I am not a believer in immigration laws or national borders. I know that’s a seriously radical admission, especially in these border states. Even more, I resent the Border Patrol vehicles I sometimes see around the area. They are not “keeping me safe,” but are instead wasting tax money and bolstering the emerging U.S. police state.
The only real borders are private property lines. If you own property and choose to forbid anyone access to it, for any reason, that is your business. But for you to own property and have someone else, or some government, tell you that you can’t allow access to whomever you so choose is a violation of your property rights.
I don’t care where someone was born or what paperwork and/or permission he has (or lacks). I only care whether he is stealing or attacking. Because of that, I have less in common with politicians, bureaucrats, and enforcers than I do some poor guy from another country who is only trying to find a better life for himself and his family. I recognize who the real problem is.
I’ve heard all the admonitions about how migration without government permission is wrong because it’s illegal. I don’t buy it. I’ve listened to all the ways the independent migrants, usually called “illegal immigrants,” supposedly hurt America. The reality is that most of those issues are issues only because of socialism. Eliminate all welfare and eliminate all laws against self defense (including, of course, defense of your property) and you would eliminate the incentive for bad guys to immigrate. The good migrants who are coming here in order to help themselves honestly, and who end up helping the local economy as a consequence, will still come. It’s a win-win situation.
Just like gun laws only disarm those who are not inclined to attack and rob, immigration laws make “legal” migration difficult and only succeed in weeding out the good people who would be willing to jump through all the ridiculous hoops and years of red tape, but for whatever reason, can’t. A lot of good people come to the conclusion that it is worth the risk of getting caught to make the attempt even without permission. I accept them with a hearty “Welcome home!” Those determined to be bad guys will not be deterred by your prohibitions. They will always find a way — at least until the US government’s socialist policies crash the economy and make America a less attractive destination, as is already happening.
Kent McManigal is a freelance writer who sometimes offers commentary on our websites. Contact him at: