A columnist Farhad Manjoo at the New York Times recently made the case for open borders.
Since Donald Trump was elected in 2016, immigration has become one of the most polarizing issues in America.
On one hand, President Donald Trump wants to bring some semblance of order to America’s broken immigration system and shift towards a skill-based system.
Democrats and members of the far Left want a system that encourages unfettered mass migration. Above all, migration from the Third World due to their voting patterns.
Manjoo puts forward the following vision:
Imagine not just opposing President Trump’s wall but also opposing the nation’s cruel and expensive immigration and border-security apparatus in its entirety. Imagine radically shifting our stance toward outsiders from one of suspicion to one of warm embrace. Imagine that if you passed a minimal background check, you’d be free to live, work, pay taxes and die in the United States. Imagine moving from Nigeria to Nebraska as freely as one might move from Massachusetts to Maine.
The columnist believes that the American system “assumes that people born outside our borders are less deserving of basic rights than those inside.” He also complained about the “bottomless unfairness” and “by mere accident of geography, some [immigrants] were given freedom, and others were denied it.”
Manjoo believes that because of countries like India and China “with their billions, are projected to outstrip American economic hegemony within two decades” the U.S. should consider opening up the floodgates to mass migration.
His message is “Let them in.”
To be clear, the U.S. should be attracting skilled labor.
Unfortunately, the current system’s emphasis on family reunification and the maintenance of a welfare magnet tends to attract sub-optimal migration patterns. Europe has already shown firsthand what happens when welfare and mass migration are mixed—ethnic ghettoes and growing social instability.
However, to characterize Trump’s immigration plan as racist is simply misleading. What his plan stresses is the need for skilled migrants and those who actually bring value. These are the immigrants that should be targeted and the red tape that prevents them from easily entering the labor force should be lifted.
But it would be a mistake to treat immigration like a human right, and let as many people in the country as possible especially in the context of a mass democracy with a welfare state.
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
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