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.
I think people don't realize that America is not too big too fail. It is not as great of a country as people think and is slowly declining into third world status. Americans have stopped thinking with their brains and started thinking with their hearts instead. Having open borders by allowing people to cross the border as they please has hurt Mexico more than it has helped because now Mexico is run by thug drug cartels. They can't even use their government to fix their problems because whenever a politician who promises to clean up the gangs and violence gets elected they are murdered. Unless of course they are corrupt. While it may feel good to think you are helping other poor countries by opening borders, would you want to attempt to help such a tiny percentage of the worlds poor at the expense of you and your own family now having to live third world conditions also? A better approach would be to help your self so that you would be in a better position to help others. Think of all the aid the U.S. now gives to help other nations. If the U.S. falls, it will no longer be help them. Opening U.S borders will not solve the problems of the world. It will hurt Americans, your loved ones, your children and your family.
America is crowded enough, and it is only going to get worse. America is in a pit of economic downfall, and will only get buried more with immigrants trying to find work. Yes, businesses will have more workers, but as more immigrants turn up, companies will only turn down more Americans as far as we know. I say no to American borders being opened to other countries immigrants.
We can't allow anymore immigrants in the US. We already have so many. Even though most of our labor workers are Mexicans, especially on low paying jobs, we still need to limit it. They are slowly destroying our country even though we can hardly see it. No more immigrants people.
Any society that will pay for indigent medical costs and various other sorts of welfare for persons within its borders must consider the cost of that welfare, not to mention increased costs of infrastructure (roads, utilities, schools) and who and how it will be paid for. Wages can obviously be driven down (look at the construction industry wages compared to 30 years ago). Crime will naturally go up as resources are strained. Managed immigration is a benefit. It's sad that people live in horrible places. Let's put pressure on those governments for reform. How many of you would take in all the stray dogs, cats, and rodents. Even if you would, why should you force your fellow citizens to do so when we can have managed immigration. Let work at improving controlled immigration where it can be debated as to who and how many can come in and work here.
Back when the US had active immigration those coming in to the country wanted to become Americans, work had and live the dream. Today, people are coming to take advantage of the welfare programs, they do not assimilate into society and there is not enough money in the current system to take care of the society we have today.
I am all for legal immigration where a person wants to become an American, work hard, pay taxes and make America stronger but we do not have a quality program in place for this. This is a far more dangerous world today with radicalized people wanting to enter our country to do nothing but harm Americans. We need to close our borders and let people in the right way; we do not need another country's trash.
A Gallup poll estimated that over 150 million people would come to the U.S if there were open boarders. That's 50% or the current U.S. population. If that happened, look for food shortages, water shortages a massive homeless population, brownouts and blackout from power shortages, unemployment and no funds to take care of these people. The country would become one massive refugee camp. California and much of the west is already running out of water. Adding half again as many people would mean extreme water rationing. Where will the immigrant's children go to school and who will pay for their education? Who will pay for the immigrant's health care? Many will be carrying exotic diseases here. Fifty percent more people means 50% more pollution and no way to handle it.
Crime, gangs, poverty, illiteracy, overcrowding, rise of rental and housing prices, fractured communities, change in cultural make up, people refusing to learn the native language, change or rejection on politics overtime, traffic, mistrust of others, hypocritical countries sending immigrants here while enforcing their own borders, fractured community, lowering of raises, scarcity of jobs.
"This bill we sign today is not a revolutionary bill. It does not affect the lives of millions. It will not restructure the shape of our daily lives." President Lyndon Johnson Oct. 3, 1965.
"First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually." Senator Ted Kennedy
The above statements made regarding Celler-Hart Act 1965.
Every single country in the history of forever that began an open border policy has failed VERY quickly afterwards. Right now our government is having trouble supporting its current citizens, how in the world does anyone figure that by getting MORE citizens things are somehow going to magically work out? It's a terrible idea. We need to focus on solving the problems that are at hand, not cause more.
Economy-with the National debt at an all time high as well as higher taxes, the opening of the borders will cause a flood of U.S. currency into Canada and Mexico especially. This will further strain our economy and increase debt, further weaking the dollars value.
Security- well, this is easy. Our borders must be strengthened not eliminated! There are too many groups that want to cause harm and chaos for Americans. We cant lay out a proverbial welcome mat for them with unsecured borders.