Think of what we could save by opening the borders! Not only the costs of militarizing the border, and hiring guards, but the cost to the border economies on both sides caused by hours of delay in crossing the border. The cost of border militarization could be redirected to education, economic development, creating a vibrant North American Union that would provide true security for our children and grandchildren. Let us return to the state border friendship envisioned when Pat Nixon opened Friendship Park celebrating what we can do if we bring together the communities in Tijuana and San Diego.
America was founded on immigration. Immigration is the cornerstone of the American lifestyle! We must encourage immigration, not run people out of the country on a rail! The more immigrants we have the more diverse our society will become! And diversity is always to our advantage in the long run!
I have always liked exploring places and seeing new things. In this way borders make little sense to me at all as I like to ask why can I not visit there (I understand other peoples houses are different).
It is also unlikely that we could kick everyone out forever. Like the Mongolians and the Great Wall, if people are determined enough they find a way. Lastly America was founded without true borders. People really could just show up and be considered Americans. The borders have been drawn through war and bloodshed. Explain to me why we need to keep every last Canadian out. What makes the so different and what would be so bad if we created some North American system that allowed people from the US, Mexico, and Canada from traveling freely between each country. That is the main question.
The reason for this headline is for me to understand how United States citizens have more freedom to travel through the Americas but for the rest of Americans like Central America and South America , people have to obtain a visa knowing we all from the continent of America, just look at the map! Big companies are moving to other part of America ie: Central America and South America , we are all Americans (united in land mass) and just because your United States citizens doesn't make you perfect, look at Puerto Rico they have they own flag and they have more freedom to the USA then those that are living in America and I mean ALL of America! We are one continent, yet separated by hate, greed and power aka: governments and banks. Remember humanity and we all bleed red! And under God we are all one! Please respond I would love to hear and understand more about this subject!
We should have open borders, but if they do it should come with a strict set of policies. I say that because it would limit the amount of illegal drugs and maybe even terrorists in the United States. Also because it would allow easy access to outside of the "borders".
See this article in The Atlantic: http://www.Theatlantic.Com/international/archive/2013/04/if-people-could-immigrate-anywhere-would-poverty-be-eliminated/275332/
"Though he generally disagrees with the standard arguments against increased immigration (that immigrants take jobs from native workers, increase crime, take more out of the system in welfare than they put back in taxes, and hurt their countries of origin due to so-called "brain drain"), Caplan understands that some developed-world workers could see a minor decrease in real pay. But whatever downsides there may be, he wrote in a 2011 post, "the upside of open borders would be the rapid elimination of absolute poverty on earth."
Reduce/eliminate world poverty. There are enormous income gaps between nations, with some countries enjoying per capita incomes over 100 times greater than other countries. Most of the world's dire poverty is located in the poorest countries, and migrants who move to rich countries see rapid increases in their earnings. Often they benefit those who stay behind as well, through return migration (with skills and capital) or remittances. Economists have estimated that open borders would double world GDP, and these enormous income gains would go disproportionately to the poorest.
Grow the US economy. Immigrants are disproportionately entrepreneurial, and because of basic supply and demand will be likely to fill gaps in the existing job market. They can reduce the wages of some workers but probably raise the wages of natives overall, through the complementarities of native and foreign labor, and their impact on land prices is unambiguously positive, creating windfalls for homeowners without making suburban homes more expensive for natives, since it is always possible to convert more rural land (there's plenty) into suburban housing developments. Indeed, they might make housing cheaper by lowering building costs. Debt per capita is necessarily reduced by immigration, and since immigrants are disproportionately young and often have higher birthrates than natives, they help to solve the long-run problem of population aging bankrupting the Social Security and Medicare systems.
Human rights. Open borders would aid human rights in many ways. For one thing, people could escape from regimes that grievously violate human rights. This already happens and asylum programs are supposed to accommodate it, but they tend to be nightmarishly hard to navigate simply because there is such a powerful incentive for merely economic migrants to use them. Undocumented immigrants, though they made the choice to come and are presumably better than at home on average, face the constant threat of deportation and often of forced separation of family members. The 1986 amnesty tried to deal with this, as, hopefully, will another amnesty this year, but the underlying problem remains, namely, that there is an incentive to come here illegally, and the creation of mixed-status families naturally follows. The only way to escape this problem is to have open borders.
