool to live in a world with so many different takes on society?

But let’s say that you’re unhappy with the American version of life and you like what they’re doing in France better. Awesome. Take a look at France’s immigration laws, figure out what you have to do to move there, and then go for it! And if you find out that you don’t like it, well, your country will be waiting for you when you decide to come home. No hard feelings, yo.

Here’s what you wouldn’t do, though. You wouldn’t look at France, decide that their way of life is better, and then immediately break their laws (which are, after all, an important part of what makes France, France)! Nor would you say, Gee, I hate French culture. I’m going to move there and then try to make France more like America. You don’t have to do that! You can just…stay here!

Immigration isn’t a problem for the United States. But uncontrolled immigration is more than a problem: it’s a cancer that will eat this country alive. That’s not a worst-case-scenario; it’s an inevitable fact. Eventually, the tipping point will come and we will be less like America and more like Mexico. And that tipping point is going to be here sooner than you realize.