Open the Border

Open the border. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

An example in the Declaration of Independence of the King’s tyranny is that he refused to encourage immigration. Consistent with that, the Constitution omits immigration regulation from the powers granted to Congress. The Tenth Amendment reserves any such power to the states and to the people, but the Supreme Court consistently interprets the Constitution to expand the powers of Congress, such as its egregious decision upholding the 1889 Chinese Exclusion Act.

Enforcement of immigration law leads to unspeakable injustices. “Detention” is imprisonment, imprisonment of those who have committed no crime. Stateless on Netflix is a drama about an Australian detention center, and U.S. detention is much worse.

People with the gumption to leave their families and friends and journey to the border are eager to work hard and buy nice things. Immigrants stimulate the local economy and create new jobs, jobs that require good English skills and familiarity with the community. When receiving many immigrants, American cities have thrived economically: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco. New Mexico had trade centers until the United States closed its Southern border. Reopening that border would bring many complications, but the influx of workers and consumers would boost the New Mexico economy and create new jobs. It also would be decent and humane.

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