Maintaining an open border would increase the tax base exponentially, and immigrants could invest their money instead of hiding it under a mattress. The increased work force would make it a more competitive job market giving employers the opportunity to keep business and manufacturing in America by driving out the Unions.
If we open the Mexican border it could open up trade and make the U.S. a better country and grow the economy. Everyone should have a fair chance in life and this could help the immigrants start over. We are all one. It could save cost of militarizing. We could hire guards to protect the border.
We are all one people. Brothers and sisters regardless of physical differences. The earth belongs to all of us and if we want to someday become a planet of peace and harmony we must begin by recognizing this. Opening the borders will not be without its problems, just as the ending of slavery brought with it a wave of complicated issues, however, like ending slavery, it is simply the right thing to do.
No, I don't believe the U.S. should have an open border policy for migrants. The U.S. already has a problem with too many people trying to cross the border illegally, that to allow migrants to cross the border would only compound the problem further. the U.S. should adopt an immigration policy like Dubai, where nobody is allowed to move in permanently, only temporary workers.
There is no way we can open the borders to any migrants. It is okay if they go through the whole process of becoming a legal citizen. We have too many illegal people that come here and waste tax dollars because they have not had the respect to become a legal citizen.
The United States, as with any country, has a right and a responsibility to control who enters its territory. While there are certainly many people who wish to enter the US for work, there are also many with more nefarious reasons, such as organized crime and terrorism. It is only natural that the US check who enters, to make sure those coming are there for the right reasons, and not to harm its citizens.
The idea of a completely open border policy would place too much of a burden on society as it tries to cope with a massive influx of people. We are still recovering economically and trying to build some social unity in this country. We should consider reforms such as registered guest worker programs in which workers get cards and pay taxes on the income they earn, and we should consider paths to citizenship for existing people who came here illegally. But completely open borders is just a recipe for chaos and confusion at a time when out current resources are stretched too thin.
Look what happened to England because of it's immigration policy. Things will not end well for the City of London, which is now a minority English city. Culture and traditions are important, which is why immigration policy should look closely at people who come in - will they support our free society or make it less free? The United States' current policy does not do this.
I don't think so, because it could bring in diseased people that can spread illness all around. It could also bring in violence and terrorism. I personally think that the States would be over crowded. It would also be hard for immigrants to get jobs in the USA, and there wouldn't be enough money in the budget for them all to receive public assistance.
This is the USA. We need to protect out own first. That means making sure Americans have jobs, homes, health care etc. We take better care of foreigners than we do of our own people! Having an open border will only increase this disparity. Also, no sane country on this planet would have an open border! Think about all the crime, drugs, prostitution, and let's not forget the ongoing terrorism issue. It would be a recipe for disaster.
The drugs that would flow into the US would be a real problem. And it isn't going to stop anytime soon. We need to secure our borders from these people who just want to exploit our country. I say America for Americans. Liberals save your "native American" talk, yes my family did come from Europe here and they became citizens why can't you say that about Mexicans or any other Latin/south American who wants to enter the US. I was born here this is our country not theirs. America only for Americans!
I can't believe some people are actually claiming the want to open the border because they "just love to travel and borders make things difficult" lol
It really is just as simple as this. The reasons why people leave Mexico, would soon become the problems of the US. You want to stop drugs from coming into the country by... Opening... The door...? You want help poor people by creating.... More...Poverty?! Poverty in the US may not equal poverty in Mexico but call it what you want; it's still a drain on taxpayers.
Maybe i'm confused, did the founding fathers ask/want Mexico to be a part of the US? And then ask yourself this, do immigrants really care about our countries values at all? Would the children of immigrants care about the countries values at all? Are the apathetics multiplying at alarming rates? Is our country so out of dept that we can afford all the gov aid that is bound to be involved?! This road will lead to the end of America as we know it.
The supposed advantages to opening the border-mainly highly skilled Mexicans coming here, can be easily achieved with a smaller policy shift in the status-quo. If highly skilled Mexican immigrants want to come here they could apply for visas. But they don't . Because they don't. Other, more negative issues such as drug smuggling and human trafficking, which are happening now despite our best efforts to stop them, would increase simply because of the decreased border security.