Will we have secure borders or open borders is a question asked by many and is at the center of debate in the Untied States. Those who support the United States Constitution support securing the southern border and understand that a physical barrier must be a critical element of this security. Use whichever statistics you wish, they all prove that our southern border is porous. Not only does the illegal alien cross it, but terrorists, gang members, drug carriers, sex traffickers, and many other undesirables cross the border time and time again. The United States Constitution established a sovereign nation called the Untied States of America. The Constitution gave congress the responsibility and obligation to enforce a system of naturalization and immigration to protect the sovereignty of the United States.
There is a large population in the Untied States who claim they support secure borders, but at the same time refuse to secure the borders while enabling and assisting any and all who wish to violate the sovereignty of the United States including illegal aliens, terrorists, gang members, drug carriers, sex traffickers and all other undesirables who wish to enter the United States illegally. These people truly support open borders. They support open borders because open borders support their political goals of fundamentally transforming the United States from a sovereign nation to a member of the international socialist community.
Here is a portion of an article by Shaun Harkin entitled “Solidarity has no Borders.” This is the position of the collectivist (Marxist, communist, socialist, progressive, Democrat – all virtually the same) movement which includes the position of the Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) Party enunciated by their current leadership along with their so-called socialist movement. I say so-called socialist movement because the total party supports the collectivist (Marxist, communist, socialist, progressive, Democrat – all virtually the same) movement.
Simply if you support the United States Constitution and the sovereignty of the United States you will support border security which would include a physical barrier. If you support the collectivist (Marxist, communist, socialist, progressive, Democrat – all virtually the same) movement, you will claim you support border security (for political purposes) while blocking border security in every possible way you can.
SOLIDARITY HAS NO BORDERS
BORDERS ARE one of the great contradictions in the era of capitalist globalization.
The world has become a much smaller place because of advances in technology and transportation, global production chains and the lightning-fast movement of capital around the planet. In this regard, the globalized economy is borderless to those with billions of dollars or euros or yen to invest.
But borders are still there to keep the vast majority of us apart. In many respects, governments are doing less and less to regulate the flow of trade and finance between nations, but they are taking increasingly tough action to restrict the flow of people across borders.
More restrictions will never stop migration--the economic imperative for workers struggling to feed themselves and their families will force them to cross borders, no matter what the risks. But the restrictions can make this much more dangerous and oppressive, by forcing the most vulnerable people in society into relying on smugglers and human traffickers, not to mention the exploitative businesses where they end up working.
The militarization of the U.S. border with Mexico is a prime example. In his book Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India and Israel, Reece Jones writes:
The 3,169-kilometer border between the United States and Mexico was demarcated in the middle of the 19th century but had only approximately 100 kilometers of fencing prior to 2006, all of which had been constructed since the 1990s. The U.S. Congress passed the Secure Fence Act of 2006, with bipartisan support, which authorized a barrier along an additional 1,125 kilometers of the border with Mexico. By 2010, 1,080 kilometers were completed, and consisted of a mix of roads, fences, walls, vehicle barriers and sections of a high technology "smart border."
This is not only a colossal waste of resources that could be used to provide help for people who desperately need it, rather than to punish them. The militarization of the border is also deadly.
The U.S. Border Patrol documented 477 deaths among border-crossers in the Southwest in 2012, a sharp increase over the year before, even though total migration from Mexico has slowed. The official count of border deaths is understated, too, because not every victim is found.
The increase in border deaths is directly attributable to stepped-up enforcement over the past two decades--since migrants are forced into more remote terrain where they are exposed to extreme temperatures and the like.
Why are there obstacles to immigration in a globalized world that more than ever resembles what Karl Marx and Frederick Engels described 165 years ago in the Communist Manifesto--of " national differences and antagonism between peoples" fading due "to freedom of commerce, to the world market, to uniformity in the mode of production and in the conditions of life corresponding thereto"?
Marx and Engels' statement is true about one face of the capitalism--but the opposite is true at the same time: "National differences and antagonism between peoples" remain absolutely necessary for ruling classes to control the vast majority of people in society who labor.
Capitalists are absolutely dependent on migration across borders. But they also rely on restrictions on immigration to keep workers competing with each other so that all will be willing to work for less--and to keep the section of workers classified as "illegal" more easily exploited and intimidated with the threat of deportation.
Therefore, the struggle against restrictions on the right of workers to move freely and in defense of immigrant workers in the countries where they arrive is absolutely central to the creation of a genuine spirit of international working-class solidarity and networks of resistance.
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